Memory, Childhood and School

One of the highlights of my childhood was the period of time I spent as Doncaster’s Under 9s Badminton Champion. It was a difficult tournament that I had to win to get the title; though I had a bit of luck on my side, in the end, talent shone through. Friends would ask me to […]

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Improv(is)e Your Storytelling

Storytelling is a beautiful thing. I gladly allow it to leak across my timetable, and find it hard to cull a good session when the kids are interested. It is memorable for them, and even with the older ones I teach, the act of pausing the daily routine, getting down onto the carpet, is one […]

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Shelf Life

There are plenty of things that I don’t like about my office. I don’t like the fact that my swivel chair collapses on itself at unexpected moments, sending me juddering to the ground. I don’t like how my pens all disappear (though I know it is from me absent-mindedly leaving them all over the place). […]

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A Simple Geography Map Task Exploring your Local Area can Produce Beautifully Complex Results

Published in full in Teach Primary, here. Thanks TP for the stunning image to accompany this piece too. All credit to you and the artist. With heavy exhalations and after much eye-rubbing, I had finished drafting the curriculum map for the whole school for geography. I looked over it first with a sense of relief, […]

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