Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy, Gloucestershire ~ Day 2

| February 25, 2014 | 5 Comments 

A joyous second day at Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy, in Gloucestershire, in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And, beautiful this area is.

We went on VIRTUAL journeys, to experiment with techniques that can be applied in REAL contexts (when the weather gets a bit better)!

We shared the morning with nearly sixty Year Five, and Year Six, children and their teachers and visiting colleagues. The afternoon was a wondrous journey, alongside a class of Year Two and some of the Year 1 adventurers. Well done all of the BOTW explorers for braving the world of words with us.

There was a lot of laughter. There is often a lot of laughter during our days. One observation was that this is because it is difficult to get anything “wrong”. As much as possible needs to be relished, and cherished.

It is also a powerful opportunity to model when it is appropriate to laugh, and when it’s more relevent to take things a little more seriously. It especially lends itself to illustrating when it is the right time to ‘drop’ ideas in, without putting your hand up, so keeping the flow in a lesson, or when it is appropriate to write down your ideas.

When “characters” were being “interviewed” today, they slipped well between entertaining us, and offering poignant, thought provoking, glimpses in to their “lives”. The encouragement to head off in to an instantly evolving, imaginary, “life”, means that there is an awful lot of “verbal jazz” going on.

Yesterday, we mentioned, to the people who popped out of the crowd and “became” a character, that one of the best things to do, when you don’t know what to say, in answer to a question, is to “just start talking”. Words you didn’t know you had within you, will flap in to place to fill the silence.

Sometimes, it is beneficial to NOT start talking straight away. Instead, it can be valuable to pause, think, and contemplate the most appropriate answer, or response.

These virtual worlds are a great place to model these, increasingly complex, speaking and listening skills.

Well done to ALL of the children, and staff today, who dripped a lot of imaginative, creative, ideas in to the sessions, but also showed a lot of understanding about when to wait, listen to, and cherish, the ideas of those around them.

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  1. Ann says:

    A fantastic and engaging experience… and that includes both teachers and pupils! It has given me lots of ideas and I look forward to using them in lessons… starting this afternoon!

  2. Amy Coole says:

    Great to see some of the techniques/ methods/ ways discussed yesterday put into practice with children in both KS1 and KS2. The progression in terms of achievement, motivation, engagement from start to finish was fantastic. An extremely useful and thought provoking couple of days.

  3. Tim says:

    Thank you Amy
    It was great to have your input through the days
    Keep in touch

  4. Tori says:

    Two days of really thought provoking and imaginative ideas that are easy to access and without costing any money! I will definitely be trying lots of them out on my Year 4 class and hoping they are just as engaged & enthusiastic as the Year 5 & 6 were!

  5. Jonathan says:

    A collegue and I are about to embark on Tim’s lesson that we saw on day 2. We hope to do you proud! We really enjoyed being inspired to challenge our kids and ourselves.

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