9th September 2011 at 01:00


Even more flash

A new programme for computer-generated flash cards takes into account individual children's speed and accuracy. It decreases the flash time for words and phrases as pupils begin to take in more visual information at a glance. Pupils are then motivated to reach their time target.

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Stationary skills

As thousands of young children step into school for the first time, many Reception class teachers will be looking for ways to help them learn the essential skills of sitting still and listening. A poster with a clip-art photo and two simple phrases can be introduced at the beginning of the lesson and returned to throughout the session. http:tinyurl.com45xkhfm

Numerical nous

Activities and ideas to develop mathematical thinking and understanding in Year 3 are available at You can download a short-term planning grid that helps give an overview of pupils' progress.




In this collection, pupils first learn instructions in list formats, such as personal reminders and simple planning notes, then move on to writing their own for everyday activities.

Instructional writing uses the second person, imperative mood (or "bossy verbs") and often employs time connectives such as "first", "next" and "finally". The correct order of instructions is vital, so sequencing activities are widely used.

Missnugent has created a cross-curricular lesson plan, suitable for key stage 1, that links instructional writing with history, science and design and technology across two weeks. Tallonr has shared a PowerPoint where pupils create a set of instructions on how to make a sandwich. Sparkles28 has shared a sorting activity for "monster soup". Pupils are given cut- outs of the ingredients they will need to fill in the gaps of the recipe. A similar activity has been created by Alice K, but in a PowerPoint presentation.

For key stage 2 pupils, Getrichquick has supplied lesson plans and worksheets. One activity asks pupils to identify the "bossy verbs" in sentences; another gets children to create instructions on how to clean teeth.




This primary science collection contains videos from Teachers TV to aid you in the teaching of the subject. The videos, which feature primary teachers sharing their best lesson ideas, cover topics including electricity, materials and forces.

When introducing your pupils to forces and motion, the corresponding video from Teachers TV will give you plenty of inspiration for activities. Year 2 teacher Jess Scott encourages her class to model a Big Bad Wolf and describe which forces they are using. Forces and friction topics are covered in Kate Mottram's rocket balloon challenge, suitable for children in key stage 2.

Understanding how light and sound travels is another important topic within the science curriculum. The Light and Sound video includes innovative tips and ideas for you to bring to your classroom. Year 56 teacher Kate Widdowson introduces the terms transparent, translucent and opaque to her pupils by asking them to conduct an investigation to see which materials light is allowed through. To demonstrate how light travels in straight lines, Lucy Blackmore recommends using periscopes with key stage 2 pupils.

Other ideas featured in the videos include a DIY lava lamp and irreversible change experiment in Materials and a role-play circuit activity in Electricity.


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