70% of Schools Have Children Learning on Tablets

tablet-275x300Modern technology is storming the way we look at everyday life. With more and more children becoming tech-savvy with the latest gadgets, according to recent research around 70% of UK primary and secondary schools use tablet computers in lessons.

In some cases – around 9% – there are schools where each individual has their own tablet with which they can learn.

Although this trend has vastly grown in popularity with the recent boom of tablets and smart phones in the past few years, there is no physical evidence to suggest that the use of these tablets have improved learning capabilities.

However this is not necessarily a bad thing, as pupils can often access the internet through mobile devices which is widely known as the ‘world’s best procrastination device’ so with a little focus and a push in the right direction, tablets can easily be integrated into day to day teaching.

Children use the internet to connect socially with their friends and relatives, and many young children know well enough how to operate a tablet and how to perform a search on Google, so it is widely considered important for teachers and substitute teachers to incorporate these aspects of society into their teachings.

After all, the internet is a vast wealth of knowledge just waiting to be tapped into, so to deny future generations the ability to access it may be more damaging in the long run than having to figure out creative ways of preventing access to Facebook on the schools intranet system.

Out Goes the Traditional Nativity

It’s out with the old and in with the new for School Nativities across the nation this year. With one in three schools hosting a traditional nativity play nowadays many of the adapted performances have been called Winter Celebrations or End of Year Concerts in an attempt to stray away from the traditional Nativity scene while at the same time honouring its memory by replacing the name.

nativity-300x187A more ‘updated’ nativity is now often in place in schools, featuring modernised stars such as drunk spacemen, Elvis, fairies, footballers and even modernised issues such as recycling and global warming. Other nativities host ‘Apprentice Style’ Christmases with ‘Lord Christmas’ playing the lead role instead of Father Christmas.

Although this is a modern take on the traditional Nativity and may have been done to increase inclusion for those not celebrating Christmas as a Christian holiday – or those celebrating other Winter holidays such as Hanukkah and Diwali – many parents are against this new trend of an updated Christmas Nativity, instead preferring to teach their children the story of Christ at home.

However you choose to celebrate Christmas, what it boils down to is celebrating the spirit of goodwill among mankind and being grateful for the gifts you have and the family you can share it with. We at Redbox Teachers hope you have a fantastic time, whatever you celebrate, and Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year.

UNICEF Walk

uniced-300x199Hundreds of schools across the country took part in a UNICEF campaign which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These rights were created in order to better protect youngsters and improve a sense of community. Rights include providing what a child essentially needs to survive and grow in order to fulfil their true potential and these rights are given to every child regardless of age, race or gender.

Young pupils at Aberchirder Primary took part in a nationwide celebration of children’s rights by walking through the town on Thursday 20th November and delivering messages to local passersby about what the 1989 UN Convention meant to them and their individual learning. It was a new and exciting opportunity for the children to pass on what they had learnt about the convention as well as expressing their own views as to how things can be improved in the future.

The pupils have been praised for taking an interest into equal rights for all and it is encouraging to see young children taking an active stance in raising awareness for underprivileged children who still struggle all over the world. As teachers, we fully support the idea that every child should have the right to a professional education that helps them to grow as an individual. Why not apply for a substitute teaching position today to make a difference in a child’s life?

Wayne Rooney Returns

W_Rooney-188x300Earlier in November, Wayne Rooney took a trip down memory lane by visiting his old primary school before his Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

The famous footballer paid a visit to Our Lady and St Swithin’s primary school in Liverpool for a special photo shoot, where he spoke to a captivated young audience about playing for Manchester United and England.

The Pupils of Our Lady and St Swithin’s primary wore replica England kits for the picture, where Rooney is seen grinning in the centre of kids in the main hall of his old primary. The school was well prepared for his visit with a replica World Cup on display and 99 lucky pupils took time out of class to talk to the star and ask him questions about his career.

The current Headteacher, Sandra Hamilton stated that she always talks to the children about Wayne Rooney, giving the young pupils hope that one day he might come back to the school for a visit. After all their waiting, the children finally saw that dream come true and Rooney even signed the replica shirts, giving them the perfect souvenir to take home.

It is always heart-warming to see a successful student return to a school after they have achieved their dreams. Redbox Teachers focuses on bringing teachers with a passion for bringing out the creativity and individuality in children, so why not submit your CV today for a fantastic teaching opportunity?

Oustanding Inspirational Primary School

Prestolee Primary School has been hailed as an inspiration to schools nationwide in an outstanding Ofsted report.

9256816811_d6242734f5_z-300x300The school was part of a study in leadership and how notable leaders can affect and inspire their followers.

The report stated that there was no reason why outstanding primary schools shouldn’t be the norm, also stating that there was nothing particularly special about Prestolee, just the obvious passion of the teaching body and their desire to ensure that all pupils get access to a first class education.

The school is led by head teacher Michael Tonge who was extremely proud and humbled with the report.

He said “To be recognised for the high quality of education which the leadership team of Prestolee provides, through its amazing staff, is a real achievement” He also went on to state that the key to the success of the school was a strong set of shared ethical values.

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Church of England Hopes to Start Money Saving Clubs for Children

The Church of England is planning on starting up a network of clubs in primary schools across the country designed to help children save their money in a bid to raise financial awareness among young children. The aim is to start kids with small, regular amounts of money which they will then hopefully build on as they grow, giving them a real sense of how savings can help you later on in life.

piggy-200x300Clubs will also take part in running group activities such as working as junior cashiers or bank managers in exercises and parents and school teaching staff can sign up to the clubs, with parents able to ‘set up accounts’ for expenses such as school trips and school uniforms which the children can work on saving towards.

The idea is to help children gain a wider understanding of how money plays a role in our lives and the importance of saving your money efficiently.

The teaching pack put together by the Church of England also aims to promote ideas of generosity which includes charity and fundraising.

Giving children a realistic goal to work toward while at the same time making learning fun and enjoyable may help to incorporate the idea of saving money into young children’s everyday lives, which they can then use and build on as they get older.

Children Interview War Veterans for Project

Legion Scotland, the veteran’s charity has called on Aberdeen primary pupils to research their community’s involvement in World War II. The charity hopes that it will highlight the importance in listening to stories told by local members of society as it helps them to relive and learn the past through the eyes of a child in the Great War.

veteran-300x187It will show what it was like to be a child living in the Great War. Primary pupils will need to conduct a series of interviews with local people, honing in on one individual in particular to help shape up their understanding of living in World War II.

As well as interviews, the children will need to use photography to document their research, source historical artefacts and write a 500 word piece.

These projects will be collected to create an archive of first hand Scottish stories from World War II and to place emphasis on the importance of remembrance.

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Longer School Days for Children?

Suggestions made by the Department for Education to combat underachievement in children from working-class backgrounds have included allusions to a possible ‘longer school day’ in order to give children more time to complete their work in a supportive environment.

imagesHowever many teachers and parents have lashed out against this theory stating that children need to have a life outside of school in which they can relax, unwind and enjoy some quiet time before going to bed.

As it stands children who come home from school after 3:30 are already pretty tired and making the school day even longer may damage their attention span and could even have the adverse effect on concentration.

With autumn settling in, a longer school day could mean that children may have to make the walk home in the dark, which not many parents are happy about.

Plus it could be a bad news for teachers, particularly those who teach in London and nearby as classes are already over saturated and a longer working day will mean less time to mark work and plan future lessons among other things.

There have been other suggestions brought forward to help combat underachievement including the establishment of a possible ‘homework club’ but it has been expressed that it would be better if it were run by parents and volunteers otherwise the concept of ‘home-work’ would be completely nullified.

What do you think? Longer school days which give children more time to think and study? Or is this just adding more strain to a possibly already over saturated system?

Children to be Taught Classical Music

In order to alleviate fears that children are not being taught about classical music, ten pieces of classical music are going to be introduced to the syllabus by composers from Beethoven and Stravinsky among others.

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The project is known as Ten Pieces and will be introduced into lessons through a film.

Around 150 arts organisations have signed up to the scheme and will visit schools in order to assist with the running of interactive workshops regarding the composed works.

 

In addition, there has also been interest among members of BBC orchestras to concerts being held at schools. This project has stemmed from the idea that not many children will have had the chance to listen or react to classical music, so to incorporate it into schools will be a great way to inspire children with classical music.

Classical music has been known to increase creativity and have a positive impact on behaviour in children, so it is important to give these children a chance to experience the music for themselves at a younger age.

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Interactive Field Trip for Year 2 Pupils

The future is now with various pupils throughout the UK already taking part in ‘interactive’ online field trips. The Year 2 class at Takeley Primary, Essex were transported to Buckinghamshire via the internet in order to learn about beekeeping and how honey is made.

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The session was live and lasted for around half an hour, where a beekeeper showed the pupils how honey is made and an average day at his farm in Buckinghamshire.

The live session allowed pupils to ask him questions about the bees and the honey process.

During the session the children could also sample from seven different types of honey, provided by Tesco as a part of its Eat Happy Project; designed to show children exactly where their food comes from.

Interactive online field trips could be the way forward as it provides an interesting break from everyday lessons and does not put pressure on parents to pay for their children to go on expensive school trips. The sessions are immediate and cut out all the travel time, hopefully paving the way for a more productive trip that can be easily shared by all pupils!

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