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

You’ve made it through the first half of term.  You’ve had your first Parents’ Evening, submitted your first set of data and survived several observations (at least!)  It’s only a few weeks until the Christmas holidays, and it dangles in front of you – so near but yet so far!  You feel utterly exhausted, wrung out and ready to drop – but there is still a few weeks to go – and they are some… View Post

One of the biggest worries for new teachers, and even for some experienced teachers, is the arranging of educational visits.  There are so many instances reported in the news of educational visits that go tragically wrong and this can, understandably, make teachers feel concerned about taking children out of school.  However, it’s important to be aware that not only are these instances few and far between, but the very act of taking children on educational… View Post