The Ginger Teacher

Adventuring Into Escape Rooms

Adventuring Into Escape Rooms

I've always wanted to try escape rooms in the classroom. They seem like such fun, I think learning while having fun is the best way!  The reason I have been reluctant to try escape rooms is, they seem so complicated. The set up, the execution and the marking all seemed like crazy amounts of work and energy.  The thought of locks and keys and boxes all seemed a little overwhelming, this was really putting me off. Then I realised I didn't really need all that. I could start small just use puzzles to solve and codes to crack. If I...

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Five ways to bring video into your classroom

Five ways to bring video into your classroom

Video is such an underrated classroom tool. Sure we put on the odd science video and the end of term class treat DVD, but video in the classroom is very under used!  There are so many ways to use video in class, here are my five favourites: Record the learning Kids love seeing themselves on video, recording then watching back their learning is not only fun but also reinforces the concepts learnt. Record parts of the lesson as news report, a documentary or have the children show off finished projects Send messages home A fun twist on notes home to parents,...

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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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Five Ways to Celebrate the End of School Year

Five Ways to Celebrate the End of School Year

  Once Easter is out of the way, the summer term is here and the end of the school year is just around the corner! Teachers and kids are all excited that the summer holidays are coming so it can be a lot of fun to celebrate with some unusual end of school year activities. Here are my top five end of school year celebration ideas. Let me know your favourite ways to round up the year!  Class Olympic Games Having a competition with your class can be great fun, but it is even more exciting if you include many...

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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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