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Knowing the lingo

Whether you are thinking about becoming a teacher, an NQT or a more experienced teacher – the terminology and phrases change regularly. This is a brief blog post about different abbreviations and words that are associated with primary schools and teachers. In college; TP -Teaching PracticeSupervisor – person who supervises you when you are on […]

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Supporting children with selective mutism

This is a short blog post about supporting children with selective mutism. All children are different so these tips may work with some children and not with others. Selective mutism – what is it?It’s an anxiety disorder where children are unable to communicate effectively in certain social settings. Children with selective mutism may communicate really […]

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Feelings and Emotions

Children of all ages can find it difficult to express how they are feeling. They can’t put the right words on it. This simple activity looks at different feelings and emotions that children may feel during the school day or at home. Each child can create their own feelings wheel by following these simple steps; […]

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Times tables powerpoint

Times tables are so important for children to learn by heart. They help children to solve multiplication and division problems quickly. When children know their times tables well, they can solve word problems quickly. ¬†All children should be able to count in multiples of a given number and answer any tables questions by 5th/6th class. […]

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Supporting a child who is constantly shouting out

Over the next few blog posts, I plan on writing tips for supporting children with various special educational needs in mainstream classrooms. All children are different and what works with one child may not work with another. Every class has at least one child who always forgets to put up their hand, constantly shouts out […]

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A day in the life

Someone asked me yesterday how I manage to fit everything in. Heres a quick overview of my day: I usually get up at 6.15am and leave the house by 7/7.05am. I get to work by 8.10 at the latest and spend the next while organising myself for the day. At 8.35/8.40 I go and get […]

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Supporting a child with autism in the mainstream classroom

Over the next few blog posts, I plan on writing tips for supporting children with various special educational needs in mainstream classrooms. All children are different and what works with one child may not work with another. Visual timetable – It’s important for the child to know what is happening throughout the day. A break […]

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Learning Support and Resource – What’s the difference?

I’m sure a lot of people know the difference between each of these roles but when I was in college I thought they were pretty much the same thing, when I first started applying for jobs many jobs were advertised as learning support/resource. This is just a quick post to explain the difference between the […]

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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 […]

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Comprehension Quickies – Book review

Came across this book a while ago. It’s an American publication but is fantastic to develop comprehension skills. Children have to read a very short passage on a high interest topic and then answer 7-8 questions. It is designed for ‘struggling readers’ but I think it would be suitable for all children – you could […]

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