Happy New Year!

Welcome back all – I hope your first week back has gone smoothly!

Festival of Learning – 6th January 2020

My main takeaways from James Nottinghams’ talk include:

The importance of stretch and challenge and how we view and should talk about challenge in a positive way. Easy vs. Interesting. Do we describe the challenge questions in our curriculum as interesting? We should!

How praise should be meaningful; not generic. How we should celebrate the thinking and not just outcomes – too often I congratulate students when they finish a piece of work.

A remainder about an effective intervention strategy – preview. How empowering it can be for students that find a concept difficult to be enabled a better a chance of success by providing intervention before a lesson.

The power of productive struggle in the learning of Mathematics. We want our students to be successful, but that success doesn’t mean that students must understand a concept quickly.

Year 7 & Year 9 Common Assessment

These are being checked by our CAF scrutineers and will be uploaded on Monday. The data deadline for these is Valentines Day.


Fill in the blanks in the following “countdown” equation so that it makes mathematical sense…

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 = 2020

Answer to follow next week

Hope you have a fabulous weekend