You know you’ve been a teacher for too long when…

Teachers love to teach but you know you’ve been teaching for too long when… 1. You go out in public and get an uncontrollable urge to correct other children’s behaviour.  2. Everything makes sense once you meet the parents. 3. You get your life back during holiday time.  4. You want to slap the next person who says to you,…

Child Neglect

Child neglect is a form of child abuse and is a deficit in meeting a child’s basic needs. The UK government’s statutory guidance ‘Working together to safeguard children’, defines neglect as: The persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.  It can occur in different…

Using TAs More Effectively

When used effectively, a teaching assistant can bring about an improvement in a pupil’s reading of between three and six months.   If you are like myself, so used to managing on your own for many years, using a teaching assistant most effectively can be a challenge. A 2015 report from the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) on making best use of Teaching…

Punctuating dialogue

  We went from rags to riches today by playing this fun game! Can you become a millionaire, too? Look at the punctuation carefully and choose the right one! Make a mistake and you will start all over again so be careful! Click on the image below to play the game and practise your punctuation skills! Are you a bit…

Changing Teachers’ Mindsets

Those of you who have read Carol Dweck’s work on changing mindsets, it may have made you wonder about your own. You will have probably found that like most people, you are a mixture of both a fixed and growth mindset, depending on certain situations. In order to create a classroom environment that allows shifts in pupils’ mindsets, teachers themselves…

Roman Numerals Game

Number systems developed over thousands of years and different parts of the world developed different systems.  The Roman numeral system is different to ours as it is not a place value system. So there is no symbol for zero. It works by putting 7 symbols together to make a number. How many numbers can you write? Have fun learning about…

Comparing and Ordering Numbers

Have fun comparing and ordering numbers with these two fun maths games by Ict games. Suitable for Years 2 – 4, just change the range to suit your year group objectives: Learning Objectives (U.K. National Curriculum)  Year 2: to compare and order numbers 0 – 100 Year 3: to compare and order numbers 0 – 1000 Year 4: To order…

Nature Crossword Puzzle

Crossword puzzles are a magnificent way for children to revise, practise spellings and learn new vocabulary. Check out this free nature-themed crossword puzzle, perfect for a science activity! This fun crossword puzzle will challenge kids with facts about insects and other creatures. It’s also a great way to practice spelling and word recognition.   To download it for free click…

Writing School Reports

Reports help parents see their child’s progress. As a teacher, you will need to highlight any concerns you may have but also take the opportunity to congratulate the child’s efforts. It is important that a school report is truthful, diplomatic and paints a true picture of the child’s strengths and weaknesses. It is important to communicate the way forward to…

Data Handling Online Games

The internet is full of data handling games and activities. These are some of my favourite ones that will help children understand how data can be interpreted and presented in various ways. They provide opportunities for data analysis using line graphs, bar charts and tally tables; perfect for lower key stage 2. Click on the images below, to be taken…