…How Silent The Woods Would Be!
Hello and Welcome to our blog
‘If Only The Best Birds Sang’.
Let us tell you a little about it:
We hope our blog can:
1. enable family and friends to see
the work that the children do,
reflecting the variety of their interests,
and that which is important to
a group of primary school students,
using a variety of media and blogging tools.
2. give opportunities for the children to
access educational websites
and activities, relevant to their learning,
many of which they have already used in school.
3. help the children learn about
digital language and literacy,
their digital footprint and online safety,
copyright and etiquette.
3. provide information about aspects
of the primary school curriculum
and the work we are doing in class
for parents and other interested visitors.
4. communicate beyond our classroom and school,
to include family members abroad
and a wider school blogging community.
Click here to meet some
of our ‘Blogging Buddies’.
Since September 2012
a short blogging and online literacy session
has been timetabled daily.
From September 2016
we have also been working on a history blog:
so ‘If Only the Best Birds Sang’
has been a little quieter.
As work in various areas is completed
it is added to the blog.
In this way blogging is
an integrated part of our school day.
We have been very fortunate to
have Transition Year students
and others on work experience
work with individual children on the blog.
Online safety presents interesting challenges.
Because no photos or video footage where a child
could be identified are included,
we try to get the originality,
character and personality of the class
across in other innovative ways.
(You can read about some of the ways
we do that here.)
Teacher moderates all comments
and encourages students to write
good quality, grammatically correct comments.
Our Twitter feed is a very important part of our
blog. We use it to keep in contact with the
‘Blogging Buddies’ we make. Teacher retweets
news and views and pictures that we can then
talk about in class.
The blog title comes from the longer quotation,
‘If only the best birds sang,
how silent the woods would be.’
(variously attributed to Henry D Thoreau
or Henry Van Dyke)
This reflects a wish that
all students would have
the self belief to join in,
in the areas of music, art, drama, sports
and school work
Certainly Teacher has observed
that seeing their work online
enhances the children’s self esteem,
Thank you for visiting our blog.
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on one of our posts.