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Case Study - Lyndhurst Primary School | Award Nomination 2016

Catherine Wheare, Specialist Teacher for Dyslexic Pupils
Lyndhurst Primary School
 
Practice
Catherine organised a collaboration between sixteen dyslexic children aged 7 – 11 and an ex-pupil from Lyndhurst Primary School, Robin Morrison, who was living in the jungle at Ngaga Research Camp in the Republic of Congo, habituating a troop of lowland gorillas. The children texted her regularly over three months asking questions about the wildlife and the gorillas. The children were asked to name one of the young gorillas. They researched names, held a debate and created a 36 page book on gorillas. The exhibition of their work during the school’s International Evening also enabled other children, staff and parents to be part of the project.
 
Impact:
The children experienced the power of literacy first hand. They loved learning about ‘their own’ gorillas, but they could only communicate by writing, which meant that they had to proof read their texts closely, as it is hard to type on a phone accurately. They had to research information, write and rehearse their speeches and then argue a case in front of their peers. They were using literacy skills for a purpose they really cared about. Staff could see how the project inspired the children to learn and how much more effective their learning was, as a result.

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