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Understanding before method

I often wish that schools would not teach children how to solve problems simply by method, often without the understanding upon which method must be based. This is an odd thing to say so let’s explore what I mean. The reason why children in Key Stage 1 do not set out sums in a formal…

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Language For Life

Tania Tirraoro (writing in special needs jungle) is right to remind us that a huge proportion of young children are entering school without the language skills they need to learn. This situation is not new but it has got worse. Technology is only part of the problem. Listening and speaking act as the currency of…

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Parents : Help your child to join the learning dots

Isn’t it amazing how much we can learn from the children we teach. Working with James in Year 2, it occurred to me that at this young age, children often struggle to make connections between the ideas and concepts being taught. Remember those dot-to-dot activities that join to make up a picture? Remember the excitement…

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Parents: in what way is your child intelligent?

What is intelligence? General intelligence was once measured as a single quotient, with 100 as the average. A quotient of 140 was therefore thought of as gifted and talented. A quotient of below 80 suggested a learning difficulty. Children were presented with verbal and non-verbal tests designed to assess logic and reasoning skills. As a…

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Parents : Know where your child is heading

My last blog invited the parents of children with SEND to ask questions about their child’s additional needs and how they are being addressed. Knowledge really is the key to everything. So do you also know where your child is heading on his educational journey? Imagine it as a journey, with your child’s readiness for…

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