Classroom Practice

The journey of one lonely tweet

February 13th 2013

Classroom Practice CPD

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One evening I was aimlessly looking through tweets on Twitter and I came across a very cool idea. Showing the power of Twitter visually, by mapping all the places people retweet it in a close amount of time. Below you can see the journey of my one little tweet in roughly 3 hours – I… Continue Reading.

Creative Maths – Lesson Ideas

February 5th 2013

Classroom Practice CPD

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Back in November I attended the first in three courses in a pilot for the LEA surrounding ‘Creative Maths’. Ever eager to attend CPD opportunities I approached the course with an open mind and had a great time. The session started with 3 activities around a room, one being an outdoor checkers board which had… Continue Reading.

Foundation Subjects with a Twist – the IPC

January 19th 2013

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Firstly, as is always the case, these are my own opinions and experiences based on a teacher in a classroom. I am not senior management so those aspects of the implementation and organisation are beyond my knowledge. In September my school started in International Primary Curriculum (IPC), something that we’d been preparing to do for… Continue Reading.

Code Club

January 17th 2013

Classroom Practice Digital Leaders

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What seems like ages ago (possibly in the Summer) I was lucky enough to get an offer from Neil Smith (@neilnjae), at a Raspberry Jam event, to volunteer to run a Code Club in my school. This week we have finally started, for those of you who haven’t heard of it check out their site… Continue Reading.

Connecting with the world – opening our eyes!

Over the past term my class have made a range of connections around the world, including around the UK. This was partly a conscious decision on my part, due to the reception the children gave to our class blog last year I wanted to continue their global awareness and partly through opportunities arising. The children… Continue Reading.

Here comes the snow – Let’s get learning

December 10th 2012

Classroom Practice CPD

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More and more frequently we are now experiencing a snowy winter which I personally think is great. Snow is regularly complained about along with how the world stopping for snow, we don’t see it that often and so it’s understandable that we want to make the most of it! However, do we all make the… Continue Reading.

Abstract Art in the Classroom – What is Art?

December 1st 2012

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This term’s Creative week was probably the most challenging in terms of subject knowledge for me. To tie in with our IPC unit this term we were exploring abstract art. We focused on the art of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee and build the children up with a range of materials. We began by exploring… Continue Reading.

Moving from Parent-Teacher conference towards Parent-Child conference

October 10th 2012

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So it has come to this time of year again where we start preparing for our first parents evening of the new school year. I understand the need for parents evenings and I think that they are valuable when you can get parents to attend however it always felt that it should at the very… Continue Reading.

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Contributed four lesson plans surrounding embedding the use of tablets to enhance learning in Science for Switched on iPad: Science

Teaching with Tablets

Contributed two chapters titled ‘Visible Learning’ and ‘Children as Researchers’ in Teaching with Tablets

Planning the Primary National Curriculum

Contributed some annotated lesson plans to model what to consider when ‘Planning Computing’ in Planning the Primary National Curriculum

Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools

Contributed a lesson and some discussion (half a chapter) ‘Extending Computing to Meet Individual Needs in KS2’ in Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools

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