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Jaguar Maths in Motion Challenge

On Wednesday 24th June the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon housed the Jaguar Maths in Motion Challenge. The competition has been going for 15 years, but the 2015 event was the first ever World Final, open to primary and secondary schools from around the globe. Organiser Brian Richardson was thrilled to see so many schools from around the UK attending, and expressed surprise and delight that teams had come from as far as China and Australia to participate, with Harrow International School in Beijing and Kingston Primary School from Perth Australia flying in to take part (the latter accompanied by a kangaroo mascot).

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E-safety – it’s a whole-school issue!

Across schools, E-safety is a real concern affecting day-to-work work.  Issues with 18 rated games and social networks are at the forefront of comments emanating from conversations had with Head Teachers, computing leaders and teaching staff.  Tackling these issues in an informed manner is of the utmost importance. 

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The new Ofsted framework - inspecting safeguarding

The computing programme of study and Ofsted produce clear guidance outlining what they expect from schools in terms of e-safety provision. We have put together a quick overview of their objectives and expectations.

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WordBlaze - A Case Study

Griffin Park Primary School in Blackburn has been using the WordBlaze reading and spelling programme with their year 4 and year 6 intervention groups and have had some great results! Here is what they had to say:

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Teaching GPS through song lyrics?

Maddy Barnes discusses exciting and engaging ways to teach, track and assess GPS in both Key Stage 1 and 2!

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J2 launch dot com Computing dot easy

Thanks to James Green, Head of Educational Development at Just2easy for this blog post about the launch of Switched on Computing within the Just2easy toolsuite!

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Is the new written arithmetic paper in the National Tests on your radar?

A good deal of focus on the new curriculum and its assessment arrangements over the past months has been on the higher expectations in maths and grammar.

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Your March Fractions Challenge

Following on from the article on fractions, here are some ideas for exploring equivalence.

 

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Working Memory and Classroom Learning

Working memory refers to our ability to store and process information. We use it all day, every day, as it provides us with important processes for reasoning and comprehension and so is particularly important for children’s learning. 

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Why the Hodder Reception Baseline Assessment was ideal for Woodstock Primary

In this short video we visit Woodstock C of E Primary School, to talk to Assistant Headteacher Anne Hipwell about how the Hodder Reception Baseline Assessment supports her and her students.

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