The Blog of a Primary School Teacher and ICT Leader

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 one -...

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. So...here is what I...

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 Activities

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...