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May 21, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Health and Wellbeing: The Start of Lesson Planning

Blog Post Early Years Above, you will see my first attempt (in ages) for lesson planning. Yes, it’s been a rather long time since the fingers have delicately hammered the keyboard to type up a lesson plan… and this is not exactly a full one! However – since learning from my first school placement last … Continue reading Health and Wellbeing: The Start of Lesson Planning 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

February 18, 2019
by Claire Smith
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Let’s think about (ma)thinking, okay?

Mathematics? Oh so fearful of it…are you? Or… look… there’s a sum! And… the answer? Let me spend time sourcing it. Right now. Some people leave education with this desire to crawl under the table when 5,6,7 and all the other numbers approach them. Others, well others, carry maths in their head – and would … Continue reading Let’s think about (ma)thinking, okay? Continue reading

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 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 Heather Brown
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Reflection on Semester 1

I have started to write this blog for Derek’s TDT several times, but have found it harder to reflect on my progress each time. But this was until my pre-visit day put everything into perspective. I have found it easy over the duration of the first semester to reflect on my Working Together team’s progress, […] Continue reading

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

January 31, 2019
by Fiona Smith
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Social Sciences TDT: Flying back in time

I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish society. SOC 2-03a Think about the selected outcome – This outcome makes me think of several different topics to base this on when teaching in the classroom. These include: WW1/WW2, Women gaining the …

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January 31, 2019
by Annie Carruthers
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Opening up to the world of science

I have found the first two science inputs to be invaluable for this stage of my teacher training. Not only have I learned science knowledge but I will have gained information and advice which I shall apply to all aspects of my teaching. I am now eager to start my own investigating and to teach […] Continue reading

January 31, 2019
by Louise Gerrard
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Key features for a good science lesson

Key Features of a good science lesson: A good science lesson: is designed to stimulate the interest and motivation of children allows flexibility and choice teacher need to have strong subject expertise and be enthusiastic about their subject creates a positive ethos for learning includes opportunities to allow children to become actively involved in their … Continue reading “Key features for a good science lesson” Continue reading

January 31, 2019
by Taylor MacDonald
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What makes an effective science lesson

Creating a science lesson The sciences experiences and outcome are designed to stimulate the interest and motivation of children and young people and to support staff in planning challenging, engaging and enjoyable learning and teaching activities. Lessons within science would be benefited with the use of collaborative working alongside working individually. By working in pairs, […] Continue reading

January 30, 2019
by Julia Fleming
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Teaching Across the Curriculum – Health and Wellbeing, Food and Health

I have planned three health and wellbeing lessons based on the experiences and outcomes for health and wellbeing, primarily the food related sections. Individual Lesson Plan Format (Primary) MA Professional Practice HandbookIndividual Lesson Plan Format.docx Class/Group: 2nd Level       Lesson: Health & Wellbeing            Date: ………..… Previous Experience Working towards outcomes of a Curriculum for Excellence By […] Continue reading

January 30, 2019
by Julia Fleming
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Teaching Across the Curriculum – Maths

During my maths input last week I discovered how common the pre-conceptions of maths are. I also learned about different techniques I can use in the classroom to relieve maths anxiety in the pupils and my teaching ability. The session also allowed me to learn some activities I could do with the class to ensure […] Continue reading

January 29, 2019
by Fiona Smith
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Easy as 1.. 2.. 3..?

After missing the last maths input, due to having my pre-placement visit early, I have managed to catch up with the thanks to Tara’s PowerPoint notes and friends taking notes for me. What I have taken from it, is that maths is one of the three areas in which is classed in the responsibility of …

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January 28, 2019
by Annie Carruthers
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Maths on my mind

Why do we need Mathematics? I believe this was a very important input for me as it confirmed some of the fears I have around teaching mathematics and has spun them in a positive light – that we have to teach maths with enthusiasm, skill and purpose so our children can build confidence. Some aspects I […] Continue reading

January 25, 2019
by Heather Brown
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Lesson Planning- A Work in Progress

For our health and well being workshops, we were instructed to create three lessons based on one of the Experiences and Outcome’s for that area of the curriculum. When I left that workshop I had already started to think of some activities that I could do– which I know now is the wrong way to […] Continue reading

January 24, 2019
by Heather Brown
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Out with the Myths and in with the Maths!

When I first got to our first Maths input, I was really looking forward to it as I haven’t attended a Maths class in four and a half years (AHHH). Tara started us off with drawing a scale and we had to mark the scale depending on how we felt about teaching Maths- 10 being […] Continue reading

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