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Square One

Welcome to Square One, the education blog from SHAPES. We'll be looking at all things schools – from classroom resources to curriculum changes, to what teachers want and how you can help provide it.

Schools 2018: the year of the pastoral?

If you're looking to provide schools with resources or support this year, we've been speaking to teacher friends, reading blogs and education publications, and scanning official government docs (yep, even those) to find out what’s going to be at the top of their agendas in 2018.

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Jenny Baldwin
Children's books and resources

We recently got a couple of our teacher friends together, both Primary and Secondary, to talk about teaching the latest children’s books in the classroom. We asked them which resources work and which don’t. We asked them what they want, what they don't. Here are a couple of points that came out from the discussion, as well as a list of a few good resources to download before Christmas...

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In the classroom: why haiku?

We recently created notes and lesson plans to support the publication of a gorgeous new children's book called Origami, Poems and Pictures - written to coincide with the new Hokusai exhibition at the British Museum this May. The book explores three beautiful Japanese art forms: origami, painting and haiku. Here is an excerpt from our corresponding Resource Pack...

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Jenny Baldwin
Make your product the solution

For a consumer, ordering a pair of shoes and having them delivered to your door is likely to be the end of the journey. However, for a teacher, this is only the beginning; the product is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Once it has arrived on your doorstep, it must then be able to enrich teaching and learning in the classroom, often for several days, or even weeks, or even years to come… 

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Jenny Baldwin