“From the earliest stages, it is important that children understand that writing is a means of expression and a communication tool…The teaching of writing is effective when children see the use in it; when there is real, authentic purpose; when there is an audience…” The importance of creating a purpose for children to write is...Read More
At Springmead we recognise that handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. Despite the increased use of computers for writing, the skill of handwriting remains important in education, employment and in everyday life. As a school, we recognise that children’s ability to write well depends on the firm...Read More
At its best, collaboration in the classroom can help students think more deeply and creatively about a subject and develop more empathy for others’ perspectives. The best learning happens when children are actively involved in a project. Collaborative learning is an approach that encourages students to create groups and work together to solve a given...Read More
In our teacher meeting this week we were joined by one of the parents, Nyasha Tondoro to hear out about her experience growing up in the UK. Her childhood was a largely pleasant one but sadly, there were both subtle, under the radar, racism and overt racism. Unfortunately in the world we live, this is not...Read More
Building learning power (BLP) is our ability to continually develop our capacity to learn through new and challenging environments throughout lives. In the ever growing field of ‘learning to learn’ research suggests that there are 4 dispositions that we need to understand and develop to become successful lifelong learners. They are; ResilienceReflectivenessResourcefulness Reciprocity/social relationships. One...Read More
The Eagles spent Thursday with their minds, like most of the nation, on the General Election. The children braved the weather to walk up to the polling station at the village hall where we discussed the process and saw voters coming and going at a rapid pace. Back in the classroom we explored the manifesto’s...Read More
For many years there was a gender separation in sports participation from adulthood down to children and school sports. Male sports were football, rugby and cricket; Female sports were netball and rounders; and bothgenders played hockey and athletics but separately. Over the years this outdated approach has changed with boys and girls encouraged to participate...Read More
For adults and children glitter has been a massive source of unbridled joy, adding sparkle and magic to many celebrations in all of our experiences, especially during our school days. Alas, we are now aware that this simple source of sparkle comes with a whole lot of environmental consequences that we have only just...Read More
To read English successfully, children must learn to turn the words they see in a text into sounds, and make sense of these sounds. Studies, on children’s reading development have shown that the phonics approach is more effective than meaning-based approaches, such as the whole-language approach, in improving young children’s reading skills. Whole-language approach focuses...Read More
On Friday evening, as lots of children and parents know, the school took over the Athenaeum Theatre in Warminster for the annual Showcase event which featured all aspects of performing arts, from poetry to gymnastic displays to musical theatre performances. All main school children have the opportunity to take part, working on acts at home,...Read More
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