Author Archives: The Quirky Teacher

Some proof that EYFS does NOT need to be extended into year 1

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
At this time of year, a few boys in reception year are being brought to my attention by staff, or making themselves known to me – they’re starting to push the boundaries a bit,…

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Is it dangerous to teach little children new knowledge?

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Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
For many on edutwitter, it seems the answer is yes, for the following reasons: 4 and 5 year olds aren’t ‘ready’ It is better that they pursue their own interests, even if it means…

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I just can’t let Harry fail

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
People keep banging on about how wonderful the whole EYFS shebang is, quoting me this, that and the other bit of the framework that was written by the same kinds of people, who then…

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Does cognitive load theory apply to reception year?

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
Much of my writing about EYFS is a simple extrapolation of how I would apply what we know about the benefits of, for example, explicit instruction, and how lots of practice enables those positive…

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Confirmation bias in the reception year classroom

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
In publishing a couple of blogs disputing what is considered best practice, firstly regarding the psychology of young disadvantaged males, and secondly regarding the application of CLT to the reception year experience, I’ve had…

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Attitudes that still need to change

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
I’m fortunate enough to work in an environment where pretty much everyone gets why teaching knowledge is so important. I’m in a leadership position now and every time I ask the question in assembly…

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If we gave in to every request, chaos would ensue

Originally posted on The Quirky Teacher:
So I read this and felt guilty for coming to the end of the article and still thinking that SATs are OK. Why is this? Is there something wrong with me? As far as…

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