Firstly, our sock monkey mascot has a name! Murray has settled in beautifully and is adored by our children (and parents). He especially loves reading and that leads me on to the next exciting piece of news.
I've been asked to guest blog for Kidz First Childcare and my first post appeared a couple of weeks ago on the topic of reading. Check it out at www.kidzfirstchildcare.co.uk/community/the-blog Part two is coming in a week's time, so look out for that too.
I visited the Education Show at the NEC in Birmingham last week. For those of you who don't know what it is, imagine a massive hall with hundreds of companies, on various size stalls, all trying to get your attention and get you to buy their products. It can be a little overwhelming. Luckily this is my seventeenth year running of going, so I'm an old hand! It can take some super sleuthing to discover some gems and discover them I did.
The first is a fantastic new game brought out by a company who have recently started out. It's brilliant! It's called Cognosis and you can find out more by visiting their website www.cognosisgames.com I can't wait to use it with my older pupils and I'm fairly certain my sister will love it!
The second thing that stood out is The Phileas Fogg Theatre Company. They conduct a First World War Experience with Secondary schools and were so engaging it was just wonderful to see. Anyone with a child in Secondary school or who has influence should definitely recommend them! They can be found at www.phileasfogg.org.uk
The last thing to note was a talk given by comedian Dara O'Briain. I was lucky enough to be just a few centimetres from him as he gave his talk and it was both fascinating and inspiring. It was just a shame that we ran out of time to ask more questions. Dara was talking about Maths and Science in the curriculum - he studied Maths and Theoretical Physics at university - and he told us a little about his experiences. A truly interesting individual.
Well, that wraps up the news over here. I have a couple of lessons to teach and a new little one to assess, so I'd better get cracking. Ooh, that reminds me of one more thing. Wallace and Gromit have a Cracking Ideas competition. It runs every year and this year it's food related! Open to children aged 4-16 check it out at www.crackingideas.com/competition/ Let me know how you get on!