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Primary Teaching in Contemporary Settings
Primary teaching in contemporary settings

Let us begin with brief descriptions of two recent visits to primary school classrooms that took place in the second half of the spring term. In the first school the Year 6 children have just been informed about the allocation of places in the local secondary schools to which they will transfer next autumn. Some of the class are clearly upset because they have not been given their first choice school and will therefore be separated from close friends at the start of the autumn term.

In this school it is readily apparent that there is an extremely strong emphasis on attainment in literacy and numeracy. On one of the Year 6 classroom walls a large triangle ...

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