Back in February, one of Thornton Hall's conference rooms was packed out with enthusiastic, Wirral teachers to hear from Alan Peat. Alan has developed some fantastic approaches to improving children's writing, from exciting sentence types, to re-thinking guided reading and lots more! Find out more about Alan's work at his blog.
Alan returning to Wirral in June to deliver share his whole school approach to non-fiction writing. Find out more about Alan's Wirral training day, Non-Fiction Writing: The Whole School Approach.
Discovery CLC are offering children from Wirral and Cheshire West schools the opportunity to take part in a competition to design a scientific investigation of their own. This can be part run as part of your normal science lessons, through a science club or in a way that suits your school. Prizes a
For further information, go to Discovery CLC's website.
Science CPD Opportunities
Discovery CLC's Dr Anne Buckley, launched a series of CPD events for the Autumn term at TMWirral. Some people had left by the time she took to the stage, so the details of these courses can be found in the download below.
Plastic Bottle Greenhouse
Heidi Moutlon's presentation about the impact and benefits of a school farm, featured a fantastic idea of a greenhouse made from recycled plastic bottles.
Find out how to create your own greenhouse from recycled plastic bottles from the download link below.
We were delighted to have The Light Cinema, New Brighton as one of our sponsors for TMWirral.
A whole programme of events and opportunities are on offer for schools to make the most of.
If you would like to find out more about how you can make the most of these super opportunities, contact Jane Woodason, Education and Events Manager 0151 214 1370 or
In case you had
SSAT have recently launched a series of CPD events that are already proving to be popular with those teachers attending and have created a new and exciting forum for sharing best practice.
Bidston Avenue Primary School will be hosting a speed learning event, in partnership with SSAT, on Wednesday 2nd October.
Check this blog and the @TMWirral, twitter account for details of how to attend, or sign-up as a table host.
Read about one school's account of how a Speed learning event has impacted on their school and their approach to CPD.
In association with the National Literacy Trust, Bidston Avenue Primary School will be holding a teachmeet dedicated to literacy.
Add Wednesday 9th October to your diary. We'll post more details nearer to the time.
In case you missed some of the links posted during TeachMeet Wirral, below is an archive of all the tweets with the TMWirral hashtag or @TMWirral. In fact, there was over 600 tweets between 4th-6th June!
You can also download the archive using the link below.
A massive thank you to everybody who helped to make TeachMeet Wirral happen. From the staff at Bidston Avenue, to those that presented and all the great enthusiastic lurkers. A special thank you to our sponsors too, who provided some fantastic raffle prizes.
With only a few days left until TeachMeet Wirral, we're really excited to be able to have a number of fantastic presenters with a great range of topics.
Seven Minute Presentations
Stuart Rathe- Padlet, Popplet and myebook.com as online presenting/collaborating tools
Jane Owens- All singing, all dancing governors (without the singing and dancing)!
Dean Paton- A Brief History of Britain
Jane Tucker- Class blogging with kidblog.org
Alan Thompson- Choose your own adventure
David McDermott- Using learning mats – the panacea of progress!
Mike Straker and Stevie Edward- Kerpoof
Sharon Tharme- A few 'WOW' experiments to bring science alive in the Primary Classroom.
Lee Parkinson- How one second every day can change you as a teacher!
Jamie Warner-Leigh- SOLO Taxonomy
Heidi Moulton - Learning outside of the classroom....or how Woodchurch High ended up with a school farm in
Three Minute Presentations
Sue Calveley- The Alphabet Rap
Matt Brooks- Rethinking Homework
Jeanette Davies- Teaching and Learning Activities and recommended reads
Alex Findlay- Something iPad
Tony Pickford- Program or be programmed- tools for teaching sequencing and control
We're expecting almost one hundred people at TeachMeet Wirral, so leave yourself some time to find a parking place. If you're using a satvnav to get to us, our postcode is CH41 0DQ. To find our full address and map, visit the school website.
Bidston Avenue Primary can be found on the corner of Tollemache Road and Bidston Avenue. We'll be opening our playground on Bidston Avenue, to use as a car park on Wednesday. There will be signs up directing you to the playground, but if it fills up, then there should be ample space along Tollemache Road to park. Please keep our neighbours in mind as you find a convenient space.