the storytelling curriculum in action

Four years ago when Anna Bolt was appointed Principal of Glyncollen Primary School in  Swansea, she asked her staff to abandon the formal literacy program and adopt the Story Telling Curriculum (STC) instead. As a pilot she focused on the Foundation Stage, which includes the Nursery School (3 to 4 years) Reception, Year One and […]

making meaning through walk and talk

I awoke bubbling with questions after spending last night reading the recent research Dr. Sue Lyle had undertaken on the impact of Philosophy for Children (P4C) on children, teachers and schools. My interest in this paper was that it underpins the purpose of my scholarship: to examine the impact of P4C practice in the early years (particularly years 3-6) […]

walking with moles and badgers, fairies and ghosts

I arrived mid afternoon at a place I’ve never been before to meet a person I’ve never spoken to before. Dr Sue Lyle, Director of Dialogue Exchange (www.dialogueexchange.com) proposed a walk to blow off the cobwebs. And blown we were by icy Atlantic winds as we trekked ‘in the dying light‘ across the dramatic landscape of the Gower […]

discovering blog gems

Three weekends left, all appointments reconfirmed and now time for further research.  I’m uncovering some great blog gems. Things that are important by Suzanne Axellson.  A mission for preschoolers using cameras to decide what’s important. Schemas in Children’s Play by Clare Caro.  Taking the time to understand schemas so you can facilitate them when you see them. […]

one month to go

Just five weeks away from departure and with a mixture of  panic and excitement I’m trying to finish mid year reports, do daily checks on the exchange rate and lock down the meetings many which were arranged over six months ago.  During this trip I will use this site as a diary, categorising posts by noting special people, places and ideas I gather. […]