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Teaching Science at Christmas

Teaching Science at Christmas

Some of us only have one week left of school! Some poor souls have over 2 weeks left! How ever long you have before the Christmas break it is worth remembering that there are still ways to encourage useful and deep learning, even when all the kids can think about is Santa! Structured lessons can be really hard at Christmas time, but there are some ways to use the children's enthusiasm to keep learning on track. Science in particular is a great subject on which to put a Christmas spin! Here are some of my favourite ways to teach science...

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Teaching Children About the Romans

Teaching Children About the Romans
Great ideas for teaching primary age children about the Romans and the Roman Empire

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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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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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