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Long Sutton Primary, Lincolnshire ~ Day 1

| October 6, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Long Sutton Primary

Bill Mars n TimA privilege, to be at Bill Lord’s school, Long Sutton Primary, for the first of two days, working with staff, visiting colleagues and pupils.

In a Twitter conversation, back in July, between Dughall McCormick (or @Dughall) and Bill (@Joga5) (with @WatsEd and @MrHeadComputing copied in) Dughall was kind enough to say:

“Not much rivals a @TimRylands session :-)”

Bill replied:

“Time for honesty – a Mars Bar Ice cream whilst dipping your feet in a cool stream does. ;-)”

Today, with the help of an early morning purchase of a Mars ice cream, a bucket of water, and the gentle sound of a stream courtesy of Ambient Mixer (see the post) we took Bill up on his word, and transported him to our virtual paradise. Well, we tried.

With the staff from a great range of schools, we explored a vast range of digital delights, with the adults ~ almost TOO many things, tools for bringing learning even more alive. Joining us today, colleauges from:

Moulton Chapel Primary, Nene Infant School, Whaplode C of E Primary, Spalding St Paul’s Primary, Lutton St Nicholas Primary, Gedney Church End School, St Helena’s C of E Primary, Willoughby School, South Witham CP School, Cowbit St Mary’s C of E PrimarySpalding PrimaryPinchbeck East C of E Primary, Lincoln Carlton Academy, Boston Park Academy, Morton Trentside PrimarySibsey Free School, Holbeach Primary AcademyStilton C of E Primary, Welbourne Primary, Cranwell Primary and Sutton Bridge Westmere Community Primary. Continue Reading


| October 3, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

global_sprWith Cram, you can prepare, and use, flashcards on many subjects. A simple set of keyboard shortcuts means it is quick, and easy, to shuffle through ready made, or new, sets of cards, for revision, or learning situations.

Abingdon Primary School, Middlesbrough ~ Day 2

| October 3, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Abingdon Primary

abingdon-primaryFollowing yesterday’s day with the pupils and colleagues of Abingdon Primary School, today an INSET Day  working alongside the adults from across the school

Another big thank you to Adam Cooper, Deputy Head Teacher, and headteacher Andrea Williams. Continue Reading

The National Archives

| October 2, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

logo.gifNational ArchiveThe National Archive‘s website you can view complete public information films from 1945 -2006 ~public information films that cover some fasinating events from Britain’s post-war history. Many of the films have both historic and nostalgic value. Historically, they reflect the issues of the day; nostalgically, everyone has a favourite.

Abingdon Primary School, Middlesbrough ~ Day 1

| October 2, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

Abingdon Primary

abingdon-primaryA day of lessons, and thinking through the outcomes, at Abingdon Primary School. The morning with KS2, their teachers and visiting colleagues and the afternoon with KS1.

Today, we remained analog, within, and in front of, a digital landscape as an inspiration. Games aren’t used in the standard sense, in other words, we don’t “go here, and go there. We stand still within these worlds, contemplating, considering, and recording our thoughts, before even thinking about “going” somewhere else. Continue Reading

Yenka ~ Crocodile clips as was

| October 1, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

basicCircuits1An all time favourite, over the years of computing in schools, has most definitely been Crocodile Clips, of old, that fabulous site about circuits. Yenka recreates the spectacle in a very useful fashion.

Create simple, or more complex, circuit designs, and see how they operate.

Tools to Tell a Tale, Dillington House, Somerset

| October 1, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

TTTAT Somerset

InFinity LiteracyIn-finity Literacy Limited hosted “Tools to Tell a Tale – Improving reading and writing through ICT” with us,  Pie Corbett and David Mitchell at Dillington House.

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| September 30, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

ScribbleMapsScribbleMaps enables the creation of labelled maps on a lot of different scales. Annotate, and link off, your journey

The Oaks CE Learning Federation, at Bartley C of E ~ Day 2

| September 30, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

The Oaks CE Learning Federation

oaks_mini_logosOur second day with the The Oaks CE Learning FederationCopythorne 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


| September 29, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

SplatulataSpatulattaheader_logo features some simple, and more complex, recipes and how to demos for some fascinating cooking. One aspect is over 350 video recipes.

Search for creations by main ingredient, country/cuisine, special occasion or featured recipes. This free site is Flash based and features some subtle advertising. Get cooking!

The Oaks CE Learning Federation, at Bartley C of E Juniors

| September 29, 2014 | Add Your Thoughts 

The Oaks CE Learning Federation at Bartley Junior School


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.

OaksWith 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:

BartleyThe 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.