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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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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 […]

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Wonder Wall

(Ideas School Network) Children are full of questions unfortunately there’s not enough hours in the day to get through them all. Therefore I create a wonder wall. If a child has a question he/she gets a piece of paper (already cut out- coloured- makes for a better display). They write their question on a piece […]

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St. Patricks Day Activities

Today is the 1st of March – only 2 weeks to St. Patrick’s Day! This is a quick blogpost with ideas for activities in the lead up to it. 1. Leprechauns (Suitable for all ages – can be adapted depending on your class)Create your own leprechaun (art – drawing and english – writing) Draw him/her […]

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Board Games for Learning Tables

I’m always looking for fun ways to help children to learn their tables. Tables are essential for many math concepts. I have created board games- one for each times table. They can be used in pairs. Simply print and laminate a set of them. You can download them here (only €2!) Rules Children can get a set […]

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