Developing reading skills in year 1!

Teaching reading in year 1 is such a hard balance. Do I teach guided reading but get around 5% engagement from the children? Do I try to make my little year ones sit and read all at the same time? Do I try to squeeze in 2 or 3 readers at snack time!? I haveContinue reading “Developing reading skills in year 1!”

Vegetable fun in year 1!

It’s been a busy half term of settling in, rules and routines and getting to know my new class. We are lucky enough to have a farm at school, so the children found a trial of vegetables last week… and the book… Oliver’s vegetables! We followed the trail and tasted lots of different vegetables. WeContinue reading “Vegetable fun in year 1!”

4 weeks on…rules and routines!

It is so important to establish rules and routines in the first half term of school. As I am in year 1 and having continuous provision (CP) within the curriculum, it has been crucial (but extremely hard work) to teach children how to look after resources and use them appropriately. I can now see childrenContinue reading “4 weeks on…rules and routines!”

All set for Year one!

After a super busy holidays, my classroom is finally ready for the year one children tomorrow. After an amazing chat with Gregg, the author of the book ‘can I go and play now?’ I was eager to set up open ended provision for children. Children are imaginative, extremely creative and see things completely different toContinue reading “All set for Year one!”

Holidays are nearly coming to an end!

Well the holidays are nearly over! I have been the most busiest this holiday and I am still working hard now, but all for future goals and achievements! I hope everyone has had a lovely summer and if you’re a teacher – feel a little bit refreshed! I purchased this teacher diary (classed as aContinue reading “Holidays are nearly coming to an end!”

If you believe you can, or you believe you can’t, either way you’re right!

I am aiming to instil a positive mindset into my class this year! Growth mindset for learning is so important. No matter how many fancy displays you have or creative themes and strategies for learning – if the children do not have that ‘can do’ attitude then what’s the point? Children need to be intrinsicallyContinue reading “If you believe you can, or you believe you can’t, either way you’re right!”

Tidy up time!!! Is every second for early years teachers…

It’s been a while since my last blog as I have been busy relaxing from all things teaching this holidays and grafting away at my masters dissertation… But I just came across a great post that jogged my memory about the EYFS which I’m dying to share with everyone. It’s quite easy to look aroundContinue reading “Tidy up time!!! Is every second for early years teachers…”

Maths mastery in The early years!

What’s the best way to learn addition and subtraction other than with real life objects?! My class have really enjoyed adding pieces of fruit, comparing and sorting different sized buttons, counting magic beans and even different shaped pasta!l this year. Counting real life objects is a must in the early years before moving into abstractContinue reading “Maths mastery in The early years!”