Apps to Support the Teaching of Computing

From Student to Teacher.

From September 2014, computing will be a part of the National Curriculum and will replace ICT. It is now considered to be an essential part of a child’s learning process because of the ever growing use of technology in everyday situations. It is important teaching is taught in a fun way that is accessible for children’s understanding, as computing can be a hard concept to understand. With technology being such an essential part of everyday society, more hardware such as iPads are being used widely in the classroom environment. Therefore, apps are made to aid the children’s understanding and development. There are a wide range of apps all suited to different ages and targeting different elements of computing. Recently, in our digital literacy sessions we have been looking at a range of apps that would help children to understand computer coding. This enabled us to see how wide a variety…

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Scotland, The Future and Reflective Practitioners: A personal report on the value of reflection and professional enquiry

Creative Industries invest heavily in individual talent, creativity and skill. According to a Creative & Cultural Skills report in 2011, the thirteen industries that define the sector currently account for £37,610 per head in annual economic contribution compared to £31,800 GVA per head for the rest of the United Kingdom’s combined economy (Creative & Cultural Skills 2011). Furthermore, considering the steady rise in the creative sector’s economic contribution per annum, in not only the UK but in terms of the global economy, competition for a creative workforce with an entrepreneurial mind is becoming increasingly topical. Government bodies and agencies are now beginning to plan strategically to safeguard employment and opportunity for the next generation. With a plan to pursue a career in the Scottish education system as a primary school teacher it is crucially important that I understand: Continue reading

Literacy Experiences and Outcomes

Listening and talking
Early First Second Third Fourth
 

Enjoyment and choice

 

– within a motivating and challenging environment, developing an awareness of the relevance of texts in my life

I enjoy exploring and playing with the patterns and sounds of language, and can use what I learn.

LIT 0-01a / LIT 0-11a /

LIT 0-20a

I enjoy exploring and choosing stories and other texts to watch, read or listen to, and can share my likes and dislikes.

LIT 0-01b / LIT 0-11b

 

I enjoy exploring events and characters in stories and other texts, sharing my thoughts in different ways.

LIT 0-01c

I regularly select and listen to or watch texts which I enjoy and find interesting, and I can explain why I prefer certain sources.

I regularly select subject, purpose, format and resources to create texts of my choice.

LIT 1-01a / LIT 2-01a

I regularly select and listen to or watch texts for enjoyment and interest, and I can express how well they meet my needs and expectations, and I can give reasons, with evidence, for my personal response.

 

I can regularly select subject, purpose, format and resources to create texts of my choice, and am developing my own style.

LIT 3-01a / LIT 4-01a

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Health and Wellbeing Experiences and Outcomes


Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing 

Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing are essential for successful learning.

The mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing of everyone within a learning community should be positively developed by fostering a safe, caring, supportive, purposeful environment that enables the development of relationships based on mutual respect. The four aspects of wellbeing are inextricably linked and are only separated here for practical purposes.

Early First Second Third Fourth
Mental and emotional wellbeing

 

 

I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.

HWB 0-01a / HWB 1-01a / HWB 2-01a / HWB 3-01a / HWB 4-01a

I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them.

HWB 0-02a / HWB 1-02a / HWB 2-02a / HWB 3-02a / HWB 4-02a

I understand that there are people I can talk to and that there are a number of ways in which I can gain access to practical and emotional support to help me and others in a range of circumstances.

HWB 0-03a / HWB 1-03a / HWB 2-03a / HWB 3-03a / HWB 4-03a

I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave.

HWB 0-04a / HWB 1-04a / HWB 2-04a / HWB 3-04a / HWB 4-04a

I know that friendship, caring, sharing, fairness, equality and love are important in building positive relationships. As I develop and value relationships, I care and show respect for myself and others.

HWB 0-05a / HWB 1-05a / HWB 2-05a / HWB 3-05a / HWB 4-05a

 

I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. I know that it is not always possible to enjoy good mental health and that if this happens there is support available.

HWB 0-06a / HWB 1-06a / HWB 2-06a / HWB 3-06a / HWB 4-06a

 

I am learning skills and strategies which will support me in challenging times, particularly in relation to change and loss.

HWB 0-07a / HWB 1-07a / HWB 2-07a / HWB 3-07a / HWB 4-07a

I understand that people can feel alone and can be misunderstood and left out by others. I am learning how to give appropriate support.

HWB 0-08a / HWB 1-08a / HWB 2-08a / HWB 3-08a / HWB 4-08a

 

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The Advantages of Keeping a Sketchbook

What is a Sketchbook? A sketchbook is a combination of thoughts, ideas and experiences. It can come in a variety of forms from journals, artists portfolios, online blogs or scrapbooks. I use sketchbooks in the form of scrapbooks when I am approaching a new topic with a class. It occurred to me that I should share this experience with my class and this was the result… Continue reading

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Hello and welcome to my site. My name is Miss Watt and I am a PGDE Primary student from Edinburgh, Scotland. I will be using this blog to post ideas for lessons and general reflections regarding teaching and education in Scotland throughout the year.

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