Category Archives: active learning

No Pen Day: Sock puppets, Roman villa tours and Simon Schama mimicking

Last year in June I organised a No Pen Day at school to encourage teaching staff to make use of some of the technology we had access to, much of which had been languishing, unloved, or booked out to the … Continue reading

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Boosting progress: a Teachmeet/TLAB mash up

I’ve been very focused this year on improving outcomes for students at key stage three. Last year I introduced the verbal assessment, which worked extremely well; but some students struggled to maintain it, let alone better it, when it came … Continue reading

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Tips for School Trips

I’m a serial school tripper. Childfree, and with an understanding spouse, I can easily make myself available to accompany residential visits and, what’s more, I really enjoy them. It’s marvellous to have the opportunity to work with students outside of … Continue reading


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End of term activity: Candy Castles

I think pupils do a lot of passive lesson activities this time of year. Mindful of this, I went to the supermarket last night and purchased cocktail sticks, bamboo skewers, sponge fingers, marshmallows and a variety of other sweets, and … Continue reading

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Using Google Maps with a class

When I posted the link to the Google Map I made of the homesteaders’ journey west on Twitter, a few History teachers tweeted back something along the lines of, “Great – did the students collaborate?” to which the answer, unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Continuing with my theme of History Activities Week in the final week of term, my year 8s did jousting on Thursday morning. Our final year 8 unit is a chronological one, Entertainment Through Time. This usually involves watching portions of … Continue reading

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Spanish Armada

Today was Spanish Armada day, in the pond. The school pond was cleared out last week by the teacher whose classroom overlooks it, who got a bit tired of looking at traffic cones and broken chairs and roped some kids … Continue reading

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