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
I have began to notice the children can describe how things look till they have used every adjective in their word bank. Get them to describe the smells on the other hand is as close to impossible as possible. Unfortunately for them, and me, you can’t write a piece of description with your sense of … More Smells; the lost sense?
A brief literature review of Assessment for Learning in English, Mathematics and Science. According to Hodgen and Askew (2010) the interest in Assessment for Learning in the UK originates in the review by Black and Wiliam, later summarised by Inside the Black Box (Black and Wiliam, 1998). Dann, (2014) comments that more than ten years … More Assessment for Learning in English, Mathematics and Science – A brief literature review
During my NQT year I found it a real struggle to facilitate and encourage carpet discussion in my classroom. I found that when asked to ‘turn to your partner’ the children would do one of three things: one child would be overly dominant leaving the other with nothing to say and feeling like they cannot … More Talking Threes – Three heads are better than one.