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Posted on Tue, 24/11/2015 - 09:05 by Morwenna
Training Working Memory
This is the final article in our working memory series. Our thanks to Dr Richard Skelton for this fantastic article on working memory training.
Posted on Tue, 17/11/2015 - 18:18 by lmartin
Boy reading
Teacher and author Vicky Burrill looks at the challenges of choosing texts for more able children. She writes: It can be a minefield. Balancing trickier and more complex language with a suitable subject matter can be very hard. Jumping a year or two ahead in vocabulary often means that the topic of the book is too advanced. In this instance, classics are a great option as they offer solid stories, detailed settings and characters but lack the shocking issues or grown up topics of many modern books for older children.
Posted on Tue, 17/11/2015 - 09:31 by Leah White
Difficulties with concentrating means that children aren’t able to use their Working Memory to process and make sense of information in class, which can lead to underachievement across the curriculum, including literacy and numeracy.
Posted on Mon, 16/11/2015 - 16:12 by NelliePerrin
Deputy Head teacher Micheal Tidd has written an informative and insightful article on the implications of the new progress measure for primary schools. The article is accompanied by a video that clearly demonstrates how progress measures will be calculated in the new system, which we’ve included below.

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Posted on Fri, 13/11/2015 - 16:35 by Olivia
Back in the summer term, the Switched on Computing team ran an e-safety competition to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology. We sent out a free e-safety poster to all schools, challenging children to design their own e-safety poster! The brief was clear – it needed to be colourful and eye-catching with a strong e-safety message. After much consideration, the judging panel (including Havering Education Services and Switched on Computing author Miles Berry), announced Alex from Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School in Castleford as the winner! They were really impressed with the creative design, attention to detail and the positive e-safety message. As a prize, the poster was recreated by one of our top designers and professionally printed.