Creative Teaching & Learning

Creative Teaching & Learning

Incorporating creativity and critical thinking into your school.
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In issue 6.2

Project-based Learning - A NEW series!

Choosing my future car
Aiming to develop skills in research and responsible decision-making, Alexis Shea’s latest PBL unit guides pupils in KS3 and 4 through the surprisingly complex process of choosing which car to buy.

Also in this issue:

Will we ever take vocational education seriously?

Closing the achievement gap with P4C
An exciting project is harnessing the inclusive power of philosophy to raise achievement and build confidence in some of the most deprived regions of the UK. Bob House reports.

Creating risk takers
Letting pupils take charge of their own learning presents a valuable opportunity to develop resilience, independence and creativity. But how far are you willing to go? Professor Guy Claxton suggests some small, practical changes that any teacher can make today!

Meeting the new curriculum’s high expectations for grammar
In this issue’s ‘Strategies for the new curriculum’, we explore possible approaches to delivering the new, tougher curriculum objectives for vocabulary, grammar and punctuation in Years 1 to 9.

Out and about for words: Making connections in early literacy
Kate Williams brings early reading to life with an expedition for words in school, at home and on the street, and cements this learning with a range of follow-up activities involving art, music, poetry and more.

Keeping pupils on target in a mixed-ability classroom
Forget teaching to the middle. Ensure pupils of all abilities are engaged in tasks that stretch and support them to the necessary degree with Marcella McCarthy’s six steps to successful differentiation.

Stars, sounds and simple circuits
Can children be creative in a subject as fixed as science? Ed Walsh thinks they can. Here he explores the many opportunities to think and work creatively in primary physics, with special emphasis on learnerled enquiry, as requested by the new National Curriculum.

How to give effective feedback in PBL
Developing feedback that makes a real difference to pupils’ final project outcomes begins in the earliest planning stages of your unit. See it through to success with Alexis Shea’s guide to the important process of drafting, critique and improvement.

Powerful everyday learning experiences?
There’s an app for that Thirty pupils, thirty iPads... can it ever work? For Chris Waterworth, it has – and with amazing results. Here he describes the many valuable learning experiences in maths, literacy and more, made possible only by his school’s one-to-one iPad scheme.

Bright Ideas: The new schools competition to inspire future scientists and engineers
How do we meet rising demands for energy without destroying the planet? That’s the all-important question posed to secondary pupils in Shell’s schools competition, The Bright Ideas Challenge.

The future is just a click away
We provide a compilation of websites and online resources to explore the future of the planet – and how our children can change it.


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