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English – 03.05.2015 – A 5 year revision plan

07 May 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on May 3, 2015 by Joe Kirby Revise with self-quizzing books for every pupil across all subjects What should teachers do about homework? And what should pupils do about revision? Homework and its Discontents Homework is a tough ask for pupils and teachers. Pupils have…

Science – 10.04.2015 – Science Knowledge Organisers

10 Apr 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Olivia Dyer SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE ORGANISERS Two weeks ago, our illustrious Assistant Head Joe Kirby wrote a blog on the the most valuable content that subject leaders at Michaela want all pupils to remember for ten years and beyond. Although Mr Kirby and my more…

English – 21.03.2015 – Combining Tradition and Innovation

21 Mar 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on March 21, 2015 by Joe Kirby Combining Tradition and Innovation Teachers who think knowledge, memory and practice have been neglected in schools, tend to be seen as adamant traditionalists – to quote one blogger recently, “the shock-troops of neo-traditionalism!” Whilst I think it’s important to bring the best…

Maths – 15.03.2015 – My thoughts about education

16 Mar 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on 15 March, 2015 by Bodil Isaksen Third time’s a charm. Yesterdays #mathsconf2015 organised by Mark McCourt‘s La Salle was the best yet. Here’s what I got from the day. David Thomas David always has something new to say at conferences. No rehashed powerpoint slides and tired jokes…

French – 13.03.2015 – Loud & Proud

14 Mar 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on  March 13, 2015 by Barry Smith Why Reading Out Loud in MFL Works Amazingly Well. Got to be honest. I’m not a fan of choral repetition with pictures. You know, the silly voices, one word at a time. I find it all a bit…

French – 13.03.2014 – What Really Matters

06 Mar 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Published on October 13, 2014 by Barry Smith What Really Matters My blogs prior to September 2014 were written when I earned my living giving inset. I suspect I am part of a very small band of people who once earned their living from giving inset…

Maths – 27.03.2015 – Maths everywhere

04 Mar 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Bodil Isaksen Maths everywhere Here’s how we squeeze in maths outside of maths lessons, without compromising subject content in other lessons. Rolling numbers Rolling numbers is a great first step for embedding times tables. Ultimately, we want our children…

English – 28.02.2015 – Which knowledge?

04 Mar 2015, Posted by admin in Michaela's Blog

Posted on February 28, 2015 by Joe Kirby Which knowledge? I often ask pupils at family lunch at Michaela what their favourite subject is. Many of them reply, ‘I love every subject, sir!’ What we choose to teach plays a big part in how much our pupils…