Attitudes for Learning

I am currently developing a system of Badges which I plan to use as a way of rewarding children for the skills they can demonstrate, the knowledge they show and their attitude in lessons. As things stand I have five “tokens” that the children can earn during each lesson relating to their Attitudes for Learning. These are… Preparation: “Did you arrive […]

#QuickPost – Thinking About Differentiation

Recently, while planning next terms lessons, I had a bit of a revelation when think about how  to differentiate. Previously I had always thought of different activities (usually at three different levels) and therefore the outcomes were slightly different for different children. It occurred to me that really, what differentiation should be about is the […]

WWW Questioning Dice

Quick Idea… Imagine a die that has the words WHAT, WHERE, WHY, WHO and WHEN on five of it’s sides (and ROLL AGAIN on its sixth). Children roll the die three times and have to answer a question about that lesson’s content. Hence the WWW. They could even be asked to write the question themselves. […]

SKA – Skills, Knowledge and Attitude to Learning

During my ICT lessons I encourage the children (in years 5 to 8) to consider three areas: The Skills they can demonstrate and how they apply those skills. For example a child may be able to change the font of a piece of text, but have they changed it for a reason? Can they explain and justify […]

Are You Putting in the Effort?

I have just completed by second set of grade reports for this term in which we give the children a grade for their Achievement (A – E) and a grade for Effort (5 – 1) and I began to think about the Effort  grade. What does that Grade mean? What do children have to do in […]

Modelling Search Engines

In their ICT lesson next week Year 7 will be learning about Search Engines. Lesson Objective: To understand what search engines are and how they work At the beginning of each lesson the children are presented with a differentiated set of questions and they have to choose one question to answer. The idea of these […]

Half Term Review (Year 8) #WeHaveSecrets

Welcome to WHISPER – the Worldwide Headquarters for Information Security Protocols, Espionage and Reconnaissance. Your first mission is to generate your own personal codename. You have forty minutes in which to achieve your objective. Your time starts now. MISSION ONE The Trainee Agents are given a piece of Python code and some Code Comprehension questions asking them […]