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The Big Read & Write 2020

The Big Read and Write takes place on Wednesday 25th March and all of Cambridgeshire’s Year 5 Teachers are invited to join in!  Thanks to the magic of live-streaming we will be able to beam this wonderful live author event out to the whole of the county. The Kite TSA is delighted to confirm that dozens of schools from across the county are already signed up and making use of the jam-packed and FREE Teacher Pack. 

The Big Read & Write is Cambridgeshire’s annual literacy initiative for Year 5 children. Schools from across the county bring classes to the live event at Lady Mitchell Hall in Cambridge and many more join us via the live webcast. For 2020 our theme is ‘Precious Planet’ and the featured author is Sita Brahmachari with her book ‘Where the river runs gold’.

By having a large auditorium for over 400 children and by broadcasting live via YouTube this event aims to reach as many of Cambridgeshire’s Year 5 children as possible. ALL participating schools benefit from a dedicated teacher resource pack which is full of ideas and information.

The hour long live event allows the featured author (Sita Brahmachari) to share extracts from their books and to give a little bit of background about how they came to be a writer. They then introduce The Big Read & Write Story Writing Competition to children and build up excitement about the great prizes for the winning author and their school! Finally our author goes on to a live and interactive Q&A session (with both the live audience and with remote participants via twitter) which allows children to connect and really delve into what it’s like to be a writer and hear some tips and advice for success.

To apply for a teacher pack click here

The Cambridge Literary Festival  Spring Programme (16th-19th April 2020) Children’s Programme is hot off the press!  Take a look inside for us!  

‘Writing the future’ Primary Teacher Writing CPD, Wine and Show event

Join in with this FREE inspiring CPD event led by Michael Judge from New International Encounter (NIE) with wine and a show included!

An opportunity to learn exciting techniques from across Europe to develop children’s creative writing.

NIE (well renowned for their sellout family shows Beauty and the Beast, 2016 and Snow White, 2018) and Cambridge Junction invite you to join them on their most adventurous show yet….

I Will Be Everything

NIE has partnered with 7 countries to work with children in local schools across Europe to ask the question, what will the future be like in 50 years’ time in their community? These fabulous stories created by the children have been brought to life by professional artists from the UK, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Norway, Spain and Poland.

Places are strictly limited, in order to book your place, please email Emily.blackwell@nie-theatre.com or call 01223 403343.

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Big Education Conversation: What’s the point of Education?

Smiley Movement & The Kite TSA Presents the Big Education Conversation – What’s the point of Education?

For much of human history, education has served an important purpose – to provide us with tools to survive.  But, should survival be the extent of young people’s life aspirations today?

In October’s Big Education Conversation in Cambridge (‘How Can We Better Prepare Young People for Their Future?), we recognised that teaching ‘soft skills’ and harnessing interests and talents in a more ‘learner-centric’ approach helps develop more well-rounded individuals, who are better equipped for adulthood.

Yet traditional institutions still teach old fashioned curricular to new generations, often resulting in poor outcomes.

In this second edition of the Big Education Conversation, Smiley Movement has once again teamed up with National Leader of Education Rachel Snape, The Kite TSA and Whole Education, to look at the bigger picture of education. Joined by expert speakers, guests and young people, we will be going on a quest to find out:

  • What is the point of education today? Is it still just about finding a job?
  • What does successful education look like?
  • What do millennials look for in the workplace? What are they passionate about?
  • Should soft-skills (communication, work-ethic, creative-thinking, teamwork, time-management, problem-solving etc) be taught at home or at school?
  • Are schools doing enough to harness individual talents and interests?
  • What role do schools play in nurturing a sense of identity, purpose & sustainability in young people?
  • What role does education play in social entrepreneurial skills? Becoming changemakers, innovators and having a positive influence on society?
  • Should schools educate young people about the volunteering and doing charity work in the UK/world? Including the incredible personal journey and skills development a career in a non-profit provides?
  • How do young people define happiness? (Success? Freedom? Love? Self-Fulfilment? Something else?)
  • How does education contribute to achieving all of this?

Educational needs are changing and our mission to understand ‘how can we better prepare young people for their future?’ continues.  What remains unchanged is education’s power to positively transformation young people’s lives. We believe we owe it to them, to our children, to future generations and our planet to get it right.

Join us on the 4th March at 6.30pm at the Milton Road Primary School in Cambridge, and join the conversation with an inspiring mix of speakers from millennials, academics, innovators and disruptors about their vision for the purpose of education, and how we can all support it.

Agenda
  • 6pm- 6.35pm Registration
  • 6.35pm- 6.40pm – Introduction to Smiley TALKS (5 mins)
  • 6.40pm-7.10pm- Opening Speech by NLE Rae Snape & Keynote (30 mins)
  • 7.10pm- 8.10pm- Moderated Panel discussion & Audience Q&A (1 hour)
  • 8.10pm- 8.55pm Workshop: Audience breaks out in groups to discuss ‘what’s the point of education’ soft-chaired by Speakers, and share learnings with the room
  • 8.55pm – 9pm – Closing Remarks & Calls to Action
  • 9pm- 10pm -Networking session & refreshments
  • 10pm Event Ends

Click here to book your place.

 

 

 

Headteachers’ Wellbeing Lunch, Networking and Talk with special guest Adrian Bethune

Headteachers’ Wellbeing Event – Friday 31st January – 1pm-3:30pm at Milton Road Primary School, CB4 2BD

Join us for a delicious lunch at Milton Road Primary School (thanks to our partners Lunchtime Company) and an afternoon of collaborative discussion, learning with and from others and reconnecting with peers.

Hear from Adrian Bethune about his book ‘Wellbeing in the Primary Classroom’ (everyone is getting a copy!). His main focus will be on your wellbeing as a headteacher but touching on the ways in which the concepts can ripple out to staff and pupil wellbeing too.

 

  • Stress Management– not all stress is bad but chronic stress can be extremely detrimental to our health and wellbeing.
  • Mindfulness– how to establish your own mindfulness practice to improve mood, increase resilience, boosts immune system functioning and increase levels of happiness.
  • Resilience – being a headteacher is full of highs and lows, but if     we’re not careful the lows can knock us down.

Date: Friday 31st Jan 2020 1:00pm-3:30pm

Venue: Milton Road Primary School, CB4 2BD

Cost: £35 (includes lunch and a copy of the book)

lunch, networking and wellbeing
Special Guest Adrian Bethune

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Reading at Greater Depth – a NEW course with acclaimed facilitator Martin Galway

Reading at Greater Depth – a NEW course with acclaimed facilitator Martin Galway

This NEW two session course provides Year 5 and 6 teachers with a range of tools to help extend and deepen the ways in which students respond to a range of reading materials, both fiction and non-fiction. Colleagues will be supported to enhance their curriculum design and text selection in order to provide a rich reading offer that supports progress towards achievement of the higher standard in the end of KS2 reading assessments.

The course is grounded in research and classroom practice and will cover the essential knowledge and skills that underpin successful comprehension of texts both during and after the act of reading. Practical activities and demonstrations will illustrate how to use whole-class, group, and individual approaches during reading sessions. The course will explore ways to develop pupil’s thinking at a deeper and more sustained level, as well as consider how to develop the clarity and precision of how children express and develop their thoughts.

Reference will be made to statutory assessment domains and participants will be supported to see how the principles and approaches of effective reading instruction supports progress and attainment against statutory measures. Analysis of past papers will be used to highlight implications for test preparation and technique, without losing sight of the long-term, core aim of developing confident, thoughtful and articulate readers, able to cope with the demands of increasingly complex texts.

By attending this course, participants will:

  • explore a range of approaches to developing higher level reading knowledge and skills that enhance the quality of expression in responding to texts
  • participate in demonstrations of reading instruction designed to support achievement at the higher standard, and boost all pupils ability to think about, and discuss what they have read
  • gain insight into what might characterise performance at the higher standard in reading
  • understand how best to prepare pupils for the demands of the KS2 reading paper within a principled, evidence-informed approach to developing motivated, curious, and thoughtful readers.

Dates:      Friday 17th January, 9am-4pm

                  Friday 24th April, 9am-Midday

Venue:   Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB

Course cost: £225

Click here to book

Primary English CPD
Martin Galway

‘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

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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.