The Firs Lower School, Bedfordshire

| October 10, 2014 | 6 Comments 

Firs Lower School

The Firs Lower SchoolA day of lessons and training at The Firs Lower School, Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

A fast paced, split day, combining a lesson session with some intrepid explorers from Year Four, and then time splattering the staff, and visiting colleagues, with  almost too many ideas~ digital ways of adding some sparkle, and magic, to lessons across the curriculum, and making your own, valuable, resources and teaching tools.

Joining us today were colleagues from across the county and beyond: Nash Mill CE School, Priory Academy, Russell Lower School, Shackleton Primary, St Swithuns School, Templefield Lower School, Watling Lower School, Willington Lower School, Woodland Middle School, Langford Village Academy, Alameda Middle School, Albury C of E Lower School, Barkway First School, Barley VC C of E First School, Carlton VC School, Cockernhoe Primary, Gothic Mede Academy, John Donne C of E Lower School, Laburnum Lower School, Long Marston VA C of E Lower School, Leedon Lower School and Maple Tree Lower School.

Thank you to Adam Campbell, Headteacher, for sharing these thoughts:

At The Firs, we pride ourselves on the care and support we give to our pupils and the strong sense of team work, that binds us all together as a community.

We are a Forest School and provide a curriculum that gives children the chance to learn outside the classroom, to respect the natural world, learn about it and understand the need to protect it from the environmental challenges facing it.

Our children have a strong commitment to their learning and by developing their ‘Growth Mindsets’ achieve high standards, of which we are very proud. Music is a strength of the school with a large and successful choir and many children learning an instrument. As a Read Write Inc. School we are passionate about reading and are determined that all our children will make rapid progress in their journey to becoming successful readers. We have greatly improved the quality of our provision in maths by giving children the opportunity to develop their mathematical thinking.

Our children are confident writers and achieve high standards by the end of KS1 and at the end of Year 4. We have purchased iPads for all our staff, as we want them to become confident in their own use of technology. We want to use the ICT to Inspire session as the catalyst to drive us on to explore the potential of technology to further enhance our curriculum and enthuse and inspire our pupils.

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  1. Sandra Evans says:

    What a brilliant day packed full of ideas to inspire both pupils and teachers. Plenty to go away and play with and I can’t wait to start trying them out in class. The quality of writing the children produced this morning was awesome. Thank you both.

  2. Alison Hyndman says:

    Hi Tim and Sarah,
    Thank you so much for today at The Firs. The course certainly lived up to its name and was inspiring. I will be going back to school to share your wonderful ideas. I will also be talking to our head about hosting an event for the cluster of schools in our trust. So hopefully I will see you again at some point in the future!!
    Many thanks
    Alison Hyndman :0)

  3. Laura Williams says:

    Thank you for what I felt to be a truly inspiring and motivating course! I have come away with a fabulous set of ideas that I will be sure to pass on to my
    colleagues. A brilliant day.

  4. Tim says:

    Thank you Laura
    Keep in touch and let us know what you try perhaps
    Tim and Sarah

  5. Sarah Campbell says:

    Hi Tim and Sarah,

    Thank you so very much for a fantastic day! I left with so many things to try, and felt truly inspired!
    The feedback from the children has been amazing and we have started planning some of your ideas in!

    Thanks again

  6. Alistair McBurnie says:

    Am already using lots of the fab website ideas/tech stuff from the last part of the day. Kids love it.

    Started with: tagxedo (great for grammar word classes, e.g. word ‘verb’ stuffed with verbs), switcheroozoo and padlet.

    Still stuck with some basics: how do you link your tablet wirelessly to your smartboard for sharing apps with the whole class?

    Many thanks for the great day.


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