Category Archives: PYP

Documenting small group learning

Selecting children to be part of a withdrawal maths group was a process. As a rule, I am not in favour of withdrawing children to “support” or “enhance” their learning. However, sometimes, rules need to be broken. The group of … Continue reading

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What makes an inquiry class different from all others?

Sometimes, I need a reminder. What is it that sets an inquiry learning environment apart from all others? Provocation is crucial. Invitations are shared at the start of lessons – something to make everyone think. Sometimes the link is obvious. … Continue reading

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Exploring exponents

Today, my year 5 maths group heads off with me, chatting happily along the way.  We have been asked to explore exponents.  The children are in a different space to where they usually learn, the mix of children is different … Continue reading

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A survival kit for teachers

Teaching a class must be one of the most challenging things to do. The responsibilities are immense, yet the rewards, while sometimes buried deep, are endless. Teachers are asked to: know every child – their learning needs; social connections (and lack … Continue reading

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Learners sharing experiences and knowledge

With his Zine finally published, B has secured the places where he wants to display his product. It sits proudly in the reception areas of our school, so that it may be seen by visitors. It is his snap shot … Continue reading

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Reflective honesty

A and two friends (Year 6 learners)  join me to think about themselves as learners. Their goal is to write report reflections for their final primary school reports. We look at the learner profile  and consider what they have achieved and … Continue reading

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Who’s listening? Who’s talking?

The much discussed concept of learners identifying problems – not only solutions is at the forefront of mind today. There is much talk around teachers who talk too much. We know this is real. We know we all do it. … Continue reading

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