Three domains of literacy

Raising reading and literacy attainment is something that is always at the forefront of educators’ minds. With a myriad of interventions and strategies out there, what is important for raising attainment in these areas? A group of school leaders and academics came together recently at the University of Nottingham’s School of Education to listen to …

The Rights of the Mathematician

In this post Catherine Gripton considers what children should expect of mathematics in school and the implications for how we approach the teaching of mathematics in a way that respects the child as a an autonomous learner. Our relationship with mathematics On the 24th October 2019, the UK government launched a consultation on proposed early …

Making a play for drama in the primary classroom

In this blog, Colin Morley looks at current ITE perceptions of the arts are, before looking at what the actuality of the arts offers within schools. He considers what the barriers are to their possible use and how drama might be used as a process tool within Primary teaching. How are the arts perceived? In …

Building confidence in using music in primary schools

Music both calms and invigorates the primary classroom. It adds order, injects a sense of freedom from the rest of the curriculum and stimulates the child’s creativity. In this blog, Liam Maloy from the Department of Culture, Media and Visual Studies at the University of Nottingham, reflects on his experiences of music and primary education. …

Remember remember …

Memory is important in learning so that learning is not lost and this has been the subject of a previous blog in this series. The new Ofsted Education inspection framework is informed by a range of research evidence including on memory and learning (pages 15-17). This evidence includes many new terms from learning sciences that …

Let’s talk about oracy

Literacy and numeracy are part of daily life for primary teachers, but in this post Rupert Knight explores what we mean by oracy and considers its possible impact. Put simply, oracy refers to skills related to talk and learning through talk.  Between 1987 and 1993 the work of the National Oracy Project in England led …