021. Scrap the new Primary Language Curriculum

The new Primary Language Curriculum was a result of the very odd 2011 Literacy and Numeracy Strategy, which was hastily put together after a small blip in Ireland’s PISA results, where it scored a little less than it had in the past. Within weeks, a new language curriculum was on the cards and the NCCA … Read more021. Scrap the new Primary Language Curriculum

Review&Competition:Language Games Galore-CD ROM

Review&Competition:Language Games Galore-CD ROM  Anseo.net have been sent a whole bundle of wonderful CD-ROMs from Prim-Ed and they have also kindly offered us some for this month’s competition. I’m going to look at the Letters and Sounds and the Rhyming Words CD-ROMS together as they link things really well in terms of what an infant … Read moreReview&Competition:Language Games Galore-CD ROM

Something to think about Ruairi Quinn (Part 1)

After attending the BETT conference in the UK, I experienced Michael Gove for the first time.  For those of you who don’t know who he is, this is the education secretary in the UK who seems intent in driving everyone out of the teaching profession.  Last week he announced that headteachers could now fire teachers … Read moreSomething to think about Ruairi Quinn (Part 1)

Have we witnessed the death knell for primary education in Ireland?

The long awaited plan for Literacy and Numeracy was published by the Department of Education this week.  It was in reaction to Ireland’s slide in the latest PISA report, which saw Ireland drop down their league tables in both literacy and numeracy.  The newest Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, promised reform in our education system, … Read moreHave we witnessed the death knell for primary education in Ireland?

Review of the Emotions range:Flashcards&posters:Positive Press/Jenny Mosley

Review Emotions range:Flashcards&posters:Positive Press-Jenny Mosley This new product from Positive Press and Jenny Mosely consists of a set of bright picture cards and matching posters. They can be used as a way for children to talk about emotions and how people might look when they feel certain ways. The pictures not only show the facial … Read moreReview of the Emotions range:Flashcards&posters:Positive Press/Jenny Mosley

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