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The Otters have been thinking about Christmas and what it might be like in different places around the world.  The first port of call, however, wasto look at the world and find out a bit more about it, how much is land and how much is sea or ocean?  It was quite tricky to move...
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This week has been a magical one. We have started filming our Nativity, which this year is happening very differently- we are filming on location! Yes, the bike shed is now the stable and the stable block in the playground is Bethlehem, high street, the Kings will be star gazing from the top of the...
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Deputy principle
Fluency in maths is all about developing good number sense and being able to use the most appropriate method for the task at hand, it is being able to apply a skill to a range of problems as opposed to doing pages full of the same sums. The National Curriculum states that pupils should become...
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World Book Day
As we have much more time for reading we thought it would be useful to recap on some top tips:- Our top tips for reading at home… Choose a quiet time – 10-15 minutes should be plenty long enough.Maintain the flow – avoid interrupting mispronunciations immediately and allow opportunity for self-correction.Be positive – try “Let’s...
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Geometry is one of the classical disciplines of math. In Greek, it is roughly translated as “Earth Measurement” and is concerned with the properties of figures and space. Geometry is important because the world is made up of different shapes and spaces. Geometry finds huge applications in the real world: •           in Art and Architecture...
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Lessons on Design and Technology develop children’s skills and knowledge in many areas, not just; design, structures, mechanisms, electrical control and a range of materials, including food. It encourages children’s creativity and encourages them to think about important issues. Also, Design and Technology helps us to teach Maths with measuring, estimating and shape and English...
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“From the earliest stages, it is important that children understand that writing is a means of expression and a communication tool…The teaching of writing is effective when children see the use in it; when there is real, authentic purpose; when there is an audience…” The importance of creating a purpose for children to write is...
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springmead school
At Springmead we recognise that handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. Despite the increased use of computers for writing, the skill of handwriting remains important in education, employment and in everyday life. As a school, we recognise that children’s ability to write well depends on the firm...
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At its best, collaboration in the classroom can help students think more deeply and creatively about a subject and develop more empathy for others’ perspectives. The best learning happens when children are actively involved in a project. Collaborative learning is an approach that encourages students to create groups and work together to solve a given...
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In our teacher meeting this week we were joined by one of the parents, Nyasha Tondoro to hear out about her experience growing up in the UK. Her childhood was a largely pleasant one but sadly, there were both subtle, under the radar, racism and overt racism. Unfortunately in the world we live, this is not...
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