Offers Key Stage 2 pupils and teachers a day of fun, energetic, inspirational and creative madness – with 2 entertaining and hugely impactful presentations for Years 3 + 4 and Years 5 + 6.
These multisensory and highly interactive presentations show students how to learn in interesting and unusual ways, helping schools to develop a more creative curriculum.
Creative Approaches to Learning combines Mind Mapping, the ‘Story Technique’, the ‘Journey System’ and multi-sensory learning in a 2.5 hour session for years 5 & 6 in the morning and a 1.5 hour session for the younger years 3 & 4 in the afternoon. These sessions are normally run in the school hall to accommodate large numbers of students at a time.
Hold on to your hats – the fun is about to start!
All of Key Stage 2 can be targeted in one day, including staff and pupils.
The workshops are ideal for groups of up to 150 students at a time.
They can also be delivered as a combined pupil / staff / parent INSET.
All types of learners will benefit regardless of ability
It will increase levels of self-belief, enthusiasm for learning and aspiration
The cost per head is extremely competitive
During the course students will experience the power and effectiveness of creative teaching ideas and be shown how to remember things more easily by using their imaginations.
They will be taught a range of learning to learn techniques that can be used right across the curriculum both in class and for homework. It is easy and fun for teachers to get involved.
Students will be amazed at their own abilities to remember a huge range of facts encouraging self-belief and raising self-esteem.
The course has 2 main aims: To show young students that learning can be fun and to inspire them to apply creative learning methods to their learning.
Pupils are provided with powerful learning tools to improve their memory and boost their self-confidence.
Pupils feel more positive about their ability to learn effectively and to share the experience with others.
Teachers learn new and effective techniques and tools
Parents have the chance to witness their children engaged in creative and fun learning approaches.
Hi Shenaz, I have some feedback from the last session for you: The Creative Approaches to Learning session was an enjoyable and educational experience for our year 7 pupils. The event was delivered over two sessions with approximately one hundred pupils in each. Shenaz was energetic and engaging throughout as the pupils got to grips with memory techniques and organisational skills. The staff were very complimentary about the content and pace of the delivery with many looking forward to seeing the benefits of these sessions carried through to the classroom. The behaviour of over 200 pupils was excellent, which shows the level of commitment from Shenaz to engage and earn the respect of the pupils. Cheers, Ryan
Our students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and there were many positive comments. Natalie was positive, engaging and held the students attention very well.
The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed both the Creative Approaches to Learning and the Mindwise workshops. We were particularly pleased with how popular Natalie’s twilight session for parents was. Staff have already started practising using some of the learning techniques to support their classes. Great! Natalie was so full of positivity and energy right the way through every single session that the children, staff and parents couldn’t help but learn. Thank you very much.
"I was amazed to see children putting their new found strategies into place straight away. They have a visibly positive reaction when they grasped something new" Year 5/6 teacher "The children left the workshop absolutely buzzing with positivity! They are now armed with strategies and "catchphrases" to take them through moments of academic doubt and uncertainty. Coming as it did a few weeks before SATs, it couldn't have been better timed or more welcome!" Janet Webster Deputy Head/SENCo/Year 5/6 teacher.
Mark was great and the students responed positively to him. The staff thought he was brilliant.
Really good course thank you, relevant to all classroom support staff and teachers present. I have already seen some of my teachers using some of the ideas in their classrooms. This was a really good course for our first day back. Very enthusiastically presented which was vital after New Year celebrations!
We had an incredibly productive day when 'Positively Mad' spent presented to our Year 7. Shenaz was engaging and professional with the youngsters whilst instilling some key memory techniques and mind-mapping skills. The aim was to settle the new pupils into our way of establishing independent learners whilst showing that education is accessible to all. Shenaz was superb at keeping the pace and content relevant to our school. The parents' session was particularly well attended and it gave us the chance to share the experience the children had with their parents. We pride ourselves on strong parental support and were delighted with the way Shenaz presented to them: they were involved in some activities and fully on board with the key messages of home learning and independence. Thanks to 'Positively Mad' and, in particular, to Shenaz for an excellent day. See you again soon.
Dear Kim, Below is a letter written by one of our year 7 students: On behalf of Montsaye Academy, we would like to thank you for showing us new ways of how to learn and making us laugh. The best part of the year 7 workshop was where we had to learn the names of the European countries. The year 8's told me that they loved their workshop too! We look forward to using the new techniques you taught us when learning and revising for our tests. Thank you very much, Kuba Plotek (year 7) Kind regards, Claire Keel
Shenaz is superb and she is the reason we came back to Positively MAD this year. She is a delight and full of energy and enthusiasm. A superb morning thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
The first half of the session contained some really helpful revision and study techniques for the students and a lot was gained within the space of time provided. These techniques were delivered in a fun, memorable and engaging manner.
All of the staff and children I spoke to enjoyed the day and had a lot of fun. It was evident form the sessions I was involved in the children learnt lots of new facts they couldn’t recall prior to the strategies used in the sessions. I think the staff and children actually shocked themselves in how many facts they could recall! Some of the comments shared by staff and children ‘A very energetic and enthusiastaic teacher’ ‘Had lots of fun’ ‘I loved it’ ‘I remembered a lot of new things’ ‘I wish she was my teacher’
The course was highly attuned to the needs of the children and demonstrated the learning capacity, skills and attitudes to learning clearly and in a highly engaging way. Tools were shared which pupils could access regardless of ability, language, skills or age.
These are the comments of one Year 5 teacher who was in the CA2L session – Links were constantly made to areas of the brain and how ‘we’ use our brains in and out of class. Also emphasis was made towards the children making an active choice(s) to be pro-active with their learning eg not to sit with friends in class, taking their coat off before entering the classroom, wearing the school uniform, leaving break times for chatting and working at home without lots of distractions from technical devices.
The usefulness of a course is its application and useability – the morning session staff had, by the afternoon incorporated the ‘map’ in their session and pupils take their coats off ‘ready to learn’ before entering their class. Therefore a highly successful day was had.