Ramble #7 How I structure my maths lessons: Putting research into practise

The catalyst for starting this blog was from finding and devouring Mr. Barton’s Maths Podcast pretty much everyday since September 2018 whilst on my commute from Kent to London. Here I show how I incorporate everything I have learned (stolen) from listening and further researching on those ideas. Where I can, I will reference research,…

Ramble #6 Achieving coherence in primary science (Why primary Science needs to be less like the Simpsons and more like Game of Thrones)

Before reading this, it will be helpful, if you are not already, to become familiar with the National Curriculum for primary science – it can be found here https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425618/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Science.pdf Disclaimer: I am not a science specialist but have engaged with science teachers where possible. If you spy any scientific errors/improvements that can be made within…

Ramble #5 – Deciphering OfSTED’s Phase 3 Research

A few days ago OfSTED released some research on curriculum called, “An investigation into how to assess the quality of education through curriculum intent, implementation and impact” (it can be accessed in full at PDF An investigation into how to assess the quality of education …” It provides some valuable insights into what the inspection framework…

Ramble #4 Breaking the Cultural Capital Gap

The new focus on curriculum should not only make schools give all students the knowledge they deserve; but the experiences too! I first encountered the idea of cultural capital during A level Sociology in a module on Education. At the time I did not give it much attention but now, as a teacher, it has…

Ramble #2: Tips for AR Apps in the Classroom

Just over 7 days ago, I posted a short 30 second video on to my twitter (which I hardly used and had about 50 followers at the time) of an AR app about the heart that I used in a lesson on the circulatory system for a Year 6 lesson (It’s called insight heart and…

My first ramble – Here’s to not becoming a statistic… and what I would tell NQT me.

In 2013,  23,600 wide-eyed NQT’s prepared over those long summer months to prepare themselves for classroom life. But now, an estimated 69% of those teachers remain. (DFE, tables, table 8, https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2016) While the media argues on about why that is and whose fault it is, I am taking this time to reflect. This September marks…

The Journey Begins… for better or worse

Thanks for joining me! I’m using this blog as a way to share ideas and to help me get to grips with the teaching profession – if, as a result of these ramblings, you get something from it to, then that’s amazing. I’m starting my 5th year of teaching and those years have lead to…