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A trip to the seaside!

What great way to start the half term with a trip to the SEASIDE! This really helped to kick start our seaside theme, the children were amazed and loved seeing the clear blue sea, the soft sand and the seagulls of course!

It may seem surprising but to many children in my class this was there first ever experience of the seaside. This is what certainly made the exhaustion of the trip worthwhile!

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After an amazing trip the learning of Geography and some aspects of History have been transferred within the classroom. The use of twinkl resources have really helped to support the vocabulary links of the seaside. I created an ice cream shop in the classroom to introduce coins and money. I also used real ice cream cones and twinkl’s key words to reinforce reading and language.

 

Twinkls resources for this was amazing! The pictures and text for the seaside range is both appropriate and accessible for all learners. But certainly as a teacher balancing the children’s development in year 1 and supporting the National Curriculum, the WORK LOAD of the resources are certainly worthwhile!

The children also found a crab at the seaside. They were full of fascination and questions too. As a follow up activity I have found a great crab paper plate craft on twinkl too!

 

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I like the way it comes with instructions which reinforces children’s independence to read for purpose in order to make it.

 

Take a look or download it here:

Twinkl Crab Craft

I am looking forward to carrying out this activity and there will be more pictures to follow after completion!

 

Let me know your thoughts!

 

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The three little pigs!

I recently planned a lesson of the three little pigs – with a twist! I started off by using a story map to recap the events of the three little pigs…

Here is my lovely art work of course 🙈😂. I think showed the children a letter which we read together. It was from the big bad wolf! Explaining that he was going to come back and he was now bigger and stronger!

The children had to make their own houses using a range of materials including lolly pop sticks, tissue paper, foil and plastic.

The children then tested their houses using a big bad blow dryer! (This was inspired by Pinterest).

Through this activity children learnt the names of different materials and started to understand the properties of them. They also worked together with their partner to problem solve, linking to design and technology objectives too!

The engagement of the children was amazing and a planned follow up activity linked to writing for purpose as the children wrote a letter back to the the little pigs explaining what they should do!

A perfect year 1 lesson,

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Phonics & Writing with Twinkl Resources

I always start the day off with a morning activity with my class. For this half term most of the morning activities consisted of a focus on reading to help embed any sounds children struggle with. I have used twinkl’s phonics activity to help with this.

When you download this from twinkl you will find a folder full of all the phase 1-5 sounds with real and nonsense words in!

My class absolutely love colouring in the read words and nonsense words. It has been a fun way to start the day and I can definitely tell it has had a positive impact on my classes ability to grasp certain sounds they struggle with.

The split sounds such as:

a-e

e-e

I-e

U-e

This was my main focus as children always find them harder and it has really helped! After a crazy week of phonics screening, I am sure that the twinkl resources for phonics has helped make a positive impact on children’s consolidation of sounds.

 

Twinkl is also great at other morning activities to hit those strange KS1 objectives. For instance, my class have easily reached the objective of spelling days of the week through the simple, already prepared resource meaning all I had to do was press print!

 

Activities like these are also great to send as homework or use for extra interventions too.

Twinkl has a huge range of resources online that can are of easy access and are affordable too! Take a peak….

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/literacy/literacy-phonics?utm_source=teachertalks.blog/&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=blog_referral_teacher

Please note that I have been given a free subscription in return for the review – but all thoughts are my own.

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Work life balance!

Whether you have been teaching 1 year or 20 years there’s always that talk of never having enough time and a work life balance!

As a teacher in my third year of teaching.l, I often find myself so engrossed into a topic that I sometimes spend a very long tome thinking and planning it! But you definitely need to switch off and enjoy your life too!!!

We are juggling like crazy through the day…

So here are my top tips!

  • My first rule – is never ever ever ever do work on a Saturday! I have always stuck to this rule, because you need at least ONE day off! So Friday evening the books, laptop and everything else are stored and Its time to catch up with family and friends! I have done this since my NQT year and it works a treat.
  • Never mark books at home! For me marking at home is super depressing, so I would much prefer and early start in the morning than a big pile of books in the evening!
  • Whilst we are onto the topic of marking, evaluate the effect of marking. Will it impact learning? If not Don’t do it!! Your wasting your time. For me instant feedback and self marking where possible works a treat.
  • Plan effectively and when needed… my smart boards are my plan. If you know wha you’re teaching and all the little steps of it, who is a typed up plan for??!
  • Leave early on Friday! It makes you feel refreshed and energised ready for a good well needed rest!
  • Organise days out away from home to avoid sitting in doing work / chores. I am always out 80% of the time on a Saturday.
  • No when to stop. A teachers to do list is never ending, so prioritise your workload, share workload through team work with others and no when it’s time to sit down and relax!

I hope it is a helpful blog post! Although teaching is an amazing career it can be super time consuming if you don’t work creatively.

Let me know your thoughts.

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Read Write Inc – The Pros & Cons

I have been teaching Read Write Inc for the last 3 years now, so below is a review based on my personal opinion of the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ or the scheme.

The Pro’s

Read Write Inc.

I think read write inc is a great scheme. I have witnessed children making rapid progress in the sessions due to the layout of it.

A lesson starts with speed sounds. This includes children reading a range of previously taught sounds and identifying them in words too.

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Children are there introduced to a new sound and practice saying, reading and spelling the new sound in words instantly.

I think this is great, and it works really well with children putting what they have learnt into practice straight away.

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Throughout the range of colour levels children also read aa variety of books which inlcude different focus sounds.

Through these books they read it for fluency, comprehension, and expression. Which is again another plus as children gain a sense of success when they know they CAN read the book.

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I think the assessments and level of support that comes with read write inc is great too. We have a lady who comes and checks all children are working at the correct level and helps to refresh staff with aspects of the training – such as how to do an intervention.

With all this in mind I think the scheme is pretty amazing, but….

 

The Con’s

You definitely need to be mindful of those children that aren’t grasping the ‘pace’ of the lesson and are always behind. Pace is seen as such an important thing within RWI, but to me this can hinder children’s progress if you are focused on getting everything done in a lesson as apposed to how much understanding and quality teaching children are getting from it.

 

I have definitely slowed lessons down to help children grasp and really understand aspects of the lesson – this really helps!

 

I also think the comprehension side of the scheme doesn’t cover as much as I would like it to. Children ask questions to their partner about the book at a certain point and the teacher also asks children questions. However, the group that I teacher are a mix of year 1/2 so I have started to get children to read and write their answers to questions. I think this is beneficial to all children but also very important for year 2 to grasp due to the layout of the SATS tests.

The books also need added resources to boost children’s imaginations and enjoyment for learning as seen and recommended by Read Write inc above!

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/preparing-a-read-write-inc-storybook-for-teaching/

Like always, let me know your thoughts 🙂

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Early writing -AP Literacy part 2!

  1. So I recently blogged about my passion and eagerness to get started with all the things I have learnt through the training with Alison Philipson.

I feel like our ‘Theme’ subject in year one has had a great turn around. The children have formed simpler sentences and we have spent more time practising and creating actions for sentences before writing them down. This has allowed children to focus on remembering capital letters, full stops and finger spaces and we are just practising that non stop!

I also encourage children to use their environment to help them write. Including prompts and tricky words that are displayed on a working wall.

Here is an example of how the use of talk for writing has helped a child write independently:

We used talk for writing to create a recount of our winter walk.

As you can see, this child hasn’t constantly remembered to use capital letters and full stops but has attempted to use them in most sentences. This is a child that previously forgot to put them in at all without a prompt! This child has also done a brilliant job at using their phonics knowledge to spell words.

I think for the end of January this writing is great and I can’t wait to see the outcomes in July!

Many more writing outcomes to come!

I have also set up an assessment folder based on AP Literacy assessment. It gives a clear link to the National Curriculum and where a child is at if they are working towards, meeting or greater depth.

I am going to assess each child with this, noting down what they can do independently.

Keep a look out for more writing posts!

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Spread the happiness

I was lucky enough to participate in some training with Shonette, the lady that created spread the happiness.

I absolutely loved it! The energy Shonette has is great and I think the energy levels of children definitely rely on the energy given by the teacher too.

Shonette discusses how being happy impacts on children’s learning.

Every so often a phone alarm went off during the training, known as the dance alarm! This is when everyone stops and has a little dance.

How great would that be for the children? I would love to have a go at the dance alarm to lift children’s energy and happiness during different parts of the school day!

Shonette is well known for creating dough disco to help young children’s fine motor skills too!

There are so many activity ideas and videos for the early years on Shonettes website.

Take a look it’s great:

https://www.spreadthehappiness.co.uk

Shonette also discusses the term ‘Lemon suckers’ those members of staff that suck out your happiness! You may be in a great mood then something or someone just squeezes it out of you with negativity. Her advice is to write the names on a piece of paper and sing the song let it goooooo (we all know the tune) as you throw it out!🙈😂

I think this is a great idea! I think teachers always look at the bad. Look at what went wrong all the time but are hardly ever proud of what went right. Being acknowledged and appreciated for all of the hard work certainly makes my day! If all you hear is criticism you could easily think you aren’t doing a good job! ‘Let it go’ is definitely my motto after I come across any lemon suckers ☺️👌🏾.

Let me know your views!

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