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...
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...
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...