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#CampED14 – new venue, same ethos.

This weekend was our second CampEd event and, if I am honest, I was very nervous about it. Dughall and I had lost our completer finisher from the 2012 event as Helen Daykin now has two gorgeous daughters to keep her busy and both of us are very different roles at work from two years […]

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Second World War resources (republished)

I have been working with some teachers recently looking at supporting them in their planning for forthcoming topics. I have decided to extend this work to develop a slightly more cross curricular set of links to resources and web links although as ever the main thrust will be Literacy and ICT but I have sought […]

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Space (republished)

I was speaking at a CPD session and chatted with a teacher about her forthcoming topic which she was calling “Space – the final frontier” which she was going to work on with her mixed Year Five and Six class. I put a few ideas together whilst we were chatting and made a request on […]

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Olympic Javelin Maths

I was working with a teacher today preparing a sequence of work on data handling. We were keen to develop a sequence which got the pupils (who are working between 3A and 5C) talking about and interpreting the data. We were not looking to avoid data collection and graph drawing entirely but the emphasis is […]

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Choice Driven Story

As so many schools are covering the Olympics and Greeks this term I have been playing with an old idea to support literacy work. I was a great fan, many years ago, of the Fighting Fantasy books and have enjoyed working with pupils on developing choice driven stories. I have developed a story in PowerPoint so […]

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Is this gamification?

  As someone who has worked for years trying to make the teaching of writing as engaging as possible, I have been fascinated looking at work taking place around the globe looking to bring gamification to the classroom. Reading the engaming blog has a this from  Deterding, Dixon, Khaled and Nacke  who define gamification as “the use of […]

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The Three Little Pigs (Modern version)

This advertisement for The Guardian appeared this week and made me think about how it could be used with Primary aged children. This approach to the story could lead to discussions about other stories and how they would be presented in the modern press. How would the press treat Cinderella or Hansel & Gretel?

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Training day

On Wednesday 7th March I held a training day with John Jefferies on the use of Web 2.0 applications and blogs in the Primary classroom. This post is designed to  a place to keep my notes for the day and links for each of the sessions.  I have written an article for the Primary News […]

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The Plenary

I took part in a discussion on Twitter in response to posts by Kevin McLaughlin who was describing his approach to teaching in 2012 where 2012 will be the year that my planning is based on what every child in my class wants to learn, open classroom learning and no timetable. Kevin is an inspirational teacher […]

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Creative Strategies to Support Literacy in Key Stage 2

  On Friday 2nd December I delivered training at the Vital Offices in Newcastle  on behalf of Northern Grid.  I was invited by Simon Finch and Steve Bunce to develop some work which the delegates could develop in their own schools and then present at a follow up event in the Spring. It was on […]

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