We've just realised that we published our last post over a year ago. 🤔
Time really does fly when you are busy! It also makes you reflect on which social media platforms you use, how manageable they are to maintain and whether they are the best way of communicating with our followers, colleagues and friends.
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It has been a fantastic two weeks in Aberbargoed Primary School. This time, we were working alongside Year 5 (Class 7) and Year 6 (Class 8) who had been learning all about the functions of the heart. They kindly agreed to put their expertise to use and assist us with our big questions. To find out more, please visit the project website: The Heart of the Matter.
A special thank you to all the children, staff, families and wider community. There were so many memorable moments and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with you all.
It's November already and we can't quite believe that 2017 is passing so quickly. This year, we have been involved in an increasing number of Designer Projects.
Our Designer Projects have grown in popularity since 2016, with forward bookings in place until July 2019. Each project involves 'Embedded CPD/CLPL' for the staff involved, as well as a series of linked learning experiences for the children over a 2-week period. A project website is developed and updated daily, a photo-book produced and a family engagement event organised and led by the children involved.
We must say 'thank you' to David Lewis (Headteacher), the staff, children and families of Aberbargoed Primary School for being the pioneers of these type of projects. It was been a pleasure working alongside you all.
On Friday, it was the turn of Class 6 to have an audio recording of The State Song. They performed the song with an echo and a change in tempo. Enjoy!
Take a look at the project website.
Today, it was the turn of Class 3 to have an audio recording of the second song that is accompanying the project in Aberbargoed Primary School.
Day Three in Aberbargoed Primary. Knights, suits of armour and the song! Class 4 loved the audio recording of themselves singing the 'Think it, Try it, Fix it, Share it' song (written especially for this project by Andrew). They have already found ways to improve their performance! For those who requested to hear it, enjoy! :-)
Click here to view the project website with Year 1 and 2 in Aberbargoed Primary School.
We are currently in the middle of a two-week project with Classes 7 and 8 in Aberbargoed Primary School - Year 4, 5 and 6 (P5, 6 and 7). It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to witness the progression in learning - attitudes, skills and knowledge.
A website has been set up specifically to capture the essence of the project - providing a place for children, parents and staff to access materials, share experiences, evidence children in action and capture the learning, reflections and connections of all involved.
A new research article 'Learning strategies: a synthesis and conceptual model' by John Hattie and Gregory Donoghue was published online two days ago with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The link to the article will allow you to read it online, download a PDF copy or view an interactive PDF in ReadCube. The PDF version is below if you would prefer to download it from here.
We were fortunate enough to spend a day on Skomer Island (Pembrokeshire) last week. It was an amazing experience and we would highly recommend a trip there if you visit the area or live nearby. The wardens and volunteer staff are incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and available to answer any questions and point out the best places to see certain wildlife.
If you can make use of our short video in your school/setting, please feel free to download it. The puffin landed right next to us - a real treat as 20,000 of the 22,000 puffins on the island had decided to migrate the day before we arrived!
For more information about Skomer Island and the The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, visit this website. http://www.welshwildlife.org/skomer-skokholm/skomer/
If you would like to read more about our visit Skomer Island and have a look at some of our photos, please visit our 'A Peak A Week' page.