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Jo Payne
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I teach. I learn.
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Top-Down Planning: How does it work?
On Radio 2, Simon Mayo runs a segment called confessions in which people can call in and admit something they've done.  On his first such podcast of 2017, a teacher called in.  The teacher had taken a group of children to an athletics competition and he had...
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10 Uses for Google in the Primary Classroom
Since starting my teaching career, I have - so far - worked only in schools with Google Apps.  As I move to a new school which has a different cloud-based system, I wanted to pull together some things which I have found useful about the Google Suite.  I am ...
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Whole-Class Reading VIDEO #TwinklTeach
Once again, I was asked by Twinkl to do a Livestream over on their KS2 Facebook Group.  Last time, I spoke about Feedback and Marking .  The topic of this more recent one was whole-class reading.  I could talk for a day (of INSET training!) about whole-clas...
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Checking and Marking Working in Unison
Marking has had some really bad press recently.  Time and again, it is blamed for teachers' workload and also for being ineffective and a waste of time.  "No Marking" policies do their rounds on the education blog-sphere every now and then.  Whole-class fee...
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Read Theory Ranks Poster
Like many others, our school is using the free website  Read Theory to enhance pupils' reading comprehension.  For more information about the website, see this blog from Ben King .  Read Theory uses Knowledge Points to motivate children; they move through r...
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100 Books - Using lists to engage primary readers
Last year, I became aware of the lists of 100 books for Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6 created by Ashley Booth .  I kept an eye on how people were using them and, having visited a local school which uses them and talking to the teachers about it, I decided it was some...
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Why do teachers share resources for free?
I saw an idea shared on Twitter that I fancied doing in my classroom. Twitter is a generous, collaborative network as a teacher (most of the time!) so I was sure I could find a copy of the basic outline of the resource somewhere online.  Yesterday I went lo...
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Books I Recommend (for Adults)
I always end up recommending the same books over and over again on Twitter, Facebook and in real life to adults with similar reading habits to me! This will be a working post where I'll collect the absolute best of the best of them.  Each image will take yo...
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TeachMeet Sussex: Crawley (Milton Mount) SIGN UP
Date: Thursday 19th October 2017 Time: 5-7pm Location: Milton Mount Primary School, Grattons Drive, Pound Hill, Crawley, RH10 3JP. Refreshments including delicious cupcakes from 4:30pm onwards and an optional meal afterwards at a local pub. Twitter:  @TMSus...
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6 KS2 Free-Writing Sessions (The Literacy Shed)
"When is our next free-writing session?"  This has been the most-asked question in my classroom over the last fortnight.  After Easter, we started weekly free-writing sessions to encourage a love of writing in our year four classes.  These have continued as...
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