Category Archives: English

Idea 248: SPaG Lesson on Capital Letters, FREE 4-way Differentiated Worksheets

These resources are great for a standalone ‘review’ lesson to reinforce the need to ABC: ‘Always Be Checking’! It seems that right the way through primary school, even the most capable of writers will continue to forget to put in … Continue reading

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Idea 246: Fun ‘Word Type’ Poetry Activity with FREE Downloadable Worksheet

This is a lesson I did based on a Pie Corbett idea. We’d already introduced nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs to the children but I felt they could use a lesson where they got to practise their knowledge. In this … Continue reading

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Idea 245: Self-Checking Differentiated Conjunctions Challenge Sheets

Whenever I teach a Maths or Grammar lesson I like the children to receive any corrective feedback there and then, rather than perhaps going and making a mistake repeatedly and not finding out about it until the next lesson. To … Continue reading

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Idea 244: Adverbs with ‘ly’ suffix challenge sheet

I taught a lesson introducing adverbs and began by focussing on adverbs with the ‘ly’ suffix, such as ‘gently’ or ‘slowly’, as this is one of the suffixes children are supposed to be using in Year 2. My lesson outline … Continue reading

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Idea 243: Pupil-Led Underlined Spelling Check

When doing extended writing with my Year 2 class, I felt I was getting a bit of a queue forming of children stopping their first-draft writing mid-sentence to come and ask me how to spell a word. By the time … Continue reading

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Idea 242: BRILLIANT Free Online Handwriting Tool

This is one of those things that some people seem to have been using for ages but that I’ve only just discovered! This is an interactive online resource which records the handwriting that you input and then plays it back … Continue reading

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(FREE Resource) Exit Slips

I’ve written previously about exit slips and how useful I’ve found them. Essentially they are almost like a mini-quiz you give at the end of a lesson, which children all do independently. I’ve found the benefits of exit slips include: … Continue reading

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Idea 233: ‘Improving Pairs’ and ‘Learning Lines’

A useful activity requiring no resources and little time that you can throw into any lesson to have children think about their learning and progress. The kind of activity that, if you have your children trained in advance, will look … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Ideas for an NQT or RQT in Key Stage One

  Below are 10 ideas that I’ve found have been really effective in my class this year. Every class and every teacher is different, but I hope you might find one or two of these ideas inspire you a bit! … Continue reading

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Idea 228: Teaching Exam Technique With ‘Spoof’ Test Marking

I wanted to familiarise my class with the format of an upcoming test and the type of exam skills needed to complete it. The most obvious way to do that is to simply give the children a test to complete. … Continue reading

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