Storytime Phonics Training Day at the Spinney Primary School
Story Time Phonics is a systematic approach to teaching synthetic phonics alongside fun and engaging books. Real books create real readers. The great thing about StoryTime phonics is that it is based on Letters and Sounds but you introduce each new sound with a fantastic storybook. With each book is a caption action which links to the book and the sound being taught. Planning still follows the four elements – revisit/review, teach (new learning), practise and apply. Ideas are given for activities for practising and applying, which are multisensory and fun. Consequently, this interactive approach helps children to retain the new learning and, of course, it is engaging!
Has your Year 6 teacher found some specific maths misconceptions hard to unpick in the lead up to SATS? PiC is a resource which helps schools to see how children progress in maths from reception to year 6 and helps teachers to track back when misconceptions arise.
The PiC series of handbooks (one handbook for each year group in primary school) will be available for purchase exclusively from The Kite TSA from September 2019 and there will also be options to support the resources with training.
We’re offering primary school maths leads the opportunity to come to this event to see how PiC works (a number of Cambridgeshire schools have had training and are already using the first edition version of PiC). Serge Tasic (trainer and co-author of the handbooks) will deliver a short and lively presentation which encapsulates the essence of PiC. Teachers will have the opportunity to explore the way in which these handbooks can add value to any and all schemes of work as well as helping to inform further development of school calculation policies. Primary maths leaders will be invited to come and thumb through the handbooks and test out a few scenarios where the resources can be used.
In the pilot we received some powerful feedback;
“PiC is the missing link. This is exactly what I need and have been looking for.”
“Really helpful to have a problem solving strand which should be integral to the new curriculum but is so often missed out.”
“This will help enormously with updating our calculations policy and it will also help colleagues of all abilities”
“This is excellent. It will feed directly into the provision of maths teaching and learning in our school”
“Having the guidance for all year groups should prove very useful, particularly in terms of being able to clearly see what children should be able to do before moving on to the next stage in their learning.”
“This has complemented the work I’ve taken part in with the Cambridge Maths Hub and provided lots of ideas to continue using in the classroom. I’m looking forward to sharing the information with colleagues and delving deeper”
“With mixed year groups there are particular challenges teaching mathematical concepts. It will be useful to track back at the start of units to assess where to start teaching and ensure progression for all. It’s really useful to see the visual models”
“I am looking forward to using the PiC booklet to plan future maths lessons with a focus on concrete resources.”
“A very useful and entertaining session”
“A thoroughly enjoyable day. Thank you for inspiring me to go back and try out lots of ideas!”
“It will reinforce work on mastery and help planning, especially supporting work with concrete resources. Really good to see what progression looks like in years prior to my yeargroup.”
The Big Education Conversation is taking place at the Bradfield Centre (a world-class collaboration space) on evening of Thursday 28th March. Teachers, headteachers and those connected with education will be joining the lively discussion and we’re very privileged to have an influential line-up of speakers. Some people have had difficulty registering for this FREE event. We recommend going to this site via Chrome outside of Central Host. However, if you have any difficulties please feel free to contact Suzie at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Brand new programme starting on 21st January at Trumpington Meadows Primary School. This programme has been specially developed for Trumpington Federation teachers and being opened up for more teachers to be able to take advantage. The programme includes a chance to take a look at the macro perspective of your organisation. It explores modeling and monitoring, leading improvements, analysing data and being strategic. It includes strategic aspects of improving outcomes, ambition and career paths and will also look at books, resources, sources of inspiration and role models as well as wellbeing and workload. This well-rounded series of twilights across the second two terms of the academic year is a great way to support recently qualified teachers and emerging middle leaders and has been carefully timed to be succinct to fit in with busy schedules.
Come and spend a day learning about BLINKS; a distinctive approach to school-led, peer-to-peer school self-evaluation and improvement. On Thursday 7th February 2019, this training will show headteachers how to successfully carry out BLINKS with a cluster or family of schools. This thoughtful and creative self-evaluation process helps schools to celebrate what’s good and great and values what colleagues are doing. Hosted at The Spinney Primary School in Cambridge, Roy Blatchford CBE will walk us through this distinctive and robust approach. Places are limited so booking early is strongly recommended. Lunch will be provided.
Make the most of Empathy Day, and work towards a whole school approach using books to integrate empathy education into existing school priorities
Come to a first-step training day with EmpathyLab, founders of Empathy Day; our aim is to build children’s empathy and social activism through a more systematic use of high quality literature. With 10 primary school partners we have spent the last three years testing new approaches. 100% of teachers report impact on six key empathy skills plus children’s reading frequency, range and enjoyment. 86% report impact on expressive writing, speaking and listening. Other impacts include improvements in wellbeing, family involvement, school culture and social action. See report www.empathylab.uk/schools. We are now opening up the EmpathyLab to new partner schools, offering training to help schools lay the foundations for schools’ empathy strategies and work towards a major celebration of Empathy Day, 11 June 2019.
An opportunity to develop Year 4 and Year 5 children’s confidence as well as their oracy and writing skills.
Our course facilitator is the wonderful Jonny Walker who has delivered delightful Primary Geography themed keynotes at both CambsEdFest 2017 and CambsEdFest 2018.
The Kite TSA is seeking expressions of interest for this. Wednesday 23rd January 2019 has been pencilled in and the venue can be confirmed depending on the location of participating schools. It is an exciting an innovative opportunity to collaborate with another school and one which Jonny has successfully run in Newham. It’s a great opportunity to invite children to consider themselves as comedy writers and to use their experience and observations as creative fuel. Contact Suzie Young email@example.com if you’re intrigued and would like to find out more. Deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 30th November.
Why children need to, and how they can work scientifically at Key Stage 1
13th February 2019, 13:00-16:00
Effective teaching in scientific enquiry is central to developing children’s ideas, skills, knowledge and understanding of science. Delegates will be able to implement strategies for planning, resourcing and organising a range of types of enquiry in order to improve children’s outcomes.
More than 1100 people , 336 families and children from more than 100 schools and setting came to this year’s Family STEAM Festival. This annual event takes place at The Spinney Primary School every September with the aim of improving parental engagement in children’s learning and raising aspirations across the STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths).