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Issue 6.1

CTL 6.1 Cover

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CTL 6.1 Editorial: Response to computing curriculum shows the profession at its best

With the welcome but rushed introduction of the new computing curriculum has come a wealth of challenges for schools. How are teachers responding?

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CTL 6.1 Contents

What's in this issue?

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CTL 6.1 News

Nicky Morgan announces more rigorous testing at KS1; £10million campaign to boost literacy skills in the North East; UK schools invited to festival of innovation and science; and more.

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Strategies for teaching and learning

A brand new feature presenting creative approaches to teaching three aspects of the new, more demanding curriculum for English, maths and science. In this issue: reading comprehension in upper KS2 English, multiplication and division in KS1 mathematics, and the KS3 biology topic, relationships in an ecosystem.

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Concentration workouts

If children can’t focus on their learning, how will they progress? Jeffrey Pflaum presents three workouts to develop the fundamental skill of concentration and help distracted young minds get back on track.

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Unleash your inner Einstein!

Some of history’s most creative thinkers have been scientists, engineers and mathematicians – and it’s the job of teachers everywhere to inspire the next generation. Ainissa Ramirez takes a lesson from Edison, Einstein, Newton and more with a selection of strategies to promote creative thinking skills through STEM.

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How to embed technology in science and maths

Technology will only ever be a bolt-on in schools unless children have a real, meaningful reason to use and enjoy it. In this lively account of virtual experiments, robot cities and sci-fi Scratch games, teacher Chris Waterworth demonstrates the effective integration of tech into science, computing, mathematics and more.

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The best apps for primary programming

In order to gain a rich understanding of coding and its potential to create wonderful things, children need to experience a wide range of programming platforms and languages. Neil Rickus explores a range of the best apps for use with primary-age children and shares his advice for implementing them across the curriculum.

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Have you solved the mystery of literacy across the curriculum?

It’s the role of all teachers to develop literacy, no matter their subject area. Could longstanding collaborative learning tool, Mysteries, be the solution? Sue Lyle explores the potential for developing listening, speaking, reading and writing with a Mystery for KS3 science and geography.

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A practical guide to teaching with film

Whether it’s watching and reviewing or making and directing, film offers endless educational benefits to pupils of any age and ability. As Into Film’s annual celebration of film and education draws to a close, Jane Fletcher considers how this rich and diverse teaching tool can be harnessed in different areas of the curriculum.

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The key to rigorous project-based learning

A book, an exhibition, a performance... the outcomes of project-based learning can be so absorbing, it’s easy to forget the whole point of it. Alexis Shea brings us back to basics with a look at the importance of cultivating pupils’ learning habits, and advises on keeping this the central focus of any PBL unit.

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Tracking learning habits

Keep track of pupils' developing learning habits during a project-based learning unit with this example spreadsheet from Alexis Shea. The tracker uses Bristol University's ELLI dimensions, but these can be replaced with whichever learning habits the school uses. (Format: Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet)

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Connected computing

Discover the surprising creativity of computing with this selection of websites and online resources to support the planning, teaching and assessment of the new curriculum.

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PBL project plan: Planning a celebration event

There’s nothing like the pressure and excitement of planning a party to develop teamwork, cooperation and the ability to compromise. Are your pupils up to the challenge? Find out with Alexis Shea’s latest PBL unit, which asks learners to investigate festivals and celebrations from around the world, before planning their own unique event for the school to enjoy. (Format: ZIP File)

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