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!
Louise Crook is well-known in Cambridgeshire as a long-serving equality and diversity trainer and advisor. Louise has broad expertise in training across all the protected characteristics.
Join us for this special twilight session with Louise where she will introduce the key principles and pedagogy of EAL and help teachers to learn how to consider the diverse needs of EAL learners. A chance to explore your setting’s role in identifying and meeting these needs and then to begin to develop practical strategies based on the pedagogy for supporting EAL learners.
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.”
A reflective day considering key research informed principles that make teaching more effective. Research in education will be explored giving useful insights on how to fully ‘tool-up’ with an arsenal of evidence informed practice. This unique and unmissable day of CPD promises to be invigorating and inspiring, offering a rich array of ideas to bring back to every classroom, regardless of setting.
Amjad Ali is a teacher, trainer, TEDx, engaging keynote speaker (including CambEdFest18) and Senior Leader. He currently works 4 days a week in a startup secondary school and offers CPD/INSET on his other day. Amjad has spent his teaching career working in challenging, diverse schools. He is a qualified, practising SENCO, completing the National SENCO Award in 2016. Amjad has worked with 1000s of teachers delivering courses to help them become more effective.
Please join us on Wednesday 16th January, 4pm-6pm at Trumpington Community College 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.
Tickets are just £10 and covers refreshments plus Michael Rosen’s two NEW books (Writing for Pleasure & Why Write? Why Read?)!
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.
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.
A brand new Primary Maths CPD opportunity for Cambridgeshire with Rachel Rayner from Herts for Learning.
Session 1 – 28.11.18
Why can’t fractions behave like normal numbers?
Have you got children who wonder this? Do you as a teacher wonder this? The national QLA data for KS2 SATs identifies fractions as an area that children find difficult to secure each year. How can we build a secure progression that really supports children to make better connections between fractions and the rest of the number system? This course aims to address how we can strengthen the learning in every year group of the Primary phase. Through a hands on day, time will be taken to demonstrate proven approaches, tackle and explain big misconceptions and generally showcase when fractions are not so different after all and how sometimes they are. But isn’t that what’s so exciting about them?
Session 2 – 16.01.19
Measuring Up: Securing progression in measurement
What does it take to measure up in measure in the Primary years? Well more than you might think. This course will show leaders the barriers many children have in measure and the foundational learning that may be missing. Through practical exemplification, Rachel will lead you through the kinds of tasks and thinking that allow children to build year on year through the Primary phase. The day will be centred on the use of the concrete pictorial approach and will make links to other underpinning theories of teaching for mastery. By the end of the day leaders will have a clear idea of progression, foundational learning to secure, the main difficulties and ways to overcome these. Warning you may get wet!
Herts for Learning Facilitator, Rachel Rayner is an accredited Maths Specialist Teacher and Adviser for Herts for Learning. Rachel is passionate about mathematically rich learning environments that promote curiosity and independence and a strong advocate for enjoyment and positive subject engagement. She works with schools to help them change children’s (and adult) attitudes towards maths. She is particularly skilled at creating lessons and sequences of lessons that include opportunities for problem solving and deeper mathematical thinking; providing challenge for all.
DATES: 28.11.18 & 16.01.19
VENUE: Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB
COST: £225 and £175 for additional teachers from the same school.