I have been an Assistant Headteacher for a term now. I left my first school at Easter and this new job is a step up and a step out of the comfort zone. I haven’t felt very able to write about it as I have been so immersed in doing it. I cannot believe it […]Read more "On one term as a senior leader"
I was delivering an assembly last week, and was explaining to Year 3 and Year 5 all about our upcoming Careers Day. I told them how amazing it was that we had so many teachers in our school who had done so many things as well as teaching – we have writers, lawyers, a stand-up […]Read more "5 Tips to be a Better Storyteller"
There are plenty of readings of Lewis Carroll’s ‘The Jabberwocky’ out there, ranging from the frumious to the tulgey. But whose is best? As the self-declared authority on all things mimsy, I declare this countdown to be perfectly valid. The Muppets Strengths: Strong borogove game. Better than average toves, though not slithy enough for my […]Read more "Battle of the Jabberwockys"
Part One of Two I am increasingly convinced that social anthropology is a useful discipline in the primary school. For pupils, this approach – which seeks deep understanding of culture without an ethnocentric lens – could enable them to develop criticality and analysis, whilst building their worldliness and appreciation of difference. For teachers, it can […]Read more "Social Anthropology in the Primary Classroom"
“Of all the Mammalia yet known it seems the most extraordinary in its conformation; exhibiting the perfect resemblance of the beak of a Duck engrafted on the head of a quadruped.” Back when the platypus was first ‘discovered’ by scientists and recorded as a species, it was considered a hoax. Back then, it was fairly […]Read more "Teaching the Platypus"
This is just a signpost towards all the stuff I have written about reading. More recently, I have been getting far more interested in the process, culture and love of reading, so this is a good time to collate what’s gone before, since I expect I’ll be writing about it a whole lot more from […]Read more "All That I’ve Written About Reading (So Far…)"
With stories and through the humanities, we can bring distant cultures into our classrooms. These may be cultures that our pupils associate with through family ties, or they may not be. The stories we do and do not tell shape the way our pupils come to see the world. But how nuanced is the view […]Read more "Teaching/Cementing Difference"