Mental Maths Questions for Children

The mathematics curriculum in primary schools, requires that mental maths strategies are taught to children from an early age. I have been teaching mental maths strategies for many years now and every year I see the struggle that children face. I do my best, each time, to improve my teaching and increase students’ engagement. I believe that the key to…

Video: Draw with words!

Have fun with this video! If you know how to write the word, then you can draw the picture! This easy to follow video shows how you can turn simple words into fun drawings! Why don’t you have a go? Till next time…

Lines of Symmetry Game

Find a link to a fun symmetry game for your kids, here! The “Line of Symmetry” is the imaginary line where you could fold the image and have both halves match exactly. If you can reflect (or flip) a figure over a line and the figure appears unchanged, then the figure has reflection symmetry or line symmetry. The line that you reflect…

Teacher burnout and how to avoid it in 10 steps

Teacher burnout is real and can happen to anyone at anytime. Low salaries, additional workload and responsibilities, together with limited appreciation can have demoralising effects on even the most capable, enthusiastic teachers. With 20 years of experience behind me, these are some of the things I try to do to keep me motivated as a teacher and avoid the dreaded…

Staff Shout Outs!

  Boost staff morale and spread the love, by bringing positivity to your school with a ‘Staff Shout-Out’ board! So often, teachers get caught up in the manic pace of school life and get sucked in by surrounding negativity. This is incredibly easy to happen to anyone, especially when they feel tired and unmotivated. This shout-out idea isn’t mine of…

(Part 1) Reading Corner for the classroom with bonus video

Don’t you think that it’s beneficial for children to have a reading corner in the classroom? I do! I think having a reading area in the classroom is very important for children to start loving to read and to read for pleasure . Watch this video to see how I made my reading corner in my dragon themed classroom! I…

Free Dragon Alphabet Resource

To go with my dragon themed room this year, I wanted to put up the alphabet in the front of the classroom so that children could refer to it, whenever they needed to. Even though I will be teaching Year 4 and children will already know how to form the letters, as well as the order of the alphabet, I…

Save the dates for Literacy

Have you ever searched the Internet looking for important dates to add to your calendar for Literacy? If the answer is yes, then you are in the right place! Having done just that for you, I have compiled many dates that I feel schools and Literacy Leads can use to promote literacy. This is a free resource for anyone to…

What teachers need to do in the summer

All teachers count down to their summer holidays! But, once their holidays start, some teachers may forget about taking time off and unwinding. Watch this video to find out about the 3Rs you need to try to get into your summers! If you are not near the beach, don’t worry, you can still do them anywhere and anyhow by doing…

Why I want a Pinterest-Worthy Classroom

Don’t get me wrong, your classroom does not have to be Pinterest worthy. A colour coordinated scheme, does not make you a great teacher, and if that’s not really your cup of tea, that’s ok! I on the other hand, want to be both a great teacher and have a great classroom, one that both my pupils and I love…