Educational leadership & learning

#New2Me TeachMeet

What a fabulous evening of learning, networking, food and laughter!

When you can get people with the passion, expertise and willingness to share, like: @penfoldno1 @francescaprett2 @baggiepr @sarahmu14 @tamgoddard @taniaf77 @grahamandre @braunteaches @IRIS_Connect, all in the same room, volunteering their time to inspire other colleagues, you know you have a special event.

#New2Me Primary TeachMeet, is the first we have run @cornerstonecofe in Hampshire, but hopefully it won’t be the last. Plans are already being draw up for #New2Me2 in 2017!


Key ideas shared by the presenters included.

Henry Penfold

The power of Skype in removing barriers in the classroom, through virtual fieldtrips and conversations with guest speakers. It is relatively easy to set up and arrange links, all you need is: a Skype ID, a webcam, a microphone and a Microsoft account. Microsoft have also created a whole series of Skype lesson to help teachers and pupils uncover the power of connecting face to face online.


Fran Pretty

Fran has done some fantastic work at Cornerstone developing her and our school’s use of Learning Walls. She explained that thery are not about looking like neat displays, and they are quick and easy to put up and add to. Often it is examples of the pupils’ ideas and work that is added as a useful reference for them in their learning. Also due to this it makes the learning journey sequence visual for the pupils and the staff. Fran shared some photos of Learning Walls from her classroom.


Phil Bagge

Phil explained (remotely via YouTube) a range of his favourite coding activities using Scratch Junior. These included “Programming a Dance”, “Build your won clock” and “Can you get the Cat to count?”

All of these activities and many more can be found at Phil’s excellent website:

The link to his YouTube video is:


Sarah Ahmed

Sarah and her school (Crescent Primary in Eastleigh) have done a lot of development work on embedding a mastery approach to their teaching and learning. A key mantra is “Don’t assume: assess”. She explained how they have used SOLO Taxonomy (Structure of Observable Learning Outcomes) to develop a common understanding and language of learning amongst staff and pupils. She also discussed how this supported pre-assessments and the pupils’ self-assessments.


Tamara Goddard

Tamara shared how she is structuring learning over a maths Unit with her Y5 pupils. She discussed how she is developing their fluency, reasoning and problem solving in a range of practical ways, with examples from the pupils books. This included a variety of activities and a range of different questions types to develop their thinking and understanding.


Graham Andre

Graham spoke about the power of Genius Hour which offers pupils a regular time each week to tackle projects that reflect their personal interests and passions. It develops key skills:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking

Graham shared examples of projects ranging from costume design to blogging to Minecraft, which promoted deep thinking, engaged pupils and the internal motivation and drive for more learning.


Tania Harding

In Science we would like pupils to work as scientists as much as possible. A model of planning to investigate a question was shared which draws out variables allowing pupils to truly understand fair testing and at the same time produce a results table. This was all done via a flipchart model with audience participation. Contact @taniaf77 to find out more.


Laura Braun

Laura discussed ideas linked to a strategy of “Maths Flash”. This included sharing a range of activities and questions she has used with her class to good effect. Enthusiasm, pace, practice & getting the children enjoying talking about maths were all key elements.


Tim Clarke

Yes me. I felt I couldn’t ask others to present without doing so myself.

I shared the work we have done on developing Learning Journey Prompts. The aim of these questions is to encourage pupils to think and about their thinking and reflect on their learning (metacognition). There are a series of questions from which teachers or pupils can choose 1 or 2 to ask at:

  • the start of a lesson / series of lessons (Packing for the Learning Journey)
  • at points during the lesson / series of lessons (Going on a Learning Journey)
  • at the end of a lesson / series of lessons (Unpacking from a Learning Journey)

Copies of the questions can be downloaded for use / adaption here: learning-journey-prompts-prism


You can see the Collected Presentations from the speakers at the TeachMeet below.




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