Book Review: Sally Go Round the Stars

by admin on 25/10/2014

Sally Go Round the StarsSally Go Round the Stars is an eyecatching book. My initial impression was formed by the wonderful graphics and illustrations. While they illustrate the poems, they also draw your imagination in to create a scene behind and around the characters. It encourages you to develop a narrative around the characters and the text.

As the saying goes “a picture paints a thousand words” and a couple that come to mind are “There was an Old Woman” which very cleverly shows the contents of her stomach, there is also” Skinny Malink” and “Little Miss Muffet”. “Incy Wincy Spider” cleverly illustrates a complex maze of pipes for the poor spider to climb! [click to continue…]

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Peg Subtraction 02

by admin on 23/10/2014

Peg Subtraction 02This resource is aimed at pupils in junior/middle classes or SEN pupils at the beginning of work on subtraction of tens and units. It is based on subtraction without regrouping – units are subtracted from tens & units up to 19. Laminate all of the pages in the resource and cut up into fifty-four separate cards. Pupils should work out the sum on the left side of each card and place a clothes peg on the correct answer on the right of the card. The tens are coloured black and the units red to assist with the subtraction. [click to continue…]

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Peg Subtraction 01

by admin on 23/10/2014

Peg Subtraction 01This resource is aimed at pupils in junior classes or SEN pupils at the beginning of work on subtraction. It is based on subtraction of numbers less than ten. Laminate all of the pages in the resource and cut up into sixty-five separate cards. Pupils should work out the sum on the left side of each card and place a clothes peg on the correct answer on the right of the card. [click to continue…]

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Movie Reviews

by admin on 23/10/2014

Movie ReviewsThis resource is made up of promotional posters for nineteen fictional movies. The resource can be used in lots of different ways. Pupils could be asked to give an oral presentation outlining the plot in the movie. They could be asked to do a written movie review detailing the characters, plot, setting and movie ending. Either of these activities could be done as individuals, in pair or group work. [click to continue…]

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Storybox 01

by admin on 23/10/2014

Storybox 01Story Box is initially an oral language activity that can, if desired, also be used as a written activity. The resource is divided up into seven sections, colour-coded for ease of use:
1. Who?
2. Where?
3. Where Next? [click to continue…]

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Guest Post: Revised Sick Leave Arrangements

October 20, 2014

On 1st September 2014 a revised sick leave scheme came in to effect for teachers. The Department of Education and Skills (DES) issued Circular 59/2014 which outlines teachers’ sick leave entitlements. There are a number of significant changes in the revised sick leave scheme compared to the previous scheme.

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Eco Detectives Website

October 18, 2014

Eco Detectives is an interactive education portal designed to introduce primary school pupils to the issues of Climate Change and the Environment. Firmly embedded in curriculum learning objectives, the website aims to provide pupils with valuable knowledge and skills and the ability to think critically about their own actions within their community. The website was […]

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Guest Post: Service Your Laptop

October 18, 2014

Servicing a laptop may seem a daunting task and beyond the reach of most people. However, Hassan Dabbagh has put together these tips for servicing a laptop for the novice: 1) Power up laptop.

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FÍS Film Project

October 17, 2014

The FÍS Film Project is currently thriving in Irish primary schools. The project encourages children to explore the medium of film and develops essential skills in moving-image literacy, communication, teamwork, visual arts and numeracy in addition to a creating an engaging approach to the curriculum.

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Hallowe’en Cutting 02

October 16, 2014

Getting younger pupils used to handling a scissors and cutting lines or patterns is a useful activity for fine motor skills. Pupils with special educational needs may also need some extra practice with this activity. This seasonal resource requires pupils to cut out the Hallowe’en-themed images and stick them into a copy. (.pdf file 771 […]

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Hallowe’en Cutting 01

October 12, 2014

Getting younger pupils used to handling a scissors and cutting lines or patterns is a useful activity for fine motor skills. Pupils with special educational needs may also need some extra practice with this activity. This seasonal resource requires pupils to cut out the Hallowe’en-themed images and stick them into a copy.

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Which Is the Biggest/Smallest? 01

October 12, 2014

This resource is aimed at pupils in junior classes or pupils with speech and language difficulties. Its aim is to encourage oral language, especially sentence structure. The focus is also on the concept of biggest/smallest. The teacher can start with the question at the top of each card: “Which IS The Biggest? / Which IS […]

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Number Puzzle 07

October 12, 2014

This resource is aimed at pupils in middle/senior classes or SEN pupils who are working on fractions. It is based on quarters, eighths and halves. The resource features images on a dog theme. Laminate all of the pages in the resource and cut each one up into eight separate strips. Laminate another piece of A4 card.

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Peg Addition 02

October 12, 2014

This resource is aimed at pupils in middle classes or SEN pupils at the beginning of work on addition of tens and units. It is based on addition without regrouping – units are added to tens & units up to an answer of 19. Laminate all of the pages in the resource and cut up […]

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Signs of Autumn 2014 Twitter Project Review

October 11, 2014

The Signs of Autumn 2014 Twitter Project took place last week and many schools across the country took part. There were also contributions from a school in Canada and another in Australia. Because it is spring in Australia, it was interesting to compare the seasons in different parts of the world. 83 schools and teachers took part […]

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