Our Understanding the Child short courses provide information, guidance and opportunities for reflection on the problems young people may face. Available as part of our CPD Library, these courses are suitable for all school staff and leaders, as well as Virtual School teams.
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A massive thank you to all the young people who participated in the CreativeMe writing competition, and to the virtual school staff who supported them to do so.
We are delighted to announce that we have now selected seven winners and seven runners-up, and they will be receiving their prizes very soon. All fourteen entries will appear in a special anthology on the nimbl app, along with entries from Coram Voice's Voices 16 competition.
Everyone involved in the judging process was really impressed with the high quality of the entries and the different writing styles and ideas of the young people. We are looking forward to publishing the anthology early in 2017.
Professor Bernard Barker discusses leadership topics in a series of seminar clips in our new mobile CPD resources, with background theory and self-reflection activities. Click on the image to preview!
Our KS2 Library is soon going to be invaded by hoards of Vikings! Our new resource features audio recordings of Old Norse, the language the Vikings spoke more than 1000 years ago.
The Vikings left a huge legacy in terms of language and culture. This week we have a guest blog from Dr Sara M Pons-Sanz, Lecturer in Language and Communication at Cardiff University and member of the Gersum Project investigating the Scandinavian influence on English vocabulary:
"It is rather ironic that the Vikings, who are often portrayed as brutish marauders ready to plunder and pillage, actually left behind precious, long-lasting treasures that we use on a daily basis. Words like they, though, sky, skin, skirt, skull, leg, window, ugly, die, ill and call are loans that made their way into the English language as a result of Anglo-Scandinavian contact, particularly from the ninth to the twelfth century. It is estimated that there are between 600 and 900 words of Scandinavian origin in standard Present Day English.
The study of loans from Old Norse, the language spoken by the Vikings, in English can lead to very interesting discussions on various aspects of the history of the English language (and comparisons with the current multilingual situation in Britain):
If you would like to discuss further teaching ideas on the presence of Norse loans in English, feel free to contact the Gersum Project team (email@example.com; www.gersum.org)."
Thanks Sara! Other Gersum project members Dr Richard Dance and Dr Brittany Schorn feature as real-life Vikings in our new app coming soon - conteact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.