SOMEONE’S OUT THERE WATCHING…
I recently read with interest of the British Government’s plans for the surveillance of all children, including information on whether they eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. The Children Act 2004 gave the Government powers to create a huge database full of information on children, but the potential for erroneous investigations by social services or the police into thousands of children and their families is truly alarming.
How was it for you?
Debbie Hepplewhite reflects on the last year and explains why she sees the Rose Report’s recommendations as a glimmer of hope for the future and what teachers have to do to really make a difference against the forces of bureaucracy and government interference.
Writing for competitions
There are increasing numbers of UK–based creative writing competitions for children, and getting your class to write for them can be a great incentive. Brian Asbury explores some of the ones currently out there.
Summer fun and summer learning
Colin Hynson looks at some places that parents could be encouraged to take their children to during the holidays which can encourage them to maintain the habit of learning during the long summer break.
John Dabell suggests some ways to stretch your pupils’ minds with ingenious puzzles as an alternative to the usual end–of–term activities.
It’s a funny old game…
Jan Blake discusses ways to use football statistics to teach data handling to children at Key Stage 2.
Worth a thousand words
Arts and sciences are sometimes described as separate entities, incompatible and conflicting with each other – but they are not so dissimilar. Both require careful observation, dedication and discipline, as well as intuition, inspiration and passion. With this in mind, Robert Sinclair takes a look at some links that can be made between science and art.
The science of movement
Crispin Andrews visits a school where science is being brought to life through an innovative multi–sensory approach utilising the movement of dance and physical exercise.