Category: Teaching

BELONG - RESPECT - ASPIRE - ACHIEVE

Might and Magic – reading and maths

I am not going to lie, home schooling a 5, 9 and 11 year old has posed it challenges. The mornings follow a school led programme, lunch almost a marker for something other than “school-directed” learning. “Free-time technology” is only available “after school” or 3pm, so we have been looking for “activities” to fill that…
Read more


3 Apr ’20 0

Curriculum planning and sequencing

I am beginning to conceive curriculum execution as two-step process. Planning what to teach (planning with the end in mind), then sequencing what has been planned. Though ‘planning’ is essential, ‘plans’ can be constraining when learning goes on an edventure (where a lesson goes off-piste and has value). This thinking was consolidated when I reviewed…
Read more


2 Apr ’20 0

How accurate are teacher forecast grades?

Basic in 2012, I invested a lot of time researching forecasting pupil performance. Specifically CATs and FFT. In 2015, as part of our Improvement Strategy we wanted to feedback to Heads of Department on their prediction accuracy – on a “optimism-pessimism” scale and designed an assessment tool. Very simplistically, as you can see, variance of…
Read more


31 Mar ’20 0

Year R with Triptico

I have been a supporter and fan of Triptico for many years now. Every now and again, I am reminded of Triptico’s versatility. Setting up Olly’s (Year 4) home learning this morning was another one of those times. Writing a sentence about the park… became a word magnet, ordering activity, complete with a background image…
Read more


30 Mar ’20 0

Home learning and teaching

The first week of home learning as a parent (11, 9, and 5) and teaching, setting working for Year 8 (Romeo and Juliet) and Year 9 (Othello) classes via ShowMyHomework with signposted resource curated via Wakelet (Romeo and Juliet and Othello). Home learning as a parent Our Year 7 son is directed by his school…
Read more


27 Mar ’20 0

Online gaming in French

We tried setting up Fortnite Duos in French. Changing the language to French and “Match Making Region” to Europe. That was easy enough. First Harry checked-in on a solo game, just to get his bearings and cross reference terms instructions. Next Harry drafted a handful of phrases to help with his introductions and gameplay. S’il…
Read more


27 Mar ’20 0