Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn, Pontypridd, South Wales ~ Day 1

| September 15, 2014 | 5 Comments 

Ysgol HeolyCelyn

Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn

Our first of two days at Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn and an INSET to boost writing across the school.

Ysgol Heol-y-Celyn is a bilingual school, with Welsh spoken in many areas. Great, to spend time with teachers, and TAs, who understand how it is the learning that flows behind the technology which is most important.

Alun Rees, Head teacher, shared these thoughts:

“I have always been a firm believer that a child needs to enjoy learning and that you can learn through enjoyment. IT and video games are a normal part of everyones life at the moment and children enjoy playing on them.We can use this technology to improve and raise standards in schools also by using todays technology to enhance provision and to stimulate the pupils creatively. This is why I have asked Tim to come to Heol-y-Celyn to do an INSET on the use of IT in writing”.

DoorsA recurring theme of today was the balance that is needed between planning what you want to achieve in lessons, and flying with ideas. Children can lead in many of the game based sessions, but you do need to have a clear idea of objectives and intended outcomes. However, it is important to take the brakes off and fly a bit as well.

It is really crucial to explore game environments in a structured, but not overly planned, way initially. e.g. to have an idea about what kind of things you can cover but not predetermine a route or how long you are going to spend in each location.

It is important to become familiar with the games yourself at first. Then, when you begin explorations with a class, to be prepared to cover less physical ground than you might expect.

You may only “move” one “pace” but the children will be able to see how a new paragraph can begin with just a turn of the head, or reaching out to move a lever. Standing outside a door is a classic example of how tension and expectation can be built within a writer’s, and reader’s mind.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. S.Coburn says:

    An enjoyable day, a lot of helpful resources to inspire children’s writing.

  2. philippa says:

    wow. I am inspired and can’t wait to get started but I will take your advice and take my time to get to know the resources and games. There are some fantastic websites that I will use with my special needs class.

    Thank you for a fantastic day.

  3. Ben Smith says:

    What a fun and inspirational INSET day!!! Thank you for shining a light on to all the wonderful resources. I can’t wait to get stuck in

  4. Elise Evans says:

    This is the second time that I have had the opportunity to attend this course and I am just as excited as I was the first time! MYST has already had an impact on my teaching and the Pupils that have experienced MYST so far have thoroughly loved the writing process. I cannot wait for tomorrow!!!

  5. Charlotte jones says:

    Thank you for sharing some fantastic resources to engage our reluctant writers.

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