Blogging

 

What is a blog?
A blog is an online writing tool which can be contributed to by children, staff, parents and a wider global audience.

Benefits of blogging?

  • Creates a link between home and school as parents / carers can view work created in school online.
  • People can read our blogs and leave a comment, thus creating a global audience and giving pupils a purpose for writing.
  • Pupils learn the importance of giving and receiving constructive feedback and respond to other work in a thoughtful, reflective manner commenting on what they liked and what could be improved.
  • Bloggers are encouraged to visit other blogs and leave a constructive comment.
  • Peer to peer ‘talking’ is very powerful and we have seen a real improvement in writing that has come from suggestions from other children which provides the opportunity for teachers to show children how to comment constructively.

 

Is blogging safe?

  • Yes. Blogs are very safe if they are managed carefully.
  • EVERYTHING that people write on the blog is moderated by a member of staff before it is published.
  • Only first names are used on the blog and we talk to pupils regularly about being responsible and safe in the digital world.
  • No email addresses, phone numbers or other personal data is allowed on the blog.
  • Photos of children are never used alongside names so that children cannot be identified through images.
  • If people do try to write unkind, thoughtless or inappropriate things, they will not appear because all comments are moderated.

Want to be involved?

We are very excited about how blogging can improve attainment and engage the children so your input is crucial. We have established a group of willing volunteers whose main aim is to respond to the blog entries so that all pupils receive at least one comment per entry.

If you would like to volunteer to be part of our ‘Guardians of Grammar’ team please click here to read more about the role and if you are still interested please contact Miss Meekley here. If you aren’t ready to sign up to be part of our Guardians of Grammar team why not try and leave a comment now?

The best way to understand what all the fuss is about is to visit our class blogs at cheadleheathprimary.net

100 Word Challenge

‘The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp.

The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.’ Ursula K. Le Guin

As part of our blogging initiative we started entering the 100 Word Challenge. The 100WC is a weekly creative writing challenge for under 16s. Each week a prompt is given and the children can use up to 100 words to write a creative piece which is posted on our class blog and linked to the 100 Word Challenge blog.

By setting a limited word count with a focused theme and a guaranteed audience beyond the class teacher, children have greater motivation for writing. Reluctant writers feel safe with the limited word count whilst more advanced writers can extend themselves with the word restriction as they have to focus on making every work matter!

When the prompt closes a number of pieces are chosen to be in the weekly international special showcase. Click below to see when we have been showcased, often from 1000+ entries!

Week #31 Showcase – Jessica Year 5

Week #26 Showcase – Evie Year 5

Week#24 Showcase – David Year 5

Week 24 Showcase – David Year 5

Week 22 Showcase – Regan Year 5

Week #12 Showcase – Charlotte Year 3

Week #11 Showcase – Katie Year 4

Week #9 Showcase – Abigail Year 4

Week #4 Showcase – Daniel Year 3