Teaching and Learning

Mapping a new primary curriculum

For the past year, Cornwall Learning has been working with pilot schools to create and test the new primary curriculum. Sally Griffin explains some of the lessons they have learnt and the principles they have used


A focus on mindfulness

Mindfulness has become a familiar term, but what does it really mean and does it have a place in our schools? Amanda Bailey discusses how mindfulness can help children in particular to grow and develop


Preparing for English and mathematics

We’ve left the basics until last. In the final article in our series on preparing for the new curriculum, Suzanne O’Connell focuses on the national curriculum for English and maths and the advice available for those gearing up for September 2014


SPONSORED ARTICLE: The boy in the corner?

Jonathan Ovenden discusses the challenges of raising achievement for white working class boys and suggests ways to work with those who are disaffected to reignite their enthusiasm for learning.


Blogs in the classroom to boost literacy

Using blogs in the classroom can have a positive impact on pupils’ engagement and success in writing and literacy. Sarah Horrocks and Myra Barrs offer some tips to get you started.


Primary languages: Is your school ready?

As primary schools prepare to deliver compulsory foreign languages at key stage 2, the annual Language Trends survey has shone a light on some common concerns. Alex Elwick explains.


Outdoor learning on a shoestring

Outdoor learning is recognised as a vital part of primary school life for pupils, but how can schools deliver these experiences while also keeping the costs down? Fiona Aubrey-Smith hears from two schools.


Preparing for computing and science

With September only a summer holiday away, time to prepare for the new national curriculum is running out. In the third part of our four part series, Suzanne O’Connell looks at preparations for the new programmes of study in both computing and science.


Case study: Mathematics Mastery

How do you demonstrate pupil progress when the best moments of learning often aren’t on paper? Alexandra Mintz speaks to Caroline Farrant, a teacher at Sir Thomas Abney, which is involved in the Mathematics Mastery project..


Case study: Apps for Good

In preparing for the new computing curriculum in September, deputy head Rebecca Stacey has worked with the charity Apps for Good. She explains what the project entailed.




Whole-school projects: Take One Picture

The annual Take One Picture project allows schools to explore all corners of the curriculum using one of the National Gallery’s famous paintings. Helen Frostick explains how her school has been inspired.


KidsMeet: When the pupils take over!

You’ve heard of a TeachMeet – now we have KidsMeet! Matt Brooks shares his experience of hosting a day of exchanging ideas and inspiration across seven schools. The best part? It’s the pupils doing the presentations – and providing the inspiration



Wellies at the ready in the outdoor classroom

Making the most of every centimetre of the school grounds has ensured that learning at Boston West Academy is inspiring and embedded in the real world. Headteacher Mike Schofield explains.



Taking the primary curriculum outdoors

With the pressures of the curriculum and key stage 2 tests, it can be difficult to take pupils outside of the classroom. However, Heather Crawford offers some ideas for how outdoor learning can link into the primary curriculum


Improving communication and language skills

Faced with a new intake whose lack of speech and language skills meant they were still operating as toddlers, Clare Constant implemented a range of strategies to overcome this significant learning barrier



What will be the sport premium’s legacy?

Primary schools are diligently making use of their primary sport premium, but will this pump-priming see any long-term benefit, or is it another flash in the political pan?


Transforming the quality of teaching

Two headteachers speak to Fiona Aubrey-Smith about how the use of the Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme after an Ofsted inspection has helped them to sustainably improve the quality of teaching


Arguing for a creative curriculum

Headteacher Anne Bull has been awarded an honorary degree by Bath Spa University in recognition of her contribution to education. She argues why a creative focus across the curriculum is vital


Creative approaches to literacy and the SPAG tests

Will the new spelling, punctuation and grammar tests produce an assembly line of rote-learning at the expense of creativity? Alison Wilcox looks at how we can tackle the tests, but still engage our pupils


Five ideas to get pupils reading

Promoting reading and improving literacy is an on-going challenge for all primary schools. Deputy head Martin Cooper looks at five approaches that have proven successful at his school

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