Discovery Day

Just a reminder of this exciting course we are running in January 2018.

Places are filling up

To book


Join us on the high seas for a pirate themed journey around creative literacy and immersive educational technology.

Our next Day of Discovery will be an imaginative day of workshops and activities designed to motivate and enthuse your reluctant readers and writers. We will give you the digital tools and strategies necessary to create amazing lessons that will help raise pupil attainment.

And of course you can also take a tour around the spectacular ‘Shiver me Timbers’ exhibition for even more writing inspiration! So let’s welcome you aboard and register your place today before it’s too late.

Recommended for primary school literacy co-ordinators, computing co-ordinators, teachers, teaching assistants & support staff.

Speakers confirmed

  • Anne Curtis – Author, Illustrator and Education Consultant
  • Kirsten Scott – Educational Specialist
  • Anna Hawkins – South Tyneside Literacy Advisor
  • James Massey – Head of Professional Development at Discovery Education
  • Chris Nash – Head of Community at Discovery Education
  • Mike Hamilton – Strategic ICT Manager – South Tyneside

Sessions highlights

  • Keynote: Using onscreen and physical experiences to extend language for writing
  • A treasure chest of pirate poems
  • 21st Century Skills: A spotlight on strategies for incorporating a range of multimedia
    Exploring the use of video, imagery, audio and digital text in the classroom. Participants will experience a range of proven, highly engaging activities to support interactive teaching and learning strategies which are adaptable and easy to implement across different subjects.
  • Immersive story telling technologies
    StoryWorld is a magical world of fun, fantasy and adventure! Through an immersive and unique storytelling experience incorporating stunning backdrop projections and sound effects, participants will experience different strategies that inspire pupils’ writing using multiple technologies.
  • Moving pupils from digital consumers to creators
    Within this fully kitted out TV studio, participants can have fun exploring technologies that can transform teaching and learning. This session models ideas around green screen and video editing. There will be lots of transferable ideas for the classroom.
  • The world is your classroom! AR and VR learning experiences
    Some technologies enhance what we do in education and then, every now and again, they redefine what we do. This session looks at the exciting prospects of Augmented and Virtual Reality and how they have the potential to shake up everyday teaching practice.

More sessions to be added, reserve your FREE seat today!

What’s a Day of Discovery?

A Day of Discovery is a professional learning experience focused on three simple but important goals: learn, share, connect.

Brought to you by the Discovery Education Community, these full-day professional learning events help teachers and support staff learn more about great classroom practice utilising digital content and tools, provide opportunities for participants to share strategies that are working, and connect attendees to their most valuable resource: each other.

For more information about Discovery Education’s services and resources, visit

Good to Outstanding with IPad

OpenZone@TheWord are hosting this really useful course run by Jigsaw

Good To Outstanding With The iPad
Tuesday 28th November
45 Market Place,
South Shields
NE33 1JF

£75 (£90 inc VAT)

Click here to find out more and register for the course:



We are pleased to announce that we have managed to get our hands on some Micro:bits!

Nick Cook from Computing at School has 10 and he has very kindly offered to run a FREE familiarisation session using Micro:bits at OpenZone on

Thursday 3rd March 2016 from 4:00 – 5:30pm.


As supplies are limited there are only 20 places available on this session.

Please sign up as soon as possible via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment. Please note this session is available to other CAS users and is not limited to South Tyneside Schools.

Here is the link to sign up

Book your place here!


Serial Mash with Jonny Zucker

We had a fantastic session yesterday afternoon with Jonny Zucker an author who writes books for the Serial Mash element of Purple Mash.



purplemashPurple Mash is an award-winning website for nursery and primary school children. It enables children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way.

serial-mashSerial Mash is…

“A growing online library of books specifically written for use in primary school classrooms with the new National Curriculum. The books are aimed at children aged 5-11 and come complete with a range of teacher resource packs, comprehension quizzes and extended writing activities.”

It was great to see how the Purple Mash content can support reluctant readers.

There really is a wealth of resources right at your fingertips.

Many of the texts within Serial Mash are aimed specifically at Boys to engage them with reading and to help them develop a love for literacy.

Jonny shared many excellent tips with us including some companies that produce books aimed at reluctant readers such as Badger Learning.

We were particularly keen to check out the Dark Man series of books by Ransom Publishing.

We all had an opportunity to work through some of the resources and Andrew Wilkinson very kindly offered a free trial of Serial Mash for all attendees. Thank you very much
Andrew  🙂

If anybody has any queries about their free trial feel free to contact myself or Amanda or Andrew directly


Realsmart and E-mail Training

We are carrying out e-mail training throughout our primary schools in preparation for the change from Its Learning to Realsmart. All training should hopefully be completed by the end of the month as Its Learning will be switched off on 30th September 2014.

Please make sure all documents you require from Its learning have been downloaded by this deadline.

Further training for the Realsmart platform and Google apps will be delivered via our CPD programme.

The first session on Google Drive is being held at OpenZone on a choice of 3 dates.

  • 21st October 2014 at 4pm
  • 22nd October 2014 at 4pm
  • 23rd October 2014 at 4pm

Please see the Autumn Term CPD Brochure for further details.

Alternatively training can be delivered in school as part of your SLA entitlement.


New Computing Curriculum 2014

Throughout the Spring and Summer terms our Curriculum Development Group has been working with us on documentation to support the new Computing curriculum.

The documents produced are intended as guidance and to give a framework to the new curriculum. They are not a one stop scheme of work as we know that all of our schools cover topics in slightly different ways.

These documents are available in the Curriculum 2014 section of this website.

We have delivered several Demystifying the New Curriculum CPD sessions in schools and at Openzone to support schools in their planning. We also have CPD sessions called Computing Unplugged which provides lots of ideas for delivering computational thinking and algorithms away from a computer.

Please see our CPD section for details of further training sessions available.

We are here to help!