Author Archives: M Mackie

A Couple of Highlights from Placement Week 2⤴

from @ Reflections of a Trainee Teacher

This week has been another brilliant whirlwind! One of the highlights was having the opportunity to watch and be a part of the Spring Concert on Wednesday evening. It was … Continue reading

Conducting a little survey⤴

from @ Reflections of a Trainee Teacher

Ever since reading Hallam et al. (2009) ‘Trainee primary-school teachers’ perceptions of their effectiveness in teaching music’, I have been really interested in how confident primary teachers feel about teaching the subject. I … Continue reading

What a Week!⤴

from @ Reflections of a Trainee Teacher

I can’t believe that’s my first week of placement over already! What a brilliant week it has been! Here are some of the experiences that I have been involved in: … Continue reading

Music for Learning⤴

from @ Reflections of a Trainee Teacher

As I prepare for the beginning of my Learning from Life placement (tomorrow!) I’ve been doing some reading about music education and the value and impact it can have on children. There have been many studies which have investigated the benefits of music education. Standley (2008) and Hallam (2010) report that well planned music activities […]

Pedagoo Perth⤴

from @ Reflections of a Trainee Teacher

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to attend PedagooPerth – an event where teachers and education professionals from around the area come together and take part in learning conversations. I joined in with 3 conversations: The wonderful world of lego – how lego can be used to develop a range of skills in primary children. […]

Playing with Patterns⤴

from @ Reflections of a Trainee Teacher

Pattern is an area of maths that lends itself to all kinds of fun and engaging activities, especially in the Early Years. I was asked to think of some experiences which I could provide to a p1 class which would help to develop their understanding of pattern,  including visual, auditory, and physical pattern. I decided […]

We’re going on a maths hunt⤴

from @ Reflections of a Trainee Teacher

The picture book that I have chosen to use for this task is ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt‘ by Michael Rosen. I chose this book because it’s one of my favourites, and one which (in my experience) never fails to capture children’s imagination. I have used this story to explore language, and for various […]

Nursery Rhymes and Maths⤴

from @ Reflections of a Trainee Teacher

During our first maths input, I was reminded of the importance of nursery rhymes and songs in children’s development. Not only do these songs include language skills such as rhyme or alliteration, but they also include many mathematical elements. An example of this is the nursery rhyme: 5 currant buns. 5 currant buns in a […]

I had to make a bad science joke because all the good ones Argon⤴

from @ Reflections of a Trainee Teacher

What is science all about? That’s a big question! Science is all around us and allows us to gain a better understanding of our world. This understanding involves questioning our assumptions and ‘everyday’ explanations, while modifying our ideas based on scientific investigation. And that brings me to the topic of today’s post – investigation! During our input, we […]