What will your Year 2 child learn in maths?

Posted on September 30, 2018 at 9:01 pm

With the school term well underway, many parents wonder what their child is learning during their year at school. Over the years learning has changed not only in the way it is taught but also in what they expect children to be able to do. What your child learns in year 2 may be what you were taught in years 3 or 4.

Pupils in Year 2 will learn to add and subtract with two-digit and one-digit numbers. They will learn multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. If they progress well, they may go on to look at more complicated maths equations. They will learn all about fractions and be expected to know what a third, quarter, half and three quarters are by the summer term.

Often in year two, is when children are taught more about time and how to tell the time. They will learn about different measurements and also weights. These are fundamental skills that they will use throughout their life so it is a very important stage of learning.

During May, year two children will be sitting SAT’s exams. These exams are not done in a very strict exam environment and if the child struggles with the exam then the teacher can use work they have done in the classroom to show their ability. It is important for your child to not worry too much about the exams but just try to do their best and concentrate on what they are being taught in each lesson.


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How to manage a class as a supply teacher

Posted on May 10, 2018 at 9:48 am

Often many pupils will take advantage of the fact that they have a supply teacher covering their lesson, especially if it is a new teacher to the school as they will often not know all the rules. Some children will see this as an opportunity to play up or tell the teacher they are allowed to do something that they are not. As a supply teacher you need not be a push-over, you can still effectively run a class and manage their behaviour as a permanent teacher would and keep the control and level of behaviour you expect.

It is difficult dealing with students that you have little information about and you can never be sure of the sort of classroom environment that you will be teaching in that day, however by following a few simple points you can be as prepared as possible.

Firstly you need to be firm from the start, right from the moment you enter the classroom. When starting the lesson it’s important to show the students that you are confident and in control and will not take any messing.

Remain calm and avoid head on confrontations with pupils. If you notice that the behaviour starts to slip make sure that you are familiar with the schools policies and calmly remind students of this.

One of the main ways to ensure that the classroom is run productively and that students behave is to keep them busy by ensuring that you have a back-up plan of extra work should the lesson plan be completed early.



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What is the year one phonics screening test?

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 11:33 am

Despite many schools and parents being against them, in year one your child will have to undergo a phonics screen test. The test is not done in exam conditions but is still marked and the results sent off to the department of education.

The test will usually take about four to nine minutes per child and is usually done in June. Currently the test consists of 40 words which will be displayed on a sheet for the child to red. Some of these words are real words and others are made up. The idea is to check that the child can read and pronounce the words correctly, even the words that are made up. The made up words are usually denoted by a picture of an alien next to them.

Many parents and teachers say that it can actually mean that children that are very good at phonics may end up scoring low as they will often try and turn the made up words in to words they know and finding it hard to pronounce words that they know are not real.

The pass mark is usually about 80% which equates to 32 marks out of 40. If the child fails the test they will usually be tested again the following year.

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Help bridging the gap between education and work

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 11:43 am

If a person decides to leave school in search of employment, it may be a matter of weeks if not months before they are even invited for an interview for a work placement. During this time often young people claim benefits such as job seekers to see them through but this is having a massive financial strain on our economy.

Over the past 12 months, the government have been looking at ways in which they can improve this situation to allow students to be able to leave school and star a job immediately.

With more and more resources going in to help apprenticeships, this has now improved the amount of vacancies on offer and the variety of industries has improved.

Careers offices are needed in schools to work between the students and the employers to try and help them line up a transmission from one to the next. If this could happen it would mean that a huge number of people would not have to sign on to receive benefits as they would be working immediately. When the government changed the laws to say that pupils needed to stay in education until they are 18 unless they have a job lined up, we saw a massive increase in the number of students staying on to do a levels.

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Helping your children cope with exam stress

Posted on May 16, 2017 at 11:09 am

Students are being put under the pressure of exams from a fairly young age now and this is a cause for concern for many parents. SATS are going on throughout this week and many 10 and 11 year olds have been worrying for some time as to how they will perform. Many students may do well in a classroom situation, but it can be very different in an exam environment. Some students tend to panic in the exam room and simply their mind goes blank, they cannot concentrate and they end up not finishing on time.

As a parent there are things you can do to try and take some of the stress off your child. Firstly do not put too much pressure on them, every parent wants their child to do well but you have to remember that they are only exams and your child’s health and well being is far more important.

Make sure that building up to and during the exam period your child is getting plenty of sleep, eating well and having time away from the books, ideally outside in the fresh air.  Help your child develop a revision timetable so they know when to spend time working and when to do something else and they can physically tick off each day.




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Are we too quick to label children?

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm

If a child is struggling at school in general or with a particular subject, many parents and teachers are often too quick to label the child with having a learning difficulty such as Dyslexia or ADHD. Many people like to have a reason for a child struggling and putting some sort of label on them can give the parent or teacher some reasoning behind their struggles.

It may be that the child does have a learning difficulty but it also maybe just that they don’t find that subject easy or simply that they are understand other subjects more so than others. Before assuming your child has some sort of learning difficulty, try and access if a little bit of additional help may just be needed to get them back up to speed. Often we don’t realise that different personalities and hobbies can make us better at different subjects. For example if you have a child that loves to read and write letters, then they are going to most probably be better at English than a child who loves to be outside playing and building. Unless your child is struggling to the point where they are becoming distressed or there is major concern from a number of people in the educational environment, then I would suggest just waiting a while and carefully monitoring the situation.


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Working as a Teaching Assistant

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 10:47 am

Finding a job that fits in with your family can be extremely challenging. If you have your own children, finding child care through the long summer holidays can be costly so working in a school is an ideal solution.

Many schools encourage parents to volunteer to hear children read and this is a good way to become familiar with the school, staff and children. It is a good idea to speak to the Head Teacher if you would like to be considered for a Teaching Assistant post and ask if there are any relevant courses you could attend that would help your application.

Although Teaching Assistants are employed to help the Teacher fulfil their role, often they are asked to support a particular child or a small group of children struggling to keep up with the majority of the class. This can be very rewarding especially when you witness the progress that such children can make with extra support.

You will be expected to take a full part in school life which may include playground duty, however this is a good opportunity to get to know the children outside the classroom. If you have a few games up your sleeve, you will be very popular.


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Supply teaching pros and cons

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 4:13 pm

As a supply teacher there are a number of differences compared to that of a permanent teacher. Supply teacher roles are there to allow schools to take on members of teaching staff on a temporary basis. It may be that the school requires cover for sick leave, maternity leave or for cover when a teacher is going on a course. Sometimes supply work is only for a day or so and other times it can last months.

As a supply teacher you will find that some things are better than teaching in a permanent position but other things are worse. For example, the pay is often better for supply teachers than permanent staff but you may not be guaranteed 5 days a week of work. Yu may not have to take on responsibility for planning and preparing the work for a class, which can take a huge part of the stress away from the job.



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4 Practical Tips In Finding Supply Teacher Jobs

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm

Supply teaching is a great alternative for education professionals who want to teach in a classroom but don’t want to do it in a full-time basis. The good news is that there’s a lot of supply teacher jobs in Poynton. Supply teaching offers a lot of benefits. First of all, you get to concentrate on what really matters because you don’t have to deal with the excessive burden of paperwork and administrative duties. You can just focus on your classroom lessons and making these accessible to your students. Although it’s not a permanent job, supply teaching allows you to gain experience that will prepare you for the full-time educational career that you want to pursue.

Here are some practical tips in looking for supply teaching jobs:
1) Sign up with a supply teaching agency. This is the first thing you should do because most educational institutions approach these agencies whenever they are in need of temporary and substitute teachers. However, you should keep in mind that these agencies have requirements for those who want to join their workforce. These requirements vary from agency to agency. The general rule, however, is that you should have at least a degree related to education and teaching. These agencies also prefer applicants who have teaching experience.
2) Contact the human resources departments of local schools and universities. This can be very time-consuming but it works. All you need to do is call or personally visit these departments and inquire about available teaching positions. If the school has a website, there’s a chance that there’s a contact number or email address provided there. Don’t be afraid to send them a message and ask about possible teaching jobs. The best time to make your rounds is during the few months before the school-year officially starts. This is because it is usually at these months that schools start looking for new teachers.
3) Search online. Many professionals are able to find supply teacher jobs Poynton by making use of online tools and resources like local job boards, job forums, and directories. Most supply teaching agencies these days also run their own websites. It’s advisable that you visit these websites, sign up if you have to, and be active in the community. These agencies usually notify their workforce via email when there are available teaching jobs. These are commonly done through newsletters so you should subscribe to these newsletters as well.
4) Try working with multiple agencies. This is an option you can take as long as the agencies you sign up with allow you. Obviously, this provides you access to more job opportunities. It also enables you to choose which teaching jobs you want to take. You can even pursue two or three teaching jobs at the same time provided that there are no conflicts in the teaching schedules.

Final Thoughts
If you follow these practical tips, it would be a lot easier for you to find supply teacher jobs in Poynton. To recap what have been discussed, you need to sign up with supply teaching agencies, you need to stay in touch with the human resources departments of local schools, you should start your search online, and you should try signing up with several teaching agencies.

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Benefits of an academy school

Posted on February 11, 2016 at 8:48 pm

An academy school is a fairly new term, but we are seeing an increase in these types of schools opening up. The main difference between a community school and an academy is that a community school is financed by a local council where as an academy receives it’s funding from the government.

The main benefit for a school becoming an academy is an improvement in their financial situation. All academy schools will be given a twenty five thousand pounds budget for improvement initially. They will also receive as much as a 10% increase on their budget allowing them to invest more in the areas they need to.

Academies have the right to set their own pay scales, saving money in some areas or increasing the pay for good teachers allowing them to hold on to them. If the academy can source services more cheaply, then they are allowed to buy them in themselves.







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