The Blog of a Primary School Teacher and ICT Leader

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

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 long and short...

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 pictures of witches,...

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 descenders....

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 bit more...

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...