A comeback for class projects

Remember the class topic – it’s making a comeback. Some of you may remember your days in primary school and still have a project, or topic, that you did hidden away in the loft. Topics all but disappeared with the onset of the National Curriculum in 1988 and subject based teaching being strongly recommended in reports in the 1990s. But the Times Educational Supplement reports today that the topic has made a comeback.

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Maths lessons at teatime?

maths lessons at teatime

The Daily Mail highlights pupils at four primary schools who have become the first in Britain to be given the choice of starting lessons at different times of the day to fit in with parents’ busy schedules.

The pupils in Plymouth, Devon have two options. They can now start lessons at 7.45am or 11am rather than the traditional 8.45am, depending on which their parents prefer.

An obvious advantage is to reduce congestion on the roads – pretty bad where I am during school time. It has also been shown in some studies that older children do not learn as well first thing in the morning, so a well worthwhile experiment!

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Hands up in class!

hands up in class

Do you know how your children react in the classroom? Are they keen to put their hands up, or are they quiet and reserved, perhaps avoiding eye contact? This subject came to mind as the ‘hands up in the classroom’ debate was highlighted by Alan Johnson the Education Secretary, this week.

I’m sure most people remember their school days when the only way permitted to speak was via a hands up sign, and then only when selected by the teacher. Now this is coming into question and I can see why.

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