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Maths Mastery in China by Someone from China

April 1st, 2019 / Charlie

As a result of the PISA tables, China & Singapore are regarded as leading countries for teaching mathematics. The “Maths Mastery” approach introduced to UK schools over the last decade is the UK's attempt to mimic the Far Eastern approach to teaching mathematics. However, what makes the Maths Mastery approach work in China?   A short [...]
Teaching Conjunctions

Activities for Teaching Conjunctions

March 20th, 2019 / Charlie

Teaching conjunctions to young students can be really difficult. You need to not only attain their interests, but also get them understand the complex idea of the language. To make your life easier, I’m here to save you with 6 very practical activities that you can do in class to achieve your teaching goals. Conjunction [...]
Teaching Connectives

Tips and Ideas to Help Teach Connectives

March 15th, 2019 / Charlie

Connectives represents the logical connection between two sentences, and they are crucial for understanding basic meaning of English. Children in KS2 are expected to use them in sentences or paragraphs, and by Year 6 children will need to have good sense of them, why and how to use them, and be prepared for the KS2 [...]

Does Homework Work?

March 10th, 2019 / Glen

Homework is a rite of passage for children, parents and teachers. Children must dutifully do it, parents must dutifully check to ensure the homework is done; and teachers must dutifully mark it But should children be doing homework? What is the purpose of homework? And how long should children spend doing homework? So Does Homework [...]
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Tips for Teaching Measurements

March 7th, 2019 / Charlie

There are many different aspects of Measurement that are covered in the national curriculum: dimensions, weight, time, temperature, and volume. Measurements can be a fantastic, fun and involving way to meet maths in a real world way. It is also an invaluable topic for re-covering other areas of maths and as such a great way [...]
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4 Tips for Headteacher Interviews

February 27th, 2019 / Charlie

Becoming a headteacher is the dream for many teachers. It is a huge step for some teachers, but enticing for those of you who want to have more power & responsibility and perhaps make an even bigger impact on education. Below are 4 tips that may help you be successful at headteacher interviews. 1. Vision [...]
marking in schools

Marking in Schools.

February 20th, 2019 / Glen

"Effective marking is an essential part of the education process. At its heart, it is an interaction between teacher and pupil: a way of acknowledging pupils’ work, checking the outcomes and making decisions about what teachers and pupils need to do next, with the primary aim of driving pupil progress. This can often be achieved without extensive written [...]
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Introducing Statistics in Primary Schools

February 18th, 2019 / Glen

Statistics can be the basis of really great practical lessons in maths where students can get their hands dirty. It's arguably the easiest way to show an example of maths being useful in real life. Almost all statistic lessons need to include (1) data collection, (2) data display and (3) data analysis. However, lessons do [...]
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Games-Based Learning or Gamification? What Are They?

February 12th, 2019 / Glen

There's some confusion between games-based learning and gamification because, quite frankly in modern parlance, they mean pretty much the same thing. Pedagogically wise there is subtle difference between the two phrases. Games-Based Learning (GBL) is learning through games. It does not necessitate the use of computer games. GBL is primarily about the game where learning is a [...]
Times tables

Teaching Times Tables

February 4th, 2019 / Charlie

Learning the times tables is a vital skill and one that will shortly be tested by the Multiplication Tables Check. Before I get into trouble - learning here includes understanding not just reciting. Below are some tips on teaching times tables: 1. Make Sure they know how to add up first! It may sound silly, [...]

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