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Teaching Conjunctions
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Activities for Teaching Conjunctions

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

Teaching Connectives
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Tips and Ideas to Help Teach Connectives

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,


Does Homework Work?

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

Measurements - How to teach
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Tips for Teaching Measurements

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

headteacher interview
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4 Tips for Headteacher Interviews

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 &

marking in schools

Marking in Schools.

“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

Statistics key stage 2
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Introducing Statistics in Primary Schools

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

Games based learning gamification

Games-Based Learning or Gamification? What Are They?

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

Times tables
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Teaching Times Tables

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

Microsoft education BETT Emile

BETT 2019 – Review & Tips

BETT is one of the two largest ICT education shows in the world (along with ISTE). It is held in London every year in January and is preceded by the

gifted talented student

An Introduction to Gifted and Talented

Schools in the UK are obliged to meet the needs of all their pupils but what if you believe that your child is unusually intelligent? In England the Department of

City Simulator Games Based learning resource
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City Simulator – Games-Based Learning Resource

We are pleased to announce that we are part of a European wide consortium to help educate students, between 14 and 17 years, about climate change, sustainability, renewable energies, and

Competitive learning

Competitive Learning – Is it good for all?

Competition may be one of the most contentious and misunderstood topics in education. Should our students compete? What about collaboration? Doesn’t competition create winners and losers?. Collaboration or Competition One

critical pedagogy

Critical Pedagogy – What is it?

Critical pedagogy is becoming more and more discussed by teachers. But what is it? According to the academia, critical pedagogy is a “philosophy of education that has developed and applied

Lego fractions
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Introducing Fractions

Fractions are not only a key part of the National Curriculum, but it is a fundamental part of being numerate. As always simple concepts can be the most difficult for

Butterfly Fractions
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Butterfly Fractions

Fractions can be very difficult to teach. Tricks like the Butterfly Technique have been taught in schools for decades, if not longer. But should they? The Butterfly Technique The butterfly

Tips and Tricks

Edu-Tweeters for Primary School Teachers

So who should a primary school teacher follow on twitter? There are of course thousands of great edu-tweeters out there, some with huge following some and well known and some

Grammar Resource for primary schools & key stage 2
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Make It Fun: Ideas on Teaching Prefixes

Grammar can be a dry subject for both teachers and students. Yet it is on the national curriculum and fundamental knowledge students need. So teachers sometimes need to be extra


How Can Maths Games Help Pupils with Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is one of many reasons that a pupil may experience difficulties keeping up with maths lessons. What is Dyscalculia? Dyscalculia is a condition that affects the ability to acquire

roman numerals worksheet
Emile news

A FREE Roman Numerals Resource for Schools?

Roman numerals appear on the UK National Curriculum in key stages 1 and 2 (in measurement). They are a touch isolated from other parts of the curriculum and there aren’t

times table speed test

Key Stage 2 Multiplication Tables Check – MTC

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Key Stage 2 multiplication tables check (MTC) assessment framework has been published (here)! We’ve worked our way through the document and now know what the check is going to be

Fraction Wall
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Tips on Teaching Fractions in Key Stage 2

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Teaching Fractions so early in the UK national curriculum relative to our European neighbours brings some interesting challenges. Below are some ideas, hints and tips about how to introduce fractions

Erasmus+ - erasmus plus - games based learning - gbl
Emile news

Games Based Learning (GBL) and Erasmus+

We were excited to find out we were part of a successful Erasmus+ bid in August to make a brand new games-based learning resource with 5 academic partners from across

Deputy Headteacher
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My First Half Term as a Deputy Headteacher

This blog has been reproduced with the kind permission of (interim) Deputy Headteacher Stephen Mitchell. To read more of Stephen’s blogs please visit his Blog. I’ve tried numerous times to

UK Business Tech Awards

UK Business Tech Awards 2018 – EdTech Company of the Year!

The UK Business Tech Awards celebrates the UK’s finest tech businesses and rewards innovative and exceptional application of technology to transform and grow businesses. Being shortlisted alongside the superb firms of DigiDentistry, One

parking at schools
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Parking at Schools

Inconsiderate, and potentially dangerous, parking is increasingly causing problems outside schools. Most local authorities have neither the time nor the powers to deal with problems outside every school in their

Games help learning primary class

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check

There is no doubt that it is extremely functional to have the multiplication tables (aka the times tables) memorised in our daily lives. 5 books, £7 each, you know in

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