A blog from Katy Scott and Phil Griffiths about the importance of keeping the message simple when learning remotely.
In January I wrote a blog post all about the simplicity of the message. In the months that have followed we have experienced a seismic shift in everything we do both in and out of the classroom. I find myself writing this ‘electronically’, ‘remotely’ in ‘unprecedented’ times.
One point that stands out when I read my January blog post back is this; ‘With all that teaching and learning noise out there we need to keep things simple.’
After some of my early Zoom lessons, I reflected on how much I seemed to be talking, how I was gesticulating wildly at the screen and how I seemed to overly use stock phrases that made me cringe when I looked back. I don’t think I was keeping it simple for my pupils. Continue Reading
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
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
By Nicola Stevens, Head of Spanish.
Remember the last mouth-watering meal you enjoyed in a Michelin star restaurant? You devoured the entire mouth-watering plate, but could you recreate it at home? Would you know the ingredients? The measurements? Would you be able to guess the recipe? Do you have the culinary skills to produce the dish yourself? Probably not. Hold that thought…. Continue Reading
A common challenge I hear from teachers in my literacy role, is that of getting pupils to read for understanding. It seems that all too often, pupils are able to read the entirety of a text without taking in its meaning or being able to do anything with it afterwards. So why does this happen and what can we do about it? Continue Reading
The 8th June will be the second ‘No Pens Wednesday’ which we have run at our school.
Last year, the event was hugely successful due to the fantastic work of departments: in every classroom I visited, there was something different and exciting going on.
This year, I would like to make the event even more successful, and this blog is all about how best to encourage good quality talk in the classroom.
Writing concisely and precisely is a common challenge for our pupils in improving the quality of their writing. In order to lead the way here, I’ve tried to model these qualities in our new literacy policy.
The policy, consisting of just nine words, is as follows: Continue Reading