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Catch up and keep up: ed suffix

The suffix ‘ed used in a past tense, regular verb is a year one target (together with ‘ing’ for good reason) The ed suffix is an important entry into the world of morphology and represents an important move away from a phonics-only approach as… Continue Reading “Catch up and keep up: ed suffix”

Finding balance: how to use yoga in the classroom

This is a great time to implement yoga in your classroom. It can be done in a bubble and no equipment is needed. Younger children respond particularly well as humans are more likely to mimic (copy) than primates! Sound release is especially beneficial- the… Continue Reading “Finding balance: how to use yoga in the classroom”

Catch up and keep up: times tables

Some students really struggle with times table facts. TT Tock Stars just makes them stressed. The symbol itself can cause some confusion as it’s close to the addition sign and is taught initially as repeated addition- further confusing some chdn. An image which integrates… Continue Reading “Catch up and keep up: times tables”

Supporting SEND

How can teachers and TAs be best supported to support SEND or ‘catch up’ learners? Effective communication (between the school and campus)• Support and supervision of the SENCO and initial training school-based tutors. In terms of improving the experience of learners who are behind… Continue Reading “Supporting SEND”

Morphology: word grammar

The term morphology was taken from biology where it is used to represent the study of the form of plants and animals. Its first recorded use is in writings by Goethe (1796). It was first used in relation to linguistics by August Schleicher (1859)… Continue Reading “Morphology: word grammar”

By heart: why we should memorise poetry.

Easter 2019, I took my rather large volume of Mary Oliver poems to Cornwall with the intention of committing one to memory. I had been inspired by an article written by Nicholas Pearson, then publishing director of 4th Estate. I kept this article for… Continue Reading “By heart: why we should memorise poetry.”

Catch up and keep up: blending CVC words.

Great improvements have been made in the teaching of phonics, however some children – whilst they know their sounds STILL cannot blend. WHY? These children may have a dyslexic-type profile, they may have some dyspraxia – they are likely to have low working memory.… Continue Reading “Catch up and keep up: blending CVC words.”

Catch up and keep up: letter shape

The current situation presents an opportunity for consolidation and catch up for those children who may be some way off where they need to be in terms of their learning. Where to start? Consider those essential skills which underpin all learning. For many children,… Continue Reading “Catch up and keep up: letter shape”

Testing, testing: memory working?

This blog will look at the impact of low working memory on behaviours across the curriculum. See my original tweet on how auditory working memory is measured here: A thread on Working Memory. Assessment of this is all done in an auditory fashion without… Continue Reading “Testing, testing: memory working?”

Hands up!

What is it about whole class questioning? There was controversy recently when Jo Boaler suggested using lolly sticks was like cold calling. Katherine Birlbalsingh, ever the contrarian, suggested this was simply checking understanding and part of good practice. What my students with working memory… Continue Reading “Hands up!”

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