Diary Entry- Year 4- Journey through the digestive system.
I have been putting together this times tables word problem resource recently. I grabbed word problems from all over the internet, for each times table (2-12). This is in an attempt to grow my student’s confidence when they cross numbers with words in assessments and to consolidate their tables. • My class are often more than able for the questions they are posed with but as soon as they see words they freak out. This is super common! • These word problems are all multiplication, so although they don’t need to consider the operation to choose they do have to filter through the words to gain an understanding of what figures to manage and manipulate. I colour coordinated each set for so I know exactly what’s what.
The ”what will I do now teacher?” extension pack! This resource is one I made with a range of learners in mind! • This pack includes seven task areas which children can work on after the main lesson task work has been complete and they wait for the other students to finish up! Total of 28 task cards. • During my placement, I found that children liked a more creative extension challenge rather than a worksheet! (I bought a pack of 300 envelopes in euro giant on placement and honestly, they absolutely loved the idea of sending letters to their friends in the class as extensions, very cheap and easy!) So these cards are to combat that worksheet kind of boredom I found! • I focused on; writing, reading, number, wellbeing, drawing, designing and list-making tasks!
• During my PGCE it was drilled into us- the importance of a strong start to a lesson. I found the majority of the starters I used had been student lead and in turn made for extremely high levels of engagement, as the children often had more subject knowledge than I would have known had I opened with teacher lead starters. • I typed out 12 of my favourite starter strategies and have to credit my lectures for some of the ideas but likewise, I got a few of them online too! • Children LOVE to learn through their peers and these starters really encourage this child lead approach which I value so highly!! • This pack comes with 12 cards prompts in PDF format! •
During my first term of teacher training, I struggled with the concept of the importance of a lesson plenary. With research, I discovered that a good plenary has the ability to highlight not only the good parts of my lessons but the common misconceptions within the class surrounding the topic. In short, I found it is the student’s way of assessing my teaching informally! • I made these clipboard plenary’s with placement Nóra in mind, if I had these during my teacher training it would have been very easy for me to quickly grab one and ask the children contribute. • Credit to my lecture for the majority of these ideas! I just took ideas I had been shown or heard classmates talk about and designed them on mini clipboards and added clipart so they could be accessible to the children too. • This pack comes with 23 cards in PDF format! •
I found wee tasks like these handy during placement as extensions when I was working with a target focus group. They also revealed a child’s understanding of the content of the book further. I thought by having a pack ready to go it would help me during my NQT year with timing and organisation. • I made this 4 category reading bundle pack for library book and guided reading tasks. I split the pack into 4 category’s which are: Charter work Setting work Word work Author work
In my opinion SPELLING TESTS are NOT an accurate measurement tool of every child’s progress. Although most schools have them as a policy I think it’s important to try and teach children that struggle with spellings (especially children with specific learning difficulties) that 10/10 in a spelling test does not make a student more worthy. • Often the traditional way of making children- rewrite spellings they got wrong underneath the test 5 times, is thought to be the correct way to ensure a child learns those spelling and although this might be true for some children, it is not helpful for children who present dyslexic traits. For these children, visual tasks and creativity work much better to highlight spelling patterns. • With these children in mind I created a “super spelling task resource” it has 12 unique ways to encourage children to pick one spelling they got wrong and do a very short task on it to allow them to master one of their words, instead of rewriting 5 words and not really learning any of them. Majority of the tasks I have made up myself but I found some online too!!
These task sheets are based on the AMAZING book"You’re A Star" by Poppy O’Neill. I plan on focusing on one page during circle time and then asking the children to complete the corresponding task sheet back at their desk with some mindful music playing. I got mines in “The Works” for £2.99 during my PGCE this year, here’s a link to it on amazon for just £3.00 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Youre-Star-Childs-Guide-Self-Esteem/dp/1786852357. I based my tasks on the activities in the book. About the book- "This practical guide combines proven cognitive-behavioural therapy methods used by child psychologists in schools with simple activities to help your child grow their self-esteem. It’s aimed at children aged 7–11 because a lot happens in these years that can impact a child’s sense of self-worth, not just now but for years to come. Your child will be guided, with the help of Bop – a friendly and supportive character they can identify with – through fun and engaging activities which are interspersed with useful tips, inspirational statements and practical information for parents."
A handy English resource inspired by @studyingwithmissh who got the idea from the amazing @miss.wiltshir3 and @missv_nqt accoutns so go check them out!!! Not my idea at all I just used the ladies work and changed the font and photos to fit my theme!! Loads of love xxx
CIRCLE TIME STARTER QUESTIONS!!! • During my placements, I found myself absolutely obsessed with having lessons on the carpet area. I found the engagement was much higher and it was less formal for the kids. • From that I also LOVED a bit of circle time as daily check-ins with the kids, I made these handy circle time starter questions which allow the children to make decisions and give the reasoning for their answers. These questions (although some are a bit crazy) I found the children really began to develop their talking skills when asked to give reasoning of their choices. These cards also will really let me get to know my class and will be a handy day fillers too! • I got the idea from my Key Stage 1 placement teacher and a document she had printed from Twinkl!!
Explore the Stone Age with this unit of work and lesson plans. Plans made when I was doing my PGCE in Primary Education.
Handy for daily folder organisation! Designed for some daily motivation for NQT teachers