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Articles from No. 3, Autumn

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Bob the Builder Goes to School: Linking Children's Popular Culture, Role Play and Talk with Interactive Writing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In my article in the June edition of NATE Classroom it was more than evident from working with over 90 primary children that they were at ease talking and drawing about what they enjoyed doing in their out of school, leisure...
Book Box News
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Reading Connects School of the Year competition 2006/2007 Many congratulations to the recently announced winners! They are: * Primary section winners: West Thornton Primary School in Croydon * Joint second places: Uphall...
Editorial
The third issue of Classroom and so the over-arching theme is EN3: Speaking & Listening. We know how powerful these skills are--how they are crucial to learning and development--and the vast majority of activities which go on throughout the school...
How ICT Can Help with Speaking and Listening Activities
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My Year 9 students were our target Level 5s; a lively bunch who, when given the right ignition, spark off lots of ideas. However, rather than being a series of systematic, well organised and developed debates, our classroom...
In the Company of Wolves
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] How many stories about wolves could you name? This was a question I posed at the start of a workshop I ran at the NATE conference this year. There are the obvious links to some of our oldest traditional tales such as Red...
It's All Gone Quiet over There! Speaking, Listening and Football
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Here is a lesson I have used and enjoyed at all Key Stages, as well as an INSET session (including at last year's NATE Conference). Get a video of a football match (readily available from any football club shop if you want...
Listening to Michael Rosen: Speaking to English Teachers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I am so glad it's Michael Rosen, I thought, when listening to the announcement at the inaugural press 'do' in June. Apart from the position obviously being in safe hands again for another two years, this interview with 'the...
More Shakespeare
Manga Shakespeare SelfMadeHero: www.selfmadehero.com, 2007 Hamlet, illustrated by Emma Vieceli, ISBN: 9780955285615 Romeo and Juliet, illustrated by Sonia Leong, ISBN: 9780955285608 Paperback (each title) 6.99 [pounds sterling], 208 pages...
Mud, Music and Multi-Media
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ankle-deep in mud at this summer's WOMAD festival listening to music I found myself, albeit reluctantly, thinking about English teaching! The musician, DJ and record producer, Simon Emmerson's performance of his project the...
Shakespeare in My Special School
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Relatively new to the role of English co-ordinator, I'll admit to being full of enthusiasm and drive. I love my job and early this year, I was dying to do something creative with English. I was determined to introduce Shakespeare...
Shakespeare in the Classroom: A Teachers' Manifesto
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Following national 'English 21' consultation, QCA has published its review of the English curriculum. The GCSE specifications for first teaching in 2010 are, unsurprisingly, a compromise reflecting the influence of various...
Speaking and Listening: Implementing a Programme
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Elmore Green Primary School has about 300 pupils. In 2005 we decided that the area of improvement for our PLP would be to try to improve Speaking and Listening skills as they are so fundamental to all other learning and we...
Speaking and Listening in A Level English
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 'There is no speaking and listening at A Level' I hear you cry. Well, in terms of assessment you would be absolutely right. Some glaring oversight at QCA? Or is it just not necessary to assess these skills at KS5? Ironically...
Speaking and Listening: Never a Better Time
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Opportunities to develop speaking and listening in the classroom have never been better. The Rose Review's welcome endorsement of a 'language-rich' curriculum recognises the status and value of spoken language. The renewed...
Speaking in Role
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When I started to rummage through Teachit's libraries looking for a versatile collection of speaking and listening resources, I was struck by how canny the Teachit contributors have been, and continue to be, at spotting a...
Suffer Little Children ... on the Road with a Wandering Examiner
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I had my suspicions when I saw the amended notice on the school gate: CHILDREN AHEAD--PLEASE DIE CAREFULLY. The Yorkshire rain was falling at an angle of 45 degrees, traffic was passing with the sound of fish frying...
Super Speakers and Lousy Listeners
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I wish I could meet the person who decided some years ago that all children in the country should be graded on their speaking and listening skills. The person who decided that a child should receive a single grade for both...
Talking with Tennyson: Interpreting 'The Lady of Shalott' in the Internet Age
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On the lawn outside Lincoln Cathedral stands Alfred, Lord Tennyson. He stares at his hand, stony faced and mute. You can try to get a word out of him if you want, but he isn't going to give. For many children he is unknown...
Teachit Staffroom Roundup-Hot Topics
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One of the main topics of discussion over the last few months has been an unusually heated debate about the advice a classroom teacher should be given when faced with a timetable full of 'bottom sets' while the new Head of...
The Arts Award
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] Two of my Arts Award pupils bounced in laughing to our session the other month saying, 'Miss we did a sketch in drama where we did an impression of you!' 'Go on ...' I said tentatively. They both adopted a 'jazz hands...
The Magpie Teacher
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's an old adage that we get two ears and one mouth because listening is twice as hard as speaking, and in most of the classrooms I've ever been in it's at least double that. I'm not advocating gene-splicing experiments to...
The Silence of the SATs Preparation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A dash of astro-physics It is a fact that within every school there is a Black Hole which, like every other Black Hole, drags in all matter. This Black Hole is to be found in Year 6 and is known universally as SATs preparation....
The Tempest Interactive, Multi-Media CD-ROM for KS3
The Tempest interactive, multi-media CD-ROM for KS3 Clear Creative Learning, University of Salford 2007, 295.00 [pounds sterling] www.clearcreativelearning.com [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There is a huge amount of material in this package devised...
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