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"
What makes a poet? I run Poetry Retreats for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, and by the end of these retreats, some of the children are poets. Some of them have an excellent grasp of writing, and some have a really wide vocabulary and some are incredibly well-read, and some of these children are […]Read more "Depth and Defiance: inviting children to become poets"
I’ve been hit with writer’s block for about a year, which has less-than-helpfully coincided with my having made time to write. I’ve bought the pens and even begun fashioning a writing shed together, but when the lids come off or the white page flashes open, my hands just hover. I have a plastic box full […]Read more "Children making writing that matters to them"
Park’s 2018 Summer Reads KS2 Here is a link to our suggested Summer Reads for 2018 for our KS2 pupils. I’ve put it together to make it specific to our school, in that it makes a few links to our curriculum, reflects our own school community, the reading habits of our pupils and makes reference […]Read more "Park Primary’s Summer Reads 2018"
One A woman in her mid-thirties sits alone in the beer garden of an East London pub. She is being harassed by a persistent abrasive man who has been table-hopping for free drinks for hours. We, a group of teachers, invite her over to join us to get away from him, and she stays for a […]Read more "In schools, relationships are everything"
I’ve been an Assistant Headteacher for just over a year now. In my school, I oversee Year 5 and Year 6. The way the role works is that my time is dedicated to this phase; I am expected to spend 1 day covering in Y3/4 (to cover the teachers’ PPA and give me a chance […]Read more "Being an AHT: one year thoughts"