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January 9, 2019
by Liam Hamilton
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My Initial Thoughts about Early Years!

Third year marks the start of my journey into early Years, concluding with an early years placement. My feelings are a mix of nerves and excitement. During my experience at my local school during high school and my 1st year placement at University, I have always worked with primary 4/5. This is a whole new […] Continue reading

November 26, 2018
by Jay Petrie
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Mathematics in Battleships… Hit or Miss?

Even upon just taking the lid off of the box, it is already clear that there are elements of Mathematics in the classic game ‘Battleships’, some of which would be fantastic in the classroom for facilitating learning if used effectively. The most obvious of these to me at first glance is the use co-ordinates. This […] Continue reading

November 9, 2018
by Ailsa Mackie
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Using Film in History.

Building enthusiasm within your classroom is important if you are to ensure engagement from pupils in their learning. The curriculum for excellence: building the curriculum 4 documents that using enthusiasm and motivation for learning enable young people to become successful learners (Scottish Government, 2009a). A good way to hook pupils at the start of a […] Continue reading

November 8, 2018
by Beth Pettigrew
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Field Trips In Historical Learning

The Verdant Works Visit Field trips in History The Verdant works is a historical museum situated in Dundee. The verdant works was previously a mill which was famous for its making of Jute in the Victorian era during the Industrial revolution. The Verdant works is a great place as a leaning opportunity for children to […] Continue reading

November 3, 2018
by Jay Petrie
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“I’ve gotten this far… I may as well finish it”

With the amount of times it has happened already, I should not really be surprised that the next area covered in Discovering Mathematics is another one that not only astounds me, but applies to me directly – and yet, my jaw is once again left near-enough dropped as I began to uncover Counter Intuitive Mathematics. […] Continue reading

November 2, 2018
by Rachel Billes
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“Not long to go, we’ll just get through it”

It is fair to say that I have not engaged with blogging as an activity for quite some time now, however I personally believe that this is a topical issue worth sharing some insight into. As the title partly implies, this is my last year of teacher training and I am going to be perfectly […] Continue reading

October 24, 2018
by Iain Thomson
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Wake up! Grab a brush and put on a little (lot of) makeup!

While driving home from university, an interesting program came on the radio regarding the makeup industry (You and Yours, Radio 4, 27:45). Whereas, the radio show was reporting on the business and economics of the industry, I could not stop thinking about the pressure that this industry puts on young women of all ages. The […] Continue reading

October 18, 2018
by Jay Petrie
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Chance of Me Gaining an Appreciation for Maths – Extremely Likely

Probability – the next (and successful) leap in convincing me of how relevant mathematics actually is. This module has been effective in changing previously negative perceptions of maths, one of which in particular is that the terms ‘maths’ and ‘complex’ go together like bread and butter – this is not the case. Granted, parts of it […] Continue reading

October 18, 2018
by Alan MacDonald
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Vita Brevis – Exploring the usage of Artefacts and Sources within Social Studies

Pickford, Garner and Jackson (2013, p.62) define artefacts as being valuable man-made or man-influenced objects that can encapsulate particular locations or sections of time within the world, which explains why they can serve as being strong backbones to particular contexts for establishing social studies learning. They can also vary greatly  in their appearance and purpose. […] Continue reading

October 17, 2018
by Rachel Noble
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Interest and Empathy Towards the Children During the War.

In this blog post, I am going to talk about the learning experience of using artefacts to teach about the child evacuees during the war.  I am going to be writing this from the learners point of view as well as making reference to ideas for teaching from a teacher’s perspective. Although this workshop was […] Continue reading

October 17, 2018
by Ross Pellow
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Are Artefacts Worth Their Weight in History Lessons?

Turner-Bisset (2005), speaks about the use of artefacts in the teaching of history in the primary classroom. It is stated that artefacts are a multi-sensory resource, making them useful in an early years classroom as a starting point for enquiry based learning. Using common objects as an artefact can allow pupils to see immediate relevance […] Continue reading

October 11, 2018
by Danielle Skippens
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Bringing Mindfulness and Poetry Together

I smell the rain appearing in the damp air I see the drear grey clouds with the winter sun peering through I see red, orange, yellow Crunch! I can hear my exaggerated footsteps I feel confused as to how a form of death can be so beautiful, yet often go unnoticed. This poem was created using a combination […] Continue reading

October 9, 2018
by Jay Petrie
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Fibonacci Sequence – Significant Coincidence?

The Fibonacci Sequence is a fairly new concept to me, having only seen a flash of the term in a textbook during my MA1 school placement. The Discovering Maths module is responsible for properly introducing me to this concept, however it was a shock to learn that in reality, this peculiar set of numerals have […] Continue reading

October 7, 2018
by Danielle Skippens
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Bringing International Games in to the Classroom

During a lecture, we were considering the games we played as a child and how they related to our country, the innate parts of being human and the impacts that some games had on our futures. It was interesting to see that the most prominent games played were schools (where we were all the teacher) […] Continue reading

October 2, 2018
by Ross Pellow
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Engagement and Motivation: A Guide Written by a Dummie

After a lecture focussed on the use of fieldwork in the teaching of Social Studies I began thinking about the lessons I have taught in previous placements and how they could be improved. The Social Studies Principles and Practices document (Education Scotland n.d) states that skills such as exploring, investigating, discussing and presenting are a […] Continue reading

September 28, 2018
by Jennifer Beekie
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Fieldwork

This morning myself and my friend took a trip to the Discovery Boat. I went there with two aims in mind; to learn more about the history of Dundee and to evaluate what it would be like to take a class there. As a child I remember visiting the Discovery Boat multiple times however I […] Continue reading

September 26, 2018
by Lindsay Gallacher
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Social Studies: Intial Thoughts

My experience with social studies in school, has always been a positive one, from what I can remember. After the first few inputs of our social studies elective, I have began to think more about my first statement than I ever have before now. “From what I can remember,” is very telling as to the […] Continue reading

September 25, 2018
by Gemma Harcus
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Standing up for justice; standing up for our children.

I sit and write this blog after one of the most thought provoking discussions so far in my university journey. One in which we were discussing theories such as the Montessori, Owen and Frobel perspectives on education. Each being primarily child-centre focused and broadening on aspects of children thriving on their own initiative and creativity.   […] Continue reading

September 24, 2018
by Gemma Harcus
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Memorable Classes in School – The Creative Arts

Throughout my time at school (both in primary and secondary), the most memorable classes for me were ones that emphasised on skills primarily used in the creative arts. Be this cutting cardboard with Stanley knives to make human sized dinosaurs or presenting wall posters describing Orkney’s role in World War 2. My favourite experience at […] Continue reading

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