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!”

Can I go and play now?!

If you are a teacher within the Early Years or KS1, there must have been a time when you have called a child to the table to complete some work with you and they have replied with – can I go and play now? I was lucky enough to meet the amazing author, Greg Bottrill,Continue reading “Can I go and play now?!”

WANTED!

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 curiosityContinue reading “WANTED!”

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 findContinue reading “Phonics & Writing with Twinkl Resources”

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! ButContinue reading “Work life balance!”

Early writing -AP Literacy part 2!

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 creatingContinue reading “Early writing -AP Literacy part 2!”

Reading!!

As previously mentioned on my last blog post, I am trying to engage parents in reading with their children more. I have started to invite parents in on Monday mornings to listen to their child read for 10-15 minutes. This has already started off great and children were really motivated when their parents were satContinue reading “Reading!!”

Getting children reading …

Getting children to read has been a great debate for many years. There has been so many researchers that have tried and claimed to know how to help children learn to read. To me, a child’s love of reading and a child’s first educator -their parents have a significant influence on a child’s reading development.Continue reading “Getting children reading …”

Philosophy for children?

Philosophy for children (P4C) is a topic I came across in my first year of my MA in Education. It’s one that is full of great debates but the more I researched into it the more I became to love it. Getting children to think for themselves and listen to other people’s opinions is definitelyContinue reading “Philosophy for children?”

Writing with Alison Philipson

Teaching early writing skills for children in Year 1 has always been a topic I continued to reflect upon. I didn’t feel 100% sure whether the writing opportunities we offered them really met the potential of all of the children’s needs. I really really wanted to make children much more independent with their writing. AsContinue reading “Writing with Alison Philipson”