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Fun Multiplication Activities

Fun Multiplication Activities

Teachers know that children need multiplication facts to be learnt by heart, it makes things so much easier for them in later lessons but some times it is a real struggle to get those facts in!  Here are some fun ways to get children to remember their times tables Use songs Teaching times tables to a rhyme is a great way to get kids to remember, they will start by going through the whole table to find the answer but eventually they will learn them individually. Table games Having children quiz each other or working together as team against other...

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Teaching About Sharks

Teaching About Sharks

All the kids I teach get excited about sharks, I think it is the mystery, the danger and the beauty of them. Some kids I teach have amazing abilities to remember shark facts (but can't remember their PE kits! Just saying). When it comes to teaching them about these fantastic animals, I like to keep the excitement going!  I start with a fun lesson on the different habits and types of sharks, usually including a video or two to keep the momentum going. Then if we have time I will run  a quiz maybe or get them to take part...

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Bringing Christmas in to your classroom

Bringing Christmas in to your classroom

I know it's only September, but it is flying past and as the weather turns colder and the days start to get shorter Christmas season is beginning to feel close!  I love the festive season, I love the chance to decorate the rooms and the excitement that just radiates from the children.  Setting up a Santa's workshop in your class is so much fun!  Give the children opportunities to write naughty and nice lists, be elves of the day and start a Christmas count down.  Wrap boxes, hang tinsel and streamers. Make it an exciting place to be!   Role...

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Different types of rewards

Different types of rewards

Recently I have been taking a lot of interest in the different ways we reward our students.  When I first started teaching I would spend my time and money buying my class small gifts as rewards for their behaviour or achievements. While I was happy to do this, it wasn't really ideal and didn't always have the effects I desired.  Recently I have been looking a great deal at other ways to reward children without spending all my time and money buying them gifts.  This led me to discovering brag tags, I have discussed these recently and I love them!...

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Teaching Children About Environmental Issues

Teaching Children About Environmental Issues

Conservation is a very real issue in the world and a subject which is frequently in the news. Children need to be taught about the dangers facing our planet and it needs to be in a delicate and real way.  The duty to teach this thorny subject often falls to teachers and it can be tricky.  While we want children to understand the dangers and the trouble that the world is facing, we also don't want to scare them with graphic descriptions and details about dead animals!  Crafting such a delicate lesson takes a lot of thinking about. Some of the...

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