Our second day with the The Oaks CE Learning Federation – Copythorne CE Infant School, Netley Marsh CE Infant School and St Michael and All Angels CE Infant School, again kindly hosted at Bartley C Of E Junior School.
We started the day taking a journey in some digital domains, with the younger children, a joyous exploration, in a magical virtual setting. Laughter, and knowing smiles, mixed with some full on chatter and discussion. This flowed into some imaginative, and inventive writing, and drawing, before we travelled even further. Continue Reading
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The first of two days with the The Oaks CE Learning Federation, made up of Copythorne CE Infant School, Netley Marsh CE Infant School and St Michael and All Angels CE Infant School, our visit kindly hosted by Bartley C Of E Junior School.
The three small Church Infant Schools are based in the villages of Copythorne, Lyndhurst and Netley Marsh, who all work closely together under the leadership of Federation Headteacher Tina Daniels and Governing Body.
With Federation status, they share expertise, and resources, and are therefore able to achieve more together than any one school can individually, but recognise it is important to retain each of the three schools’ unique and individual characters within their own community.
Thanks too, to Jane Flood, of Copythorne Infant School, for sharing these thoughts:
The Oaks Learning Federation came into being in 2009/10. It is made up of 3 small infant schools, each with 3 classes and a church in view. All are housed in old buildings in the New Forest. St Michaels and All Angels is at the top of the busy High Street in Lyndhurst. Copythorne is a couple of miles away surrounded by fields & forest and Netley Marsh is again situated off a busy main road with a church and a pub. We have 3 churches and 3 vicars.
Lots of the children come from out of catchment with a mixture from the nearest large town of Totton, old forest families with forest rights and professionals who want the semi rural life. The 3 schools make up the main feeder schools for Bartley Junior which is a 3 form entry Junior half way between Copythorne and Netley Marsh. We have 1 Executive Headteacher – Tina Daniel – who was the first appointed head of the Federation. Each school then has its own head of learning (deputy head to you and me) who has a part time class responsibility.
As for the Federation, it is like George Lucas has named us. May the force be with you.
Thank you to Sue Griffiths, of Bartley Junior, for thoughts on the junior element:
The staff and children of Bartley C of E Junior School are looking forward to working alongside Tim to develop literacy through computing. This will provide all children and staff with an exciting opportunity to access the curriculum and learn in innovative ways.
Bartley C of E Junior School lies in the heart of the New Forest and has 366 pupils on role who travel to us from a wide catchment area. We have spent considerable time developing computing across our school and the work with Tim will further help to enhance our curriculum as we strive for excellence in every area.
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A big thank you to Headteacher of Blackhorse Primary, Simon Botten, for organising The South Gloucestershire Teachmeet. With a space theme, we went intergalactic ~ “To Boldly Go” where no teacher had gone before.
Teachmeets are fun! We try to take part in as many as we can during our travels. An informal gathering of those curious about teaching and learning. Anyone could share great ideas they’ve trialled in their classrooms, ask important questions or simply sign up to take part in learning conversations. Continue Reading
A full on day at Blackhorse Primary, large primary school in Emersons Green, Bristol, South Gloucestershire followed by a twilight session with all of the staff, and their Teachmeet.
This is a a school with an incredibly open, and “up for it” approach to technology across the curriculum. Our day was a shared between the analog learning that flows from virtual worlds, and taking a fast paced glimpse at some of the digital delights that are available to bring learning even more alive.
A fun filled day, starting with the upper Key Stage 2 pupils and their teachers in the morning… Continue Reading
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Day Two and what a delightful day of lessons with Goodleigh C of E Primary School pupils, their teachers and visiting colleagues from across North Devon.
We had the pleasure of working with all Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Goodleigh pupils. The day started with the Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, where they shared their ideas with confidence and skill as we explored a virtual world in Myst IV:Revelation. Continue Reading