Vocabulary is important in all subjects. Being able to recall and deploy key words correctly can earn valuable marks in an exam. It can also illustrate a deeper understanding of a topic by being specific. However, embedding relevant vocabulary and linking factors can prove a tall order for students facing time limits in an exam. I believe the key is to practice using the language as much as possible. That's where WORDSPLATTING comes in! This quick and easy activity can pr
Classroom displays are great things. They brighten up the room and can cheer up the most miserable of walls, but the best ones are useful. Ever since my NQT year many moons ago when I was given my first classroom all to myself I have tried use the walls, windows and, in one very interesting year, the ceiling... I have nothing but admiration for the 'Pinterest-Ready' teachers, theming their classes every year. This teacher's dedication to his Harry Potter plan was astounding!
In the fifteen years that I have been teaching I have been involved in many school trips and I believe they are one of the most significant things we can do for our students. They can have a long-lasting impact. My Grandad would tell me at great length all about his school trip Norway in an old Merchant Navy ship and his visit to Italy to see Herculeanum and Pompeii by bus in 1938. When he was in his 90s the images and events he described were as clear as day. They opened hi
I have put off writing this post until today. I wanted to wait until the Year 11 exam results were in before I tempted fate if I'm honest. But thankfully results day was yesterday and I haven't received any queries or concerns so I think I may have survived my first season as exams officer... I was asked to step up and be named exams officer a few weeks before they all started. As a senior teacher in an alternative provision it makes sense that it'd be me who does this job.