A blog by Literacy CHAMPION, Katy Scott.
Distilling. It’s important. With all that teaching and learning noise out there we need to keep things simple. That’s what The Kennet Literacy Policy is – it distils what we know into black-and-white, simple sense. Continue Reading
Some reflections on Homework from Mrs Martin.
At the start of the year I shared this quote with you all. I’ve also shared it with many pupils in the past and reminded them that doing something once or twice doesn’t mean you’re all set.
Habits don’t happen overnight and when we talk about effective homework, this relies on creating positive habits. For the pupils; for us as teachers. Continue Reading
…Following this year’s INSET I vowed never to say these words again. Yet, they crept back into my lessons almost immediately. Scolding myself at the start of most days since, I’m beginning to change the phrasing and structure of my questioning:
“What do you understand?”
“What is the first step to this task, and what should you include?” Continue Reading
Yesterday Heads of Department and SLT spent a day looking at exercise books across our school. Here is what we learnt. Continue Reading
Rereading Doug Lemov’s ‘Teach Like a Champion 2.0’ , I am reminded of the simplicity and practicality of his ideas. So how does a “Champion” teach and why is this book so powerful? Continue Reading
By Jon Palmer, Teacher of English & Head of H&SC
***remember to write witty, engaging and relatable intro to grab reader’s attention*** so the question was: how could I possibly teach a high level GCSE skill such as evaluation to my KS3 classes? Continue Reading
With marking listed as one of the three areas in the government’s workload challenge, none of us can afford to spend time assessing pupils’ work without the certainty that this effort will lead to further progress. These are our three steps to ensuring that assessment always leads to progress. Continue Reading