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Planning and Teaching a Science Unit

Planning and Teaching a Science Unit

I love to teach science in primary school it is one of my favourite subjects, the kids get so excited and the learning happens in such a big obvious way.  I used to run in to problems with my science lessons however, I would have a topic for a term perhaps and plan out the lessons for that topic, but by midway through the topic would run out of steam. It always starts strong, a big exciting start to the lessons with an experiment maybe or examining something cool, but as the weeks go on the lessons become more routine...

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3 Ideas for Teaching a Materials Science Unit

3 Ideas for Teaching a Materials Science Unit

Teaching children about materials can lead to lots of fun lessons. Kids love performing experiments; and experiments on materials are some of the easiest to do in class. I have a complete unit of work in my store that has six different material lessons and can be found here.  If you want to give your kids a fun materials unit here are my favourite ideas: How materials are made: Make your own paper A great way to help children understand how different materials are made is to let them make some of their own. The best to start with is...

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Five fun and practical ways to teach kids the Ancient Egyptians

Five fun and practical ways to teach kids the Ancient Egyptians

The Ancient Egyptians are always such a fun topic to teach, as they are surrounded in mystery and interesting culture. In my store I have a big bundle of Ancient Egyptian lessons which take children through many different aspects of the Ancient Egyptian life. Apart from the written and text driven lessons Ancient Egyptians, really lends itself to practical and fun lessons!  Here are my favourite practical Ancient Egyptian lessons: Mummify toy animals  After teaching children about the mummification process, it can be a great idea to then practice on toy animals. The kids love the practical nature of the...

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Using Knowledge Round Up Boards

Using Knowledge Round Up Boards

  At the end of a topic or unit, it can sometimes feel as if it just ends abruptly, sometimes we get children to write a passage about all the things they have learnt. These aren't particularly exciting ways to finish a topic and display all the things the children have been studying.  That's why I have started to use Knowledge Round Up Boards. The idea is that the kids can display their new knowledge in a fun way that lets them be creative. I have used both large coloured poster boards and file folders folded like lap books, both work...

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Using Interactive Reward Tags

Using Interactive Reward Tags

Also called, Brag Tags, Achievement Cards and Award Tags, I love Reward Tags!

If you aren't using reward tags in your classroom, you are missing out. They are great motivators and are much better then constantly buying trinkets and prizes to reward your class. Children love to collect things and are eager to get the whole set! 

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