Tag: teaching

Dividing by 10 and 100

Part of the Year 4 National Curriculum targets in Numeracy, are for children to be able to divide by 10 and 100. The post below is for pupils to do as homework as well as for teachers to use in their lesson.   Watch this fun video to help you understand how to divide by 10 and 100. Then play…

Collaborative, Group and Co-operative Learning

Teaching has moved away from a strictly traditional teacher orientated class, where the teacher talks and the pupils are expected to only work individually and independently. Pupils are required to develop skills that help them work well in a team. Setting groups and giving children the opportunity to work together for a common goal helps strengthen their relationships and develop…

6 Elements for Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

There is nothing more important than for children to feel safe in a school environment, so that they can be open to learning. Creating a positive classroom environment, is the first step in ensuring that everyone brings out their best. If you’d like to learn how you can do this, then read on! Here are some tips to help you…

Poetry Display: Draw back the curtains

Poetry should be a curriculum priority in English classes, as it can help students become more versed in writing and literature. Many teachers shy away from poetry because they find it hard to teach or they don’t see a place in the curriculum for it. I have not regretted a single poetry lesson I have taught so far, and I…

Spellings: To test or not to test?

Anyone had thoughts about abandoning age-old practices of Friday spelling tests?     You all know the drill, I’m sure many of you did it when you were still at school: you get the words on a Monday to practice them during the week, then take a test on Friday. Great! If you get a high score, not so great…

Greeting Students at the Door

This year, after reading the book “When the adults change everything changes” and with the completion of an informative INSET day from Pivotal Education I realised the importance of greeting students, before they enter the classroom. To back this claim, I also found numerous studies online, validating that greeting students at the door sets a positive tone and can help…

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…

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…

10 Things Teachers Actually Do in the Summer

Teachers lead such busy lives during the academic year. Have you ever wondered what they get up to during the summer holidays? Here are 10 things teachers actually do in the summer. Read Whilst the reading genres may vary drastically, teachers do actually use the summer holidays to unwind with the books of their choice, you may find a curriculum/school…