Tag Archives: Literacy

Storytime Phonics Training Day with the Phonics Fairy – AKA Michelle Larbey

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!

WHERE: Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB

WHEN: Friday 27th September, 9am-3:30pm

COST: £60 per school

TO BOOK: email kitetsa@spinney.cambs.sch.uk by 17/09/19

Michael Rosen’s Teacher Workshop

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?)!

Click here to book

Michael Rosen Teacher CPD 2019

 

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

Brand NEW Greater Depth course for Year 4 and Year 5 Teachers (plus our Year 6 course is back)

Martin Galway from Herts for Learning returns to the Kite TSA next month for the first of three sessions for Year 4 and Year 5 teachers.  Named ‘Stretching and Challenging Year 4s and Year 5s to pave the way for greater depth’, this course is expected to be very well received after the success of the greater depth course for Year 6 teachers attended last year.  And for those Year 6 teachers that weren’t able to take advantage last year we’re delighted to also announce the repeat of the Greater Depth in Year 6 programme.

Stretching and Challenging Year 4 and 5 to pave the way for Greater Depth

Venue: The Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB

Dates:

  • Friday 18th Jan 9am-4pm
  • Friday 8th Mar 1pm-4pm
  • Friday 3rd May 1pm-4pm

Writing at Greater Depth in Year 6

Venue: The Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB

Dates:

  • Friday 16th Nov 9am – 4pm
  • Friday 8th Feb 1pm-4pm
  • Friday 26th April 1pm-4pm

The long and the short of GDS in Year 6 writing

Excerpt from Martin Galway’s recent blog….

The nature of this year’s framework, and its dissemination has allowed some space for deeper thought and discussion with colleagues in schools and on training courses. There is a sense that we are less in thrall to the prescriptive specifics of the here-today-gone-next-academic-year ITAF experiments of the past two years. This year, the STA kept good on their promises to release the frameworks, exemplification and associated guidance earlier in the year. Better still, we know what to expect in the coming year. That is always nice. Especially if you are in a year group subject to statutory assessment. Especially given the nature of accountability and what this means for class teachers at the sharp end of where writing meets statutory assessment outcomes. As a year 6 teacher, if I am completely honest, at times it would have felt like my life depended on that basic courtesy. You know, a bit of forewarning. Definitely appreciate that.

The long and the short of GDS in year 6 writing_hertsforlearning-blog_2018

or Click Here to visit the blog on HertsforLearning website.

Writing at Greater Depth in Year 6 Programme

This programme will focus on what ‘working at great depth’ in Year 6 could look like for writing in the classroom. Using statements from the NEW Teacher Assessment Framework in conjunction with the published writing exemplars, participants will explore each statement in turn and will be provided with detailed guidance on the sorts of evidence that would support a judgement at this standard.

Participants will…

  •  Gain confidence assessing whether writing meets the ‘Greater Depth’ standard
  • Discuss examples of work and explore what makes good writing evidence
  • Consider how to use secure the learning required (in the time left) and help pupils demonstrate it in their workExplore writing opportunities and texts that are well-placed to provide good evidence

Session 1 – Monday 4th December 2017 9:00-16:00

    A full day to explore writing content domains and associated subject knowledge and pedagogy for securing the best possible outcomes against the new KS2 Assessment Framework. High quality texts, dialogue, instruction and deliberate practice will be core features of the approaches to be shared.

Session 2 – Monday 19th March 2018 13:00-16:00

A half day to share outcomes from the learning embedded during session one and review progress towards statutory expectations in the KS2 2017-2018 Assessment Framework. Work samples and the associated discussion will be used to formulate plans for the next interval. There will an opportunity for the group and individuals to seek advice on targets, next steps, text types and units that best match pupil needs.

Session 3 – Monday 4th June 2018 13:00-16:00

The final half day is final get together to consolidate and reflect on the strategies employed and outcomes achieved since the course began. It will also be an opportunity to peer review the collated work samples.

About the Facilitator, Martin Galway:

Martin is an experienced teacher, leading teacher and English subject leader, Martin draws upon over a decade of experience as a trainer and coach.  He has a proven track record in supporting teachers and subject leaders in developing their practice within their schools.    

Venue: The Spinney Primary School, Cambridge, CB1 9PB

Cost: £300

Facilitator: Martin Galway

Book: syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk

 

The Big Read & Write

Cambridgeshire’s annual literacy initiative for Year 5 children. As our last event in 2018, schools from across the county were invited to bring classes to the live event at Lady Mitchell Hall in Cambridge OR join us via the live WEBCAST. The Big Read and Write welcomed Jo Cotterill, author of A Library of Lemons as the 2018 featured author.  Jo explored the concept of Empathy (our theme for 2018), sharing her storytelling tips and also launched a county-wide story writing competition for all of Cambridgeshire’s Year 5 children with a great prize for the winning author and their school!

This fantastic initiative encourages children’s love of the written word and is a collaborative project between The Kite TSA Cambridge, Cambridge Literary Festival and Cambridgeshire County Council. New to the collaboration for 2018 is Empathy Lab who’s work with schools is underpinned by research showing that relating imaginatively to book characters builds real-life empathy skills. To find out when the next Big Read and Write event will be email syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk the-big-read-and-write-2018_postcard

In 2015 the first ever Big Read & Write enabled Key Stage 2 children from across Cambridgeshire to hear from and be inspired by Francesca Simon, author of the hugely popular “Horrid Henry” series of books. In 2016 our featured author Chris Priestley helped Year 5 children to see how they could use their imagination to develop creepy scenes, settings and characters for their very own stories of suspense.

As ever, we will continue to create a wonderful storytelling relay at the Big Read at The Big Weekend in July 2019.  

Don’t forget to follow @bigreadandwrite on twitter to keep up with the latest Big Read and Write news!

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