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Showcasing Writing at HeathfieldCPS

It’s been 5 months now since we began to blog and publish our learning to the world. Although we are developing quite a good reputation online, many people in Bolton don’t know that we have ‘Super Learning Powers!’

I didn’t want to thrust in visitors’ faces that we do something ‘special’ at HeathfieldCPS, however, I wanted to raise the profile of our blog and its impact on our writing to visitors that come into school. A display was the obvious choice! I have used children before to design displays very successfully so the hunt was on to find the display that would showcase our blog and writing to visitors. During a rainy afternoon, I asked Year 6 to have a go at designing something and to try and catch the essence of what we were trying to achieve. One hour later, two boys had designed a display that showed an iMac displaying our blog and within our blog was a Voicethread. The writing was displayed like the comments on a Voicethread. It was an inspired design – I set to work!

Here is the finished product – A display that is 8ft x 8ft showcasing not only pupils writing, but many really powerful comments left by visitors to the blog. This has a wonderful impact and really adds a different dimension that shows who exactly reads the children’s work! The comments are the smaller cards that are displayed, I had over 700 to choose from! Their favourite part of the display is the little plaque at the top which says:

‘This display was designed by two boys – Year 6.’


May 14, 2010


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  1. jfb57
    May 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    Wow! You have done SO well in such a short time. It is clearly having an excellent effect on learning across the school & is definitely not a flash in the pan! Brill!

    • Mr Mitchell
      May 14, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

      Thanks!! I just hope we can keep this rate of development up! The future will surely be exciting if we can!!

  2. John McLear
    May 14, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    Great idea and delivery, looks great, your school should be proud! Love the idea, using physical media to get people involved in online media is a fantastic idea, I will be stealing and using it w/ schools that use Primary Blogger

    • Mr Mitchell
      May 14, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

      Thanks John! I’m really pleased with the outcome. I’d certainly be interested in seeing some photos of other blog related displays!!

  3. hollandl
    May 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    Well done David! It’s a fab display and looks really effective. I’m looking forward to the parents reading the comments from all over the world. I think that will have a massive impact on them. Especially with the children in my class as their access to the blog relies heavily on their parents.

    • Mr Mitchell
      May 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

      Thanks Miss H!! Just need to find where I placed the Reception writing the other day! I agree though, the comments are really good and provide real depth for the display!

  4. Halimah
    May 16, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    WOW! Mr Mitchell this is so great i didn’t realy know how great we were until this day. So anyway’s if you commented then thank you and I would recomend all of you out their to first look at our blog,year6.

  5. Mrs Rawlings
    November 15, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Wow! Great brilliant idea ~ might have to steal this for myself.

  6. Mr Gutkowski
    November 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    WOW, that really is an impressive display.

    I am particularly loving the fact that this was designed by children.

    My walls will soon become filled with displays designed and created by children.

    Thanks for the idea.

    Mr Gutkowski
    Year 3
    Princeville Primary School

  7. Miss Bosworth
    November 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    This is great! My class of y6 have just started blogging and maybe this is exactly what we need to show off our work! Well done. Kelp blogging!


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