Tickled Pink (or Fuchsia, Salmon, Magenta…)

Tickled Pink (or Fuchsia, Salmon, Magenta…)

As any teacher will tell you, improving children’s vocabulary is important for many reasons – none of which I will go into here, I just wanted to share a little thing we’ve been trying in Year 3 this term. As part of our English, we have described...
Handwriting Lines

Handwriting Lines

A few years ago, our ex-English lead (@clairemarie00) developed an idea she found on a course. This was that you highlight half of the line in the children’s book to show where the main writing should go with the white space above/below for ascenders and...
Exploring the UK

Exploring the UK

I’m planning ahead, but one of our objectives in September is about the children knowing the counties of the UK. Being right at the bottom of Hampshire, most of my children won’t have ventured into other counties so we were discussing how to make this a...
Setting Targets

Setting Targets

I have been running for the past 10 years with varying levels of success. Success at the beginning involved running all the way to the next lamppost or to the end of the road, then it became completing the first race or running a longer distance. Around 2012, with a...
What is G-Suite?

What is G-Suite?

There have been a number of requests asking for more information about Google Apps / G-Suite so I thought that it would make sense to write some blog posts that would help explain it. If you have any questions, email me and I will update this post or add it to future...
G-Suite – Internal Email

G-Suite – Internal Email

Following on from a discussion in an online forum about email, I have made a guide for GSuite / Google Apps users so that they can configure their email settings. These settings allow teachers to restrict who their students can email. I find that for primaries, the...
Reading Rocketeers

Reading Rocketeers

Recently I attended the BETT show and part of the reason to visit is to see the latest technology available in the classroom but this post is about something else entirely. While there, I attended a presentation by Lee Parkinson and John Murray sharing their...
Hooking them in

Hooking them in

This week in Year 3, we started reading a new book based on our topic of Egypt. It wasn’t a long book, about 15 pages in fact but I still wanted the children to be hooked in and to get enthused about what they were going to read (and be writing about).  They...
Addition in different ways

Addition in different ways

This week in Year 3, we have been looking at addition but in various different ways. We have used place value counters before and number line, but this was our first foray into the expanded column method. It was also the first time that they had used the bar model...
516 is a lot

516 is a lot

It has been 516 days since my last post (Google is wonderful isn’t it?). In fact, since December 2014 I have blogged just 5 times. That seems ridiculous considering how much I used to blog and tweet. What happened? School. Life. A baby (now a toddler). So much...