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...
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...