The power of learning

June 30 2017

PARENTS from Begbrook Primary Academy have created a storytelling map to go with a popular book.

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PARENTS from Begbrook Primary Academy have created a storytelling map to go with a popular book.

The textile creation helps children aged six and seven to retell the story of The Snail and the Whale, by Julia Donaldson. It enables them to rehearse language before starting to write.

But the mat does not only support the learning for Year 2 pupils; the work of making it has helped some of the adults involved to move on to gain further skills and qualifications.

Clare Morton, parent learning leader at the academy, said the parents had originally been on an art and craft course and had enjoyed it so much they had decided to continue it under their own direction.

Clare  explained that the aim was for Begbrook Academy to become a learning community for people of all ages.During the past year, at least 24 parents have taken part in parent learning activities and many have gone on to join further Bristol Learning communities team courses at Begbrook or Little Hayes Family Centre.  

She said:  “I have seen the impact of parent learning upon our school community.  Our philosophy is that as parents are learning new skills at Begbrook and developing their confidence in learning, they are able to transfer those skills and attitudes to their children. So we feel projects like this are having a hugely positive impact.”