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Creating Our Own Proverbs

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One of the best things about teaching is what children say that just astounds you. Sometimes the discussion and conversations you have with children can just completely blow you away. Don't get me wrong they often make you chuckle and laugh but when faced with a more serious conversation, I am always amazed at the depth some children show.

Today I had an amazing morning with Year 2 looking at proverbs.

I introduced the idea of a proverb as - A proverb is a simple and concrete saying, popularly known and repeated, that expresses a truth based on common sense or experience. They are often metaphorical.

We also discussed a couple of examples, including:

Don't count your chickens before they have hatched. 
We discussed the meaning behind this beyond the literal and examples - England fans who think we will win the World Cup because we won our opening game
I then shared this document which had examples of famous proverbs but only the first part to them. You …

Making our own Interactive Avengers Story Cubes

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Before I start discussing what we did, it is only right to share where the original idea for this project came from. This blog post by the brilliant @Joe_Moretti gave me the inspiration for this project - AR STORYCUBES PROJECT

I have been using my iPad with my children to support them with their reading journal homework for a while now. My boys struggle with their handwriting and find it very onerous to write even though they have some great ideas.

As discussed by @MrTullock at the Animate2Educate conference last week, technology should be used to enable children to show their knowledge and understanding even if they struggle with an element such as decoding or handwriting or spelling. I loved a quote he shared, and I have linked it in a poster to the story @CarolJAllen shared around the latest BGT winner.



I want to use technology so my children and pupils can create content to express themselves, their knowledge and their understanding.

Making our own Interactive Avengers Story Cube …

Reading Comprehension through World Cup Songs

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So the World Cup is here! I'm sure many of your pupils are excited and can't wait to see their footballing idols in action.

A great resources to link to the World Cup, which helps raise standards in English but also embeds key digital literacy skills is the Read Write Perform Sports Manager Pack:


Buy the pack before England are knocked out and get my 15 iPad Lessons for the World Cup eBook for FREE!
There are also other ways in which you can use the World Cup to engage pupils in English. Music seems to go hand in hand with football, from chants in the stadiums to songs in the charts. This great article discussing the power of the football song - http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180614-world-cup-2018-the-extraordinary-power-of-the-football-song

Why not use some of the most popular songs from past World Cups and Euros as texts for comprehension? 
I have previously blogged loads of different songs you can use in class and you can read them all here: Songs for Reading Comprehensi…

More Emotional Literacy Through Music

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If you have followed my blog for a while, you will know I am a massive fan of using music in the classroom, especially for reading comprehension. You can read about other songs I have blogged here.
Here is another example:


Here is a lyric video to the song:


“Praying” is a song by Kesha believed to be directed at her long legal battle with producer Dr. Luke. It is believed the producer sexually and emotionally abused the singer over a number of years. While I wouldn't share this sensitive information with the class, the song has a powerful message about being positive when bad things have happened. Kesha described this song as:
This song is about me finding peace in the fact that I can’t control everything — because trying to control everyone was killing me. It’s about learning to let go and realize that the universe is in control of my fate, not me.“Praying” was written about that moment when the sun starts peeking through the darkest storm clouds, creating the most beautiful rain…

Enhancing our Mini Beast topic with technology

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Over the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of working in Year 1. Their topic for this half term has been mini beasts and so I wanted to share with you some of the work we have been doing through technology.

First, you may have seen the Hungry Caterpillar video we made, you can read about how we created this here.



The children have also been learning about different mini beasts, researching facts and information and then creating these videos using the app - Shadow Puppets Edu:


Last week, students were writing their own mini beast poems, focusing on the use of alliteration. To add an element of performance, the pupils recorded themselves sharing their writing using the app ChatterPix Kids. Here are some of their examples:


These are just a couple of example of how I try to promote the use of technology in the primary classroom. It is about children creating content through these creative apps. Each of these ideas can easily be adapted to any topic you are doing with your pupils. 

The Struggles for Teachers Administrating a Test

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If you're in the midst of testing season, I am sure you can relate to these videos:





This also made me chuckle, this chicken has nailed it as a teacher!

😂😂😂 Tag a teacher who walks like this! #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teachers A post shared by Lee Parkinson (@ict_mrp) on Jan 13, 2018 at 1:25pm PST

I am sure every Year 6 teacher can also relate to this video from last year:


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Why Teachers have no patience by 9am

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Another video for you to enjoy. Can you relate?




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