Here at Bedrock HQ, we are really excited to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists for the Bett Awards 2019!
Earlier last month, I happened to stumble upon a fantastic - and frankly rather stunning - essay in pictures, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell. The topic of discussion? Why libraries are fundamental to our future, the unequivocal importance of reading, and the necessity of libraries and librarians in the lives of our children.
Then Libraries Week came along, which really got me thinking: when was the last time I stepped foot in a library? As the tumbleweed mockingly rolled across my mind, I was ashamed to realise that I couldn’t actually remember.
Editor’s notes: October 5th marks the annual event of International Teachers’ Day, a day to celebrate and appreciate the incredible efforts of the influential educators in our lives. To mark this occasion, our very own English Specialist, Alex Randle, offers her advice as she reflects on her time as a teacher and discusses her insightful research into improving homework strategies and student engagement with tasks outside of the classroom.
Topics: International Teachers' Day
So it’s September 13th - you know what that means! Just as soon as we started to believe that the back-to-school classroom chaos might be coming to an end (we wish!), Roald Dahl Day has come rolling around again - and what a gloriumptious, phizz-whizzing day it is (not fluent in Gobblefunk? You’d better check out last year’s Roald Dahl Day blog to find out more!).
Topics: Roald Dahl Day
Since 2003, when the term "word gap" was first coined by Betty Hart and Todd Risley, teachers, academics and others have explored its existence and impact in primary and secondary education.
In this helpful infographic, we've pulled together some of the key findings from the likes of Oxford University Press, the Education Policy Institute, and our own digital vocabulary curriculum.
The term ‘skills’ can be quite a vague one. Humans have created, learned and mastered a fair amount of skills over the last hundreds of thousands of years - an amount that will only continue to grow as we carry on experimenting and innovating. We usually have to add qualifiers to specify precisely what skills or types of skills we’re referring to. Even the team responsible for UNESCO’s International Literacy Day found it necessary to offer their own personal definition when expounding on this year’s theme of ‘Literacy and skills’. According to them, “‘skills’ means knowledge, skills and competencies required for employment, careers, and livelihoods, particularly technical and vocational skills, along with transferable skills and digital skills.” The aim of the theme, they say, is to explore “integrated approaches” that aid both the development of these types of skills and the development of literacy.
Topics: International Literacy Day
The new school term is here! Teachers are once again donning their teaching caps. We’re starting to think about what new ideas and strategies we can bring to our schools and classrooms. And if a vocabulary curriculum is one of the ideas topping your agenda, then you’re on the right track (and if it isn’t, there are a lot of reasons it really should be). Understandably, however, building a new curriculum from scratch might seem like quite an overwhelming task. So, to help you get the ball rolling, here is a back-to-school vocabulary checklist, made up of key questions you should be asking yourself about how you and your school are teaching vocabulary.
Topics: Vocabulary Curriculum
Ah, the summer holidays - a time for teachers to relax and reflect on another successful year of teaching. But if you’re an eager (and perhaps a slightly nervous) NQT, you’d be forgiven for wanting to use this time to prepare for the beginning of your teaching adventure. Well, being organised is always going to make the process smoother (as long as you still make room for rest and leisure), so let’s talk about one of the more fun, creative parts of your summer checklist: the classroom display!
It’s coming home - but what does it mean?
Now I don’t know about you, but when I’m sitting in my living room to catch the mid-match half-time chit-chat as part of my weekly World Cup fix (can you tell I’m not a big football fan?), I often find myself at a complete loss as to what it is they’re actually talking about. Harry Kane spent that first half keeping ‘deep’, that premeditated foul should have been ‘carded’, free kick this, offside that... and can someone please tell me what on Earth a 'lob' is?