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ADDED OCT 2020
We explore possible options for remote science learning where bubbles and individuals are self-isolating.
UPDATED OCT 2020
While calls for a more diverse curriculum are not new, events this year have brought the issue back sharply into focus. We explore ways to make a meaningful, lasting change to our English curricula, embedding diversity across the curriculum.
ADDED AUG 2020
With a new academic year on the horizon, we explore keeping geography firmly on the timetable and adapting the curriculum and geographical experiences to embrace the ‘new normal’.
ADDED JULY 2020
We summarise the findings and recommendations from the Language Trends 2020 report, and highlight what they mean for primary language teaching.
ADDED MARCH 2020
We explore the pros and pitfalls of creating progression documents for art & design, and include examples from organisations and schools.
In the news
Sing Up: free live singing sessions
Sing Up is running free fifteen-minute live singing sessions every Tuesday morning at 9am on its YouTube channel, during lockdown.
British Science Week 2021: taster packs
British Science Week 2021 taster packs are now available to download online. Full packs will be available from January 2021. This year’s theme is ‘Innovating for the future’.
Sheffield Hallam University: research on physical activity, mood, confidence and schoolwork
Research from Sheffield Hallam University suggests “Physically active children report improvements in their schoolwork, behaviour and mental health.”
Education Endowment Fund: Improving Literacy in KS1 update
The Education Endowment Fund has updated its Improving Literacy in Key Stage 1 guidance to “take account of the latest research – including a number of relevant EEF-funded evaluations of high-potential programmes – and also to offer teacher-led exemplifications of how its eight recommendations can be put into practice”.
Chartered College of Teaching: Education in a time of crisis
The Chartered College has published a review of international research carried out during the pandemic, entitled ‘Education in times of crisis: The potential implications of school closures for teachers and students’.
In the Diary
2nd February is World Wetlands Day
4th February is Rosa Parks’ birthday (1913-2005)
8th February is Malorie Blackman’s birthday (1962-present)
9th February is Safer Internet Day
11th February is International Day of Women and Girls in Science
12th February is Chinese New Year
22nd February-7th March is Fair Trade Fortnight
28th February is Frank Gehry’s birthday (1929-present)
2nd April is International Children’s Book Day
5th–12th April is International Dark Sky Week
7th April is World Health Day
9th April is Mary Jackson’s birthday (1921-2005)
15th April is World Art Day
15th April is Benjamin Zephaniah’s birthday (1958-present)
18th April is International Day for Monuments and Sites
23rd April is Spanish Language Day
23rd April is International Girls in ICT Day
30th April 1963 marks the start of the Bristol Bus Boycott
27th April is Darcy Bussell’s birthday (1969-present)
28th April is Walter Daniel John Tull’s birthday (1888-1918)
30th April is International Jazz Day
Funding and Competitions
Farmvention (when farming meets invention) STEM competition is open for entries from children aged 5 – 14. This year’s challenge focuses on the “problems that climate change creates for British farmers and how they are fighting it to become Climate Superheroes”. Winners receive £1000 for STEM or Outdoor Learning equipment for their school. Entries close on 31st May 2021.
Funding is available from the Nineveh Trust to promote understanding of the countryside and the environment. Previous grants have been awarded to schools for the development of outdoor classrooms and gardens.
Maths CPD grants from The London Mathematical Society offer up to £400 towards conferences and events. You can also use the grant to pay for external trainers running in-school inset. The next application deadlines are 31st January and 30th April.
The Cannon Children’s Poetry Competition 2021 is open to all primary age children. The deadline for submissions is 31st March.
AccessArt runs a number of distance learning courses. They cost between £15 and £25, and can be started at any time.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TES has a remote learning free course on sustainability, aimed at primary teachers.
The London Connected Learning Centre is running a range of remote CPD courses for primary computing teachers.
Schools History runs online CPD for Key Stage 2 History.
TT Education is running an hour long, on-demand music webinar entitled Five Ideas for Primary Music. It costs £99+VAT and is available for 30 days after download.
PowerLanguages run online teacher language training courses for French and Spanish. These are aimed at teachers with little or no language skills.
Creative Education is running Outstanding Learning in the Primary D&T Curriculum in various locations and on various dates across the academic year. The course runs from 10:00-16:00, with tickets costing £269+VAT
The CLPE has developed a series of webinars to support literacy in the classroom. Find out about upcoming events here.