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October 13, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Did you say ‘let’s read?’ Oh… I’d love to!

Reading week is here. (Almost.) And that reminds me of letters, words and sentences: are they the raw essentials for a book? I think letters create words. I wonder if words can act as sentences alone? I see that most sentences need a verb. That’s how we all started learning English – and essentially, university … Continue reading “Did you say ‘let’s read?’ Oh… I’d love to!” Continue reading

October 9, 2019
by Jocelyn Coventry
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Dance: Choreographic Techniques

TDT: CHOREOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES – DISCUSSION  Select 2 or 3 videos of dance performance which you would use with pupils to help develop their understanding of choreographic techniques. Include a plan or written discussion on how you would use these videos with the class and how you would support their development. Videos:  Waacking routine: Commercial routine: […] Continue reading

October 9, 2019
by Jocelyn Coventry
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Drama: Improvisation Lesson Plan

TDT: PRESENTING: Performance Skills Create a breakdown of ‘performance skills’ (this can be presented as a list, mindmap, however you choose). Choose one aspect/skill and create a lesson plan(s) to support your pupils with this aspect of performance. Reflect on the wider benefits of this skill. How might this support pupils in their wider lives? […] Continue reading

October 8, 2019
by Gemma Harcus
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Captain Scott – Visualising His Life through the Drama Lens

This piece of writing is a submission for my Expressive Arts E-Portfolio linked to my Assignment. Task: Choose a character from the past (it doesn’t have to be a famous person). Research that character and the time that they lived. Use the drama convention Visualisation to explore what it would be like to be that […] Continue reading

October 8, 2019
by Claire Smith
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The Lovely Lorax – and My Plan!

I started writing a piece about planning over the weekend – and ironically, lost it. Great organisation, Claire! Anyhow, the weekend was successful in making notes about medium-term planning. I’ve done a few lesson plans here and there: but not yet, a medium-term one. What is that, exactly? Well, I had not a single (and … Continue reading “The Lovely Lorax – and My Plan!” Continue reading

September 30, 2019
by Georgia Fullarton
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I blink, and it’s over – A long overdue reflection.

The past year has passed by in a flash. I know I’m not exactly old, but I now realise how true it is that time seems to fly by as you get older. There’s no more sitting in a classroom trying to keep my eyes open on a Friday afternoon, or traipsing to classes I … Continue reading I blink, and it’s over – A long overdue reflection. Continue reading

September 27, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Fractions! Did you just call for pizza – and a party?!

We have had a few inputs now on mathematics: and they have all been most useful in helping me to realise that imagination is maths and maths is imagination. Long way to say it; basically think to the limits of space. Endless? Yes. Claire needs to enter the classroom and not just see the earthly … Continue reading “Fractions! Did you just call for pizza – and a party?!” Continue reading

June 20, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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IB Reflective Activity 2

Developing your understanding of the IB Learner Profile The IB Learner Profile attributes are as follows: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-Minded, Caring, Risk-Takers, Balanced and Reflective. The CfE’s four capacities are as follows: Successful Learners, Responsible Citizens, Confident Individuals and Effective Contributors.   Between IB and CfE, there are many similarities and differences between […] Continue reading

June 20, 2019
by Amy Fraser
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IB Reflective Activity 1

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a not-for-profit foundation, motivated by its mission  to create a better world through education (IB, 2015). From researching it further, it has made me realise connections IB and the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). The aims of IB are that it centres on learners, develops effective approaches to teaching and learning, […] Continue reading

May 11, 2019
by Eilidh Purdie
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Learning from Life

WOW. I cannot quite believe that I am back in Scotland. Two months definitely fly when you’re having so much fun. I have had the most amazing time over in the UAE exploring and getting to know all about the culture and the lifestyle there. It really is incredible. I’ve gone from being a nervous […] Continue reading

April 25, 2019
by Blaze Lambert
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Is Daydreaming Terminally Dated?

Blaze, what do you mean by “Is daydreaming terminally dated?”- I hear you ask. Daydreaming is a natural and often subconscious process for our brain and therefore is not something that can dwindle and become dated! Perhaps, yes. However, I beg to differ. The Oxford definition of daydreaming is:  “A series of pleasant thoughts that distracts […] Continue reading

April 23, 2019
by Zara Aitken
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Semester 2

Another semester that went too quickly! As expected, I have given up my job to concentrate on University and to be able to focus 100% on my placement. Semester 2 was spent focussing on Pedagogy and the Curriculum. I already knew a bit about pedagogy but mostly in an Early Years setting. This did give […] Continue reading

February 15, 2019
by Julia Savaniu
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An Early Introduction to Writing

It is explicitly clear how writing is linked to listening, reading and talking – the 4 main aspects of language – and Pie Corbett has highlighted this in his idea of ‘Talk for Writing’. This is an effective way to introduce children to writing as children start by orally familiarising themselves with a story and …

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February 13, 2019
by Julia Fleming
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Teaching Across the Curriculum – Writing

Writing is thought to begin prior to formal education and  links children in early years to having ideas about writing and what it is. It is thought by some that in order to be able to write effectively a child must read, hear and say it first. it is from this that they will be […] Continue reading

February 12, 2019
by Melissa Reilly
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Math’s Anxiety

Maths is a very controversial subject; not debating its importance but whether children feel confident in participating with it. A lot of children have an anxiety when faced with maths due to a negative stigma that it holds. In primary school I always felt further behind to others as I was never quick at maths […] Continue reading

February 7, 2019
by Wallie Mathieson
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Key Features of a Good Science Lesson

With inspiration from Sciences ‘Principles & Practice’ and ‘The Sciences 3 – 18’ here are some of the things that we came up with as key features of a good science lesson. Stimulate interest in pupils and staff flexibility and choice (Variety) Motivation, challenging, engaging and enjoyable Consistency not just random facts Actively involved – […] Continue reading

February 4, 2019
by Fiona Smith
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Science TDT 2: What makes a good lesson?

What makes a good science lesson? – After looking at the Es and Os within the curriculum for excellence, and then looking back on the last workshop with Jonathan, we came up with a list of contributors that we think will make a successful and good science lesson that encourages children to explore and experience …

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February 2, 2019
by Emma Boyd
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Science in the Primary School

For most of my school friends, the highlights of our week were going to science lessons and seeing what experiments we could beg our teacher to do with us. I always loved science. It wasn’t something that I can remember doing in the classroom of my primary school, but I have great memories of going …

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February 1, 2019
by Julia Fleming
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Teaching Across the Curriculum – Science

Key features of a good science lesson and any lesson is ensuring the 7 principles of the CfE (Curriculum for Excellence) are used; challenge and enjoyment, breadth, depth, personalisation & choice, progression, coherence and relevance. You can ensure you do this through: Allowing children to take ownership of their learning. Open discussions Active learning Relating […] Continue reading

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