As regular readers will know, we are all about the books here at The Newby Tribe.  One of the biggest things that upset me when the children came home was the lack of exposure they had been given to books of any type. They didn’t know any nursery rhymes, didn’t have a favourite book or character, and hadn’t been read any bedtime stories.  To say it broke my heart is an understatement. So from the… View Post

One of the biggest issues I found when I was teaching Key Stage 2 children, was that they have a tendency to use a lot of repetition in their word choices.  I, along with numerous other teachers, have spent many an hour creating resources to encourage children to make more interesting word choices, often to no avail.  The problem really is that, no matter how many words we give the children, unless they understand the… View Post

One of the biggest challenges facing teachers today, and it hasn’t changed in the 10 years that I have been a teacher, is finding high quality resources which support children’s learning in a way which is not onerous to the teacher and are easy for children to use.  There is no area that this is hardest to come across than writing.  Writing is, and always will be, one of the most difficult areas to teach,… View Post

Not surprisingly at the moment, the STA are releasing a lot of information about the upcoming tests in the Summer months, all of which can be very helpful.  Recently, they released a one stop shop page with all the information and resources about the tests which is a great place to start, especially if you are a new to Year 2 or Year 6 teacher.  Today they have released the 2018 writing moderation materials which… View Post

Today I’m delighted to be featuring a guest post by Annabelle Fee who is part of the Content and Community team over at SmileTutor.  Having taught for over 10 years, I know that it’s important to find ways to motivate your child to learn but it’s not always that easy.  So when Annabelle suggested she write a guest post around motivation, I was absolutely delighted!  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I… View Post