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‘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

 

Compassion Matters – FREE training twilight and FREE resources

Join us for a twilight session to hear about how the project has been successfully implemented at others schools, its impact and how you can make use of the Compassion Matters resources in your school.It’s a FREE training session and the resources are FREE too.  Tuesday 29th October, 15:45-17:00 at Spinney Primary School. Click here to book.

¨ Critical thinking

¨ Social-emotional skills

¨ Metacognition

¨ Growth Mindset

¨ Universal Values

 

Compassion Matters is an educational outreach project that shares and develops learning resources with schools to enable the teaching of universal human values and secular ethics. The project includes elements of character education, values-based learning and social-emotional learning and equips children To think critically about ethical issues leading to a positive impact on the children’s mental well-being and academic attainment.The learning materials have also been designed to fit with the latest PSHE and OFSTED personal development frameworks. Compassion Matters also meets key areas of the Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education guidance from the Department for Education including; Mental wellbeing, Physical wellbeing, Families and people who care for me, Caring friendships and Respectful relationships and Being safe. 

The course materials have been designed by leading academics, teachers and educational publishers to ensure they are child-centred, interactive and engaging for teachers and children. Based on an exploratory learning model are designed to be accessible to all teacher regardless of the experience of teaching ethics, values of SEL. Our project is web-based and resources are designed to be used ‘out of the box’ with guidance on how to deploy our lesson plans and other resources included.

 

 

Amjad Ali – The Effective Teacher – SEND, Pupil Premium & Inclusion

CambsEdFest Presenter Amjad Ali brings us The Effective Teacher – a series of stand alone CPD days which are unique, inspiring and applicable to primary, secondary and further education teachers.

SEND, Pupil Premium & Inclusion – Who, what, where, why and when!

  • Teachers will be given a detailed breakdown of key SEND related Teaching and Learning practices to enable all teachers to teach to the top and scaffold down.
  • Key SEND diagnosis will be explored in more detail to give teachers a greater understanding of the difficulties students face.
  • Pupil Premium as a label will be explored looking at innovative and effective strategies used by schools nationwide to help diminish the difference.

You don’t have to be a SENCO to attend!

Date: Monday 18th March 2019

Venue:   Trumpington Community College

Timing: 10:00-15:00

Cost:       £95

Others in the series…..

  • 13.05.19 – Behaviour & Relationship Management / Building
  • 03.06.19 – Marking versus Feedback; Effective Wellbeing for all staff
  • 08.07.19 – Effective Planning and Subject Knowledge Development.
     

Contact

EmpathyLab

the power of words to build empathy and action
Empathy Day training for schools

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.

EmpathyLab Training 2019

EmpathyLab Newsletter Dec2018

Storytelling & Stand-up for Children!

Storytelling & Stand-up for Children!

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 syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk if you’re intrigued and would like to find out more. Deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 30th November.

Teachers energised at the most optimistic (and unique) education festival

Over 300 teachers affectionately known as ‘Flamingos of Hope’ descended on the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education last Saturday for #Flamingle18 / CambsEdFest / Cambridgeshire Festival of Education

The Festival’s Steering Committee and Organisers made big claims (albeit with a beer advert-style disclaimer) saying that it’s ‘The Most Optimistic Education Festival in the World, Probably’ and feedback shows the intentions were realised on the day

Feedback from presenters;

“It was inspiring, uplifting and inclusive. Fun, focused and festive. All credit to Rae Snape, the organisers and all contributors and participants. This is how education conferences should be. Congratulations.” Professor Alma Harris*

“Incredibly well organised and brilliant communication in the lead up to it – great thought provoking event.” Jonny Walker*

“I have never been to a more optimistic conference…I loved speaking and meeting everybody….Well done to you and your team. What a slick event.  Lots of food for thought and fun.” Amjad Ali*

“Of all the education events, the one with the most positive energy and camaraderie. Congratulations, one and all, and thank you for the privilege of taking part.” Lucy Rycroft Smith & JL from Flip the System UK*

“It was such a wonderful event and full of positive energy. I spoke to many flamingos and heard great feedback mentioning how they felt inspired and really enjoyed the festival. Thank you so much to all event team – for your enthusiasm, vision, dedication and energy to make this happen. We are changing the world for a better place, one day at a time.” Natacha Wilson, Random Acts of Kindness Foundation*

Creative CPD Workshop with Michael Rosen

Please join us for a special workshop led by the renowned author, Michael Rosen, our ‘poet in residence’ at Historyworks. In this invaluable session, Michael will share his knowledge and experience for reading and writing both prose and poetry, and will introduce methods for supporting students of primary and lower secondary school age, followed by Q&A session.

In this CPD workshop, author Michael Rosen & public historian Helen Weinstein, will introduce teachers to ways of supporting students to improve their reading and writing of both poetry and prose. Historyworks has made a huge number of free resources with Michael Rosen for Cambridgeshire schools, which we will showcase at the event. All participants will receive two signed books from Michael Rosen, the latter recently published, aimed at primary and early secondary school teachers. Teachers will be taken through Michael’s guidance about how students can be encouraged to embrace reading and also improve the content of their writing by evaluating their narrative ingredients using his top tips. Helen Weinstein will showcase a variety of resources including history stories, walking trails, poetry and songs which have been devised by Michael Rosen and Historyworks, for teachers to use both inside and outside the classroom, to enhance learning across the curriculum. The main aim at the end of a long school day will be to inspire teachers, share practical tips and free resources, have fun with words in poetry and prose, and also eat chocolate cake together!

Time: 4pm Chocolate Cake social followed by 4.30pm/6pm Workshop with

Michael Rosen and Helen Weinstein, supported by Historyworks.

Tickets: £10 Teaching & Education Professionals. Fee covers refreshments

plus two books: “What Is Poetry?” and “Poetry and Stories for Primary and

Lower Secondary Schools” or £1 (ADMISSION ONLY)

Booking essential via Eventbrite

Michael Rosen’s Workshop 7th March 2018

Historyworks
Michael Rosen workshop partners

 

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