Author Archive: Sarah
The second of our three days with the staff and children of Dulwich College, British International School in Beijing, China. Yesterday, with the Y3′s and Y5′s, and today with the Y4′s and the Y6′s, and a session with a small group of teachers exploring the wonders of some chosen Web2 tools and websites.
With the children, and their teachers, a joyous day of virtual explorations exploring further through the worlds, capturing our experiences with scribbly sticks and paper, playing with words and ideas, in English and the wealth of other languages floating around the rooms. Continue Reading
The first of three days working alongside the staff, and children, of Dulwich College, British International School in Beijing, China.
Today, we set off on quests through virtual worlds capturing our experiences in wondrous words. A massive “Well done” to all those brave souls who did so well picking up those words, juggling them, and delighting in the sights and sounds they create within our minds. Simile, and metaphor, sprang alive.
To do so, in a variety of languages, takes courage, and style. Nice one folks. Continue Reading
Right! So much for all this standing around yesterday! Today it is full steam ahead! A fast-paced hurtle, through almost too much. Whizzing and whirring through a plethora of digital delights with the staff of Millfields Community School. Continue Reading
Great to be back in Hackney, for the first of two days at Millfields Community School, today with the children and staff and tomorrow an INSET day.
Millfields Community School is a much larger than average primary school. The community is culturally and ethnically diverse, 8% of pupils are Turkish, 6% African Caribbean, 66% White British, 11% from other white European backgrounds and the remainder are from a wide range of ethnic groups represented in smaller numbers. This means that the percentage of pupils from minority ethnic groups is more than twice the National average and therefore the school works hard, and is proud to be, culturally inclusive.
Many pupils speak English as an additional language and a large proportion are at the early stages of learning the language.
Today, we went wandering in the world of words, with some intrepid explorers, many of them in seasonal costume. A gang of ghastly ghouls and gangling ghosties galavanted gloriously alongside us. Continue Reading
Our first of two days at Mitton Manor Primary School, in Tewkesbury, today for an INSET with all the staff and visiting colleagues from Longlevens Infant School, Randwick C of E Primary, Shurdington C of E Primary, Soudley School, St James C of E Junior School, Haresfield C of E Primary, St Lawrence C of E Primary, St Peters Primary (Newnham), Steam Mills Primary, Swindon Village Primary, Coopers Edge School, Fairford C of E Primary, Benhall Infants, Blakeney Primary, Brimscombe CE Primary, Castle Hill Primary, Christ Church C of E Primary, Dunalley Primary, Elmbridge Infant, Forest View Primary, Gastrells Community Primary, Heron Primary, Hill View Primary and Warden Hill Primary.
Mitton Manor Primary School has the moto “Try, enjoy, achieve, move forward“. The staff are committed to ensuring that every child, whatever their ability and starting point, achieves his or her potential. They aim to provide an exciting and challenging curriculum matched to the needs of the child, within a happy and caring environment.
Thank you to Matt Fletcher, headteacher, for inviting us and organising this two day event.
Matt Fletcher, Headteacher
Mitton Manor Primary School has been on a journey over the last two years. The vision was to create a learning atmosphere where children were excited to come into school, engaged in their learning through excellent teaching within interesting themes and where ‘Team Mitton’ could develop together to create a school where excellence is the norm.
As a ‘Talk for Writing’ school that has worked alongside Pie Corbett for the last two years, we now want to develop our ICT provision to support this in class, along with our exciting curriculum.
Everyone has been excited about the prospect of working with Tim and Sarah, to develop our own subject knowledge, confidence with using ICT in the classroom and our bank of ideas.
Today we had the privilege to work with 45 teachers at the extremely well-equipped, and organised, ‘Inspire2Learn‘, a unique resource for all schools and Academies across Redcar and Cleveland. The centre is managed by schools for the benefit of all learners and teaching staff with resources available for all.
Thank you to Carl Faulkner, head teacher of Normanby Primary, for inviting us back to this remarkable venue and joining us on some wondrous explorations, of digital and analog domains. Continue Reading
A return trip to Normanby Primary School, in Middlesbrough, for more investigating of fascination, and learning.
Our last trip saw us experimenting with digital, and analog, ways of creating experiences. We went on a virtual rollercoaster alongside some of the brave mums and dads; we made fire pits and cooked food; we did lots that deserved a ripple. Continue Reading
Day Two at Signhills Infants Academy and Signhills (Junior) Academy, this time for classroom-based lessons with their children, their staff and visiting colleagues from Scartho Junior Academy, Middlethorpe Primary Academy, East Ravendale Church of England Academy, New Waltham Primary Academy, Woodlands Primary and Waltham Leas Primary Academy.
This morning’s session with the Year 5′s had a focus on the learning that flows from a digital stimulus. We ventured almost nowhere (in the Virtual physical sense), but many thousands of miles in terms of thinking, and inventing. Well done indeed to those who came, with such style, on our travels today. Continue Reading