|INSPiRE is recognised nationally as an excellent parental involvement activity to increase parents’ awareness of children’s literacy and numeracy skills. Every class is involved in a workshop session; these take place usually on a Wednesday afternoon in an informal atmosphere, where your child can show you what they have been learning about in school. The workshops are led by the children and their class teacher. They are always fun and you could get to make something with your child that can be used at home as a learning aid, or to put proudly on display! INSPiRE has become part of our school culture for well over 7 years and is a strong base for further parental and family involvement activities which develop the partnership between child, parents and teachers. Below is a timetable of when your child’s INSPiRE workshop is. Please note that if the workshop is on another date or cancelled you will be told by your child’s teacher. We look forward to seeing you.|
All workshops run on Wednesdays between 1.45 -3.00
In the drama studio
Inspire Dates for 2016-17
INSPiRE Sessions 2016-17
INSPiRE Sessions 2015-16
2A hosted their INSPiRE workshop on Wednesday 24th September followed by 2MS. Parents watched an informative power point presentation all about the Great Fire of London. The children, along with their families, created an art collage with chalk to show a scene from the great fire itself. The next inspire session for 2MS is 13th May and 2A is on 20th May 2015.
This half term both Year 3 classes have taken part in their INSPiRE workshops. The first work shop was organised by 3S on Wednesday 1st October 2014, followed by 3F’s workshop, which took place on Wednesday 8th October 2014.
Year 3’s Creative Curriculum topic for this half term is the Big Adventure. They decided that the activities undertaken during their INSPiRE workshop would reflect “The Big Adventure” and their Class Novel, “Kensuke’s Kingdom.” The workshop consisted of four activities: Making boats, sketching different types of boats, using the net books to investigate the different parts of a boat and their functions and carrying out experiments on BBC Science Clips. The children and parents were able to experience all four activities. Year 3 staff would like to thank all the parents for joining them and for helping to make their workshops such enjoyable events.
Year 4’s current science topic is habitats and their English/literacy genre is stories set in imaginary worlds. The children in Year 4 have been focusing on the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ story which has a variety of animals in it, linking in nicely with science.
During 4J’s INSPiRE workshop the children organised various activities; these included the art of origami and making various animals and backgrounds using a collage effect. The children also looked at work by a French artist called Henri Rousseau, who was well known for painting jungle scenes. 4J tried to imitate some of his work by sketching and painting in the style that Rousseau used.
It was lovely to see all of the parents getting involved and helping other children whose family members were unable to attend. Everyone took part in a show and tell at the end of each activity; it was great to see the adults looking so proud, when their child explained what they had done at the front of the group.
We are looking forward to our next INSPiRE session on Wednesday 29th April 2015.
4B held their first INPiRE workshop on Tuesday 18th November and it turned out to be a very arty, crafty and enjoyable event for all!
With a great turnout of parents it made for a fun-filled morning as the children had planned lots of art and craft activities to link in with their NCIER challenge entitled Bolts ‘n’ Bones.
Children and parents were given a set of instructions on how to make mini wooden skeletons; imagination and collaboration tools were used both by parents and children to assemble the bones found in the human body, the children then had to explain what each bone was and their function.
After the easy task was completed, it was onto the ‘nitty gritty’ stuff! Using newspaper, masking tape and paint, children were challenged to create their own human bone! Using their absorption skills, children were able to make these life-size bones and paint them to look like they had been buried underground for many years!
Overall, it was a great morning and many happy children were able to take their human bones home to very proud parents.
Mr Batham, expresses his thanks to the parents who came along to support their children and he is looking forward to seeing you all again at the next 4B INSPiRE workshop on 6th May 2015!
5E’s INSPiRE workshop took place on Wednesday 12th November. The activities which the children took part in consisted of making a Tudor board game entitled Nine Men Morris – War of the Roses Edition. This was played in pairs and brought the Year 5 challenge the ‘Big Tudor Adventure’ to a close.
Then the children created a Word document on their electronic devices which contained all of their passwords for various educational websites which the children use in school. After that, the information was saved in their password document on to the desktop of their laptops; this was so that passwords and log in details would NEVER be lost or misplaced again and so that Mr Iqbal our ICT technician would have slightly less to do in the future!
Finally, the children logged onto and worked on all the different activities which are accessed through their devices using their stored log in details. This was so that their family members were aware of all the websites available to the children in school and at home and how they can be accessed.
A great time was had by all and we look forward to sharing with parents at our next INSPiRE session on 22nd April 2015.
6A conducted their INSPiRE workshop on Wednesday 26th November followed by 6F on 3rd December. The Year 6 children collaborated well to decide on their workshop activities. Teachers and children discussed which activities would be suitable to share with parents. It was decided that it would be beneficial to give parents a real taste of life in Year 6.
Recently the children have been looking at life in the Victorian era, particularly that of the workhouse. In 6A the children have looked into the life and times of Sherlock Holmes. It was decided that the first activity would involve the children sitting down with their parents and completing a mini ‘Big Write’ describing an image; 6A looked at a detective investigating a crime scene and 6F used the infamous scene from the film ‘Oliver’ where the boy was asking for more food in the workhouse. Parents were pleasantly surprised by the level of ability of pupils and the tough requirements of obtaining levels 4, 5 and 6.
As part of their enterprise challenge, pupils have been examining and creating their own art Nouveau designs. The second activity required parents to either colour or create their own art Nouveau images.
In Year 6, the children regularly take part in Flipped Learning tasks so parents, along with their children, were asked to have a go at a few online Flipped tasks on MyMaths and Manga High in relation to fractions and measures. This would give parents an insight into the children’s learning at home and how these sites can be accessed.
Overall the two Year 6 classes were encouraged by the numbers of parents attending the sessions and staff were encouraged by the participation and enthusiasm shown by all. Pupils and parents alike readily threw themselves in the pit and came out with a greater understanding of some of the Year 6 work. Staff and children look forward to March 2015 where they will once again be sharing exciting concepts with parents.
Class 5B’s INSPiRE workshop took place on Tuesday 12th May. The whole afternoon’s activities were based on ‘Flipped Learning’.
The aim of the session was to help parents to understand how, as a year group, Yr 5 have moved on in the way homework is delivered. Flipped learning is instrumental as a starting point before venturing into new topics and concepts. This way of learning gives the children prior knowledge of the subject and it enables teachers to be able to accelerate the children further and more quickly with their learning. The children and their parents made an information poster to take home; explaining each of the homework tasks:
Splat- mental maths
Short writing tasks
A great time was had by all and it was encouraging to share with so many parents – thank you!