Training Events West Midlands/Manchester

We are excited to announce that we have secured a venue and date for a training day in the West Midlands on June 5th and a training day in Oldham on September 11th 2014.

See all the information for our West Midlands / Sutton Coldfield training day here.

To be among the first to hear about our September training in Oldham, Manchester do make sure you are signed up to receive our news updates – signup form in the sidebar to your right.

Working hard

Hard at work here in Kent revising our training materials ready for the new term and having fun creating our resources for distribution via the website. More news to follow soon.

Write Dance in the snow!!

We thought you would enjoy these  lovely photos sent to us from a Nursery. Children enjoying Write Dance activities in the snow. Remember the outside are is a wonderful resource to practise and consolidate Write Dance activities. Happy New Year everyone!

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Busy Autumn Term

We are delighted to have had our busiest term visiting many schools across the UK.  Some of these schools were new to the Write Dance materials and others have  already been using Write Dance and  seen the benefits to the children in their schools. They  wanted to have new staff trained and they also wanted to be updated on the newer resources. the feedback from all the training events has  been very positive and we are delighted that so many practitioners feel inspired and more confident as a result of their  training.

Our focus has mainly been on the Introduction to Write Dance in the last year though we will be offering training on the `More Write Dance ‘ book next year.

We have had a busy Summer preparing some complementary music and materials for use with Nurseries and pre schools and these will be available on the website very soon.

 

Summer Newsletter

Dear all

What a busy Spring Term for us with visits in the Midlands, London, Surrey and a first trip to Wales. We had such warm welcomes and enthusiastic feedback from participants and we are enjoying hearing about how you are using and adapting the Write Dance materials.

We were also able to run workshops for the Thurrock Early Years Conference and for pre- schools and childminders in Bexley so it has been a busy and first part of the year.

In February we hosted our own training event in London (we are generally contacted by schools and local authorities who invite us to train for them). The event was very successful and we had a great day and were really impressed that participants had travelled some distance to join us.  

Following all the enquiries we are receiving we would like to offer training in the Midlands in September so we will be keeping you posted with that in the next few weeks.
We are also working more with local authorities who wish to put on training for practitioners in their area.

If you do want training in your area for local schools please let us know if you have a contact for training centre/ school so that we can look at putting on training near you.

Nicole is also negotiating to host training in Brighton, early July, before the end of term and will definitely run more training in the Sussex area in the Autumn term.

If you would be interested in attending a Brighton event on a week day (possible dates 3rd or 4th July) this term please email Nicole so that she can assess if it is viable to put one on this term.

Email nicole@writedancetraining.com.

Other News !

We do want to share resources and articles with you and we will be updating the website in the next few weeks. We also want to find out more about your interest in ` Write Dance’ and needs from our newsletter. Some of you may be new to `Write Dance’ and are unfamiliar with the resources others are using it regularly.

Today we want to share a link to resources which appears in the Write Dance second edition (4 -8 years). It is a link to the publishers (SAGE) website where there are downloadable   copy sheets to accompany the book. Ragnhild (the author) has suggested them for decorative borders, imaginative drawings and a self-assessment activity.

The Sheets can be found at: –

  http://www.uk.sagepub.com/WriteDance2    or

http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book233820?siteId=sage-uk&prodTypes=any&q=oussoren&fs=1#tabview=samples

Self-Assessment

The link above has a ‘copy sheet’ for a ‘self-assessment activity’, which can also be found in Write Dance 2nd edition (2011 p 40 ) Try using the self-assessment before introducing the music and the dancing sessions to the children. Then ask the children to repeat the activity.  It is vitally important that children are ab le to track their own progress. This means they try the writing/drawing movements ‘self-assessment’ at the start, when just beginning to learn the Write Dance approach. They then repeat the same self-assessment after six/seven weeks (a school term) and then again after 12-13 weeks (two school terms). Children who are able to chart their own progress will be more motivated to ‘move/draw’ and practise handwriting to achieve a personal fluent style.  Adults may be interested to track their progress alongside the children.

 

The activity involves asking the child to draw a range of marks along guidelines.

1) A line from left to right;  2 ) 5 circles;   3) loops upwards;    4) loops downwards

5) A line of angles;   6) 5 eights and finally a free space for the child to create something of their own or repeat their favourite.

“Ragnhild writes that in her experience, “Children like this kind of test a lot, and they haven’t yet developed a fear of failure,”

Diana and Nicole add, “We are more cautious and we advise adults to ensure that young children do not feel ‘tested’. We suggest you download this attachment as guidance and do not think of it as a test at all”.

We recommend adults should demonstrate the ‘movement-writing’ and give the children each instruction, one at a time.  The lined paper is useful but children need not start with A4; it may be more appropriate to start with A3.

 Publish your findings

Share the outcomes with us – send us your impressions and we can publish the findings and start a debate.

There will be another newsletter very soon with an update on Brighton training and Autumn training. In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine (when it comes) and of course it is a perfect opportunity to do  `Write Dance’ outside… a CD player outside,…. ribbons/ scarves …. water and brushes and chalks and lots of fun. We would love to see any photos or video clips and we can share them on the website.

Best wishes for a great Summer term,

Diana and Nicole