Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas is coming!

Well here we are! December has arrived! I am starting to really feel the Christmas spirit now. It might be cold and it might be dark, we might all be tired and the end of term is still over 2 weeks away... but at least there are lots of parties to look forward to!

So, perhaps against my better judgement, I have handed over the Christmas tree decorating this year; and this is what we ended up with.

It's fine... It has grown on me!

With all this Christmas spirit comes some new fab Christmas resources and some re-vamped old ones. Also just today and tomorrow my Store is on sale so grab yourself a December bargain!

Firstly the new products:

I know that this time of year it can some times be a struggle just to get through the day, but these sheets will help you to embrace the fun of the season while still getting some work out the excited kiddos!

I have also revamped my other Christmas products included my complete Silent Night Christmas Lesson, which teaches the children to use sign language to sign the classic Christmas Carol.

If you would like to explore these and my other Christmas click here!

I hope the start of December has been great for you all as well. it too early to start saying Merry Christmas?

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Complete Unit on Myths and Legends

So I have been playing around with videos again! I had such a lovely response from my last post on my Myths and Legends unit that I decided to turn it into a video :) I am quite pleased with it!
Taking no small inspiration from the wonderful Kayse Morris! Except her videos are much better than mine.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Myths and Legends

I have always enjoyed teaching the myths and legends topic with my class. It is such a fun topic and there are so many things you can do with it. After collecting together lots of fun lesson ideas over time I decided to create a complete myths and legends unit. I have had such good responses and feedback from the unit that I decided it would be nice to open the unit up and show my lovely blog people what is in my favourite product :)

I do like my products to be complete so the unit includes 20 full lesson plans each with a learning object and resources.

To allow the children to really engage with the myths there are three myth videos and the texts to go along with them. I believe that children need to look at the myths in different formats to really understand them and get a feel for the stories.

I am a great lover of anchor charts. I think they can be so useful and really get the children involved. So I have included anchor charts within the lessons. Most of the lessons have a PowerPoint to explain the learning objectives and keep the lesson on track.

For struggling writers, cloze sheets are useful, some of my class are not confident at all and feel that large writing projects are too much for them. Once they complete the cloze sheets and get a feel for the idea of the lesson, they often feel able to have a try and write their own versions.

Overall I am really pleased with my complete unit, if you feel like checking it out it is available here. If you would like to have a little taster of the unit download my myth features flipbook for free!

Friday, 11 November 2016

Five for Friday Linky! 11th November 2016

I'm back again to take part in doodlebugs linky party Five for Friday. Where I let you all know the  5 important things I have been up to this week.


Here are the five things I have been up to this week:

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Today is Remembrance Day or Veteran's Day as it is called in America. A day when we remember all the heroes who fought for our freedom and safety. I hope you all remembered your poppies today!

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Today is the last day for your chance to get £3 to spend in my shop! it is really easy to get you just go to this link and put in the promo code CHARLEEI-701 and you can spend!

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The weather has changed! I have to scrape the ice off the car and put the heating on, the winter coats are out and everyone is talking about snow! So here it comes winter is on its way!

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Very exciting news!!! Our little Ginger family has grown! My new twin nieces are here and I am so excited! They are so tiny and perfect and lovely!

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I have also finished and listed my new fossil lesson :) This is such a fun lesson. I enjoyed teaching it and I hope others will too!

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Have a Fabulous weekend everyone :)

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

And we lose another one....

I love the teaching profession. I believe it is such a unique and rewarding job, however it is not easy and sometimes it seems that the education system in this country is just trying to make it harder.

This is a very sad blog post as today another valuable teaching professional has decided it is just too much and feels forced to leave teaching completely. With permission he has agreed to let me post his detailed resignation letter here, maybe if there are enough teachers being this vocal about their reasons for leaving, something will change.

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The NUT works very hard to help teachers facing difficulties and I am proud to be a part of that. Please remember to sign up and get involved with your local division of the NUT let's try and improve conditions before we lose any more!

Dear Mr [redacted],

            Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation from my position at [redacted] with effect from 31/12/16 (end of the autumn term).  This has not been an easy decision to make and I have been wrestling with it for some time. I would like to take this opportunity to outline some of the factors that have led me to this conclusion.

            Over the sixteen years of my career it is true to say that I have sometimes found my view of education to be somewhat at odds with the prevailing wind of government policy.  I have always kept myself going with a deep belief in the principles of education, and the value I was able to bring to students’ lives, in spite of the worst excesses and stupidities handed down from the DfE.  However, over the last two years, I have had a growing realisation that I can no longer do this.  In fact, it sometimes feels like I am being actively prevented, by decisions made by people who have little or no educational knowledge, from affecting students’ lives positively.

            The sad fact is that, after a decade and a half, my skills, experience and professional judgement now count for nothing.  Target grades, which bear little or no relation to the abilities of the students, are imposed from on high; curricula and grade boundaries are subjected to the grossest political manipulation; our lessons are micromanaged to the point of sterility.  The end result is that I no longer teach English, I teach tests.  Indeed, it often feels like I no longer teach at all; I merely ‘deliver’ a curriculum, a curriculum that is so narrow, so tedious it defies comprehension.  At what point do I actually get the chance to enthuse a student with my subject?  At what point do students have the opportunity to engage with the subject without fear of assessment and grading?  The answer is never.

            On top of the fact that our education system has very little to with actual education (as opposed to training – they are very different; look them up) is the insane workload.  The never ending barrage of marking, planning, interventions, moderations, spreadsheets, DCPs, meetings, observations and appraisal is, quite frankly, horrifying.  All this is additional to the actual teaching of lessons.  When we inevitably fall behind we are deemed to be “falling below expected standards” and threatened with “support programmes” which do nothing but add to the workload.  We are constantly expected to do more, to a better standard, in less time, with fewer resources and for less money.  It is somewhat akin to telling Usain Bolt that, in order to be considered a success, he needs to reduce his world record time by half a second while adding ten metres to the track.  It is total madness.  The prospect of trying to maintain this level of ‘performance’ for another 20 years is appalling.

            Also appalling is student behaviour.  For many years I have resisted the common teacher’s complaint that students’ behaviour is getting worse but I am now forced to concede that it is true.  Why must I tolerate verbal abuse, threats of (and actual) physical assaults, blatant defiance and disrespect on a daily basis?  I am sick of having my carefully planned lessons destroyed by a concerted and deliberate refusal to engage with learning.  I am no longer prepared to put myself through this, day in, day out.  I am well aware that the worst offenders are in a minority, but it is a minority that is growing inexorably without any sign of being dealt with at any level.  A decade ago I might have expected one or two students in a class to cause issues.  This was manageable.  Now, though, it is four or five per group and nothing is being done. 


So, to sum up, (at the risk of indulging in cliché) I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.  There is no longer any aspect of the profession that I enjoy, or feel has any value, and this makes me incredibly sad; for the best part of my adult life I have been proud to be a teacher - but no longer.  Therefore, I have decided, for the sake of my health and sanity, to turn my efforts towards finding a new direction before I am completely burnt out. In the short term I may, perhaps, continue in the profession in a supply capacity, but my aim is to leave teaching for good.

I would like to thank you for the support you have given me in my time at the school, particularly in my role as NUT representative (the only area where I feel I am doing something worthwhile), and wish you, and the school, every success in the future.

Yours sincerely,

Adam Robinson

Cc: [redacted] – Chair of Governors

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Who Wants Free Stuff?!?

Well Hello!

I have some exciting news! If you would like £3 to spend on any resource in my shop Just head on over to enter the code CHARLEEI-701 and you will be given £3 to spend on any resources you like in my shop!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Let's Learn About Fossils

Fossils and rocks are so much fun to teach. When ever this topic comes around I love to get my kids to make their own fossils. We grab some clay and small toys and make our own fossils. Everyone loves it and it is such a great learning experience.

Aside from making the fossils we also go on rock hunts and examine and draw lots of different rocks and fossils.

To really get our teeth into our fossil unit my kids create information boards to show off all the information we have learnt.

These boards make great review tools and are fantastic for displays. I have to say fossils are definitely one of my favourite topics to teach!

My new fossils complete lesson is now available in my store and includes everything you might need for this fossils lesson such as:
- Full and detailed lesson plan
- Complete lesson PowerPoint
- Starter PowerPoint
- Fact sheet
- Information board foldable (with and without instructions)
- Discussion picture
- Example information board

I hope it's useful :)