Monday, 5 October 2015

Talk for Writing

I'm going to start by saying that I am a huge fan of Pie Corbett. If you have never read or used his Talk for Writing methods, then get over to his page ( right now and don't come back until you have read the whole web site - all of it!

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I mean look at him! How could you not be a fan???

Pie Corbett’s approach to literacy is fantastic and I was lucky enough to work for a while in a school which fully embraced the T4W approach. However, word hasn’t completely got out yet, lots of schools are still not quite on board with his methods and I think this is a real shame (but I will talk more about that in another blog post).

The basic idea behind T4W is that children need to be able to say words before they can write them; they need to approach their writing knowing they can draw on internalised structures and rhythms. Having a bank of stories and pieces of writing to fall back makes writing so much easier for children to start their own work.

Before I worked as a teacher I had my daughter (still have her in fact!) and sometimes at the worst possible moment she would demand a story, and not just any story, I wasn’t allowed to tell her the three little pigs from memory, she wanted new stories she had never heard before and they usually had to include her name. I would always start the story in the same way. ‘Once upon a time…’ the stories I would have to make up on the spot and tell her were surprisingly similar to the stories I read and had read to me growing up, there was the 3 little Jessica’s and the big mummy, who tried to put them to bed but they hid in huts made of straw, sticks and stones, sound familiar? Or the story of the little, cute, Jessica who wandered through the park on her own to see her friend but on the way met a big bad school teacher (again before I was that big bad teacher). All these stories had lots of storytelling language and structures.

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Yes, I know my Photoshop skills are amazing!

I didn’t know it at the time but this way of story-telling is very important for children, they need to learn by heart these stories to later produce them on their own.

It is worrying when parents would rather give their child an iPad or let them watch TV than read to them but we as teachers can’t control this, we can control how much story telling children receive at school and that is important.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

It's finished!

I did it! I finally finished the unit of work I've been working on for over three months! I'm not sure why it has taken me this long to finish, life gets in the way I guess and also I have been working full time and creating other products but it is done! And here it is:
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This is my complete cross curricular unit of work on the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages!

It has 34 complete individual lessons covering things like, clothes, food, homes, hunting and art. Plus loads more. It hits all the NC requirements, with a big emphasis on historical enquiry. I'm really proud of it. (cue more, pictures)

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If you want a look it is in my TPT store here and my TES store here.

Hmmmm I wonder what I should do now...... maybe the washing up.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Behaviour systems

As teachers I'm sure we have all come across challenging pupils. There are of course lots of systems available to teachers, rewards and positive reinforcement. Unfortunately we also need sanctions for children who do not behave appropriately. This can be where it gets tricky and I don't know about you but sometimes I wish I were like Miss Trunchbull with the chocky! In the spirit of positive behaviour management today I am reminding myself that things aren't too bad and if I have a positive outlook positive things will happen..... failing that it's only 3 weeks to half term!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

And finally...... My new classroom

Well bits of it!

So I finally got around to getting the pictures of my classroom from my phone and most of them are too blurry :(

But there are a few nice ones so here is my Bee classroom in action! 

Monday, 31 August 2015

There is a blog post coming...

There is a blog post on my brand new classroom coming, I promise.

I just haven't gotten around to taking the 'after' pictures yet!

So while we wait:

Monday, 24 August 2015

Don't panic! Don't panic..... I think I'm panicking

AARRGGGHHH Here comes the panic!

There are 4 working days left until school starts!!! FOUR! Where did the summer go? My classroom is still in chaos my plans don’t make any sense and I have no idea where I saved / left all the fantastic ideas and creations I made for my class….
I'm sure I was more organised last year, maybe I wasn't and it all worked out alright in the end.

Don't Panic! HILARE !!

It will be fine, listen to squirrel, breath, four days is still a long time. Isn’t it? ISN'T IT????

Monday, 17 August 2015

Nooooooooo!! Summer just started!

So it is mid August and I guess I need to start the back to school preparations.

It's just...... I don't want to!

I'm in holiday mode now, I can't think about organising my classroom and planning lessons and just being back into it all.

To help make it a little easier I have diarised in 3 days to go into school and prep the room. I have got my list all ready with EVERYTHING I could possibly need to do (available at my TPT store here) and I am working up to it!

I know all the things I need to get done, just, well, maybe I won't start today.....

Today we will have a look at videos of cute animals, being lazy, instead.