Name: Sarah Sutherland-Booth
Twitter ID: @sarahlovestec
Class/School Website: www.windlesham.com
Bio: I have been a teacher for 18 years and have taught across the age phases from reception (4 years old) to year 3 (8 years old)
I am currently Head of Day Pupils and Head of Transition in a beautiful boarding school in the south of England. I teach primary computing to all year groups from Reception to year 3. Education is key to the future and I believe that by bringing learning alive for children it allows them to experience something that in years gone by we could have only dreamed it about in schools. I use augmented reality wherever I can and have presented my experiences at different conferences and teachmeets in our area. Quiver and Aurasma are staples in my classroom. I have introduced AR across the school and have been responsible for making our school stand at school fairs totally interactive and Augmented.
Favorite Quiver Resource: I have two currently. The volcano never ceases to excite the year 2 children however I use the dot day dot for a number of different lessons. I do have a dot day celebration in the classroom but I also use it for space with the year 1 children where they design their own planets to name but a few.
Your Motto: The key to success is to never stop learning!
What is your Favorite Teaching Moment? When I was awarded Apple Distinguished Educator status for the innovative way I use technology in education.
Why do you use Augmented Reality in your classroom? It takes learning to another level. The awe and wonder when a child sees something appear from the paper that they can manipulate is a joy to see!
Why did you want to become a Quiver Ambassador? To be able to share my experiences to a wider audience and connect with like minded educators across the globe. I am also excited to work with Quiver to begin creating and testing new resources in the classroom. I would love for my school to be a Quiver school where people come and see how it can be implemented in so many ways across the curriculum.
How do you share Quiver’s Resources with other educators? Peer discussions, local area school meetings.
Title of Lesson/Activity: Turrets and Tiaras
Grade Level: UKS1 LKS2 (6-8 years old)
Subject or Topic: English – Creative Writing and Story Planning
Duration of Lesson/Activity: Open Ended – From one stand alone lesson to a complete unit of work
Objective of Lesson/Activity: To develop story planning and writing skills based on an AR prompt.
Standards that the Lesson/Activity Meets: UK National Curriculum for English – Writing – composition
Pupils should be taught to:
Develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by:
Writing narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional).
Writing for different purposes.
Consider what they are going to write before beginning by:
Planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about writing down ideas and/or keywords, including new vocabulary encapsulating what they want to say, sentence by sentence.
Materials Needed for Lesson/Activity:
Story Mountain posters – lots can be found online.
Quiver Dragon colouring sheet – http://www.quivervision.com/coloring-packs/#quiver-vol-1
Story planning frames – https://goo.gl/MTULxv
Tablet devices with the Quiver app downloaded.
Lesson/Activity: This plan is for a set of lessons that build up to the story writing with the Quiver prompt. The lessons can of course be adapted depending on time allocated.
Lesson 1 – Understanding a story mountain.
Use a range of familiar traditional tales with the children that are suitable for their age group.
Group the children and give each group a story mountain section title; opening; build up, climax / conflict, resolution, ending. Using one of the traditional tales ask each group to fill in their part of the story mountain.
Once the children have discussed their parts encourage them to order the sections according to the story in order to create a class story mountain.
Follow up activity in the session – Use the differentiated story planning sheets and encourage the children to pick a story that they are familiar with. The children should then complete an individual story planner based on their chosen story.
These mountains can then be shared with the class at the end of the session.
Lesson 2 – Using the Quiver Dragon page as an inspiration for writing a turrets and tiaras story.
Give each child a dragon and castle page to colour in.
Once the pages are coloured have a class discussion about the pictures.
Talk to them about the colour of the dragon, is it a friendly dragon or a fierce dragon? Who might live in the castle? Are they living their or trapped in there? Is the dragon guarding the castle so nobody gets to the prisoner or is he protecting something precious inside the castle?
Reveal the quiver app and allow the children time to see their dragons come to life. Encourage the children to share their pictures with different partners around the room.
Lesson 3 – Turrets and Tiara’s story mountain.
Revisit the Quiver pages from lesson 2 –
Revisit the story mountain pages from lesson 1 –
Support the children to plan a story mountain based on the Quiver dragon picture – use the differentiated story mountains depending on the ability of the children.
Encourage the children to share their story mountains to ensure they have the correct sequence of events.
Follow up lessons –
Using the Quiver page and the story mountains allow the children a number of follow up sessions to write their stories.
The children could ‘publish’ their stories into books using the Quiver page as a front cover.
- Build up
- Augmented Reality
Can the children;
– Identify the key elements of a familiar story?
– Show an understanding of a story mountain?
– Plan and evaluate their own story using a particular prompt?
– Follow a story plan to write their own creative tale?\
– Use technology to interact with their creations?
– Handle technology in a safe and correct manner?
– Share their learning with peers and evaluate the learning process?
Notes, Suggestions, Tips, etc…
There are a wealth of other Quiver pages that the children could use as inspirations for story planning. Once you have used one, the world is your oyster.