Showing posts from 2018

Continuing our Journey with the #StopDirtyPalmOil campaign

A few weeks ago, I blogged about a project my Year 4 class had started, inspired by the recent Greenpeace advert - There's a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom. To read that blog post, which includes original questions linked to the advert, please click the picture:

The response we received from the video the class created where they wrote in role as a helpless Orangutan, seeing their home destroyed was so positive and empowering.  Again you can read more about this by clicking the picture above. If you haven't yet seen the video, here it is:

From the reaction to the video, my class were inspired to go further and investigate the issue more. We discovered this from Greenpeace, which identifies companies with links to Dirty Palm Oil:

According to Greenpeace, these companies made a promise to be clean of dirty palm oil by 2020. My pupils decided to write to these companies to provide a polite reminder and ensure they are on target to keep their promise. 
After drafting their letters, I gave…

Launching Mr P's Online CPD support on Facebook

I regularly receive messages from teachers saying that they would love to attend one of my CPD and Inset sessions, however, due to one reason or the other (location, school not allowing them to go etc) they can't make it.

I have been thinking for a while about trying to create some sort of online platform where teachers can access more detailed CPD content. I have and always will share content for free through this blog and my social media pages. However, I always need to strike the right balance as to make sure I don't give too much away for free as this often backfires in loss of work in schools and also a number of people who then take the ideas, rip them off and make money on the back of it.

About a week ago, Facebook introduced Fan Subscriptions. Followers of my facebook page can subscribe for £3.50 a month and receive exclusive content.
I've decided to give this a go, to hopefully support more teachers in their journey to utilise technology mo…

Using Music to Support the Curriculum - BBC Supermovers.

I think music is one of the most powerful yet underused tools in the classroom. If you've joined me on my training, you will know how I use it in class to support different areas of the curriculum. There are plenty of examples on this blog which demonstrates the power of music. You can see them here. 

BBC Teach Supermovers is a brilliant and FREE resource which gets your pupils moving, singing and remembering!
This video explores the Supermovers resource:

I was very excited when they asked me to get involved and make a video for their website. You can watch it here - 

Please support my class with their #StopDirtyPalmOil campaign

In Year 4, we have been inspired by the latest Greenpeace Advert - There's a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom. The advert tells the story of Rang-Tan, a young Indonesian orangutan that has been forced out of her home by humans. It is a beautifully animated video with a very powerful message:

We decided to look at the text used in the advert in more detail:
There's a Rang-tan in my bedroom and I don't know what to do.
She plays with all my teddies and keeps borrowing my shoe.
She destroys all of my house plants and she keeps on shouting 'oo'.
She throws away my chocolate and she howls at my shampoo.
There's a Rang-tan in my bedroom and I don't want her to stay,
So I told the naughty Rang-tan that she had to go away.
Oh, Rang-tan in my bedroom, just before you go,
Why were you in my bedroom? I really want to know.

There's a human in my forest and I don't know what to do.
He destroyed all of our trees for your food and your shampoo.
There's a human in my forest and I d…

Creating Self Portraits on Keynote

Since the update Keynote received over the summer, which unleashed a wealth of creative possibilities, I have been desperate to give it a go in class.

In Year 4, we decided to create our own self-portraits to get used to the drawing tools. Although we had an issue updating a few of the iPads (Keynote is a big app) we had a good go and I was really impressed with some of their efforts:

I've created a step by step guide for how to do this activity with your class. You can watch it here:

This will be an app I will be exploring a lot more this year in my school so stay tuned!

Exploring the New Nike Advert

I've just seen the new Nike advert and was blown away. It has such a powerful message.

The advert has been in the news and faced a backlash because of the narrator - Colin Kaepernick. The NFL star was the first athlete to kneel during pre-game anthems to protest against social and racial inequality in the US. I was, however, impressed with the advert as I believe it has a very powerful message. See what you think:

Here is the text from the ad:
If people say your dreams are crazy If they laugh at what you think you can do Good Stay that way Because what non-believers fail to understand is that calling a dream crazy is not an insult It's a compliment Don't try to be the fastest runner in your school Or the fastest in the world Be the fastest ever Don't picture yourself wearing OBJ's jersey Picture OBJ wearing yours Don't settle for homecoming queen or linebacker Do both Lose 120 pounds and become an Ironman after beating a brain tumor
Don't believe you have to be like anyb…

5 Things Every Teacher Should Try In The New School Year!

As many of us are gearing up for the start of another academic year, I thought I would share some useful ideas and resources that will have you hitting the ground running in September. You can watch the video here:

Links to the ideas mentioned:
Taking Teaching Back 
Blackfish Project 
Designing websites 
Music for Comprehension

Reading Comprehension Through Disney Princess Songs

If you are a follower of this blog, you will know that I am a massive fan of using music in the classroom. I have often blogged examples of songs I have used to develop reading comprehension. Click the following image to see all the previous songs I have blogged:

To further improve reading comprehension the latest songs I have chosen to work on gives the opportunity for pupils to make valuable links and compare similar texts. All the questions have been put into a downloadable pack you can buy for JUST £1.99. 
Here is a taste of what is included in the pack:
The Little Mermaid - Part of Your World

Maybe he's right. Maybe there is something the matter with me
I just don't see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad...

Look at this stuff

Isn't it neat?

Wouldn't you think my collection’s complete?

Wouldn't you think I'm the girl

The girl who has everything?

Who is Ariel talking about when she says ‘Maybe he’s right’? Her DadWhy do you think King Trit…

More Keynote Awesomeness

#EveryoneCanCreate is a hashtag I have very much enjoyed following since the ADE summit in Texas this month. From some of the ideas I had seen, my son created this before his school trip to the zoo:

Click here for a more detailed description of what we did to create this video.
It was this tweet from Matthew Pullen which inspired this latest idea:
It’s been a labour of love but I wanted to share how I created it. Shout out to all those that shared the original concept, @BenMountz@WesMolyneaux et al. I never thought I could draw but now I have the right tools in — Mathew Pullen 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Mat6453) July 22, 2018
Following the thread, @JoeDale then suggested an app which might make the Video to still image stage a little easier:

Great job. With the Video 2 Photo app you can export multiple frames to the camera roll in one tap which may make this rotoscope workflow quicker…

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Getting Creative with Keynote

I am not going to lie, I am very jealous of all the amazing teachers attending the Global ADE 2018 summit in Texas. I have been closely following the hashtag #WWADE2018 and #EveryoneCanCreate and enjoying some of the amazing content being created and shared.

It has reminded me of all the brilliant new additions to the Keynote app and inspired me to try some with a project with my children. They are going on a school trip tomorrow to the zoo and so created this animated quiz about animals:

Keynote has been an app that I have used personally in my CPD and training sessions for years. Essentially, it is Apple's version of Powerpoint. At the UK ADE summit last year I was very fortunate to get a one to one tutorial with a Keynote expert, Alan Rosenfield, who really opened my eyes to creating engaging content to support my training sessions. More recently, Apple have announced a number of new updates to Keynote which take the app beyond a simple presentation app to an incredibly powerfu…