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This course will examine Progression Step 3 of the new AoLE for mathematics and numeracy and clarify what this looks like in the classroom.
This 1-day course is part of a 3-day rolling programme. The days do not have to be done in any order and can be stand alone 1-day courses.
This 3-day module is a rolling programme. The days can be completed in any order and can also be booked as stand-alone days.
Helping Pupils to Write Engaging Stories
The AoLLC celebrates reading and sharing stories; it asks pupils to engage with narratives and to explore their imaginations. It values pupils’ creativity and encourages them to express themselves artistically. Story writing can help pupils to make sense of the world around them and to develop their own unique writing voice.
This course shows you how to create confident story tellers, who express their unique voice by using language artistically and purposefully.
Story writing always provides teachers with rich opportunities to develop pupils’ vocabulary and ability to use figurative and descriptive language. When learning to write compelling narratives, pupils can explore different sentence structures and play with words – they have a license to experiment as they have imaginative freedom.
The format of training session will be somewhat different as we will be ‘meeting’ live, but on screen. The training will be for a small group so that we can be interactive. The day will be chunked into a series of bitesize pieces and will include tasks for reflection as well as discussion and collaboration.
In his ‘Successful Futures’ Report the ethos, principles and pedagogy of the current Foundation Phase was identified as a significant strength of current educational practice in Wales. It was recommended that schools build on successful ‘Foundation’ practice, philosophy and pedagogy into the middle and later years of primary education and beyond. How this works in practice needs to be carefully managed to ensure that transition issues are removed and progression is ensured.
This course will review the new AoLE for Science & Technology at Nursery/Reception, explain key changes and terminology; suggest effective and challenging activities, resources and learning strategies to support their successful implementation.
This two-day Inset will focus on the new arrangements for assessment, as set out in Curriculum for Wales. It will explore how to embed assessment into day-to-day practices. The focus will be specifically on each of the four purposes and identifying means of ascertaining pupil progress. Emphasis will be on doing this with high levels of learner involvement. Resources will be provided to support this.
Dates: Tuesday 16th and Tuesday 23rd November
This course will unpick the AoLE for Health & Wellbeing from Nursery to Y3.
This course is based on Cath’s new book-Being an Effective Primary School Teacher
Everyone attending the course will receive their own copy of the book
Who is the book for?
The book is for teachers of any age group, in whatever school or LEA you teach in. It is operational, classroom based and as practical as I could make it. It is also a book for school and LEA senior leaders.
What does it look like?
There is a section for every letter of the alphabet (see the table below). Each section begins with an introduction, followed by a section headed ‘hints and tips’, a conclusion and finishes with a ‘be aware’ section. It is the same format throughout the book. The hints and tips sections include as many practical examples as possible
Both the Teaching & Learning course and the book, Being an Effective Primary School Teacher, will provide teachers with a practical guide, a toolkit really, of hints, tips and ideas to help you be a highly effective primary school teacher wherever you are currently teaching.
‘Enrichment and experiences
The achievement outcomes refer in multiple places to the resources that could and should be used to enhance understanding and enrich the mathematical experiences of learners.
The appropriate use of a range of digital technologies, manipulables, everyday objects, and concrete and abstract representations of mathematical objects helps the learners to engage with mathematical concepts from more than one perspective.’
Welsh Government Draft Statutory Guidance – AoLE Mathematics and Numeracy April 2019
How do you ensure that areas such as sand/water are different in Y2 than in the Nursery?
Getting to Grips with the ‘Expressive Arts AoLE’
This programme will give you creative and practical strategies for improving and developing the Expressive Arts in Nursery and Reception. As well as giving comprehensive and inspiring activities for Progress step 1, delegates will also have time to plan collaboratively for this AoLE, and they can link this to other areas of learning. This course will give inspiring ideas for progress step 1 as well as pedagogical strategies to improve progress in this AoLE.
Half-day 9am to 12:30pm
This half-day session will provide schools with the following helpful guidance:
- The big picture re CfW
- Key strategic actions developed as ‘quick wins’
- Developing the Pedagogical Principles- (50 page comprehensive supporting resource)
- Good practice in Topic planning and delivery
We will support you in developing your school in alignment with the WG document, ‘The journey to 2022’.
This course will review the new AoLE for Science & Technology at Y4, Y5, Y6, explain key changes and terminology; suggest effective and challenging activities, resources and learning strategies to support their successful implementation.
Teaching maths through story books provides children with engaging and exciting ways of exploring and understanding key mathematical concepts. They captivate children’s interest and help them understand that mathematics is everywhere, even in the stories they hear and read.
This course will look at ways in which sharing stories can be linked directly to the development of mathematical concepts. It will explore a range of practical mathematics activities that enable children to use and apply mathematical concepts and language in real life meaningful situations, linked to a wide range of children’s literature.
‘BRILLIANT BLOCK PLAY – the world through the eyes of the child’
Block play is the perfect way to support the four purposes. It offers a vast range of open-ended experiences, enriches every curriculum area and supports child development. Through block play children may investigate the basic principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – not to mention problem solving, thinking and social skills! Block play fosters a child’s natural curiosity.