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Thinking Creatively about Maths

Last week a five year old asked me ‘what is the biggest number?’ How do we answer such a question when there isn’t one. At this age, the smallest number is one – so the concept of numerical infinity would be hard to grasp. This particular five year old is always asking unusual questions about…

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Exclusions, Pupil Referral Units and Child Abuse

It was reported on the news (Friday last) that children as young as five are being placed in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) following exclusion. What madness is this? The fact that PRUs have to exist at all is bad enough – but the fact that primary aged pupils are being educated in them – is…

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Can we think without language?

In our writing group today we ended up debating this title question. How apt it is – at a time when it is reported by the special needs jungle drums that Speech and Language Therapy is not being provided by many pupils who need it. Specialists in this vital field are few on the ground….

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How is maths creative?

Most people do not think of maths as a creative subject. And that is the problem. Many children find maths uninspiring at best – and at its worst, boring. And if children are bored and disengaged with anything – learning does not happen. It is no surprise that many children struggle to succeed in maths….

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Learning styles : myth or what?

A recent question on my Twitter – are learning styles a myth? Or are they a valid means of differentiating activities for different children? This is my view on the issue. Firstly what are learning styles? The idea has been around for a while as VAK, standing for – visual, auditory and kinaesthetic ways of…

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