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Let’s Think in English blog

This page features news from the Let’s Think in English team, and blog posts from our wider community of schools.

Let’s Think in English online?

Let’s Think online? A conversation with Myfanwy Edwards by Leah Crawford Let’s Think is a classroom intervention whose powerful ticking engine lies in the social construction of understanding. The safe, meaning making community that we work so hard to develop over time, is built on carefully mediated dialogic exchanges. Yet…

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In praise of neutrality

In Let’s Think in English (LTE) we support teachers to review their practise providing recommendations for them to trial and reflect upon while teaching our lessons. Without doubt the recommendation that creates the greatest emotional response is adopting a neutral stance in LTE lessons and avoiding explicit praise. This is…

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Leading LTE Course Review

The “Leading Let’s Think in English” course was designed for experienced primary and secondary LTE teachers leading the programme in their setting and wishing to develop their teaching, leadership and understanding of LTE. In many cases participants had been teaching LTE for over 5 years. The objectives were to provide…

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LTE in Lockdown

Let’s Think in English in Lockdown By Leah Crawford This blog grew out of a short email exchange with a very experienced KS2 English leader and teacher of Let’s Think, Tom Leigh, who works at Fryern Junior School in Hampshire. Tom contacted me and a few other Let’s Think teachers…

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Our submission to the Oracy All-Party Parliamentary Group

Parliament has set up an All-Party Group of MPs to take evidence and make recommendations about the need for better oracy education in England’s schools. Here is our submission to them. Let’s Think in English This submission is on behalf of Let’s Think in English, one of the Cognitive Acceleration…

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Our response to Ofsted’s consultation – and our worries

We took part in three responses to Ofsted about its new Inspection Framework. In all three we supported Ofsted’s closer focus on the curriculum because it will move inspectors’ attention away from data towards the reality of what is happening in classrooms. Inspectors are already talking more to teachers, middle…

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Narrative Shapes. Lesson Six: “The Maker”

From a focus on six word short stories and classification the Year 6 class moved on to narrative sequencing in a film, considering the story mountain as a model and narrative shape. Narrative sequencing in Let’s Think in English involves: “…the ability to sequence and re-sequence events to create narratives…

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Writing Less and Thinking More: Lesson 5: Classification

Writing Less and Thinking More: Lesson 5: Classification and Six Word short stories. It would seem from pupils’ responses during Let’s Think in English lessons that they have previously been provided with definitions of literary terms e.g. genre, sonnet, etc, but are infrequently provided with an opportunity to apply the…

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