October 2016

#Teacher5adayBuddyBox

October 27th, 2016|Blog, Personal|

A few weeks ago I had a phone call to say that a parcel had arrived for me in reception. I'd thought it was just something my hubbie had ordered from eBay and could wait - the new beard trimmer he had ordered a week or so before (that we [...]

A little every day – November 2016

October 26th, 2016|Blog, Resources|

The file for the November maths calendar and also solutions for October found below: November -> monthly-maths-november October Solutions -> monthly-maths-october-solutions

Couldn’t let it pass by without …

October 25th, 2016|Blog, DFE|

The above was me last week!! You can't have failed to notice that last week, in a speech about primary assessment Justine Greening announced that the government "will not introduce statutory mathematics and reading resits on children’s arrival in year 7." It seems that sense (for once) has been seen [...]

They know that I know!

October 19th, 2016|Blog, Intervention, NEW GCSE 9-1, Resources, Uncategorized|

We've just finished our first assessment cycle (well .. one more paper to go with year 9's tomorrow!) and we've done the whole RAG'ing of questions and reviewed the papers so when someone asked me last week if we re-test students it really made me think. The answer is no [...]

Being systematic

October 11th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1, Resources, Uncategorized|

I love teaching my year 9 group. I've taught them for 2 years now and in the main, they are really up for having a go at most things I give them and they usually try their best. There are times when they're a little loud but they are such [...]

A little every day – October 2016

October 1st, 2016|Blog, From the Coal Face, Resources|

File for October maths calender and also solutions for September found below: October -> monthly-maths-october September Solutions -> monthly-maths-september-solutions  

September 2016

Year 7 Resits – Calling all bloggers!

September 29th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel, Personal, Uncategorized|

Whilst we are waiting for the promised consultation on the year 7 resits (now being called progress tests!) I am going to try to persuade as many "bloggers" (I still don’t consider myself one of those ... I'm a teacher!) as I can, to write a blog post (or should [...]

Mid Week Update

September 28th, 2016|Blog, Edexcel|

I was away last night having travelled to Margate as I had a 9am meeting - come to think of it, so far Seager has managed to wangle local visits!! hmmm ... oh well ... I'll chuckle to myself this Friday when he is off "oop North" to do some [...]

All I want is transparency

September 27th, 2016|Blog, NEW GCSE 9-1, Ofqual|

Is that too much to ask? You may remember that I put a FOI request into Ofqual following their letter to Pearson adjusting grade boundaries upwards ( my blog was here -> ( FOI Request )? Well I've had a response ... actually scrap that ... I've had a non-response. [...]

Fluency

September 25th, 2016|1 - Number, Blog, Resources|

I've been thinking a lot about the need for "fluency" (whatever that means!) and how not having a firm grasp of the basic number facts and relationships sometimes holds students back from accessing higher order topics. I think that there is a definite difference between "sums" and "maths". Now, don't [...]