A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

July 30, 2019
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Changes to QTS tests

You might have seen in the media recently that the one of the parts of the teacher training application has changed: the QTS skills tests in English and mathematics.  The government statement says: “To support this, the government today announced … Continue reading

June 13, 2018
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FDLT year 1 field trips

Last week the FDLT year 1 students went on field trips to explore different ways of supporting learning outdoors. Led by Ken Bland and Georgina Hand, they explored fieldwork around a river including mapping the meander, measuring depth; testing speed … Continue reading

June 7, 2018
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Can your pupils sew on a button?

Great British Button Challenge! Hobbycraft did some research and found that out of the 10,000 people they surveyed 1 in 5 could not sew on a button, with 52% never taught this at school (Hobbycraft, 2018). This summer they’re running … Continue reading

May 31, 2018
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Springwatch Wild Academy

Nature live, straight into your classrooms! The Springwatch team are excited to announce eight new live programmes especially for schools! Beaming direct into your classroom, the Wild Academy will open for business at 1:30pm on Monday 4th June. Join us Monday … Continue reading

May 18, 2018
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Exploring stop motion animation

Recently the FDLT Year 1 students have been learning about stop motion animation and exploring how this might support and inspire learning. Students chose an idea and planned and made a short animation to explain it. You can watch all … Continue reading

January 12, 2018
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500 words – live lesson!

On Monday 15th January at 2pm there’s a live lesson available to watch to inspire your participation in the BBC Radio 2 500 words writing competition. You can see information about the live lesson here. Calling all story writers! Now … Continue reading

December 21, 2017
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Good deeds!

I came across this great idea from Action for Happiness on Twitter. Its a calendar encouraging people to be kind throughout December (and beyond). Its also available in Italian, French and in a decoration free version. The organisation Action for … Continue reading

September 29, 2017
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Children’s Laureate

The current Children’s Laureate is Lauren Child and she is in this role from 2017 to 2019. This is what the Book trust said about her: “The role of Children’s Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent … Continue reading

September 22, 2017
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Changes to assessment in primary schools

Last week the government published plans for changes to the way pupils are assessed at primary schools. You can read the announcement here. “The reforms will: improve the way that writing is assessed, so that teachers have more scope to … Continue reading

August 25, 2017
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No more boys and girls

Over the last two weeks BBC2 have screened ‘No More Boys and Girls – Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?’ and it is also available on iPlayer until mid September. You can read more about it here.       … Continue reading