Malvin’s Close Primary Academy, Blyth Northumberland ~ Day 2

| June 3, 2014 | 6 Comments 

Malvins CloseA second visit to Malvin’s Close Primary Academy, Blyth, Northumberland, this time, for a day with the children.

Malvins Close Primary KS2

We had great fun, and a pair of powerful lessons, with children from Years 5 and 6 in the morning, and Year 2 in the afternoon.

It is always interesting, to mix writing, thinking, speaking, and listening, with movement. The use of physical actions to reinforce new concepts and terms can ensure that pupils retain knowledge for use in further activities at later dates. In fact, somebody once said they were quite surprised, when teaching a class about simile and metaphor after being involved in one of these sessions, that their class all started to strike poses and pull funny faces when reciting the terminology!

The strategies adhered to a social constructivist method of learning (I know! oooh er eh?!); we encouraged children to share as a class, in groups and with partners, channeling  their excitement and energy into expressive and focussed activities. Some improvised drama, where children took on spontaneous roles, immersing them in the world on “the screen” ~ although the screen is never referred to, ~ it becomes REAL. These on-the-spot performances were impressive to observe, unleashing come creative power without children being prepared by being given specific lines of dialogue.

Some superb writing, dramatic involvement and effort all round. Well done ALL!

Thank you again to Julie Bowman, Headteacher, at Malvin’s Close Primary Academy, for hosting our two days in Blyth and for her words here:

Julie BowmanIt has been a privilege to host two days of training for our Academy Trust with our partner schools Morpeth Road and Croftway Primary Academies. At Malvin’s Close Primary Academy we are developing a creative curriculum which emphasises the development of language skills, vocabulary extension and enhances speaking and listening skill.  Our lively, happy children love new challenges, and our staff want to help them to enrich their experiences through ‘hands on’  opportunities which help them to express themselves and develop their imaginations.

Tim and Sarah have immersed the staff in a wave of technological ideas and ‘free’ resources to enhance their teaching and stimulate the children. Day 1 was a whirlwind of inspirational teaching, a starting point to developing both staff and pupil confidence and knowledge in developing writing. Can’t wait to see what happens after Day 2!

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Martin Jones says:

    Another excellent day. Fantastic to see yesterday put into action today with some brilliant experiences for the children. Really inspirational. Thank you to you both.

  2. Laura Fowler says:

    I’ve had a truly inspirational two days! The ideas from yesterday had my head spinning because there was so many but it was definitely food for thought and I’ve already used a couple of the sites! Today was fantastic seeing a challenging class being turned into budding writers (without force) was amazing!! I can’t thank you guys enough.

  3. Tim says:

    Thank you Laura – very thoughtful feedback

  4. Tim says:

    Thank you Martin
    Keep in touch

  5. Alison O'Halloran says:

    Thank you for two amazing, inspirational days. Watching my class completely immersed in this afternoon’s session was emotional! The photographs of their excited faces say it all! I will never forget David’s argument or James holding onto those words – I’m sure they won’t either! They were still talking about it on the way out of school and sharing what had happened with their parents. I can’t wait to try some of your ideas out for myself and plan to use MYST in my English lessons next week.
    Thank you so much.

  6. Tim says:

    Thank you Alison
    It was a true pleasure to spend time with your class. They were a delight
    Please keep in touch and let us know how you get on

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