Coding doesn’t have to be a stand alone subject. With the heavy demands of a full curriculum, finding ways to integrate subjects not only allows teachers to cover more content, it makes learning more meaningful for students. Here are two unplugged (coding without devices) activities, followed by two Scratch suggestions. Firstly, I like to integrate coding with English through the genre, procedure writing. As I blogged previously, one of my favourite activities is […]
For those who aren’t familiar with Kahoot, Kahoot is a free game based learning platform which enables users to create their own learning based game within minutes. Previously I’ve blogged about how I use Kahoot when teaching Europe in Geography, here is the link. However, yesterday Richard Byrne, blogged that Kahoot has release a new mobile app, although still in beta. He wrote, ‘The first item to note in the mobile […]
Many students can tell you that the numerical value of pi is 3.14… But do they understand what it actually means? Before I teach students what pi is, (for my Y5 higher achiever students), I give them an investigation to see if they can work it out for themselves. Firstly, they need some back ground knowledge. I explain that the circumference of a circle is its perimeter or length. The distance […]
Virtual Manipulatives is a free interactive website which offers a range of resources for primary teachers. Teachers can select a grade, from Reception to Year 4, then choose a range of backgrounds and manipulatives. I love the bear counters for Reception. When you place them on the boat they actually sit down! And the MAB blocks, you can split them and then put them back together. Awesome resources.
Many years ago, I was approached by U-Kotex to create Smart Notebook resources for teachers, which were also converted into Power Point resources. OMG. RSI city! I recall working on the documents after school and on weekends, trying to meet deadlines. I used a wrist braise to support my hand when working on my computer but I made it in the end 😂. Did I earn much money, no not […]
Literacy Solutions is a company which offers professional support for educators through workshops, consulting, online courses and resources. You can visit their resource page for free, downloadable resources. Resources include black line masters for reading activities, deskmats, charts and prompt cards.
The Turing machine, hypothesised by Alan Turing, was originally led by the question, ‘Can complex thinking be mechanised?’ It is an abstract machine that manipulates symbols (consisting of zeros and ones), according to a set of rules (code). A Turing machine can be thought of as an infinite piece of tape (which acts like the memory in a typical computer). It essentially has a read/write head that goes over the top of […]
Drama is such a fun curriculum subject to teach but for many it can be scary, as it may be out of your ‘comfort zone’. Admittedly I felt this way for several years and tried avoiding it. Then one year, I decided to embrace it and learn how to teach it. If you have the same feeling I had, my advice is to simply give it a go, you will […]
There are many different activities for teaching length. In this blog, I’m sharing a few tasks which not only work, but students actually enjoy. Broken Ruler: Andrea wanted to measure the length of the leaf she had collected for Science. All she could find was a broken ruler. She lined up the ruler and the leaf as shown below. a) Can you say how long the leaf is using the broken […]