Archive for the ‘Curriculum’ Category

Should we keep doing interventions? —

#teammagicalmaths @Burrows_Physics Should we keep doing interventions? OK so on first reading, the answer to this question is a fairly obvious yes. I find it strange that yes is my answer. I left school in 2008 and I had never even heard of intervention. From asking my colleagues, neither have they. Admittedly, it is a […]

Can I colour Maths? —

#teammagicalmaths @MrLsMathsApps Can I colour Maths? The children in my class always love it when I connect the Ipad to the projector and then know we are going to play a game (if we had a class set of Ipads I know that would be the best reward for good behaviour ever!). There are lots of […]

Have you ever considered deconstructed role play in your classroom? —

#teammagicalmaths @LagomEyfs Deconstructed role play After reading numerous blogs about deconstructed role-play over the past year, I was really excited about developing a stimulating learning area within the classroom environment. I wanted an area or space, which truly promoted children’s independence, imagination and most importantly freedom of choice in his or her own creativity. Alistair Bryce-Clegg […]

10 reasons why children should blog —

#teammagicaeducators lisasavage23 10 reasons why children should be blogging There are usually two camps of people when it comes to blogging in school – those who love it and those who hate it. It’s a bit like marmite. Here are ten reasons why I think blogging can benefit your pupils. I am sure there are plenty more […]

How do you to teach Skimming and Scanning? —

#teammagicalmaths @jo_c_gray Skimming and Scanning Skimming and scanning are specific speed-reading techniques, which enable you to read a vast amount of material very rapidly. these two skills can be extremely useful when grasped yet quite tricky to teach. Skimming and Scanning are two key skills identified in the Programmes of Study for KS2 Reading in the National Curriculum. […]

Detention! Does it really work? —

Guestblogger: bcripps078 Someone recently asked about how schools are using detentions. This led me to consider how far the school I teach in has progressed in the last 10 years. I teach in a high school in Belfast. When I began teaching there, one hour detentions were very common and staff were on a rota to […]

Are you ready to rock? —

Guestblogger: @the_ttrust Are you ready to rock? At school, I can honestly say the subject I dreaded most was always maths, fearing those square ruled pages and an hour of “if X = 1, Y must = ????”.  Now, 20 years later, I find myself extolling the importance of maths in everyday life to anyone that […]

Have you read what the Department of Education DFE has to say about the new Mathematics curriculum? —

GuestBlogger: DfE ‏@educationgovuk  A powerful instrument of knowledge Mathematics is unique – as a systematic and coherent discipline, with a special place as “a powerful instrument of knowledge” (Descartes).  It is fundamental to science and many other areas of scholarship and practice.  The medieval philosopher Roger Bacon declared: “Neglect of mathematics works injury to all knowledge, since […]