There is so much to cover in the literacy curriculum. Literacy plays a massive part in all other curricular areas too. Last year, I used literacy stations and found them very effective. The children loved the different stations and a lot of different areas were covered in a short amount of time.
So today is the last official day of the Christmas holidays. The thoughts of returning to school on Monday fill me with fear – while I love my job, I also love the holidays and alarm clocks, making lunches, commuting and working are not very appealing at the moment. So instead of planning/changing timetables I […]
I was asked to share what I bring in my school bag so I’m putting this quick post together. This is my bag – I bought it in Cath Kidston in Kildare Village last year and I love it. It is large enough to hold lots of bits and pieces and it has wheels so if […]
I was in Smyths today picking up a birthday present for a four year old when I came to the board games/puzzles area. I think board games are brilliant for the resource room for social skills (turn taking, winning and losing etc.) as well as language and communication and problem solving skills. It helps children […]
We returned to school last Monday – no children just meetings, classroom set up and handover of information. The children arrived on Tuesday and by Friday I was exhausted. Overall it was a successful week, we did a lot of setting up in the resource rooms, organising resources for the children we would be working […]
I had lots of different copies last year and by the end of the year there were a few that had very little in them. Literacy We call the copies ‘Personal Writing’ – which includes all the writing genres – stories, recounts, procedures, explanation as well as the childrens response to stories/poems etc. ‘Functional Writing’ which […]
This blogpost was written last year. I love using mini whiteboards in the classroom – I often use them for testing spellings/ irish spellings or phrases/ tables etc. I also use them to practice maths questions before the children work independently in their copies. Making mistakes on whiteboards is no big issue as they can […]
This is a powerpoint which I made and used on our first day last year. It was really useful as it covers all about the school, the teachers in our year group, some of the main procedures in the classroom, class rules, all about class dojo, important times during the day etc. You can download […]
This blog post was written last year when I was setting up my classroom for 3rd class. I spent some time at the beginning of the summer holidays and last Friday setting up my classroom. Its not perfect but I’m happy with the results so far.
This blogpost was written last year. So what do you do that first day? I’m going to break the day into 3 chunks – Morning, After Break, After lunch.