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The Best Thing I’ve Done with my Year 2 Class?

Poetry. Without a doubt. Particularly involving this utter piece of poetry gold: Everday after lunch, after I do the register, we spend a few minutes reading some poems. And the children LOVE IT! I say the first line of a … Continue reading

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Idea 223: Reading Comprehension ‘Twisted’ Father Christmas Lesson with FREE Resources

This lesson is aimed at dealing with a problem I’ve encountered when teaching reading comprehension: when reading a piece of text about something they have encountered before, many of the children tend to use their pre-existing knowledge to answer questions … Continue reading

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Idea 221: Find a New Friend Day

This is a nice way to encourage pupils to make new friends outside of their normal social circle. I’ve now made Fridays my Find a New Friend Day. We discussed the kinds of things we could say such as ‘Could … Continue reading

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Idea 209: End-of-Day Routine ‘Draw What You’ve Learned’

I was reflecting on my routines in the classroom and thought there had to be a way to get the children ready to go home in a better manner. All of my class piling into our small(ish) cloakroom at once … Continue reading

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Idea 205: Quiz Quiz Trade Differentiation Top Tip

Previously (Idea 184) I mentioned the Kagan structure called ‘Quiz-Quiz-Trade’, where children walk around quizzing each other with cards that have a question on one side and the answer on the other. For an observation I had, I went ahead … Continue reading

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Idea 204: Encouraging Children To Listen with Kagan ‘Timed Pair Share’ Structure

How I previously used ‘talk partners’ in a lesson: “Do you think a car is alive? Discuss with your talk partner what you think and why.” After perhaps a minute, I would signal for everyone’s attention and then randomly-select a … Continue reading

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Idea 201: The ‘2 Minute Check’, Simple Idea to Encourage Children to Start Writing Immediately

This is a simple idea to motivate your children to start writing immediately, mentioned to me by a colleague just the other day (hi Dave!). Once you are ready for your class to go off and begin writing, tell the … Continue reading

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Idea 183: Superb Way to Teach Expanded Noun Phrases

Expanded noun phrases are quite a dry-sounding topic by nature, but don’t despair as there IS a fun way to teach them! My fiancee suggested the following activity, which I tried in my class when I was being observed and … Continue reading

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Idea 181: ‘Chilli Challenge’ Differentiation Approach

This is an approach to differentiated tasks or success criteria that was mentioned at a tutorial I attended, and which I then used in my class. The general concept is that you create either tasks or success criteria that get … Continue reading

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Idea 173: ‘Number Friends’ Clapping Mathematics Game

An easy way to practise number bonds. The teacher starts a rhythmic clapping and says a number. The class must respond with the corresponding number that makes a number bond to 10 or 20 or whatever the teacher wants to … Continue reading

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