The first leg of the China-England Mathematics teacher exchange organised by the DFE & NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) has begun! Since gaining a place on the exchange, I have been really excited about the opportunity to see the teaching of Maths in Shanghai, have been looking forward to meeting the Chinese teachers and, of course, to visiting this bustling city.
Last year, I completed training to become a Primary Maths Mastery Specialist and was able to observe Chinese teachers visiting England. Now, I am delighted to have the opportunity to learn more about their approach & to get to know the teachers before they visit Tubbenden for 2 weeks in January where they will be working in our school to further develop Mathematics teaching. As I will be here for 2 weeks, I will try to share some of my experiences with the Tubbenden community on the school blog.
Day one in Shanghai
After landing on Sunday, feeling tired from an overnight flight, I had a chance to explore the city which is beautiful, busy and jam-packed with looming skyscrapers. We had a welcome meeting with Debbie Morgan (Director for Primary Mathematics for the NCETM), Charlie Strip (Director of the NCETM), Nabil Ali (Head of Curriculum implementation for the DFE) and Richard Hoy (Senior Policy Advisor for the DFE) where we learnt about the coming weeks and shortly after we all retired to bed ready for the next day.
We enjoyed a tasty breakfast before making our way to Shanghai Normal University. The morning began with welcomes from various Chinese dignitaries from the Chinese Ministry for Education. We then had a lecture about Variation Theory and it’s applications from the highly respected Professor Gu. He discussed how the choices teachers make when posing problems to children should allow them to understand a concept deeply, to build on prior knowledge & know why procedures are effective in Mathematics.
After a traditional lunch where I was a little too keen and poured what I thought was a soup onto my rice, only to realise too late it was for pudding, thus not complementing the pork belly very well (!), we met our partner teachers. Miss Dai has been a Mathematics teacher for 14 years & Lynn Fu is a newer teacher who obviously has a strong passion for Maths teaching & an excellent subject knowledge. They are both very excited to have the chance to teach at Tubbenden in January and really keen to open their classrooms to me & my partner teacher from England. We discussed teaching styles, what our schools are like and learnt about what we will be doing over the next 2 weeks in school.
Tomorrow we visit Miss Dai’s school. We will be travelling there using the Shanghai metro and need to leave at 7am – so I am off to bed for an early night, feeling excited about my day in a Chinese school!
On the 1st of July Tubbenden took part in a triathlon at Warren Road school.
A triathlon has a swim,a cycle and a run which was quite tiring but it was still really fun. Our superstar runners did really well,they came 1st in most of the challenging races. In one race there was 3-4 people in every race,we swam 40 meters of a pool,600 meters cycling and 600 meters running. But overall it was a great time to be there.
On Friday the 30th of June, an unusual event took place in the junior hall; a professional excavator performed an amazing assembly about dinosaurs. He focused on one particular dinosaur: the T- Rex. During the assembly, he presented to the school a three-week-old T-Rex, a footprint of a fully grown T-Rex and finally a giant 7 year old T-Rex. This was epic as they brought an actual 7-year-old T-Rex int the hall. The hall went wild with excitement as the dinosaur wondered around the hall. Year 4 got pictures with this beast as this was their topic. Thanks to Mr Adams for organising this event.
On 2nd March 2017, Year 6 ‘Skyped’ the nature-loving Tim Nunn, a surf photographer who has developed a passion for reducing plastic pollution after experiencing its destruction of the environment. The children received the rare opportunity to interview him on the fantastic things he does such as trying to revive the Earth from the troubles of plastic. This supported the work we are currently doing in our ‘A Tale Unfolds – Plastic Times’, project and gave us crucial evidence for our news reports.
On Tuesday the 28th of February Tubbenden netball team went to Langley Park Boys school. The year 6 girls had practised very hard for this tournament which made them quite annoyed when it started to pour down with rain! The girls managed to play one game against Grange Park and it was 0-0! Mrs Brash was very proud with the girls as their defence was great and so was there attack. Next time, hopefully, the weather will be on our side!
Last week (Tuesday 24th) the Tubbenden netball team excitedly anticipated a game against Hawes Down school. The team took their places and the ear-piercing shriek of the whistle shattered the silence. Supporting parents watched the entertaining game, despite the freezing conditions. It was a thrilling match and by the end of the first match Tubbenden were winning 24-0 (although they tried their best not to broadcast their excitement as they were feeling very sympathetic for the other team). In the second match Hawes Down had upped their game, their intercepting skills were amazing. Tubbenden did win 15-0 in the second match although we all knew it was the taking part that counted. Congratulations to Tubbenden who did win 39-0 in the end but the game had been really enjoyable and playing had been much more fun than hearing the final score. Thank you to Hawes Down who kindly invited us to play in their brilliant school, it was really fun.
Yesterday, during assembly, the school were treated to a glimpse of some of the fabulous books on offer at this year’s book fair. There was a wide range of incredible books from engrossing novels to interesting non-fiction books as well as some useful lego handbooks and fantasy book series. Overall there was an amazing variety and the children are super excited for the book fair to arrive!
Alyssa Ehui- Manalang and Ella Atkins
The Book Fair will be open 9th, 10th, 11th and 14th November
Today Yellow Class visited Horniman’s Museum as a finale to our “Sand and Water topic” we were able to look around the aquarium and had our very own “hands on experience” to discover creatures that live in Rivers,Ponds and the Sea!
All Ready to go!
Can you see Sammy in the Tunnel, we found these in the Indonesian mangroves!
The Jellyfish were our favourites!
Look a starfish!!
Then it was time to explore the creatures up close:
We liked watching the frogs jumping around!
We had just enough time to visit the musical garden!!
Then it was time to go! Safe to say we were all EXHAUSTED from all the fun with most of the children falling asleep for the minibus journey home!!
The behavior of the children all day was exemplary! A fantastic day Yellow Class.
On Tuesday 28th June, the sun granted us with its presence and Sports Day 2016 was able to commence, a huge relief for us all after checking weather updates continuously for the week leading up to one of our most exciting, weather dependent events!
A huge well done to all the Tubbenden children who tried their very best at sports day both in the Infants and Juniors this year. Thank you to all the staff who supported in the smooth running of such an exciting day in our school calendar.
The day began with the infants and the multi-skills races:
Well done winning teams!
In the afternoon the Juniors rivalled Olympic standards in the Athletic events and competitive races!
Finally the scores were in….
And Nightingale were victorious!
Thank you again to the TFA for providing refreshments and to the parents for showing great support.
Miss Davison and Mrs O’Leary
Last week Tubbenden children learnt about different Commonwealth countries. Silver Class had a fantastic time learning about Australia.
We made boomerangs.
We painted using aboriginal art techniques.
We made the Australian flag.
We used collage to make Koalas.