Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Jack and The Beanstalk


With the topic title ‘Petals and Pots’ we have been looking at planting and growing this term. Naturally we have explored the Jack and the Beanstalk story.

If you are looking for Jack and the Beanstalk display ideas, look no further!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Interactive Date Board

Please feel free to download and use this interactive SMARTboard date board.

Features include date board

  • days of the week
  • numbers of the month
  • months of the year
  • weather
  • temperature
  • seasons

It does not include years but you could add that in yourself if that’s important. I didn’t have a space for it when making it.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Numicon Bingo

No Longer Illusive!

I have Googled and Googled and not managed to find Numicon Bingo, so here it is.


I know a lot of us are using this fantastically practical and visual resource. With a focus on moving the children on and raising their expectations, this Numicon bingo focuses on teen numbers to 30. I only stopped at 30 as it was taking me so long to make the bingo!

There are 16 bingo cards (target groups, mixed ability pairs) and the corresponding calling cards.


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Days of the Week

A Good Website

I have recently found this website, it’s quite good and fun and interactive for the children teaching them about days of the week.

dotw copy

Children can work through it independently or on the interactive whiteboard. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014


Children Use Everyday Language

These words are so ambiguous! Do they want us to talk about volume? Is it as simple as full and empty? Do they want use to ask the children to say which has the larger capacity?

Obviously, water play in the summer is a fantastic time to cover capacity, but to what extent?

I have been doing a few Google searches and I’ve found a few worksheets. I’m not a fan of worksheets but I think they do have their place in independent work, to allow children to consolidate their learning.


We tend to save the capacity topic until the summer as it’s best done in the water tray and it’s rather cold to play in water in the colder months.

In the Development Matters, in Positive Relationships: what adults can do it says, ‘use descriptive words like ‘big’ and ‘little’ in everyday play situations and through books and stories. Be consistent in your use of vocabulary for weight and mass.’

It is important to use words like ‘full’ and ‘empty’ when explaining capacity and ask questions like ‘which container holds more/less water?’

The children really enjoy learning in the water and it’s a fantastic environment to hear some wonderful language. Children may also talk about objects sinking and floating, a wonderful opportunity to compare objects and capture some magic moments!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Blending Cards

Phoneme Blocks with Phase 2 and Phase 3 Words

Just a quick post to share the resources I madeph2ph3blend for my Phonics intervention groups. These are resources I’m intending to use for the whole cohort in the Autumn group, for the lower attaining group in the Spring group and intervention groups in Summer.

To download these blending cards (all 52 pages) click here.

The blocks are made into phoneme blocks, not letter blocks, ie ch-i-ps and t-ur-n-i-p so where there are any diagraphs they’re to be written in the same box.

More resources coming soon!

Thursday, 10 April 2014


‘Happy’ and ‘Sad’ Aren’t the Only Words!

My favourite way of teaching adjectives to Reception aged children is through the game, Guess Who. But you can also make your own guess who game using pictures from the internet.

I use a home made guess who game when talking about bugs. There are bugs with stripes, six legs, eight legs, wings, no legs, thin bodies, fat bodies, there are many ways to describe and identify different bugs.

This would also work well with aliens.