The Importance of Learning Outside

The Importance of Learning Outside
The concept of learning outside the classroom and outdoor learning has been with us now for a number of years. The Government’s 2006 Outdoor Learning Manifesto outlines that ‘every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.’ It defines learning outside the classroom as ‘the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning.’ Read More...

Getting Started

Getting Started
Let me start by introducing myself, I am (finally) a Primary school teacher in Kent. This is my third teaching role since graduating university in 2010. I don’t know about you, but when I first qualified, I did not know how hard it would be to find a job, let alone know how to be any good at it! Read More...

Love Your Heart

Love Your Heart
How often do you have your blood pressure or cholesterol levels checked? Maybe not that often. Yet, coronary heart disease (CHD) is the UK's biggest killer. Here are the foods you should be eating to improve the health of your heart. Read More...

Teaching in Kent

Teaching in Kent
Gemma Haughey is a 3rd year student at the University of Limerick undertaking her teaching practice. In January 2014 she joined a secondary school in Kent for a week's work experience. She is hoping to teach Science in Kent as a newly qualified teacher in September 2015. Read More...

Eat Healthily to Reduce Stress

Eat Healthily to Reduce Stress
Anything and everything has the ability to overwhelm us - it could be the traffic jam, the shopping queue, the paperwork or even something on TV that just annoys us! So how can food and diet help us to keep calm? Read on to find out what foods will help you reduce how stressed you feel. Read More...

An Ice Cream Van in Winter. Great Shout!

An Ice Cream Van in Winter. Great Shout!
Last Monday I attended an INSET day at school. For once, Sunday was a joy with no lessons to plan for Monday and it felt like a bit of a holiday! I almost felt refreshed when I rocked up to school in my jeans and slightly Christmassy jumper, and I wasn’t alone... There was definitely a buzz in the air from the array of teachers who were feeling a bit naughty having actually enjoyed a Sunday without doing any work. Sssh… Don’t tell anyone. However, this was to be only the beginning of a very positive day indeed. Read More...

Ticking Boxes

Ticking Boxes
Last night, in conversation with a senior lecturer renowned for his creative approach to teaching and learning at one of our best teaching colleges, he told me that after spending a day with his Teach First students on creativity in the classroom and when asked how they might channel all this creativity effectively their response was to use it in an ‘oral or mental starter’ or as part of a ‘plenary’. They had missed the point entirely. He was disappointed. They have clearly spent too much time in schools already. Read More...

…And it Starts All Over Again….

…And it Starts All Over Again….
I write this as I begin to consider this week’s Everest of marking, planning and organising that needs to be done before term begins again next week, and I feel oddly calm. It is most disconcerting. Read More...

An Irish NQT in Kent

Living in Northern Ireland, I was acutely aware of the few job opportunities there was for NQT’s. However my drive and passion to teach forced me to ignore the critics and complete my initial teacher training. My time in university was indeed four of the most memorable years of my life during which I grew both as a teacher and as a person. Read More...

Men in Early Years

Men in Early Years
Last academic year I remember coming to the end of term 5 with my year one class, saying to my TA that I was looking forward to another year in KS1. Little did I know at the time that I had been given a career changing opportunity that I hadn’t seen coming. Read More...
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