Vocabulary Books

I tweeted recently about the vocabulary books that we use in Year 3 and after receiving a few questions about them, I thought it would make sense to write a blog post. Each child has an A5 exercise book and all of the things I am going to talk about our stuck in...
Reporting Problems using Google Forms

Reporting Problems using Google Forms

For years now, I have used Google forms to allow staff and children to report problems. We have 2 main forms on our school website: For reporting technical issues – they fill in their name, the device location and the problem they are havingA general e-safety...
Planning a Writing Task

Planning a Writing Task

Over the weekend, I saw this blog post from James Durran. It talks about a change in focus from planning success criteria for writing so go read that and then come back here to see what I have done. It’s ok, I’ll wait. Done? Good....
Spelling Shed – Setting Activities

Spelling Shed – Setting Activities

This is the second part of my guide to using Spelling Shed. The first post looked at creating users and can be found here. In this post, I will talk through using the Spelling Scheme, setting up Assignments, creating a Hive Game and accessing pupil data. Spelling...
Spelling Shed – Setting up

Spelling Shed – Setting up

I was talking to a friend of mine about Spelling Shed and she asked for my opinion and some tips on getting it all set up and working. I then thought that it might be useful to have a blog post so that if anyone else had similar questions, I could point them here...
Reviewing Targets

Reviewing Targets

I wrote back in July about setting myself some targets for the end of the year. These were all based around my running and general fitness so as 2018 draws to a close, it makes sense to review them. Great South Run in under 1:30 (9min per mile / 5:35 per km)Half...
Taskmaster Day

Taskmaster Day

On Friday, the last day of term, we decided to skip the usual colouring in and DVD activities for something a bit different and my class took part in Taskmaster morning. For an overview, go check out James’s Blog here and come back when you’re done. The...
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...