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TEAM Building

"This is an impressive programme,
I think you have created a very valuable resource".
Rob Long, Psychologist and Behaviour Management Specialist, Devon LEA
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Supporting the way children organise themselves
and interact with each other

KS1 & 2 Collaborative problem-solving

The SPECtacular TEAM Building® programme teaches the ‘language of debate’ and
helps all children to successfully self-manage team enquiry and learning tasks in mixed ability groups.
The progressive structure aids the development of personal learning skills and collaborative problem-solving.

About TEAM Building

Think2Read TEAM–Building (Together Everyone Achieves More) is a speaking, listening and personal development programme for primary ages of all abilities that explicitly teaches KS1 and KS2 children how to:-

  • work collaboratively and effectively in team roles,
  • use the ‘language of debate’ to support purposeful class and group discussion,
  • identify and develop their personal talents and potential.

The 15 one hour per week inclusive TEAM lessons and digital resources teach communication, collaboration and essential group skills to support independent reading, enquiry and learning across the curriculum.

Programme Resources

The Full Teacher Kit includes a set of whiteboard lessons and activities that take the children on a journey of self-discovery and introduce them to key team skills and team roles:

  • 15 quality full-colour animated whiteboard sessions,
  • print- out activities,
  • video footage,
  • print-out lesson plans, 
  • colour posters,
  • extensive teacher guidance,

 

BUILDING the foundations
for independent learning

Independant reciprocal
group reading and learning

The impact of Team-building has been obvious. The language development of the children has improved. Their responses in class discussions are more detailed and they refer specifically to questions or the statements made by peers. Their ability to work as a team has also improved.

Rebecca SjoblomYear 6 teacher Thomas Walling Primary, Newcastle.

The Team-building process gives pupils plenty of opportunity to explain their thinking and develop their competence in this….this helps them to develop discussion skills that will remain with them for life.

Mary MaybankLanguage in Education Consultant, Walsall, Birmingham

This is an impressive programme, I think you have created a very valuable resource.

Rob LongEducational Psychologist and Behavior Specialist, Devon

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Question & Answers

Why is team-building recommended as the first step to achieve literacy across the curriculum?

Team-building is recommended as the first step to achieve literacy across the curriculum because its generic skills and personal development programme that enables groups of children to complete a range of tasks together effectively and independently in collaborative mixed-ability teams.

There are 15 sessions in the Team-building programme. What advice can you give about planning?

There is no specific number of Team-building sessions recommended per week. Some teachers prefer to plan one session per week to allow the children time to practice the skills in other learning situations before moving on to the next session. Others like to block Team-building over two weeks to prepare the teams for reciprocal reading and other group learning tasks as quickly as possible.

How long is each session meant to be?

Sessions vary in length according to class and team discussion during activities and debate. It is always best to think ahead and plan for a longer session or split the session into two parts if you think your class needs longer to explore an activity or topic for discussion.

Are the materials for the Key Stage 2 Team-building programme suitable for all ages and abilities in Junior school?

Yes, the skills-based activities have been chosen carefully to appeal to a broad range of interests, abilities and ages.

How does access to the materials work across the school?

Following payment, the purchaser of the programme registers a username and password to open an account for the school. This username and password is then passed on to staff so they can access the resources.

Is the programme a one-off purchase or licensed for use over a certain period?

Yes the programme is a one-off payment that allows school staff to download the materials from their Think2Read account within a year of purchase and store the resources on their own systems for future use.

Can I share the ‘Team-Building’ programme and resources with other schools or interested parties outside my school?

No, you will be in breach of copyright if the ‘Team-building’ programme and resources you have purchased are copied in any way or shared with other schools and interested parties without permission from Think2Read.

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