Procedural Writing – A Love Potion

Valentines Day is next Sunday so I decided to link my procedural writing for February with the theme of love. We covered procedural writing last October and the children loved creating spells to turn me into a toad.

Reading Groups

I’ve received a number of messages asking how I set up reading groups in my classroom so here is a quick overview. I have divided my class into four groups based on ability (I based this on teacher observation and the children are aware that the groups are not fixed – I call children by […]

Using Balls to support maths, language and social skills

I have a collection of 4 balls in my room which I use for a variety of games and to develop different skills.  I mainly use this ball for developing gross motor skills – it is very big and bouncy so it’s great for throwing and catching or bouncing and catching  with a partner. It […]

School Tour – Recount Template

Yesterday we went on our school tour! It was a very busy day and the children had a great time. To settle back into work this morning, I created a ‘My School Tour’ planning page for recount writing. It is divided into 7 boxes Where did you go? How did you get there? How long did […]

Oral Language Activity – And then…

I use this simple strategy to develop oral language skills and encourage children to use their imagination. Children work in groups of 4/5 to create a story. Child 1 starts with a simple sentence; Once upon a time two boys and their dog were walking in the woods and then… Child 2; The dog ran […]

Poetry in Primary School

Poetry is a fun way for children to use language. In younger classes – the emphasis is on rhymes, riddles, nursery rhymes and jingles. There is a huge amount that can be done with poetry from recitation, responding by discussion, art, writing, making their own poems. Starting a poetry lesson (responding and reciting) Reading the […]

Reluctant writers

Reluctant writers are children who struggle to get their ideas onto paper. There are many reasons why children are reluctant writers- writing takes too long and the child has to think of so many different things just to write one sentence (they need to form the sentence correctly, start with a capital, form each letter […]

Reading with fluency and expression

Reading is an essential skill for everyone. By the end of 1st class most children should be able to recognise the majority of Dolch Word lists (download here) and read short stories, retell them and answer questions based on the story. A key skill which a lot of children need to practice is expression. Often a […]


Spelling is something that nearly every primary school child does on a daily basis with a weekly test on a Friday. Many schools follow the Prim- Ed; My Spelling Workbook where children complete around 20 spellings a week along with activities from crosswords to wordsearches, anagram puzzles and completing sentences. I have noticed however that […]