London in 1666

For the next two weeks, we are learning all about the Great Fire of London in history. We will be comparing what London was like in 1666 to what it is like now. We will also be learning about Samuel Pepys and using all this knowledge to plan and write a newspaper about the fire in our English lessons. Today, we travelled back to London just before the fire and we even got to use some special pencils to help us travel in time!

Kagan Teaching Strategies

Recently, we have been trying lots of kagan cooperative teaching strategies.

Why use Kagan cooperative learning?
Delivering your lesson content using a Kagan Cooperative structure is a way of easily increasing the amount of time your pupils spend ‘on task’. Along with this comes all the benefits of facilitating the learning of a class where pupils are all actively and simultaneously engaged in learning. Structures minimise the opportunity for pupils to become distracted, disruptive and then disaffected by giving them the skills to work with others and to learn independently of the ‘teacher’.
Structures teach pupils social skills; interaction with other pupils, turn taking, listening to the views of others and sharing information.

In this video, you can see children using an approach in which they give each other a ‘high five’ and share their ideas; whilst gaining further ideas from their peers.

High Five Game from Hall Park on Vimeo.

Magical Maths

As you are already aware, we have been learning all about fractions this week – focusing on halving. Yesterday, we applied our knowledge to practical everyday problems. These included halving a cup of water, halving a piece of string, halving 10p by exchanging for pennies and halving play dough using some balance scales.