Word of the week | anewhoffod

 

So if you have read Hirsch, you will know that knowledge is the biggest differential between pupils of high socio economic status and those of low.  For us, at my academy, we have been focused on knowledge ever since I had the pleasure of visiting Michaela.  We have introduced Knowledge Organisers, recap tests, knowledge exams etc etc.

However, we also have to improve our pupils’ vocabulary.  We are currently exploring the online Bedrock package but in the mean time, one simple thing we do whole school is Word of the week.

Each week, I send out the word of the week.  These words have…

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Word of the week | anewhoffod

 

So if you have read Hirsch, you will know that knowledge is the biggest differential between pupils of high socio economic status and those of low.  For us, at my academy, we have been focused on knowledge ever since I had the pleasure of visiting Michaela.  We have introduced Knowledge Organisers, recap tests, knowledge exams etc etc.

However, we also have to improve our pupils’ vocabulary.  We are currently exploring the online Bedrock package but in the mean time, one simple thing we do whole school is Word of the week.

Each week, I send out the word of the week.  These words have…

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http://ift.tt/2zuHFF8

When ideas from Twitter come together… | anewhoffod

I love reading and, as a result, I love teaching reading. Just this week, I got over-excited reading Oliver Twist with year 8, getting into character as the fight between Noah and Oliver ensued. I like that with reading it is slightly logical or methodical – we are looking for key things within texts and, to an extent, we have a structure that we can use to help pupils enhance their reading of texts. I’ve always found teaching writing much harder. Yes, there are the same nuts and bolts but, at some point, pupils need to pick the baton up and run creatively, something which is harder in my…

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When ideas from Twitter come together… | anewhoffod

I love reading and, as a result, I love teaching reading. Just this week, I got over-excited reading Oliver Twist with year 8, getting into character as the fight between Noah and Oliver ensued. I like that with reading it is slightly logical or methodical – we are looking for key things within texts and, to an extent, we have a structure that we can use to help pupils enhance their reading of texts. I’ve always found teaching writing much harder. Yes, there are the same nuts and bolts but, at some point, pupils need to pick the baton up and run creatively, something which is harder in my…

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We all row together… | anewhoffod

One thing that surprised me about the response to my reading article in the TES was the response from a number of librarians. Many librarians got in touch with me to say thank you for acknowledging them. I was surprised by this. Librarians are at the heart of what we do and it got me thinking….and then I wrote this…

 

As I walk through the doors at just after 7.30 am with my colleague Kaz, we are greeted by Julie who is there every single morning, bright and breezy getting the breakfast options ready for our pupils. Every now and then I tuck into one of the breakfasts myself but today I…

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Tutor Time reading | anewhoffod

Moving in to the academic year 2017-2018, I am really keen to focus and develop three things with regard to reading across the academy:
Our use of AR – we have purchased this for another two years so have an absolute necessity to maximise its use.
Classroom libraries – these are starting to appear across the academy in different subject areas – EVERY classroom Freya…that’s the goal.
Tutor time reading programme

The tutor time reading programme has come about after reading Michaela’s blogs about how they maximise reading opportunity.  I decided that this would be another brilliant way to…

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Tutor Time reading | anewhoffod

Moving in to the academic year 2017-2018, I am really keen to focus and develop three things with regard to reading across the academy:
Our use of AR – we have purchased this for another two years so have an absolute necessity to maximise its use.
Classroom libraries – these are starting to appear across the academy in different subject areas – EVERY classroom Freya…that’s the goal.
Tutor time reading programme

The tutor time reading programme has come about after reading Michaela’s blogs about how they maximise reading opportunity.  I decided that this would be another brilliant way to…

Continue reading at:

http://ift.tt/2uAPXIl