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Issue 5.1

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CTL 5.1 Editorial: Measuring progress imaginatively could start a revolution

The last act of the former Education Secretary – to remove the national curriculum levels from the assessment regime – was a bit like throwing the proverbial spanner in the works and then walking out of the factory door.

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CTL 5.1 Contents

What's in this issue?

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CTL 5.1 News

Think tank accuses Ofsted of being biased towards ‘jazzy’ teaching; A level sociology students to study the culture of ‘selfies’; Arts and crafts are marginalised by the government's focus on core subjects; plus, the DfE has released sample questions from new primary tests.

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Standing on the shoulders of giants

Spring this year saw the loss of two truly great educationalists – Professors Bob Burden and Reuven Feuerstein. Here Dr Judy Silver, colleague and friend to Bob Burden, pays tribute to the professor, recalling the many contributions he made to the thinking skills movement and the lives of children in classrooms across the country.

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Assessment in the new curriculum

The next few years will see some dramatic changes to the way both primary and secondary schools assess and track pupil progress – and losing levels is just the beginning. Sue Hackman considers life without levels, from testing of four-year-olds to the new GCSE grading system and everything in between.

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Flipping classrooms

Flipped learning is rapidly becoming a classroom phenomenon, turning the traditional teaching model on its head in schools all over the world. But what is this innovative teaching technique, and how can you use it to transform your students’ learning experience? Chris Waterworth explains.

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The pleasure principle

Encouraging children to read for pleasure shouldn’t only be the job of the English department. Barbara Band suggests a range of ways to get the whole school community involved in promoting reading for fun and working together to develop a vibrant and engaging school reading ethos.

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Engaging struggling readers

Moved by her experiences with struggling readers, author Cathy Farr rewrote her children’s novel to make it accessible to all. Here she explains what the process taught her about how children’s language skills develop, and what this means for the kind of stories and support they need to find pleasure in reading.

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Writing with music

What goes on in our children’s heads? In the second of his two-part series on creativity and emotional intelligence, Jeffrey Pflaum demonstrates how a musical prompt can give young children the opportunity to record their innermost thoughts and feelings in a fun and safe way.

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Wild at heart - How animals can enhance teaching and learning

Appealing to children’s natural curiosity, Kenny Coogan explores the many ways the animal kingdom can enrich the everyday learning experience – from taking care of pets in the classroom and animal-inspired lessons to getting the most out of visits to zoos, aquariums and nature centres.

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Violence and prejudice - Giving young people the skills to think independently

In today’s pressured world, it’s vital young people are given the space to explore issues most affecting them, away from any preconceived adult agendas. Sue Lyle presents a series of activities to facilitate such a discussion and develop students’ questioning and critical thinking skills along the way.

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Tools for the flipped classroom

Start flipping your classroom today with our compilation of useful online tools, video content libraries, apps and more.

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Project Plan: Exploring Africa

With its lush rainforests, dusty deserts and wide open savannah plains, Africa is undeniably one of the most beautiful and diverse places on the earth. But what can we learn from this kaleidoscope of cultures, climates and creatures? Find out in our latest cross-curricular project plan, courtesy of Jane Jones.

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Activity 1 Resource Pack: Reading the text

Exploring Africa: Activity 1. The purpose of this activity is to encourage active thinking and reading through close examination of the West African tale ’The Blind Man and the Hunter', using the reciprocal reading roles of summariser, predictor, clarifier and questioner. Pack includes set text as pdf and word document.

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Activity 2 Resource Pack: Africa as a continent

Exploring Africa: Activity 2. Students investigate Africa’s position on the globe and produce a large-scale map of the continent showing its countries and major geographical features.

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Activity 3 Resource Pack: Africa's countries

Exploring Africa: Activity 3. Pupils plan, create and present a PowerPoint to the class on one of Africa’s countries, focusing predominantly on geographical features and information.

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Activity 4 Resource Pack: Life in Africa

Exploring Africa: Activity 4. Students create a culturegram (an image bank) about the lives of people in Africa.

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Activity 5 Resource Pack: Comparing climates

Exploring Africa: Activity 5. Students compare average temperature and rainfall in the Sahara Desert and the Congo Rainforest, considering the diversity of African climates and the implications for the way of life in that country.

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Activity 6 Resource Pack: Africa's animals

Exploring Africa: Activity 6. Students design an information booklet about an African animal.

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Activity 7a Resource Pack: Protecting Africa's endangered animals

Exploring Africa: Activity 7a. Students identify and research endangered animals. They then create a poster informing people how the animal has become endangered and how it can best be protected.

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Activity 7b Resource Pack: Writing a news story

Exploring Africa: Activity 7b. Students write a news piece on one issue related to the conservation of animals in Africa.

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Activity 8 Resource Pack: Gashaka-Gumti National Park

Exploring Africa: Activity 8. Students carry out a role-play to gain a better understanding of conservation and the threats facing the animals, land and people involved. The activity culminates in the students creating a news item for the children’s show, Newsround. (Activity by Sue Lyle).

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Activity 9 Resource Pack: Virtual safari

Exploring Africa: Activity 9. Students use presentation or video-editing software to create a dramatised virtual safari around an African game reserve of their choice.

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Activity 10 Resource Pack: Creature creations

Exploring Africa: Activity 10. Students design a plant or animal that is adapted to life in a chosen African climate – desert, savannah, rainforest or steppe.

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Activity 11 Resource Pack: Explorers of Africa

Exploring Africa: Activity 11. Students research an explorer of Africa and write a diary entry for a significant event in their voyages.

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Exploring Africa Project Image Bank

Images of African animals and landscapes to accompany activities in the cross curricular project plan, Exploring Africa.

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