Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Build with Chrome

Build with LEGO® bricks using Google Maps as your baseplate.

Build with Chrome

Classroom behaviour in the news

With thanks to Awena Jones for sharing this link:

Classroom Disruption Top Tips

Role Play

Children imitate the people and world around them by recreating scenes from everyday life and acting out familiar roles. From this, imaginative play develops as they develop the ability to incorporate narrative into their play.  As they grow, their ability to imagine exerts greater influence on the nature of their play. Their play becomes increasingly complex and the narratives which are created include more characters and episodes.The imaginary world children create enables them to realise in their imagination the things that cannot be realised in reality. Fantasy play contributes to children´s creativity and imagination and should be encouraged.
Adapted from ‘Supporting Creativity and Imagination in the Early Years’ by Bernadette Duffy

Role Play gives students the opportunity to:
• Express themselves
• Explore language freely
• Explore feelings and find out about themselves and others
• Develop co-operation, care, consideration and control
• Exercise choice and decision-making
• Use mathematical language and develop mathematical concepts
• Develop a range of motor skills
• Use skills to make the things needed for their play and adapt as necessary
• Explore a fantasy world of their own creation

Role Play ideas from Pinterest:

Hundreds of ideas for creative play and learning with young kids!


Class Discussion

Rethinking Whole Class Discussion

The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools

Keepvid downloader is a free web application that allows you to download videos from sites like YouTube

Edward de Bono's Six Thinking Hats

Put your thinking hat on...
Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats
Six Thinking Hats is a tool for group discussion and individual thinking involving six coloured hats. "Six Thinking Hats", and their associated idea of parallel thinking, provide a means for groups to plan their thinking processes. The thinking hats enable students to use logic and reasoning, considering issues from different perspectives.

Class 2 in Botafogo 
has been using de 
Bono’s thinking hats
to develop thinking 
skills in connection 
with reading different 
texts. For more 
information, speak to Kate.  

For more inspiration:


Pinterest:Thinking Hats

Monday, 22 September 2014

Classroom behaviour in the news

With thanks to David Slade for sharing this link:

Humour is key to maintaining classroom discipline, study says

Art Makes You Smart

Simple bound journal made from recycled material

The simple way for children to create their own little books for drawing, writing, notes or doodles


Enabling Environments: EYFS

In the new EYFS Framework, the enabling environment is outlined as one of the four guiding principles that should shape practice in early years’ settings.

Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which teachers respond to students’ individual needs, and there is a strong partnership between teachers, parents and carers.

Enabling Environments
• value all people
• value learning

They offer
• stimulating resources, relevant to all the children’s cultures and communities
• rich learning opportunities through play and playful teaching
• support for children to take risks and explore

Resources to support your learning environment:

Teachers TV- Enabling Environments

We have just started sharing information with Assistant Teachers via Google Classroom, which was introduced to us by Adrian Jarratt, the new Learning Technologies Coordinator. If you would like to join our Google Classroom to learn more and share resources, please enter the following codes:

Phonics Classroom: SADKVWX


Maths Classroom: g4yg7ni


Friday, 19 September 2014

Literacy Resources

These Teachers’ Notes have been specially written by Pie Corbett to assist teachers and librarians in the promotion and teaching of Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris to help promote a love of good books, literature and reading among children.

Book lists pertaining to different topics and genres of writing:

Jubilee Books

Success criteria for Literacy: Reception - Class 4

Maths Resources

Which number does not belong? Why?
4, 16, 36, 48, 64, or 81

Using Questioning to Stimulate Mathematical Thinking

Feedback on Learning

Research (‘Inside the Black Box’ by Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam, 1998) has shown that there has been a tendency to mark for quantity and presentation of students’ work, rather than for its quality. The accumulation of grades and marks are given priority, rather than examining children's work to ascertain future learning needs. Grading and marking have also been found to have a detrimental effect on some pupils, and can lead to lower self-esteem, since children tend to focus on the grade itself rather than on the teacher’s comments to develop their understanding as to what to do better in future.  Grades alone do not show how to move students forward or improve their work.
The provision of effective marking and feedback to children is one of the key factors for improving learning through assessment.  The learner needs to understand the purpose of the learning, how to make improvements, and be given specific time to respond to comments or feedback.