Conkers ! Beautiful aren’t they?  Every year I eagerly search for those burnished brown jewels of nature and each one is different.  Every year I am entranced and enchanted. There is something about opening that spiky and unwelcoming case to reveal the conker within.  No one has seen it, only you.  A private and premièreContinue reading “Conkers”


As I look at what joys the new year will bring, I always look back and reflect on my years as a teacher and I think about how the children have changed and grown but also how I have adapted to my situation, the things that I am still aiming for. One of those things on my “to-be list”, is organised ……….

Which way to go?

The central message in this poem is that, in life, we are often presented with choices. When making a choice, one is required to make a decision. Here the author is viewing a choice as a fork in a path, it becomes clear that in life we must choose one direction or another, but itContinue reading “Which way to go?”

Fantastic Finds

Have you ever found something that you had lost?   That feeling of relief when you are reunited with whatever it is.  We all lose things all of the time.  I usually think that I have put it “in a safe place” whilst inwardly cursing myself for being careless and razing the house to the groundContinue reading “Fantastic Finds”

Marking and Feedback

Marking work and giving feedback is a really interesting topic. I am sure that everyone has childhood memories of red pen used liberally across work, the rows of ticks that made us happy and possible rows of crosses that made our hearts sink and a cursory comment by the teacher, “Very good! ” or theContinue reading “Marking and Feedback”


Are you a bucket filler or bucket drainer? There are two types of people bucket fillers and bucket dippers, consider please whether you are a filler or a dipper …. Imagine that every one of us carries an invisible bucket. It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us.Continue reading “Buckets”


What encouragement do you give your children to be brave? One of the personal values we hold dear at school is Courage.  Courage – having the ability to do something that frightens you – bravery.   For a moment, think about occasions when you have had to be brave, was it was doing something for theContinue reading “Courage”


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