Just Grammar – A review

Just Grammar is a new grammar book from Educate.ie. There is a book for 1st – 6th class. One grammar topic is covered each week with a learning outcome at the bottom of each page which is very handy for planning. The books are appealing and child friendly while also full of activities to ensure […]

Timeline of Me

A nice activity for the start of the year/tie in with History (My Family). Children fill in key events in their life e.g. born, 1st birthday, when new brother/sister was born, holiday, starting school, winning a medal, etc.  

History; Interview parents/grandparents

I linked this homework activity to the strand unit – Family. The objectives are for children to; explore aspects of personal family history examine changes and continuity in the lives of grandparents and parents collect and use a range of simple historical evidence Children bring the questions home and ask their parents 3 questions based […]

The Perfect Page

This is a really important procedure to teach at the beginning of the year. Teaching children how to layout their copy – both writing and maths is very important. By setting the expectation from the beginning children know what is expected. For the perfect page – I use a spare copy and have 1 sheet […]

Classroom Management Strategies for 3rd/4th Class

Here are some of the strategies I use for classroom management which you might find useful. Clap my rhythm Teacher claps a rhythm and children clap it back. For example Ta Ta TiTi Ta Ta Ta Ta Ta TiTi Titi Ta Ta Ta TiTi TiTi Ta TiTi TiTi TiTi Ta This ties in with the […]

My Termly Plans (3rd class)

I was looking through files on my computer this morning when I came across my DIP plans for 5th Class – my first set of mainstream class plans. I still vividly remember writing them – tearing my hair out wondering if they would be good enough for the inspector (who was known to be very particular […]