Last week in school we continued to work our hardest towards the SATs tests that we will be taking in a couple of weeks. However if you read the blog regularly you’ll know that we tend to do things a little differently in Year Six.
This week it was the turn of something called ‘Spaced Learing’. The ideas comes from neuroscience research on how the brain learns. The research suggests that the brain creates memories in short sharp reapeated blocks with gaps in between – that’s where the spaced name comes from. Pupils at Monkseaton School have been at the forefront of putting this idea into the Secondary classroom and some classes of GCSE students have achieved amazing results as a result. If it’s good enough for them…
We built our session around solving maths problems. Everyone had to complete two sides of revision questions (about 10 mins work) and then go outside and take part in a hula hoop challenge. Then they came back in and did some more maths and another challenge. We did this about 3 or four times.
Only time will tell how effective this has been, but we can say that it was a great session that had us all in fits of laughter at points and really brightened up our revision for the day!