Tag Archives: Primary

Ghost Island

  I was flicking through Twitter whilst struggling with a piece of work from school and saw this image from the Twitter address of Abandoned Places. The picture is available here. The tweet simply stated that: An island in Japan had a population density of 216,264 people per sq mile. It’s now completely abandoned. If […]

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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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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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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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So what is GBL?

Yesterday I attended #tmplay at Beaumanor Hall in Leicestershire which was organised by Mike McSharry and Emma Dawson.  I am a great fan of teachmeets and, as usual, it was a treat to meet old friends and make new ones. You can see all of the presentati0ns here which were filmed by Sarah McSharry. As ever the […]

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