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“Creativity is rebellion”

"Creativity is rebellion"

I rather like this image, tweeted by Banksy today. It’s a poignant reminder of how an adult’s words can be received by a child. Rather than feeling down about the black clouds I have inevitably rained down on my own children’s heads because I’ve experienced their ‘creativity’ as […]

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What a baby can teach us

What a baby can teach us

I really enjoyed hearing Alison talking this week in Anne-Marie’s class meeting about the work she’s been doing bringing babies into school. The children have been marvelling at how much little Theo has learnt over the summer and how resilient he is when he’s tackling new challenges. […]

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Playful learning

Ashoka: Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw5fvSjxI

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The importance of play

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/give-childhood-back-to-children-if-we-want-our-offspring-to-have-happy-productive-and-moral-lives-we-must-allow-more-time-for-play-not-less-are-you-listening-gove-9054433.html Here is an article in the Independent written by an American research bio-pyschologist who describes the importance of play in development – the process where children learn to think creatively, to get along with others, to cooperate effectively, and to control their own impulses and emotions.   […]

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Fun Quotes on Education

From http://www.futilitycloset.com/2013/08/02/lessons/ Lessons “Not for life, but for school do we learn.” — Seneca the Younger “Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.” — Henry Adams “Just as eating contrary to the inclination is injurious […]

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Celebrating difference

It was lovely to see last year’s Year 6s back for a visit at the end of the day. It always warms my heart to see how quick they are to come back. Seeing them for the first time in their new school uniforms it was encouraging […]

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From here to there

This is a lovely poem written by a year 6 leaver this term – we wish her and all her year 6 class mates all the very best in their new school.. we will miss them all – what a fantastic bunch they are. Charlotte (Madeline) From […]

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Ken Robinson on Gove

Ken Robinson is my favourite speaker on the state of our schools and what needs to be done to help kids unleash their inner brilliance on the world. I use the term “inner brilliance” as this is something I believe all kids have, but only a few […]

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American teenager speaks his mind in class

This video shows a teenager’s frustration at the quality and provision of his education.  That such an articulate and bright boy is being let down by the system brings a tear to my eye.  That teacher should feel ashamed! http://www.upworthy.com/student-freaks-out-in-front-of-his-class-and-says-what-were-all-thinking-about-our-education-system-3?c=ufb1

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A letter to Mr Gove from Michael Rosen

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/may/06/michael-rosen-letter-to-michael-gove

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