Teaching

Don’t smile until Christmas

I very vividly remember being sat in a lecture in our first year of university. It was autumn term, inside the Adsetts centre at Sheffield Hallam. We were on a three year Primary Education degree. We were first years –…

Family

What do we want for Christmas?

What do you want for Christmas? It’s a question that gets asked a lot as we all get our Christmas shopping organised, ordered and wrapped. It’s still a question that stumps me. Firstly, because I hate the word ‘want’. I’m…

Teaching

What’s Worked Well in KS2 This Year?

It’s the middle/endish time of the summer holidays. Which means teachers everywhere are planning new classroom displays, making pinterest boards and buying new table pots/organisers. It’s true – don’t tell me it’s not – I’m a member of enough teaching…

Parenting

A First Year at School

The summer holidays give you time to think, reflect and look back over the year. I honestly, cannot believe, that H has been at school for a year. She is still 4. She still will be four for another month…

Teaching

Teaching & the Power Struggle

Ping. Ping. Ping.   I heard them fall. Momentarily, it distracted me from the target group I was teaching to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers. I gazed around the room with that expert teacher scan. The quick glance…