Maths in the real world
Websites to reveal the exciting role maths and problem-solving skills have to play in the world beyond the classroom.
Primary education needs metacognition!
No other thinking skills approach has such a significant and evidence-backed impact on achievement as metacognition. But, as arguably one of the most difficult approaches to apply, does ‘thinking about thinking’ really have a place in the primary classroom? John Crossland thinks so – and here’s his advice for getting it right.
Inspiring learners with a passion-filled curriculum
Good GCSE results are just a by-product of the learning journey at Island School in Hong Kong. Vicky Hill reports on the school’s groundbreaking curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4, which sees teachers share their passions in exciting courses on art, marine biology, drama, business and more.
Making maths make sense
Whether it’s sharing out pizza or shopping with their parents, children encounter mathematics every day. But how can we bridge the gap between these real-world experiences with maths and the abstract concepts taught as part of the curriculum? Ana Helvia Quintero and Héctor Rosario explain.
21 strategies for better stretch and challenge
When teachers at Bedford Academy realised they weren’t doing enough to challenge their more able learners, they pooled their best ideas and created a whole-school approach they hoped would maximise deep thinking and learning. Kayleigh Greenacre reports on the project so far.
How to teach the Stone Age
With such a broad period of history to cover, and new digs and discoveries refining our understanding all the time, it can be difficult to know where to begin teaching the Stone Age. Where can you find the information you need? What activities work best? Archaeologist Matthew Charlton gives some practical advice.
Turn your students into scientists!
The new secondary science curriculum features a renewed emphasis on students thinking and working like ‘real’ scientists. But how do we cultivate such attitudes? Our science expert, Ed Walsh, considers the key areas.
Using Minecraft to inspire creative writing
What if, instead of simply imagining the settings for their stories, your pupils were able to build them? Teacher Chris Waterworth explains what happened when he and his pupils used Minecraft to design, build and explore Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, and write their own story about the mischief made inside.