Category Archives: Curriculum

We’ve turned the classroom into a spaceship Part 2

It was interesting to listen and watch the reactions of the group members when choices had to be made from their own submissions. By trial, error, and much discussion we established a lay-out for the spaceship. This stage of the … Continue reading

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We’ve turned the classroom into a spaceship Part 1

It was late 1989, and this was one of my last undertakings before I resigned from the prospect of Tomorrow’s Schools to argue for something very different, an alternative symbolised by what follows. We’ve turned the classroom into a spaceship. … Continue reading

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Inquiry learning: Where is the science? Where is the social studies?

I am concerned that too many children reach secondary school lacking flexibility in thinking and interest in ideas. My philosophy is for children to become intensely involved in learning based on the interaction between the cognitive and the affective (which … Continue reading

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Mathematics Part 2: Producing literate and numerate children

Literacy is a complex, multi-faceted concept that changes as society changes. The ability to cope with a wide range of texts requires more than the ability to read the words. It requires a full understanding of the key concepts underpinning … Continue reading

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Mathematics Part 1: The mathematics pendulum

I have long wanted to have Charlotte Wilkinson, an independent mathematics consultant, set out her ideas on mathematics but, in the previous education environment, any association with me would have been dangerous for her work. With that changed, I am … Continue reading

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Here we go on phonics again

Ros Lugg managing director of The Learning Staircase uses the PIRLS result, no doubt in a way that will feel utterly sincere to her, to stir up support for her highly structured and commercialised phonics programme, blaming teacher training for … Continue reading

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A schoolwide science experience

I demanded of Shay Noonan, principal of Morrinsville School, that he write up one of his schoolwide science experiences as I knew they exemplified in practice the main elements of the holistic. The schoolwide science experiences, along with other kinds … Continue reading

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