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Issue 5.2

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CTL 5.2 Editorial: Was Wilshaw right about secondary school failure?

Michael Wilshaw’s Christmas present to the nation – that one third of secondary schools were failing to improve, and some were even backsliding – came as a bit of a jolt. But was he right to blame headteachers?

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CTL 5.2 Contents

What's in this issue?

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CTL 5.2 News

Maths is more important than English, pupils say; Childhood reading boosts vocabulary; Children of today will see teleportation, time travel and invisibility cloaks; and more.

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Blending maths and English across the curriculum

The UK trails far behind other developed countries in terms of literacy and numeracy. Where are we going wrong? Lisa Jane Ashes believes our compartmentalised approach to secondary education is to blame, and says it’s time we showed students the importance of maths and English beyond their respective classrooms.

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Meeting the challenges of the new maths curriculum

Developing problem-solving and reasoning skills lies at the heart of the new primary mathematics curriculum. Such a shift in focus is welcome, but for some, may require a rethink in the way they approach maths teaching. Tim Handley offers his advice for schools preparing to take on the challenge.

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Reading between the lines

Simple comprehension of a text isn’t enough. To be high-level readers, children need to be able to infer meaning that goes beyond what the text explicitly tells them. Roy van den Brink-Budgen explores ways teachers can develop this critical skill.

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"We're going on a print hunt!"

Inspiring young children to take an interest in literacy, Sue Lyle leads a class of four-year-olds on a hunt for signs, symbols and writing in the classroom, on the street and in the shops.

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Dramatic ambitions

James Yarker explains what happened when his theatre company, Stan’s Cafe, teamed up with a local primary school to turn the dramatic events of the Cuban Missile Crisis into an all-singing, all-dancing stage spectacular.

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The essential elements of project-based learning

There’s no universal definition of project-based learning, so how do we know what works best? Alexis Shea kick-starts her series on effective PBL with a look at the building blocks of a successful project and what these mean in practical terms for different types of learners.

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Using photography in the classroom

Why save the class camera for special school events? Jane Hewitt explores the ways photography can add another dimension to the everyday learning experience – from capturing and sharing positive moments of learning to cross-curricular experimentation with light, colour and sound.

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Sponsored article - The trip that will change your life

Are you a fully qualified teacher who’s passionate about education? Then join charity Build Africa for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Uganda to teach in their schools, talk with their teachers, share ideas, and experience life in Africa’s schools for yourself.

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Virtual Victorians

Discover how the Victorians helped shape our modern world with this compilation of useful websites and online resources to support the study of life in 19th century Britain.

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Project plan: The Victorians (Exploration and invention)

The reign of Queen Victoria was an era of great innovation and discovery, but also great poverty and misery. Jane Jones explores both extremes of life in Victorian Britain through a series of cross curricular classroom activities for use with students in KS2 and 3.

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Activity 1 Resource Pack: Reading in roles

The Victorians (Exploration and Invention): Activity 1. The purpose of this activity is to encourage active thinking and reading through close examination of the biographical text ‘John Rae, Britain’s forgotten explorer’, using the reciprocal reading roles: summariser, predictor, clarifier, questioner.

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Activity 2 Resource Pack: Reading comprehension exercise

The Victorians (Exploration and invention): Activity 2. Students answer the questions provided about the text ‘John Rae, Britain’s forgotten explorer’, in order to develop inferential reading, questioning and predictive skills.

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Activity 3 Resource Pack: Victorian explorers

The Victorians (Exploration and Invention): Activity 3. Students research a Victorian explorer and write a diary entry for a significant event in their voyages.

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Activity 4 Resource Pack: The British Empire

The Victorians (Exploration and Invention): Activity 4. Students write a historical account of the growth of the British Empire to the height of its distribution across the globe.

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Activity 5 Resource Pack: Victorian timeline

The Victorians (Exploration and invention): Activity 5. Students create a class timeline of events during Queen Victoria’s reign in order to understand significant turning points in British history.

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Activity 6 Resource Pack: A new invention

The Victorians (Exploration and Invention): Activity 6. Students become Victorian journalists, researching and writing a newspaper report about the discovery of a new invention.

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Activity 7 Resource Pack: Making William Morris wrapping paper

The Victorians (Exploration and invention): Activity 7. Students create wrapping paper inspired by William Morris’ intricate, nature-based designs. They either create their patterns on a computer or by printing with polystyrene tiles.

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Activity 8 Resource Pack: The Industrial Revolution

The Victorians (Exploration and Invention): Activity 8. Students use a variety of sources to research and write up the impact of the Industrial Revolution on towns and their inhabitants, with particular emphasis on the poor.

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Activity 9 Resource Pack: 'Darkest London'

The Victorians (Exploration and Invention): Activity 9. Students have travelled back in time and landed in London slums, circa 1850. They compose a piece of creative writing about their first impressions.

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Activity 10a Resource Pack: The workhouse and child labour

The Victorians (Exploration and Invention): Activity 10a. Pupils make a comparison between their lives today and the lives of children in Victorian times, with particular emphasis on children in poverty.

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Activity 10b Resource Pack: Rights of the child P4C enquiry

The Victorians (Exploration and invention): Activity 10b. Students discuss the plight of children in Victorian times and compare the way in which they lived to the rights and protection children have today.

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Activity 11 Resource Pack: Famous Victorians in medicine

The Victorians (Exploration and invention): Activity 11. Students research a number of Victorians who made significant contributions to medical science. They write a brief biography and examine the impact each person’s work had on society.

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