There has been much in the press lately about telling the time. The story came about after comments from a former head teacher, Malcolm Trobe, now deputy general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, who said “the current generation aren’t as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations”. To help minimise stress in important exams, he has suggested switching to digital clocks.
I have been thinking about this issue. Do we need to teach Stoneygate pupils about analogue clocks? If so, who should teach them about telling the time?
Too complex, out-dated for the 21st century?
We no longer use slide rules or videos and yet these once-essential skills have fallen into disuse not because we have become lazy, but because our tools have become more sophisticated. For students (and adults today) digital displays are simply more common, whether on train platforms, computer screens or mobile phones. No wonder our children are confused!
Is it even necessary for 21st century children to learn how to tell the time on an analogue clock in today’s digital age? I believe it is. Analogue clocks can provide a vivid representation of time that digital clocks cannot. With many different learner types – including visual learners/thinkers – most need the analogue clock to have a good understanding of time. Analogue clocks help children understand the passage of time because they have hands that are constantly moving and they help with the 5 times table!
We will continue to learn with analogue clocks at Stoneygate, but we also need your help at home. School and home need to work together on numerous issues: from reading to fastening shoelaces, from bowling practice to telling the time.
Well done to all pupils who participated in fixtures this week against Maidwell Hall and Laxton Junior.
Milly certainly works hard at improving her sport both at school and outside school. Here she is in action mid week- great concentration and technique- the opposition fielder has started running- she knows Milly is going to hit the ball a long way!
I was fortunate enough to join the U9 cricketers away at Laxton on Thursday. The A’s lost, but the B’s drew in an exciting final over. Definitely more bowling practice needed both in school and at home.
Schools and homes also need to work together on food, diet and allergies. This week a pupil at Stoneygate did have an allergic reaction as he had been near to a pupil who had been eating nuts in the car prior to school. If your child enjoys eating ‘Crunchy nut corn flakes’ or even just nuts for breakfast, please ensure that he/she brushes their teeth. It’s important for their health and possibly others. As we approach the trip season, could I also ask that NO nuts (or food containing nuts) are brought on these trips, thank you.
Reverend Kim Ford spoke to the children this week about courage and bravery, we also heard from a representative from VASL (Voluntary Action for South Leicestershire)- who spoke about their role in our society.
Year 3 also had a special guest this week- dating back 2,000 years- a Roman soldier gave an illuminating talk to our pupils on life in Roman Britain.
It’s been great to have some May sunshine in our beautiful gardens…
It is now 5:35 or is it twenty five to 6?
Enjoy the weekend,
Mr J F Dobson