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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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Restorative justice

Restorative justice is a fantastic way to resolve conflicts with respect, responsibility and discussion. How often do you spend ‘fixing’ problems between children during the day/ after lunch?Restorative justice is a practice that enhances relationships between children and staff. When children are upset/angry about something that has happened either in class or on yard, the […]

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School Tour

School tours are great fun but can be very daunting for new and even more experienced teachers. These tips will help make the trip less stressful. Find a place- usually tours are linked to the curriculum. There’s lots of options throughout the country from farms to galleries and museums to adventure parks. (Check price and […]

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Time saving tips

Sometimes I wonder if it would be possible to invent time. Unfortunately I have yet to come up with a way. These tips are to help you save time during the day. Corrections 1. If the children are old enough or if the task is simply right or wrong let them correct their own work […]

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Displays

Most classrooms have at least 3/4 noticeboards. This is a quick post about how to make useful displays and what to include on them.  Fade proof paper – this is very effective and costs about 7 euro a roll. Get another adult to help you to measure and cut it then staple it down (open […]

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Valentines Day Crafts

This is from Activity Village Theres thousands of fantastic ideas for Valentines crafts and activities online but instead of trawling countless websites I’ve decided to put a few links and ideas I have used that work well together in a blog post. My all time favourite is ‘A Little Box of Love’ This is a […]

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