Hints from teachers

26th January 2001 at 00:00
Work that video!

Watching videos is often criticised as being too passive. However, you can use video to teach children about analysis, point of view and narrative structure, as well as to deliver information.

Here are some activities: Generate questions you expect to be answered by a news broadcast, then watch the programme and listen for the answers; Analyse commercials, making notes on products, target usersbuyers and interesting vocabulary; Play two short sequences from a story, and imagine what happened in between. Press "Pause" and ask children to say what they think happens next; Watch a sequence and discuss how the characters and their language might differ if each character was of the opposite sex; Kathy Barton P> Dice one

Paper plates are useful for preventing dice from rolling on to the floor, and make handy sorting trays for KS1.

Jayne Birch

The joys of pegs

The humble (and cheap) clothes peg can be used to peg sheafs of unfinished work together, peg models in place while the glue dries, and peg things on clothes lines to dry or display. You can use pegs for sorting and number bonds, and peg line-guide and paper together for handwriting practice.

Sue Wills

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