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Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy,
Stapleford Road,
Stapleford Abbotts,
Essex, RM4 1EJ
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Issued: February 27, 2018
Children visited by 'Thinking Cap Man'
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Beach balls and inflatable microphones are being used as teaching aids by staff at Stapleford Abbotts Primary Academy to help the children engage as part of their lessons.

Staff were recently visited to show how they have been adapting their teaching practice.

Since joining The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), school staff have been working with Paul Greendale, assistant headteacher at King Harold Academy in Waltham Abbey, a secondary school that is also part of the TKAT multi-academy trust.

Staff at Stapleford Abbotts have been using items such as inflatable microphones, beach balls and lollipop sticks to make their students think.

Mr Greendale observed a number of lessons and delivered an assembly to the students
where they were asked 'why do they come to school?'

Mr Greendale said: "The students’ responded exactly how I hoped they would, every answer was about learning. Learning to read, learning to write, learning about the world. 

"I introduced them to the mantra that drives teaching and learning at our school, that learning happens when you think hard."

The children were shown the ‘Thinking Cap’ and were set a challenge to build one of their own, leading to some KS1 students naming him ‘The Thinking Cap Man’. 

Mr Greendale said: "The staff at Stapleford Abbotts have been first class, I was so impressed by how they have been open to new ideas, experimenting with different items from their teaching and learning toolkits. 

"The students are loving their lessons involving beach balls and inflatable microphones. They were so engaged and able to articulate how they are helping them to learn. 

"The staff are taking risks and trying out new techniques in order to improve their practice, it’s great to see and the students are the ones clearly benefitting."

 
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