From out in the corridor, it must have looked as though a strange affliction had rooted itself in Year 5. In each class, children were seen disengaging from each other, focusing on their fingers and counting optimistically to ten. Or sometimes, annoyingly to 11 or 9. Snippets of ideas lilt out from the hubbub: I love […]Read more "Freedom through constraint: exploring sonnets with primary children"
This post doesn’t has a redemptive arc. This term, the hardship in our community has been particularly hard to come up against. I have never seen the government’s agenda more clearly manifest itself than in the last couple of months. Colleagues and I have been challenged by this heightened affective workload; for my part, I […]Read more "Society is gripping the school gates"
Things have changed a little bit since we got a sofa in the office. The idea was quite a simple one. We had a space after removing an unnecessary desk, and thought to fill it with something comfortable that we could make use of. My colleague hopped along to IKEA and found it in Bargain […]Read more "Since We Got A Sofa…"
This year, I decided to move to working four days a week, giving me one day to work with different schools, and to explore a diverse range of projects and approaches. This has been enriching, and has given me a wider perspective; I continue to learn a phenomenal amount during my four days as AHT, […]Read more "What is the school for?"
Featured image – Beamish: Living History Museum of the North I recently wrote about the different ways primary schools can build local study into their curriculum, and it seems like there is a real appetite for it. I asked, at the end of it, for people to get in touch if they have their own approaches, […]Read more "How schools can invite heritage and culture into their curriculum"
Summary – It is a good thing that we are talking more about curriculum. This renewed focus is an opportunity for schools to build a curriculum that is challenging, coherent, rich, representative and relevant. One way of doing this is to ensure that, where possible and where it is sensible to do so, links are made to […]Read more "Curriculum and the Primary Humanities (beyond Ofsted)"
I am writing about convolution. I generally consider myself to be a decent writer, but I know I have a tendency for sentences to drag on. I feel physically sick to have already used two full stops. Now three. I tend instead to write long, meandering and complex sentences and have just presumed anyone reading […]Read more "Convolution"