The Primary Campus has had a language rich start to term. Our staff training day on Monday saw the return of Chris Whitney, a leading UK consultant, who led training with our staff last year. She was so popular, that we asked her back for more.
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Over the course of the week, Chris led training on guided reading, linking poetry to grammar objectives, teaching reading and writing using film clips, great books to teach phonics and grammar through and spelling training. Over the remainder of the week, Chris spent time planning with each year group, working with Mrs Ebsworth to review our English development at the school and gave us some guidance on how we can continue to develop a love of language and high standards. We aim to continually develop our knowledge and understanding so that we can provide the best for our students at Alice Smith. Hopefully, you also managed to see Chris in our parent workshop on Thursday, where she shared a flavour of the training the staff had this week.
Poet in Residence
Continuing our theme of developing a love of language at Alice Smith, next week we will be welcoming Murray Lachlan Young to the Primary Campus. He will be working with the Key Stage 2 classes over the course of the week and you will have an opportunity to meet him at the Parent Workshop next week (Thursday 2nd November).
Health Warning - if your children get the Murray bug and want to watch him on Youtube, it would be best to search for ‘Murray Lachlan Young + children’s poems’ - he also writes poems for adults!
I am sure Murray will be a great success, he presents a mixture of poetry, stand-up comedy, storytelling, a touch of panto, and lots of fun participation. The aim is to provide a hilarious and positive route to show children that poetry can be fun, thought-provoking and even quite cool!
Murray is widely regarded as one of the UK's foremost performance poets - BBC 6 Resident poet and a regular fixture on BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live , BBC Test Match Special, The Shipping Forecast and current resident post on BBC 6 Music. Regular appearances at countless festivals include Glastonbury, WOMAD, Latitude, Isle of Wight and Edinburgh Festival.
"One of the greatest children's entertainer's I have ever seen. Five stars.” The Scotsman
"Enchanting" Sunday Times
I can’t finish my article without mentioning, Year 2’s latest focus. Our wonderful Year 2 teachers found that the children loved the work on Esio Trot so much, that they are carrying on with Roald Dahl for the start of this term. Despite the Malaysian heat, the Year 2 teachers dressed up as Granny from ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’, Willy Wonka, the crocodile from ‘The Enormous Crocodile’, the BFG and Miss Trunchbull from ‘Matilda’. The children then had time with each character finding out more about them, eating snozzcumbers with the BFG whilst the enormous crocodile tried to eat them!
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