Let’s get topical!

10 04 2017

IMG_6712.PNGAnothet great feature of twinkl that I love are their topic packs and writing borders.. so when we decide we want to learn about being blind… I can pop onto twinkl and print lines/plain borders to make their writing look fab! Now I could do this myself… but to be honest, twinkl is so much faster and looks better too! This year I’ve used quite a few, including this fab one on Louis Braille. What made it even better was the choice- so I could print lines borders for some and differentiated  factfiles for others, so children could choose heir level of challenge (within boundaries!)



6 04 2017

IMG_6687Another fab resource that my class loved that I loved too are the Royals Dahl Challenge cards for yr 1 and 2… perfect for my P2 class. Again we had these around the class (although not quite so well hidden!) and we worked out the answers. Once this had happened, I then gave them one between 2 and asked them to work out the answer and prove it! This was harder for them, not all children could explain why. (Well not straight away!) after a few carefully chosen problems, they could though. Yay!

Games Galore

5 04 2017

IMG_6641Twinkl is so full of games my laminator sometimes never stops! One of the favourite ones this term was the subtraction pelmanism. I made 8 sets, all with different tape on so they are easy to pair. I love this game as it self differentiates by speed and by the way it is played too. Match together. Pelmanism alone, then play game with a Partner. Finally, for the hardcore… snap! 4 games in 1 developing speed and mastery!

Maths mania!

5 04 2017

The next resources are maths. I love twinkl for maths as I can dip in and out of different years and curriculum to get exactly what i want. 

First are these problem solving cards. I popped them around the room (hidden well) and sent my class to find them and answer them. I chose these for a few reasons

1) It was the end of term, we needed consolidation, after a few weeks learning strategies and applying them, how would they respond to these?

2) By positioning myself in one spot, i can watch everyone attempt a patricular problem, aiding as much as necessary. Assessment in action. Extention where required, revision if needed. 

3) its the end of term, we need active learning and fun! By hiding them all over the classroom (think under desks, behind whiteboards etc) we all had fun. We got up and hunted! If we found one way too tricky, we put a spot bext to it and carried on. 

4) Lastly, I had no marking. The children who finished used the QR codes on the ipad to mark their own. We then looked at ones they had got wrong, worked out why and they tried again. 

Mindfulness or motor control skills?

5 04 2017

IMG_6635.JPGOne series I can’t do without are the mindfulness colouring sheets. At the start of  the year all children were given one sheet which when completed made this beautiful sign. By double laminating, it’s still going strong! Billed as mindfulness, I take the opportunity to assess their fine motor control skills, pencil grip and attitude towards word. I’ve used some of the mindful quotes to decorate my wall and others as fast finisher choice activities.

Role play

4 04 2017

Next I have to thank twinkl for my role play area. We don’t have lots of room for this but I like the children having a voice… (despite some random choices) this term they chose a vets… this is what it looked like just before dismantling earlier!IMG_6636.JPG

Top ten twinkl resources this term

4 04 2017

So the tidying has started and the memories flooding back! So what have I found most useful this term… (in order of tidying!!)IMG_6637

1) spring bar graph sheet.

my 6/7 year olds were pretty good at data handling back in september… but would they remember? I popped this sheet on their desk for when they entered the classroom in the morning. They know they have to ‘work out what to do’… I used the sheet to ascertain where they were – ready for my teaching input. I could see errors (like the one above) and teach those points saving too much unnecessary teaching on the carpet… 😁