Category: 2) Useful n Interesting
We were blessed to work alongside the teachers, & children of Kingfisher Primary School, in Doncaster, and Nathan Atkinson, their head teacher. Nathan has been kind enough to keep in touch, and share some of the things that followed on from our visit.
I thought about you today when I was doing a lesson observation today. It was a lesson you would have been proud of! It contained so many great aspects that were a result of the training you provided for us just over two years ago!
There was open talk, QR codes, video clips, audio samples, truly effective questioning with quality thinking time given for children to respond and role play.
Although your input was delivered such a long time ago it is great to see so many of the ideas that you shared being used so effectively to inspire learning (I also check in on your blog weekly to pick up and share new ideas for the staff).
Yesterday I observed a Y1 maths lesson and saw a pre recorded Alien Morfo being used to question the children about odd and even numbers, the children were so engaged! Just one more… This afternoon I used telegami to produce my end of concert speech for the Christmas productions (this may sound like a cop out and a lack of the “personal touch” but I will still be there in person!)
We were inspected in October and moved from Satisfactory to Good in all areas (we almost got outstanding for behaviour!). We will continue in our drive to achieve outstanding!
I enjoyed seeing your China photos, I visited last October and as a result have set up a partnership with a school in Dalian. Two colleagues made a trip over this October, in fact your paths almost crossed! We have a member of staff from our sister school working with us this year and we are teaching Mandarin to children in Y2 and Y3!
Well that’s enough for now, remember to check our school website for more of our news, we passed 100,000 visitors today (in just under 2 years).
Nathan Atkinson – Headteacher
Kingfisher Primary School
Thank you Nathan, and well done indeed for your OFSTED steps too. Outstanding is well within the grasp of the Kingfisher team, too. Great to hear that you’re all still bringing some great magic in to your learning experiences. Keep in touch.
ReelApp creates a very simple, and quick, way of creating slideshows that you can share with others, for free.
With Reel, getting your ideas out there and polling your audience is like shooting fish in a barrel. Just cast out your line of slides and they’ll bite in no time!
Reel posts your preso behind a unique URL. Your audience only needs a web browser to view your show where and when they are ready. Your audience won’t have to wait for a file download or open any other software. Once you’ve got your audience on the hook, they’ll be able to give you their impression of your ideas. Thumbs up for the ones they love; thumbs down, they’re not feelin’ it. You’ll get a summary page showing the total number of responses to each slide. Gone fishin’!
Simple Surface.com is an interesting utility. It’s like a big white board. Double click to create an item.
A text input box will open. Type and press [enter] key when done. Press the [Tab] key to create a branch. Then start typing to edit. Simple and easy. Could be useful in planning, gathering ideas, or even presenting. Give it a go.
Chatzy is a free private chat service which you can use to communicate with people you already know or people who visit your blog or website. With Chatzy you can create a chatroom and send out email invitations very quickly and easily. No registration is required. Chatzy is free and has no popup ads. It works on all major browsers, and has a mobile version.
Useful for meetings, lessons over distance, and recording a conversation between multiple people.
Any way of interacting, socially, requires careful consideration. Chatzy considers this and sessions can be organised so that only those who you want to contribute, can.
There are three ways to set up chats: allow those who know the address, allow only those who’s emails have been confirmed, or only registered users who have received an email invitation for the room or been added manually to the visitor list.
CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to visualize and share your ideas as images.
Anything you paint will show up, for all other users in the “room”, in real time. It only takes one click to save a sketch, as an image, for embedding on sites and blogs. Runs in all common browsers without plugins or installation. CoSketch is free & doesn’t require registration. Draw freehand, or use icons from the library.
Now with Google Maps support. Draw on a blank canvas or use Google maps as the background for your sketches to show directions or share trips. Get doodling.
Professor Word helps to improve your vocabulary while you surf the web. Install the web Get one-click definitions.
Drag the button to your Bookmarks Toolbar. Visit a site &, when you click on a word, you get a clear definition in a speech bubble. A useful individual, or class, tool.
Wondering how to use a particular word in a sentence? Welcome to FrazeIt. With more than 100 million sentences, this is an advanced platform for investigating sentences and structure. Useful to writers, pupils, ESL students & teachers and all those fascinated by words. Works in ■ English ■ French ■ Spanish ■ German ■ Italian & ■ Portuguese
Thank you to Moonstone class, at Holy Trinity Rosehill, for their reflections on yesterday:
When we first met Mr Rylands, he said that his name was like dry land, minus the ‘D’.
We thought that this was funny and straight away began to look forward to the morning ahead of us.
As we walked into the hall, we saw the big screen with some sort of magical land displayed on it, we felt straight away that our imaginations were going wild and we wondered what was going to happen next…
An excitement began to build in us because of the amazing setting we were in. The setting made us feel like we were in another world and we had no idea what to expect.
We were given books, but at first we were asked to answer questions about the setting, for example, what did it look like? What could we see? What would we imagine it to smell like? Was the mountain covered in snow or icing sugar? There was no wrong or right answer! This was true because everyone can imagine something different, and as we compared our stories later that morning, we realised that everyone thought differently about the setting.
When we did the simile and metaphor game, we were told to say things in a different way, a different accent. We had to do actions with it as well.
It helped us to learn the difference between a simile and a metaphor, for example we know a simile is like something, and a metaphor is something.
Our example of a metaphor is, ‘it is snowing icing sugar.’ Our simile is ‘The leaves are as green as a crocodile.’ or The water was like a blue shining star!’
Then we were asked to begin writing down ideas from our imagination. Looking at the setting, Mr Rylands moved the picture around. We were asked if we wanted to go and explore, but first we had to describe the setting so that we could remember where we were.
We were allowed to write things in our own words, from our own imaginations. We really enjoyed this as we were free to write down whatever we wanted from our own ideas. Nothing was wrong as it was our own thoughts.
Using the setting, it was keeping us interested, as we wanted to find out what was over the bridge, and in the building beyond. We were disappointed that we ran out of time because we were excited to find out more and we wanted to see who the lady was in the next building. We didn’t want it to end, and when we arrived back in the class, we wanted to keep writing our own story.
We then listened to each others stories and were able to steal ideas from each other. Our class call this magpying.
Overall, we had so much fun and when we have to do writing we would like an interactive setting as this helped to inspire us and give us great ideas.
Thank you Mr Rylands and Sarah for a brilliant day!