We are currently in the middle of a two-week project with Classes 7 and 8 in Aberbargoed Primary School - Year 4, 5 and 6 (P5, 6 and 7). It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to witness the progression in learning - attitudes, skills and knowledge.
A website has been set up specifically to capture the essence of the project - providing a place for children, parents and staff to access materials, share experiences, evidence children in action and capture the learning, reflections and connections of all involved.
A new research article 'Learning strategies: a synthesis and conceptual model' by John Hattie and Gregory Donoghue was published online two days ago with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The link to the article will allow you to read it online, download a PDF copy or view an interactive PDF in ReadCube. The PDF version is below if you would prefer to download it from here.
We were fortunate enough to spend a day on Skomer Island (Pembrokeshire) last week. It was an amazing experience and we would highly recommend a trip there if you visit the area or live nearby. The wardens and volunteer staff are incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and available to answer any questions and point out the best places to see certain wildlife.
If you can make use of our short video in your school/setting, please feel free to download it. The puffin landed right next to us - a real treat as 20,000 of the 22,000 puffins on the island had decided to migrate the day before we arrived!
For more information about Skomer Island and the The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, visit this website. http://www.welshwildlife.org/skomer-skokholm/skomer/
If you would like to read more about our visit Skomer Island and have a look at some of our photos, please visit our 'A Peak A Week' page.
"Don't be afraid to have dreams. Because four years ago, I was as far away from this as you can imagine and look what's happened! If you work hard enough...if you're not afraid to dream...and if you're not afraid to fail. Everybody fails. I've had more failures than I've had success. But I'm not afraid to fail." (Chris Coleman, 2016)
Whether you a sports fan or not, the Welsh football team demonstrated the importance of grounded values and the attitudes they produce. It was heartening to listen to ‘world-class superstar’ Gareth Bale talking with a complete lack of ego. In every interview, he emphasised that he was just one player in a team and that it was a team performance. Every time he also ensured that he acknowledged the commitment of the supporters and its effect on the team. These attitudes were echoed repeatedly by other individuals, players and coaching staff. There was a lot of talk about ‘we’ and ‘us’ as opposed to ‘I’ and ‘me’.