In schools, storytelling can be a rich experience for children, sometimes happening before they shape texts in writing, sometimes when telling stories for their own sake. It is what writing is built upon and skilled teachers know about its importance when using storytelling as part of the language curriculum to build children’s literary skills.
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The Department for Education has informed teachers and parents that the national spelling test for seven year olds, due to take place in May 2016, is now cancelled…but is it actually an opportunity for teachers up and down the country to do things more interesting with the time saved?
…If we see the curriculum as jazz then we can see that there are guidelines given but that the teachers are encouraged to ‘own’ the processes and adapt the content, the presentation and the organisation as they see fit. In this way they can become curriculum ‘makers’ as well as curriculum ‘deliverers’.
…the current curriculum manifestly fails to address what is arguably the central challenge of current times…Global climate change is no longer just a matter for scientific debate – it has become a political, social, economic and ethical problem as well. Schools have yet to fully appreciate how this is likely to impact on their practice.
Leaders and practitioners in the early years have paused for thought when faced with the statutory requirement to promote Fundamental British Values in their settings. Blogs and sector events have seen a plethora of questions as early years practitioners search for the meaning of FBV and the implications for their work with children from birth […]
If character is important, which it surely is, is such an idiosyncratic and unreconstructedly male account of it good enough, and is it for government to impose this or any other notion of character on every child in the land, of whatever inclination, personality, gender or culture?
The new school year has commenced without Mr Gove as Headmaster of The Academy of England…What then, after 4 years of hyperactivity, has Mr Gove left us?
If…history is a race between education and catastrophe, we must surely ask at this time why, for so many, that race has been lost; and whether and how education can do better. If ever we needed a reminder that true education must pursue goals and standards that go well beyond the narrow confines of what […]
The publication of the new History curriculum in 2013 caused an outcry. One of the contested issues was the draft’s requirement for children to be taught History in sequential order. In this article, Laura Quinn examines whether there might be something in it.
How do you successfully engage all pupils in their mathematics and encourage their enthusiasm for learning? Rejecting simplistic solutions such as more or narrow, results focused teaching, Dan Port and Sarah Rowntree, Year Six teachers at Meadowside Primary School in Gloucester, explain how they instead wanted to change existing practice and enable children in their […]