Category Archives: Learning

Mystery Skype – where in the world?

Today we took another step into Mystery Skype, a brilliant way to practice geography and map skills by live skyping someone from somewhere in the world, but not knowing where they are. Intrigued? We were too, but the children in Clover and Lotus class, who I was working with today, turned super sleuths. More information on #MysterySkype can be found on our website

Armed with atlases, Chromebooks and Laptops to access Google maps and a good level of questioning skill were able to narrow down our new acquaintance and Microsoft Innovative Expert, Ms Chaba to Gurgaon in India. What a fun time we had, along with some fabulous international learning and a good sharing of knowledge and facts as Ms Chaba kindly allowed us to ask her some questions in order to learn more about her home country. Our huge thanks to Ms Chaba for hosting and for a fun and enjoyable afternoon. Here we are in action today:

West of England ICT Conference

Today a small group of Year 6 children had the opportunity to visit the West of England ICT Conference in Bristol. This takes place at the University of the West of England every year and is one of the major technology and education shows for the South West region that includes a wealth of new technology on show and keynote speakers and seminars.

Our children went along today to work alongside Russell Prue of Anderton Tiger Radio who led our highly successful radio day at the end of term 5. Throughout the day the children had the opportunity to mingle as delegates but also to conduct some seriously professional interviews, practicing all of the brilliant skills that they had learnt from working with Russell. they were particularly excited to meet Fran Scott, a real life TV presenter from CBBC who presents highly engaging science shows and delivered a wonderful keynote to us today. Fran was lovely and spoke to us at length about what she does. You can hear all of the children’s superb interviews below as well as look at a few photos from the day.

As always, the children were impeccably behaved and a real credit to the school, showing enthusiasm and energy that many delegates commented on. Thanks everyone.

International Day 22.6.16

This year we have really reached out to further our international links and global audience and I can truthfully say that I feel we are far more connected than ever with children and professionals from around the world.

Today we held our last international day of the year with each class taking their own focus for learning and exciting learning. Thistle learnt lots of interesting facts about India and read a super elephant story and Clover class wanted to know more about Canada. Clover also had the opportunity to link up with Mr Hamilton and Grade 4 of Bayridge School in Kingston Ontario to learn face to face with our international friends, which was super fun.

In KS2, Lotus class looked at France once more and Orchid class focused on Ghana – they also have a cake sale coming up next week, so please come along to that to raise much needed funds for charity.

Everyone had such a fabulous international day and we have pulled everything together into s slide show below. The children also explained what they have been learning throughout the day. Do have a listen!

Creating our own music

This afternoon I had the pleasure of teaching in Clover class and the children were using incredibox.com to experiment with sound and drop some serious beats as part of their Sound IPC topic! Of course, we had to record their wonderful efforts and here they are all mashed up for your listening pleasure. Well done everyone!

Empty Classroom Day

Today,Thistle class took part in the national Empty Classroom Day initiative whereby teachers were encouraged to take their learning out of the classroom and into the great outdoors. With exciting, inspirational and engaging learning, the children have all had a wonderful time today and you will see from the photos below that their classroom stayed empty for most, if not all of the day. Organised brilliantly by Mrs Butler and Ms Brown, this was another super day to remember. For more information on Empty Classroom Day, please visit https://emptyclassroomday.org.uk/ According to the children it was the best day ever! That says it all…

Here are the children making the most of their outdoor learning in our amazing grounds:

What an inspiring Friday

Today was one of those once in a lifetime experience days for the children as they ventured into a new kind of learning where resilience was key and confidence building was in abundance all around us. For one day only, the brilliant children of our school became presenters, working alongside Russell Prue of Anderton Tiger Radio who expertly guided them in the art of presentation and broadcasting etiquette.

With each group given their own focus for the show, time was spent planning, allocating roles, researching and rehearsing for their time behind the microphone, whilst some children became technicians for the day, working the jingles, beds and text machine. All very technical but all very much within the capabilities of the children, who simply shone. Everyone was working to a 2.30pm deadline, as that was when we went live to the world.

I can honestly say that as the day progressed our children grew in confidence and, on their own, produced a slick and exciting show that at it’s peak was simultaneously listened to by 40 listeners around the world. With an age range of children of 6-11 years all working together in mixed groupings, it was a complete joy to watch them work and a fabulously exciting and inspiring day was had by all. My thanks to the staff for supporting the children where necessary, to Russell for giving us a day to remember and to the children for making our last day of Term 5 so incredibly memorable. Well done everyone, you were amazing. Here are some behind the scenes photos and video of the day and the show and the podcast of the broadcast for you to listen again.