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Wednesday words: Reception vocabulary teaching activity

This week, we bring you a Reception vocabulary teaching activity which uses the story of Hansel and Gretel to help children to develop an understanding of words to describe different characters.

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Overdue Ofsted report - our expert's predictions

It has taken a lot of hours for Ofsted to discover that the primary curriculum is skewed by SATs, that the foundation subjects are being squeezed and creative teaching is not as widespread as they hoped.  They find that timetabling is conservative, priorities are focused on the acquisition of knowledge and there is a lack of flair in some of the teaching. And, apparently, we don’t know what we mean when we say ‘skills’.

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Muscle making with balloons!

Teach your children about the different functions of our bones and muscles with this fun practical lesson!

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Wednesday words: Year 4 vocabulary teaching activity

In this first Wednesday Words blog, we bring you a fun Year 4 vocabulary teaching activity to help children to describe an 'intelligent predator'. In this case, the predator is the octopus.

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How to design your maths curriculum Part 2: Implementation

Now you’ve decided the intent of your maths curriculum, read on for tips about successful implementation planning.

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Top 10 Points for Outstanding Primary History Teaching

Bev Forest, a primary education expert specialising in history, shares some of the features she's seen on her school visits which she feels most contribute to an effective learning experience for pupils and support you in developing your history teaching from good to outstanding.

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Do boys learn differently to girls?

Up and down the country in 1000’s of schools there are improvement plans with some variation of the phrase ‘raise boys’ achievement.’  For most schools this is a yearly target because year on year the difference between boys’ and girls’ attainment either continues to grow or remains stagnant.  Very rarely does this gap close.

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Closing the word gap

You may have heard of the “word gap” it refers to the gap of 30 million words between different groups of children before the age of 3. Charlotte Raby (author of Rising Stars Vocabulary) explores the meaning of  the 'word gap' and explains how your school can tackle the problem. 

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Differentiation in the classroom

Many thanks to Nick Hart for this blog post, which looks at supporting children who are working below age related expectations.

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Using a high-quality text to teach a range of reading and writing objectives

After the launch of this year’s Great British Bake Off, it seems timely to share David Melling’s latest Hugless Douglas classic, ‘Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake.’ This resource demonstrates how a high quality text can be used to teach a range of NC objectives spanning across both key stages. Many thanks to Maddy Barnes for the fantastic ideas. 

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