Nurture 13/14

  I appear to have missed the Nurture 12/13 posts last year which perhaps gives an indication of how tired I was after my first term as a Primary Head. Having read several of them I decided  to have a go for two reasons. Firstly, I love blogging and have realised that I have missed […]

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Ticking every box

Sir Michael Wilshaw has opened his mouth again and there is a wide range of responses to it. His latest targets include grammar schools, underperforming schools, schools in the east, rural schools and behaviour in the classroom. I have to be honest in admitting from the start of this blog post that I support much […]

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Symbaloo

Today I had a chat with Peter Richardson about the use of Playbooks at his school and also his use of symbaloo to support the school website and the VLE element of it. I have had a play with it today and am testing the embedding tool. My next job is to sort out the sizing […]

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World Book of Maps

In my new post I am working with our teachers on developing our curriculum and am trying to use this (and other blogs) as a mine of information. We are presently looking at our teaching of reading and creating an atmosphere in which children see reading as pleasure as something which is a natural part […]

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First week completed

I have completed my first week as a Primary Head Teacher and I am already beginning to understand the enormity of the role both in workload and importance. I am incredibly fortunate in the fact that the previous Head had given me a huge amount of support and access in support of transition and so […]

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Changes to the site

I have been playing with the site today and have tried to make it easier to find old posts from over the last three years which might be lost over time. Going through the site I have come to the conclusion  that my posts fell into three main areas – curriculum ideas, reading and general […]

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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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Unqualified teachers.

On Friday, just hours before the Olympic ceremony demonstrated the qualities and strengths of Great Britain, the DfE announced that they had changed the rules for the appointment of teachers so that academy schools can hire unqualified teachers. The immediate kneejerk reaction to what is often kiteflying by Michael Gove, Nick Gibbs or the mandarins […]

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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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