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Ed Reform - by the book!

Started Apr 10, 2010 0 Replies

Read any good books? Prompted by recent tweets from @tomwhitby  regarding the big hitters in Education you would hope trainee teachers and those more season professionals should know, I started…Continue

Tags: Daniel, Abbott, Goleman, Howard, Gardner

Does size matter?

Started Apr 5, 2010 0 Replies

Many believe that class size has little to do with academic success, but primary education is about so much more that this. Smaller classes enable teachers to form better relationships, to cater for…Continue

Tags: are, we, not, building, robots

The Educators' Friend-CPD via Twitter

Started Jan 24, 2010 0 Replies

CPD is changing and the change is being driven by Twitter.  Tweeting is a quick way of gaining ideas and advice from colleagues across the globe. You have a question? Ask it on Twitter and get a…Continue

Tags: connecting, century, classroom, follow, friday

Parental Engagement

Started Jan 20, 2010 0 Replies

What do you do to engage parents in their children's learning? One of our most successful ways is through Learning Logs. This is a new way of aporaoching homework, it is creative and fun and children…Continue

Tags: education, learning, Parents

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A Night at the Museum - a Y6 learning journey

Posted on July 28, 2010 at 6:04pm 0 Comments

Our Year Six team were keen to get the children to look at other countries around the world. The children went away and thought about which cultures they would like to study. A cultures day was held for us at one of our partner high schools and a theatre group and dance troupe came into school to work with the children right at the…

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Curriculum Design 2010

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 5:54pm 0 Comments



Some questions to ask when planning

What does our pedagogy look like? What would you like learning to be like?

At a recent staff meeting we asked these questions and discussed how we had moved forward with the curriculum over the last few years. We made the decision a while ago to break away from the more…

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Curriculum Design 2010

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 5:47pm 0 Comments



Some questions to ask when planning

What does our pedagogy look like? What would you like learning to be like?

At a recent staff meeting we asked these questions and discussed how we had moved forward with the curriculum over the last few years. We made the decision a while ago to break away from the more…

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The Risk Taking Classroom

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 4:41pm 0 Comments

I chatted with our teaching and learning group recently about the qualities of an effective learner. We were talking specifically about the need…

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