Archive for August 2013

iPads in Primary Education - Persuasive Writing

Here is a 'guest' post I have found on iPad's in the classroom and how they can be used for persuasive writing at Key Stage 2. Definitely an idea I'm going to pass on to other teachers at school.

iPads in Primary Education: Using the App Store for Persuasive Writing: CONTEXT  This year all the pupils in year 6 are using their own iPod in lessons, and they all have their own blog space ( http://6aclas...

Using Apple TV and an iPad, the App Store was mirrored onto the Interactive Whiteboard. A screenshot of FIFA 2013 and The Room was opened in Skitch. The pupils were asked to highlight and identify language features of persuasive advertisements as the iPad was passed around the children used the highlight tool in Skitch to identify persuasive words, phrases and rhetorical questions. 

FIFA13: Persuasive language in the App Store

Buried Treasure

This is a fairly familiar game for most Early Years Teachers and one that is very popular with the children. The focus here is to sound out, read, sort in to real and fake words and discuss meaning of words. This is a very useful game in Year One leading up to the Phonics Screening Test and a discrete way of introducing those fake words.

Personally and excellent resource is PhonicsPlay which has a different game for each of the sounds meaning you don't always have to be thinking of words with today's sound. This particular game is free on Phonics Play but subscription is only £12 and I highly recommend. Below is a flash video of the game :) Enjoy!

Alternatively, you can download from Twinkl a custom version of the game that a group of children can work on or be set up as an independent activity.

Or to be even more impressive, get into character, grab a few resources and dress up as a pirate and get the children involved for some role play!

Rhyming Sing Along

With the new school term (fast) approaching, I found this awesome video for a rhyming pig song. The children enjoyed it. Excellent for The 3 Little Pigs topic!

Also another on Jolly Phonics from the big book.

Beginnings: How To Teach Phonics

Here is quite a useful early strategy I have found from another blog. Definitely worth a look, some excellent resources and ideas!

The blog can be found here and the article here. Fantastic work tamarind!

The following describes how I am teaching my boy phonics at home.

1. Arrange the at, an, ap, at in a row.

2. Teach the child how to read each of the 2 letter words. Then mix up the words :

I say a word "at", then ask my boy to pick up the correct word for me. I continue to say one word at a time until he picks up all the cards.

2. Then give the child one word, for example, "cat". Teach him to read the word, c - at, cat. Read this web page Make a word : AT to learn how to teach.

3. Then ask him to put the word "cat" in the same column as "at", as shown in this photo.

4. Then give him another word, for example, "fan". Teach him to read f - an, fan. Read this web page Make a Word : AN to learn how to teach.

5. Then ask him to put in the same column as "an".

6. As the child becomes more confident, give him a word, and let him put in the correct position without helping him.

7. You can mix up the words. Then say a word, like "can" and ask him to pick up the correct word. Continue until he picks up all the words. In this way, you can make sure that he is really paying attention and learning.


Some ICT resources for the masses!

This has been a recent discovery of mine and very time saving in the classroom. From previous experience it takes time making lollipop selectors, setting random groups, setting a group tally. Well this app, for your computer does it all with very little setup.

"A simple desktop app, packed full of innovative resources to enable you to quickly create engaging interactive learning." Triptico
One of my favourites in this app is the student selector, which with a swipe of the screen selects a random child. Very effective in a plenary to select a random piece of work! Also pretty helpful is the circle timer (does what it says on the tin), group scoring app and student group selector which quickly splits your class into groupings of your choosing! Very useful app from a fellow teacher, top work!

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It is completely free to download the Triptico Plus app from this site. Many of the resources on the app are completely free for everybody to use, but there are some which are 'bonus resources' for Triptico Plus subscribers. Also you don't have to register! :)

Jolly Phonics Actions

Widely used in schools this poster may be of use to parents and other educators in order to match sounds to movement. Very useful for children at an early stage of development.

Give these guys a look up on their webpage or on twitter for further information.

Phonics Sounds

A useful video clip showing the correct pronunciation of phonemes from DfE.


Just a new post from me ... well really its from a favourite webpage of mine. Class Dojo (as mentioned before on here) is a revolutionary behaviour management software for the classroom that works. From personal experience it has made such a difference to both my classes I have had the pleasure of teaching.

These guys have just released a competition to get us back to school with a smile on our faces. 

We'd love to hear how you plan on using ClassDojo this school year! We're sending an iPad mini or Nexus 7 tablet to our favorites! Just answer the following question via Twitter, or a public Facebook post, and include the#ClassDojoLove hashtag, by Friday August 23rd: What learning habits, behaviors, or skills do you want to build with your students this year?

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