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I created this lesson for a Year 2 class and it worked really well!

Children saw a huge mess and lots of crime Scene tape. A suitcase was left at the scene with lots of items inside.

Who could it be?

What has happened?

Why have they entered school?

The children were full of curiosity and were eager to write a wanted posted using expanded noun phrases to build up a better description than the one I showed them.

After describing items set out on each table the children were eager to draw their description.

They made predictions linked to the story through what they saw eg, I think it’s the smartest giant in town because of his smart clothes. I think it’s Jack and the Beanstalk because of these strange beans.

To encourage editing and checking their work I asked children to swap their writing with a partner and read their peers work.

It was great to see children giving feedback to their peers and changing mistakes when needed in an encouraging environment.

I left blank flash cards on the table for children to write different expanded noun phrases on to share with their peers.

English lessons can be full of excitement and curiosity, from a simple learning objective of using expanded noun phrases, the pupils were extremely excited and all succeeded!

Creativity is key,


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Future teachers event!

I’m looking forward to being a part of the Leeds Trinity University’s, future teachers event in the next few weeks! A range of professionals will be talking, including the author of the book ‘Can I go and play now?’

I will be talking to students about the life of a primary teacher and offering them advise in the profession.

Teaching is extremely exhausting but it’s such an amazing rewarding job.

Balance is certainly needed to make sure you live your life well and spend time with your loved ones.

Over the last few years in my career I have stretched and challenged myself to take part in all kinds of opportunities. From taking on the role of the reading leader, to attending maths hub meetings and being observed teaching maths mastery by Pearson’s Publishers! I’ve leaped into studying further and I am on completion of my masters in education as well as leading on maths in my current school…

Through trial and error and a little encouragement from others you can embrace and try all sorts within teaching.

Take a risk is key within my advice. Take a risk in your role, in the school you go for, take a risk whilst you teach lessons! Some lessons may go terribly wrong, whilst others go amazingly well.

You will have pupils you remember forever for good or for bad! But embrace it all, listen to the children you work with (they often have better teaching ideas than I do! ) and build up positive relationships with both them and their parents.

Good luck to any students about to enter the profession in September. Your first year is both exhaustingerrrr😂 and rewarding!


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Jack and the beanstalk!

We’ve had a long term – (perhaps a little too long) of looking at the book Jack and the Beanstalk.

This has brought so much awe and wonder to the children.

First they found footprints, a giant shirt and giant boots!

What are these? Who do they belong to? Why are they here?

Later on they found the book wrapped up and they were all so excited to read it.

The giant sent the children a letter apologising for leaving all the mess and he gave them some ‘magic beans’ (sunflower seeds) to grow.

The children loved watching them grow and explored what happened when they watered them. They decided to bring them home on Mother’s Day, with their Mother’s Day card!

The giants footprints were used to measure and compare the children’s feet in provision. Children were inspired to work together to build a giants castle.

We used the forest school area to search for the giant, chanting the song: were going on a giant hunt were going to catch a big one were not scared… uh oh..

We used positional language to model obstacles in our way and to make decisions of how to get passed.

The children loved writing letters back to the giant and getting ready to post it!

Such a cross curricular activity – the fun never ends!

#jack and the beanstalk


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Whilst some schools might be preparing to go back I’m looking forward to relaxing a bit this half term!

It’s so important to sit back, relax and do something you love when your off. School life is so busy and it’s easy to get hung up on the bubble of planning, teaching and assessing constantly.

At some point over your Easter break I advise you to switch off and be you!

I am planning to book a short last minute break somewhere over Easter and also make sure I relax too.

Whilst I complete my masters degree in education, it is important for me to manage my time. I may take one or two mornings of my holiday to do my work but I’m not going to let it over power me.

Enjoy your Easter break!!


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Let children struggle… it grows their brains!

As a teacher you can often watch a child struggling and automatically reach out to help them.

But I’ve learned that it’s extremely hard but much more valuable if you let them struggle!

Let children find new ways and problem solve. When allowing them to struggle children will feel proud to accomplish the goal. They will be confident to problem solve and approach new situations with confidence too.

It’s easy to give children too much scaffolding but struggle means they are learning.

I have started to promote struggle and mistakes in my class by valuing effort rather than ‘cleverness.’ The children now feel proud to see that more effort means more can be accomplished. After all it is a life skill!

There are some lovely mindset books that can be read with children across primary school too. Discussion around mindset and allowing your brain to grow is great for perseverance in subjects such as maths!

I can’t do it …yet!

Or wow your brain is growing keep trying! Works a treat.


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Jack and the beanstalk!

The children have really enjoyed the start of our topic of Jack and the Beanstalk.

It all started with children finding large foot steps which lead to the outdoor area where they found magic beans and a giant shirt.

Who could it be? How did it happen? The discussion and language that children used instantly increased due to the excitement.

Since then I have put a range of enhancements in the provision. Magic beans and green play dough in the play dough area. A range of beans on plates in the collection area which helped children to sort the beans and create different patterns.

The giant has sent us a letter back apologising for making a mess and explaining he got lost. The giant gave the children some magic beans (sunflower seeds) and the children have planted them and are eager to find out what’s going to happen.

The children have used cubes to measure how many cubes long the giants feet are and they have enjoyed playing in our giants castle role play with giant bowls, spoons and clothes. Sorry for the limited amount of images for these ideas!

Some children created wanted posters, invitations for a banquet and thank you cards for the giant too.

Jack and the beanstalk lenses itself to great curiosity in children and can be used to gain great observations in all areas of the EYFS curriculum.


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Next half terms topic…

This holidays iv picked up a ‘giant’ men’s shirt and some magic beans.

Iv prepped some cardboard ready for a castle and kept some tube like junk materials for my theme.

It’s not hard to guess what this half terms theme is! But I have so many ideas I am pretty excited to get started!

Keep a look out for activity ideas all based on … jack and the beanstalk!