Ramble #9: #TeamBoxSet (WARNING GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS)

A couple of months ago, I got lucky. Very lucky. Probably what can only be described as winning the educational lottery.  I beat Clare Sealy to the punch with the idea of a science curriculum should be like a box set. Here’s what I wrote in Ramble #6:  ’I like to think of curriculum as … Continue reading Ramble #9: #TeamBoxSet (WARNING GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS)

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Ramble #8 The Problem with Problem Solving (in maths)

It goes without saying that we want students to be good problem solvers. Everyone understands the importance of problem solving and equipping children to be able to problem solve. Indeed, it is one of those coveted 21st Century skills that are now crucial for modern society and the world of work. We are now in … Continue reading Ramble #8 The Problem with Problem Solving (in maths)

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, … Continue reading Ramble #7 How I structure my maths lessons: Putting research into practise

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

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 … Continue reading Ramble #5 – Deciphering OfSTED’s Phase 3 Research

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 come … Continue reading Ramble #4 Breaking the Cultural Capital Gap

Ramble #3: The power of 11 in reducing the cognitive load when teaching long multiplication and division.

It’s that time of the year. A time that can possibly fill the humble year 6 primary school with dread. It’s time for long multiplication and  division. No matter how well planned explanation are, how many worked examples you have gone through, there are always a handful of students who just can’t quite get to … Continue reading Ramble #3: The power of 11 in reducing the cognitive load when teaching long multiplication and division.