The Bear and The Piano

The Bear and The Piano

The Bear and The Piano is a stunning book by David Litchfield and tells a story of a bear who finds a piano in the woods. Over time, the noises that he makes become the most beautiful melodies and fill the hearts of those around him. It seemed like a beautiful text to...
Making a “How Do I?” Page

Making a “How Do I?” Page

Earlier this evening, I shared a way that I have been helping staff to fix small IT problems themselves and some people asked how I did it, so I thought it would make sense to write a blog post. So, it looks like this: This is a Google Document that I have made...
Subitizing Resources

Subitizing Resources

You may not have heard of subitizing, I hadn’t until approximately 18months ago but bear with me for a few minutes and I’ll explain. There is a website by Susanna Wu that explains it in much more detail than I could and backs up why it is important, so...
Times Table Rockstars @ttrockstars

Times Table Rockstars @ttrockstars

There have been many discussions about the use of Times Table Rockstars online and I have often posted about how we use it in school. To save repeating myself, I thought I would write a blog post to share how I use TTRS. TTRS have not asked me to write this post, I...
Y4 Times Table Check

Y4 Times Table Check

I was talking to someone online about the Y4 Multiplication Check (MTC) recently and I explained that I had written up some notes to pass to teachers for next year. I thought it might be worth sharing them here too. My original notes are school-specific so I have...
Taskmaster Day 2

Taskmaster Day 2

I have blogged about using Taskmaster in the classroom before here and James Blake-Lobb has blogged here and here. I would suggest reading those posts before continuing. We don’t break up for the holidays until Tuesday so we have two days left of the term. My Y3...

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...