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Easter Art Ideas

It has been a crazy few weeks in terms of holidays – Valentines Day, Mothers Day and St. Patricks Day were all very close together. Easter holidays are now looming and everyone is looking forward to a much deserved break.Here are some art ideas that could be used this week; Shaving Cream Eggs (This looks […]

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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 […]

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Promoting Listening Skills

Children need to have good listening skills to do well in primary school. However, some children find it very difficult to sit still and listen for any length of time. Here are some strategies to promote listening skills and help children focus when you or someone else is speaking. Be a good listener yourself – […]

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Visual Aids for Multiplication and Division

Multiplication and Division can be difficult for children to understand. Today I decided to make it as practical as possible. I gave the children a question; 28/4 = The children then counted out 28 cubes and shared these with 4 of the children (using the sheet below). They then answered the question (7). The children […]

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Teaching Division – Using Concrete Materials

From junior infants to second class children use concrete materials when learning new mathematical concepts. From 3rd upwards, children don’t get to use these materials as much. Maths should always be taught using; Concrete materials – pictorial  and finally abstract.  Here are some concrete materials that you can use.  I recently bought buttons and containers […]

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My love/hate affair with Ebay

I have a love/hate relationship with Ebay. There are so many fantastic products at half the cost of the shops. The only downside is that a lot of the products come from China and therefore shipping times can take up to 3 weeks.  I could happily spend hours looking at resources. Sometimes, I get caught […]

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Mothers Day Crafts

Mothers Day is just around the corner. This can be a difficult time for some children so remember to be sensitive. Some ideas- I just wrote a blog post about St. Patrick’s Day Shamrocks – there is also a heart version of this from Sugar Bee Crafts. I love you Mam because….This is a simple but […]

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St. Patricks Day- Paper Shamrocks

Saw this idea on Sugar Bee Crafts and had to try it out. It was very easy to do and I linked it with Length in Maths. It can be done in whatever colours you like – we choose green and orange. The children really enjoyed making them! MaterialsCard/ Good quality paperPaper guillotine/ ScissorsStapler and Staples(Ruler, […]

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Becoming a trained mentor for NQT’s

I completed my NQT year in 2012 and am well aware of the joys and stress of beginning life as an NQT. I was very lucky to have a NIPT trained mentor in my school who was a fantastic source of knowledge and always welcomed my questions and concerns with an open ear and an […]

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Teachers to provide After School Care?!?!

Driving to school this morning, I heard the governments new proposals about keeping schools open for an extra 2 hours to provide after school childcare. These after school facilities would enable children to complete their homework and then do another activity such as sport, music or drama. The after school care would be provided by […]

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