Spring Training 2016
It was great to see you all at our Spring training session on 13th March 2016. As usual, we had a packed agenda sharing lots of great ideas for your classes in the morning session. All those attending demonstrated something from their classes in the morning session. We have a great team of talented class leaders and everyone took lots of inspiration from each demonstration, which is why is so important to attend our training sessions in order to maintain the quality and content of your classes. In the afternoon we were visited by an external speaker called Laura Wood from Boundary Media who showed us how to make the best use of our Facebook pages to promote our businesses. For those of you who missed the day or if you simply want to review what was covered please see the slides and videos for each part.
Emma Hester presented 5 Little Ducks. The Duck props you see in use here are available from around 20p each from ebay.
Laura Wandrag then did a demonstration of A Hedgehog is very prickly and What’s in the Bag (Numeracy – Sorting and Matching unit)
Alison Storey demonstrated a favourite and versatile class prop – Cotton reels
There was some extra discussion on threading ideas too.
Alison then went on to demonstrate the walking through the jungle song using her props
Sarah was unable to make the session so Laura Wandrag stepped in to demonstrate Hurry Hurry Drive the firetruck as this is one of her favourite songs.
As it will be the Rio Olympics in August this year we thought it would be a good time to see demonstrations of some of our MADSport material which would be great to use for the summer term in your class. It would also be a great idea to end the term with a big Sport themed party using all the favourite sporty songs and activities you have used over the term. Sophie Hill demonstrated some of her favourites for us, but there are lots more for you to check out in themed parties under the Sport category.
We then explored some different warm up ideas for a Sporty based term.
Sophie demonstrated the song The Race is on for us.
Lucy seymour explained some additional moves to the Race is on Song
Sophie then demonstrated the MADSport Anthem song which was specially written by us to celebrate the Olympic Spirit when the games were held in London.
Sophie then showed us how she does the waiting Athletes song
We were also shown a demonstration of the song waving the flag which is useful also for themed parties
Rosie Bancil has been having lots of fun in her classes with her Bear Hunt song. This was used for her Numeracy, Identifying basic positions unit. Although this song is not official MAD Academy material it is fine to use for this element as it fulfils the basic goal and spirit of the unit. However, there are also two specially written MAD Academy songs that are similar to the one that Rosie used here.
Amanda Chivers demonstrated her cooking skills with our Discovering the World, Learning about food unit, Let’s Cook activity.
Amanda also demonstrated one of her favourite songs I touch my nose, this is from the Musically, call and response unit.
Lucy Seymour then demonstrated She’ll be coming round the mountain for us.
Lucy also demonstrated the song Oat’s Peas beans and Barley grow which is a great song to use when learning about farms, or to celebrate harvest time.
Rebecca Holder then demonstrated the Tadpole song. This song is used in the Discovering the World, Water Unit.
Trish Nawacki demonstrated how to present Never Smile at a crocodile. Trish find this a very popular song for her 2-4 classes.
Next the song Marvellous machine was demonstrated by Trish. This song is from Musicallity, Call and Response unit.
We also had a look at the Fill it up activity from Motor Skills, Spatial Awareness unit.
We had a discussion about the best props to use in nurseries and classes where space is limited
Lastly for the class training part of the day we had a quick look at things to put into sensory bags
The afternoon part of the day was lead by Laura Wood from boundary media who told us how to make the most of Facebook to market our businesses. You can see her slides to accompany the talk at
I am afraid our video storage card ran out at this stage so we did not video Laura’s closing comments, however the content of her summary can be read in her slides above.