Breakout Sessions 2018

Practitioner Breakout Sessions   

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Session 1

Drama and Technology     

Presenters: Alex Fellowes and Tim Bleazard (Curriculum Innovation Consultant) 
Alex Fellowes and Tim Bleazard will share how they combined drama and technology to create their Bradford Poisonings sessions with schools studying the Victorian era and created a stimulus for further persuasive and recount writing. They will share a number of techniques combining iPad apps with drama showing how they can be used to recount, debate, explain, track thoughts and more. Technology adds an exciting new dimension and allows us to record the experience and share with others.

Alex Fellowes has been inspiring children and teachers with drama for over thirty years. He works using everything from modern texts to Shakespeare and Greek tragedy. He also uses historical topics from every era to create memorable learning experience bringing fiction and non-fiction to life.

The Power of Pictures     

Presenter: Charlotte Hacking (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education)
Many Are you interested in utilising picture books across the primary phase to offer challenge, to extend comprehension and to inspire writing? Build both your knowledge of texts and your expertise in using them to develop your children as readers, writers and picture book creators, learning from the findings of CLPE’s three year research project The Power of Pictures, funded by The Arts Council England. This highly practical workshop will also showcase our free online resources and extensive teaching materials so that you can immediately implement ideas back in the classroom and disseminate knowledge to other staff in your school.

Using film to enhance the teaching of english             

Presenter: Rob Smith (Literacy Shed Curator)
Rob will be discussing the use of film and image to enhance the teaching of reading and writing using film.  Rob will explore VIPERS for reading using pictures and film.  He will demonstrate how the structure of films can support the teaching of writing.

Rob Smith was a Primary school teacher for over 10 years including 4 years as Literacy and English Lead.  Whilst Rob was working in schools he discovered the power of film for engaging pupils and aiding them in their writing process. It was from these experiences that Rob first developed his film and writing blog which bloomed into The Literacy Shed. In 2014, Rob began sharing his experiences with other teachers through training sessions and exemplar lessons and now he travels the world sharing these practices with teachers.


Session 2

The Power of Poetry

Presenter: Charlotte Hacking (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education)
Poetry is one of the most important branches of literature. We’re introduced to language and reading through the rhyme we hear and join in with as children and our poetry journey begins there. How well we travel along the road depends on how well exposed we are along the way to the joys and potential poetry offers to us as readers and writers.  So how do you become a good teacher of poetry? Find out in this highly practical workshop, where you will build your knowledge and repertoire of children’s poets and teaching approaches to develop children’s comprehension and independent writing through poetry, learning from the findings of CLPE’s latest research project The Power of Poetry, funded by The Arts Council England. The workshop will also showcase our free online resources and extensive teaching materials so that you can immediately implement ideas back in the classroom and disseminate knowledge to other staff in your school.

Digital Storytelling – Bringing writing to life

Presenter: Paul Tullock (E learning lead, Maths and Computing Lead, Richardson Dees Primary School)
Despite having no background in computing, Paul has been inspired to try many different ideas and projects by amazing educators in the classroom.  He will share his experiences of experimenting with new technology, apps and software and demonstrate how Digital Storytelling can bring writing to life.

Ideas Factory - Stimulate those pesky boys (and Girls) learning with simple tech   

Presenter: Julian S Wood (@ideas_factory)
Plug yourself in to the Ideas Factory matrix! Julian will be showcasing loads of ideas to stimulate writing (amongst other things) in the classroom. He’ll be mainly sharing free websites and apps with a sprinkling of AR and VR too.

Julian has taught for 20 years across all Primary year groups. He is nationally known for using New Technology in the classroom to create, inspire and provoke. He considers himself a life-long learner & loves finding new ways to add to his pedagogy.

Exhibitor Breakout Sessions

There are several exciting exhibitor breakouts already confirmed and others are in the process of being finalised. The 

Session 1

2Simple - Purple Mash
Purple Mash for Literacy

Presenter: Tacey Procter-Green (Educational Sales Representative, 2Simple Software )

We will be discussing a range of tools within Purple Mash which can be used to raise attainment and engagement specifically in English.  From themed writing frames, collaborative writing tools and email to Mashcams, our e library and beyond there are a host of ways Purple Mash technology can be used to create and deliver engaging and dynamic English lessons.  Join me for a journey around Purple Mash and discover how it can benefit your school’s attainment.

Tacey began her career teaching various year groups across the primary age range, she then moved on to run an education consultancy specialising in secondary mathematics.  More recently Tacey has made the move back to her primary roots, with 2Simple, where she visits schools to help them discover how Purple Mash can creatively support teaching and learning throughout the primary curriculum.  Having the opportunity to work with passionate teachers and showing them how they can use technology to engage and motivate children daily is incredibly fulfilling.

Making Writing Ridiculously Exciting! 

Presenter: Henry Smith (Pobble Teacher and Co-Founder)

Pobble is an exciting way of using technology to making writing truly inspirational for children while also having a great impact on writing standards. Henry will explain how many schools all over the world are using Pobble effectively to excite young writers and also make life easier for teachers in terms of lesson preparation and moderation. Local head teacher, Chris Tolson will be sharing the Pobble journey at his school so far and the impact it has had on children and his staff.

This workshop will cover a range of excellent free resources and ideas that teachers can use and access immediately to impact on writing in schools. Henry will also share his best practice of making writing 'Ridiculously Exciting' from over 10 years as an English leader and primary school teacher. 

Session 2

Curriculum Innovation Service
Whistle Stop tour of the Curriculum Innovation Service

Presenter: Tim Bleazard (Curriculum Innovation Service)

Join us for a whistle stop tour of the services and projects we can offer schools. Featuring loan equipment with supporting resources, laser etching, graphic design, professional video editing, creating virtual reality settings linked to writing and fun physical computing projects using Microbits and Makey Makeys.

Tim has over 20 years of experience as a Primary Teacher, 12 of them as an ICT Subject Leader and joined the team as a Curriculum Innovation Consultant in 2012. Tim is a qualified Online Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador, Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer, Into Film CPD Practitioner and a Google Certified Teacher. Tim manages and delivers our very successful Film Literacy Provision and has worked regionally and nationally with schools to manage and deploy whole school Chromebook projects. 

EducationCity and the Primary Curriculum

Presenter: Haylie Taylor (Education Consultant)

During this session, Haylie will demonstrate how EducationCity can help all children in a primary setting, in various aspects of their learning; and, how it can help you, your staff or colleagues, in your teaching and as a teacher, as these are two very different things!

Haylie Taylor is the Educational Consultant at EducationCity, an online educational resource for children aged 3-12, and their teachers. Prior to joining the company, Haylie spent over 10 years working in education, from an LSA and SEN HLTA, to a Primary Teacher and SENCO.