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April 16, 2018
by Danielle Skippens
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Almond Valley Heritage Centre

  When attending University to become a Primary teacher, you don’t expect to have a placement that is not in a school, but when you attend the University of Dundee, this is the case for second year. My placement is in Almond Valley Heritage Centre, and I have been designing an entire topic plan around […] Continue reading

February 12, 2018
by Agata Wolanska
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Scientific Literacy

Scientific literacy is the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for everyday experiences, for example decision making. Scientific literacy allows a person to read or hear an article or newspaper online and decide on its validity. A literate person should be able to evaluate the worth of certain scientific information based on …

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February 11, 2018
by Chloe Davidson
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Scientific Literacy and Education

AC1 – Explanation of the concept of scientific literacy; Scientific literacy is an often-misunderstood term and in recent years, with the increasing demand to make scientific literacy more known in schools, it is more important now than ever to ensure we have the correct understanding of what it means to be scientifically literate. In this …

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January 17, 2018
by Danielle Skippens
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Insulating Porridge – Goldilocks Style

For our TDT today, we were sent away with a choice of lessons we could plan for. Shanice, Katie and I chose to take on an insulation lesson relating to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Basically, Goldilocks thinks the temperature of Baby Bear’s porridge is perfect, but she is just too tired […] Continue reading

January 16, 2018
by Danielle Skippens
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What’s the Time Wilfred Wolf

  During our maths lecture, we were required to find a book that included maths. Prior to this lecture, I always thought of picture books as being an English resource rather than a maths resource. This really intrigued me and I felt I really had to go looking into this. After finding a few gems […] Continue reading

November 8, 2017
by Jocelyn Coventry
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Discovering Maths in Sport

Discovering Maths in Sport As part of my journey in discovering mathematics, I have become aware of the fact that maths really is everywhere. So far, we have touched on maths in art, stories, music, computing, gambling and sport. In particular I’ve enjoyed looking at these aspects from a very open perspective, questioning the mathematical […] Continue reading

November 4, 2017
by Jocelyn Coventry
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Analogue Clocks: Pointless and Confusing?

Living in a digital world, I ask the question: do we need to teach pupils how to read an analogue clock in schools? Although most of us have converted to digital clocks in our online, digital world with our smartphones, computers and televisions; we cannot deny that our encounters with analogue clocks are not completely […] Continue reading

October 30, 2017
by Zuleka Ismail
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Curious Minds

We all like to question our surroundings especially if young and things don’t make much sense to you. It is fascinating to see how children approach situations and the different ways they explain it. Having my nephews around me really gets me thinking about so many different things and how they work. Children have such intuitive […] Continue reading

October 29, 2017
by Rory ODonnell
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Should schools promote Scottish tradition and culture?

Having been in different primary schools, I believe that although Scottish history is taught in primary school often Scottish tradition is not thoroughly explored. Scottish Culture lies at the centre of life in Scotland (Scottish Government, p.3). Scottish culture is very well known about and respected in other countries and is why Scotland is an […] Continue reading

October 25, 2017
by Alan MacDonald
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99p – Maths Behind Consumerism

During my first year placement, a key topic that I was regularly given the responsibility of planning lessons for within mathematics was budgeting. Now, within the Experiences and Outcomes documents there are various outcomes that cover this topic: MNU 2-09a – “I can manage money, compare costs from different retailers, and determine what I can […] Continue reading

October 25, 2017
by Danielle Mackay
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Cornelia Clark Fort

STORIES FROM DRAMA: Writing in Role (2 hours) 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 character. What would they hear? What would they see? Smell? Experience? […] Continue reading

October 12, 2017
by Hannah Robertson
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Resource Allocation Input

When we first arrived in the seminar we were told to disperse ourselves among the tables so that we would be equally divided into 5 groups. The task to complete in our groups was to create an item which students like us would be able to use on welcome week to help guide us throughout …

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October 10, 2017
by Allyson Sloan
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Abacus- Important or Not?

An Abacus is one of the first counting devices invented and I was intrigued why it was used? It is a simple wooden/ plastic framed tools with beads used to show a visual representative of place value and assist addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It can be used as a calculator by sliding the beads […] Continue reading

October 8, 2017
by Michelle Mackie
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An Apple for the Teacher

Recently, in RME sessions, we have been thinking about morals, and the idea of right and wrong – both from religious and non-religious perspectives. While discussing this, I couldn’t help but think of a wonderful lesson that I came across on the internet a while back. In this lesson, a teacher used 2 simple apples … Continue reading An Apple for the Teacher Continue reading

October 4, 2017
by Michelle Mackie
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Using the TASC wheel in planning

TASC stands for ‘Thinking Actively in a Social Context’. This is an approach which can be used when planning, to create experiences that will challenge and engage students – making links with social learning theories such as Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development.   In RME, we were asked to have a go at using the … Continue reading Using the TASC wheel in planning Continue reading

September 30, 2017
by Emma Kilpatrick
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Music beyond sounds

CROSS CURRICULAR LEARNING IN MUSIC (3 hours) Consider how you can make links between music and other curricular areas.  Choose as many subject areas as you wish, and for each, create activities that draw upon musical knowledge to enhance the learning.  Music and Art – Create a picture to go alongside the piece they have […] Continue reading

September 28, 2017
by Katie Jones
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Resource allocation task.

Last week I had my first workshop as a student at the University of Dundee and it opened my eyes to an issue I have, until now, overlooked; the impact poverty can have on a child’s education. In the workshop we were split into groups, given envelopes filled with materials and told to make a […] Continue reading

September 28, 2017
by Eilidh Purdie
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Resource Allocation Input

After Derek’s input on Resource Allocation the theme became significantly clearer. We were put into 5 groups and each given an envelope filled with resources and asked to create a resource out of the material we were given for first year students to use – basically a survival kit for new students. My group created a […] Continue reading

September 28, 2017
by Katie Nutt
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Katie’s resources blog

Last week we completed a resources workshop, where we were placed in groups with resources placed within an envelope, we were given the task to make something that we can give to a new student attending the university using only the resources that we were given in the envelope. However, each group was given different […] Continue reading

September 17, 2017
by Katie Rebecca Whitham
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The History in Castles

This week I have been lucky enough to have visited not one but TWO castles, have been learning about history teaching in lectures and have frankly loved every second of it. I went to visit family for the weekend in Northumberland and with them knowing how much I love history, going round the castles seemed […] Continue reading

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