STEM, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, is something that I am passionate about anyway. It is vitally important for children in the world today to be aware and fully functional in an increasingly technological society. Mankind is progressing at such a rate within the STEM areas and this is predicted to advance … More STEAM not STEM!
Turner has grown to become one of my favourite artists. Owing probably to how I have been able to used him in the classroom and the response I repeatedly get from the children while well we study his work. This year we took year 2 to the Clore Gallery at the Tate Britain to experience … More Turner and the Wonder of Science
I will admit that the first time I saw Directed Drawing, I think on Instagram, I was horrified! The idea of showing children how to draw exactly the same thing was so far from everything I had ever though about art education and anything I have taught in my classroom. Any form of art teaching … More Directed Drawing – No thanks! Well…
Writing an assessment piece is difficult for any child let alone one with a EAL or SEN difficulty. Having to write unaided about something you have not had any input from the teacher on, is scary! Even scarier if you depend on teacher support more than others. This year I have a group of children … More Writing a book for assessments (SEN)
Colouring pages are often seen as a passing the time activity for children something to keep them quite and busy. Although there are many other benefits of using them to structure early artistic talent and discovery. Colouring using many motor skills such as holding of the pencils or scribbling in a small area. This … More Advantages of colouring pages for children
I have never been a fan of forcing children into ‘boy girl’ groupings thinking that it just perpetuates the idea that boys and girls are not friends. Since I was in school this idea has seemed complete rubbish to me, as I always had more girl friends than boys anyway. I would rather just allow … More It’s a boy girl thing: boy girl groupings
Colours promote such emotion and are attributed to everything we see everyday. Children are taught from a very young age that the sky and the ocean are blue, the grass and leaves are green, that the sun, sand and sunflowers are yellow and the night is black. But I ask you, how often have … More The danger of colour steorotypes