Whatever It Takes Training, Leicester ~ Day 2, Caldecote Community Primary School

| February 24, 2015 | 3 Comments 

Caldecote Community Primary

A second day at Caldecote Community Primary School, leading another two sessions, with children, and visiting staff, as part of the Whatever It Takes, training we are doing this week, in Leicester. Joining us today were colleagues from Folville Junior School, Christ the King Catholic Primary, Granby Primary, Glebelands Primary, Whitehall Primary, Rolleston Primary, Shaftebury Junior School, Forest Lodge Primary, Overdale Infant School, King Richard III Infant School, Humberstone Infant School, Uplands Infant School, Willowbrook Primary, Mayflower Primary, Catherine Infant School, Leicester City Primary PRU, Belgrave St Peter’s Primary and Inglehurst Infant School.


Dialogic talk and roleplay feeds directly into focussed and supportive writing tasks whereby pupils can, motivated by their excitement, experiment with formal writing techniques of description, even challenging themselves to go further and make use of simile and metaphor to enrich their writing. We are sure not to constrain this imaginative energy by having pupils overly worry about spelling and other ‘rules’. This is not to say that the importance of such conventions is ignored but rather that pupils are reassured that the objective of the exercise is to record their ideas and experiment with the description so that their expressive skill is not retarded by over-formality.

The products of all such activities are celebrated by the class; shared and appreciated. The ideas and creativity of individuals is fed back into the community of the classroom, further stimulating others to improve their own work.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Paul Ellam says:

    Brilliant inspiring session this morning, many thanks to Tim and Sarah!!

  2. Clare says:

    Fantastic afternoon! Amazed at the language that came from the children using the game stimulus!

  3. Anisha Kanji says:

    Thanks Tim for some real inspiration and enthusiasm to take back to my school.
    It was great to see it in practice!!!
    Thanks again.

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