Monthly Archives: November 2019

‘Knowlogy’ Conference – seeking Wit, Wisdom and Wonder through Reading

‘Knowlogy’ Conference –

seeking Wit, Wisdom and Wonder through Reading

Tuesday 4th February 2020 

at Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

The Kite TSA is pleased to recommend this conference taking place in neighbouring Hertfordshire.  We have a long-established  relationship with Herts for Learning and collaborate with them to bring our Cambridgeshire colleagues the truly brilliant Martin Galway (who’s part of the conference line-up). We can also recommend the Cambridgeshire English Conference which is taking place on 30th June 2020 – click here to and choose ‘conferences’ to book

One of the recognised ways in which pupils gain knowledge is through reading. When it comes to which texts to choose to supply this knowledge, the choice is vast.

Great historical fiction, biographical narratives, and quality reference books all have the power to inform and delight.

This conference aims to celebrate the full range of knowledge-enhancing texts available to teachers, even going so far as to honour this special subset of literature with its own categorisation: ‘knowlogy texts’ – those texts that are capable of imparting and developing knowledge. ‘Knowlogy’ texts have never been more exciting, or more relevant.

With children being expected to read widely and deeply across all curriculum areas, now is the perfect time for teachers to refresh their understanding of what constitutes a quality text within this category, and how it can be used to foster excellent outcomes in reading and writing across the primary phases.

Herts for Learning and Just Imagine are delighted to be working in collaboration to welcome teachers to a conference that is sure to be inspiring, informative and relevant. With guest speakers, Teresa Cremin, professor of Education at the Open University, and Janina Ramirez, historian, broadcaster and author of Riddles of the Runes: a Viking mystery, colleagues will be sure to leave armed with a wealth of exciting new titles that they are excited to share with their classes.

A range of workshops will be available on the day, each aimed at enthusing a passion and knowledge for how non-fiction can be used to excite young readers and writers.

Knowlogy Conference

Click here to book

Free scheme of work and BBC Micro:bit resources for Primary ICT

This is a golden opportunity for primary school teachers in Cambridge to better develop their understanding of the ways in which the BBC Micro:bit can serve.

Graham Hastings (from St Johns College School) is creating a fully resourced, CC licensed scheme of work for primary schools to enable them to make use of the micro:bit as a resource for creative work across the curriculum. Thanks to support from Histon and Impington Junior school, he has piloted the scheme of work and has been able to continue to refine the resources based on the feedback received so far. The more schools that sign up to the project, the more feedback he gains and can use to make further improvements.

Thanks to funding from the ARM Schools Programme, Graham can supply schools that sign up to the project with micro:bits and components free of charge. The aim being that the schools will then write the activities into their curriculum and hopefully build on them over the years.

Click here to book via the Teach in Cambs website

 

Disability History Month – teaching resources

Disability History Month takes place every year between 22nd November and 22nd December and celebrates the lives and achievements of disabled people. Schools are encouraged to hold activities about disability equality during the month. The theme for this year is

Leadership, Resistance and Culture

Every school has disabled pupils, staff and family members.

Disability History Month is an opportunity within your school, to develop a culture of respect for difference and a chance to remove the barriers, so that all can achieve their potential.

So calling all students and teachers…keep reading this page to get ideas to organize events, put up displays, hold assemblies and introduce disability equality as a focus across the curriculum, in your school or college.

The DfE reports that up to 80% of disabled learners experience bullying and are 8 times more likely than non-disabled learners to be excluded or suspended. However the law requires reasonable adjustments to be implemented with no discrimination or harassment.

In education, disabled children and young people need staff, pupils and parents to understand and change their behaviour to accommodate the full range of disabled learners including those with mental health issues, behavioural difficulties, speech and communication difficulties, specific and general learning difficulties and those with physical or sensory impairments.

 

Useful links:

 

Accessibility and inclusive events in Cambridge – disability-history-month-brochure

Official website here

Twinkl has free resources here

A useful article in the Guardian newspaper as to other curriculum angles here

A UKDM video here

 

Spinney Open Day (a Whole Education event – all welcome!)

Teachers and senior leaders are invited to join us at The Spinney Primary School on Thursday 21st November to hear from Headteacher and National Leader of Education, Rae Snape about how The Spinney has created a connected and creative, changemaker curriculum.

Enjoy a tour of the school, and weather permitting, a visit to the Wild Wood (bring your wellies just in case).

This special day is just £15 and includes lunch.

email syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk to book your place.

 

Barefoot Programming Workshop – FREE Twilight

Barefoot Programming Workshop – a free twilight for primary teachers in Cambridgeshire

The Grove Primary School
Wednesday Nov 20, 2019 from 4:00PM to 5:30PM

An interactive workshop introducing you to the Scratch programming environment and taking you through the concepts of sequence, repetition and selection through a series of camel related challenges.

PROGRAMME

Time Topic
16:00 Registration and Refreshments
16:10 Getting started with Barefoot
16:15 Getting ‘over the hump’ with Computing
17:15 Further support available and the NCCE
17:25 Feedback Survey and Close

Click here to book

 

Train the trainer course for Delivering Early Mental Health Interventions

YMCA Mental Health Train the Trainer Programme for Delivering Early Interventions: 26th November at Barrington Primary School, Cambridgeshire (CB22 7RG)

Increasing resilience is crucial to improving outcomes for young people and reducing the risk of mental health issues escalating.  With rising needs, coupled with budget cuts, our Delivering Early Interventions Train The Trainer course empowers settings to develop group work programmes for KS1-4 in a uniquely sustainable and cost effective way.

Forming a key element of our ‘Targeted Stage 3 Training’ as part of our newly approved Competency framework, this 1-day course covers evidence based practice using cognitive behavioural therapy and resource based approaches to address issues such as self-esteem, emotional regulation, social skills and transitions. Delegates will receive schemes of work, assessment tools, resources and on-going advice to help these early interventions become embedded into your setting.  You will then be supported via a dedicated clinical professional and receive on-going refresher training, peer support, as well as resource updates through the licence programme.   

As a special last minute offer, you can get 20% off places booked for the upcoming course on 26th November, with every second place FREE if you quote ‘Nov20’ when booking*

 Feedback from delegates:

 

100% enjoyed the course and learnt more

100% improved their confidence in the subject area

100% said the materials and methods used facilitated learning

100% said the trainer was confident, prepared and knowledgeable

 

‘This was a really useful course, one of the best I have been on in a long time’

‘Thank you for an informative day. I am excited to begin implementing the programme’

‘What an awesome course and trainer!! Came away feeling confident in the content and excited to get going’

‘The support we will gain after the course will be so beneficial to us’

See the attached calendar for the latest list of training dates and our full brochure, including a whole range of new courses, or click here for more information about the course https://ymcatrinitygroup.org.uk/train-the-trainer-delivering-early-interventions/.

 

By booking a place you will also gain access to FREE Level 2 accredited training as part of our distance learning programme. Alternatively, we can tailor the course to whole staff teams or clusters of schools.

For more information about any of the services YMCA offers please click here

*Licence fee applies

 

 
 

 

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