Water Hall Primary, Milton Keynes ~ Day 1

| August 28, 2014 | 17 Comments 

Waterhall Primary

Water Hall PrimaryWaterhall entranceThank you to Tony Draper, Head Teacher at Water Hall Primary, Fern Grove, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, and Becky McGuire, Assistant Head Teacher, for organising our first day (back in the UK) of the new academic year, with staff from across this remarkable school and colleagues from their neighbouring school, Brooklands Farm Primary.

WaterHall is a remarkable building too. As Hollie, Lauren, Kaci & Saffron, from 6CP said:

Water HallWe would describe our building as a ‘unique work of art’. Our school has got all the necessary facilities that are needed to meet our learning requirements and more. From our outstanding classrooms (with special lights which stop us getting headaches), to our unusual and impressive 4D and Kaleidoscope spaces; Children can engage with their learning in a way which suits each individual. Those of us who can still remember the old building are grateful for what we now have.

It wasn’t always as beautiful as this…

Waterhall-school-2008-pix-Jason-Hurst-53Prior to 2008 we had a very different building to what we have today. Our memories of the old school aren’t so pleasant, our highlights or shall we say lowlights, were; the disgusting toilets which really smelt bad; the broken windows which would cause classrooms to be unbearably cold; the holes in the roof which meant that buckets had to be placed to catch the leaks and finally the stairs which felt very unsafe due to their condition. We are really grateful to Mr Draper and all the staff for giving us this wonderful building which has provided us with a fantastic start to our lives and made us proud to be students of Water Hall Primary School.

Thank you to Karen Roberts, Deputy at Water Hall, for sharing these thoughts:

Water Hall Primary school is an outstanding school rising to challenges. It got there by doing things differently, by not doing more of the same but always looking for alternative solutions to age old problems.

Being rated outstanding by OFSTED brings about it’s own challenges but has also lead to looking for even more exciting ventures to improve the life chances of the children from the poorest families.

The school has invested in its IT provision. It has a 4D room which provides learning experiences for children which they would not usually encounter. This year they have purchased tablets and chrome books for classes. All classes have wide screen T.V.s and will use ‘chromecast’ to project work onto the screen.

Staff at Water Hall are dedicated and enthusiastic, they always put children first and are comfortable taking risks.

When the Head sat next to Tim, at an education conference dinner, a plan was hatched. The project with Tim aims to pull it all together. The equipment is ready to go, the staff are enthusiastic. The project with Tim Rylands will bring together the enthusiasm of staff and the investment in resources to bring about improved outcomes for children

Thanks all. We look forward to returning in October, for a second visit, working alongside the pupils.

(Bletchley is best known for Bletchley Park, the headquarters of Britain’s World War II codebreaking organisation, now home to The National Museum of Computing.)

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Charlotte Hern says:

    What a fantastic day! I have learnt about lots of new and exiting websites and apps. Can’t wait to get back into the classroom to try them out!

  2. Jason Peters says:

    Brilliant day demonstrating a fantastic variety of resources and websites which I am really looking forward to using.

  3. Nicky Bullard says:

    Inspirational! Can’t wait to try out all your great ideas! Thanks Tim and Sarah 🙂

  4. Sean says:

    Thank you both so much for a fantastic day! Mind is blown and thinking of what to try out first! Loved it! 🙂

  5. Leah Dobson says:

    Really inspired by today. Some fantastic ideas to use in the classroom and to help inspire writing. I will be trying out lots of the tools shown. Excited to watch how it can work within the classroom, look forward to see you in October.

  6. nicole newsome says:

    Thank-you for an interesting and totally inspiring day

  7. Zoe says:

    A brilliant day with some fantastic resources to inspire the learning of the children in my class. I will look forward to exploring these resources further and using them in the classroom. Thank you Tim and Sarah!

  8. Iain Mortimer says:

    I had an immensely inspiring day with so many ideas to take back to the classroom. The links and help pages are invaluable and will be really helpful in integrating computing across the curriculum. I would wholeheartedly recommend Tim and Sarah as speakers and would love to spend time listening to them again.

  9. Becky McGuire says:

    What a totally wonderful day! Lots of FREE ideas to use in the classroom to engage the children and raise standards!
    I just don’t know which resource to try out first!

    Thanks so much!

  10. Siara says:

    I Had a really interesting day!! Thank you so much, it was very inspiring and motivating.
    I feel this could also be useful with early years(nursery)as they are gaining and developing skills so quickly at this stage.

    Thanks again.

  11. Sophie says:

    What an inspiring day. Lots to take back into the classroom which will impact on children’s learning. Can’t wait to get started. Thank you

  12. Karen says:

    I have no idea where Tim and Sarah get their energy! I am shattered just watching and listening!
    Such an inspirational day with so much to think about, delivered in a way that even I could understand.
    Really looking forward to playing and seeing what everyone else puts into practice and how the children react and the impact on their learning. Also can’t wait for the return of Tim and Sarah in October.
    Thank you

  13. Sharon says:

    What an amazing day! Learnt a great deal and can still just about function with the enormous amount of information that was provided, Looking forward to working with you in October.:-)

  14. Jac says:

    Wow, what an amazing day! So many things to go away and look at, I’m not sure where to start. Inspiring – thank-you.

  15. Tony says:

    Wow, what a day, so much to take in, so much to forget, head is spinning. Thankfully we’ve got access to the locked page and can start exploring at my own pace (slow!)
    Entertaining, enjoyable but always educational. So much learning potential.
    Thank you Tim and Sarah-we look forward to you returning to help us further

  16. Tim says:

    Thanks, everybody, for your very thoughtful comments
    You have a great school ~ not just the remarkable building, but the remarkable staff too
    We loved today and look forward to when we come back in October
    Looking forward to finding out what you try out
    All the best
    Tim and Sarah

  17. Liz says:

    What a fantastic day. Can’t wait to use the brilliant ideas and resources to inspire the children to achieve even greater things!

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