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I've always been a huge fan of Lego - indeed I probably have nearly £2,000 worth of models on display in my collection at home (which is still growing). Over the years, I've read about, been trained in and taught a variety of brick-themed projects in school, most notably: Lego Therapy for improving social skills; Lego 10-bricks for developing maths skills; programming Lego WeDo sets for improving programming skills. What I feel that's been lacking though is actually giving children the opportunities for using Lego to build and play with in less structured, more imaginative experiences. A few days ago,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Simon Haughton's website
As the final few weeks of the autumn term now arrive, I thought I'd collate all of my festive primary computing lessons into one place for you to either deliver to your children or give you inspiration to do something similar: Years 1 and 2 use the amazing Drawing Pad app to paint Christmas themed pictures (resources here). Year 3 use Discovery Coding to program animated Christmas joke scenes (resources here). Year 4 use Google Forms to create multiple choice Christmas-themed quizzes to share with their friends (resources here). Year 5 use the shapes/drawing tools in Keynote to make Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Simon Haughton's website
I find covering algorithms the trickiest part of primary Computing because they are hard to find technology-themed resources for which actually teach children about them and which improves their learning - I refuse to teach them using cooking analogies because I think this is more focused on writing instructions which should be done in English, yet beyond simply writing down arrows for a Bee-Bot to move, I've found little else online that is actually helpful. For these reasons, I've spent a while trying to carefully come up with a sequence of algorithm lessons which show clear progression between year groups,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Simon Haughton's website
I recently discovered/realised that YouTube didn't exist when I started working in school - I'm sure it was blocked by our web filter for its first couple of years too. How things have changed over the past decade though - the site is now the place to go to for watching video clips online. Movie trailers, music videos, TV clips, unboxing and reviews are all hugely popular and every brand and organisation near enough has a YouTube presence to engage with its current and potential future audience/customers. In the primary school where I work, YouTube can only be used by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Simon Haughton's website
I've recently recorded some videos for my school's website aimed at parents, explaining how our children use bar modelling to solve maths calculations - see here. To make the videos flow easily, convey the correct mathematical steps/terminology, be about three minutes long each and look professional, I used a few tricks that I thought I'd share in case others wanted to do similar at their school. First, I collated the questions that I wanted to record on the videos. This included sequencing them in order of difficulty and having a go myself at slowly working out the answers to check... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Simon Haughton's website
With bar modelling becoming an increasingly popular way of solving maths word problems, I set myself the challenge a few months back to create an Excel spreadsheet that would randomly generate different types of bar modelling questions along with their answers and a printable worksheet. I've just finished creating it tonight and would greatly appreciate some feedback - ideally for people to try it out with their children and let me know of any bugs they might find so I can fix them. You may also be interested in these bar modelling explanation videos that I recorded with children at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Simon Haughton's website
One of my targets this academic year has been to set up a pupil group I've christened the 'Technology Team' at my school - several Year 6 children with whom I could do a variety of computing-themed enrichment activities. They are not 'Digital Leaders' - as I teach every class Computing myself and am quite confident that my lessons cover a curriculum that is comprehensive enough, I felt that they were not needed in my school. Instead, I would focus on doing extra tasks with the Technology Team which are slightly more creative than I'd do in a normal lesson... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Simon Haughton's website
This is tenth year now that I've been making a slideshow for our leaving Year 6 class using either PhotoStory or now Movie Maker - I've always used Believe as the soundtrack, but this year I'm using a different piece of music. I canvased opinion on Twitter and came up with this shortlist from which I got the Year 6 pupils to vote for their 'favourite'. I'll share their choice when I publish the video in July, but in the meantime, here are all the suggestions I had to help inspire you create one for your school: On My... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Simon Haughton's website
I've spent many, many hours this weekend working in Excel to create a random maths question generator. You just choose which questions and their levels to include in your activity and it automatically produces you a slide of random questions and their answers - perfect to use as an activity to start the day off or to use as a warm up activity in a maths lesson. Please download it, use it with your class and send me a comment about what you think of it! Download Random Maths Question Generator Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Simon Haughton's website
2DIY game design Typing skills Emoji Typing lists Showbie introduction Internet research skills Word processed documents Painting skills Control programming activities E-book creation Technology uses iPad components E-safety rules mind map QR codes Discovery Coding E-safety fridge magnet Online media players Image searching Image editing Composing music Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Simon Haughton's website
Here is my list of all the companies and products that caught my attention when I visited this year's BETT Show on the newly-named 'Purple Saturday': Virtual Reality appeared to be this year's buzz-concept with Google, Discovery Education and Class VR all offering solutions to help integrate them into purposeful classroom contexts, although personally I am yet to be convinced how the cost and amount of equipment needed (remembering that 1-1 devices is a requirement) can not be significant barriers when Google Streeview offers a similar service with much less hassle for free considering the frequency with which most teachers... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Simon Haughton's website
Download Reception Curriculum Overview Download Year 1 Curriculum Overview Download Year 2 Curriculum Overview Download Year 3 Curriculum Overview Download Year 4 Curriculum Overview Download Year 5 Curriculum Overview Download Year 6 Curriculum Overview Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Parkfield Primary School
Bake! Make! Photos of Easter eggs and bonnets last year Take! ('Extreme Reading') Photos need to be sent in by 7pm 1st March to be included in the slideshow on World Book Day. Examples of Extreme Reading: 1 2 Reception parents can send photos using Tapestry. Children can add them onto Showbie. You can also email them to Review! How to write a review Discover! Ideas for days out - Investigate! Download Science Investigation Planning Sheet Click here to download printable templates to make these 3D factoid books which you could... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Parkfield Primary School
Click here to view all the photos. The whole school took part in an impressive day celebrating poetry today. This involved: Children reading extracts from their favourite poems in the morning assembly. Teachers and teaching assistants visiting different classes to share some of their favourite poems with them. Each class contributing to an afternoon showcase assembly (which you can watch a video of by clicking here): Reception showed a video of them performing a poem called Walking Through the Jungle (watch it here). Year 1 shared some work they had done using alliteration and an acrostic poem about The Gruffalo... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Parkfield Primary School
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Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Parkfield Primary School
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Posted Dec 15, 2016 at Parkfield Primary School
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Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Parkfield Primary School
Year 6 went underground today in Stockport to see how residents would shelter in tunnels during World War II which had their own toilets, café and medical area. They also learnt about life on the 'home front', including how to make healthy butties using rationed ingredients. Click here to view all the photos. Download Slideshow Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Parkfield Primary School
Welcome back to school everyone. We have some important information about forthcoming events for you. Poppies - poppies are now on sale at Reception. Each day the School Council will visit each class with the poppies and children can make a donation and collect their poppy. Thank you Christmas Fair Planning Meeting - Friday 4th November in the Blue Room, Please join us, everyone is welcome. Tea with Santa - Tea with Santa is being held on Monday 5th December 3.15pm to 4.30pm for children in Reception and Year 1. Tickets are £5 and are now on sale at the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Parkfield Primary School
Download Issue 3 (Note that the parents drop-in for the Christmas fair is the 4th NOVEMBER, not December.) Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Parkfield Primary School
The whole school enjoyed learning about the culture and traditions in Spanish speaking countries today. Click here to view all the photos. Download Slideshow Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Parkfield Primary School
Year 4 enjoyed visiting the Manchester Buddhist Centre where they were showed a statue of The Buddha and a sculpture of Mara, who was a demon that tormented The Buddha, as well as insence sticks in the souvenir shop. After that, the children went to the meditation room to sit on cushions and practise the art of meditation. They were also given the opportunity to explore the room and its shrine. Click here to view all the photos. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at Parkfield Primary School
Year 2 enjoyed visiting Tesco Extra in Middleton this afternoon where they: designed their own chef's hats, explored the produce department to discover where different foods come from, looked at the fish counter and covered their own bread with flour or seeds. Click here to view all the photos. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Parkfield Primary School
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Parkfield Primary School