It’s always great to look back at the year with the pupils and really appreciate and celebrate their achievements! Although some pupils feel that they have struggled every pupil has achieved so much along the way and this needs to be acknowledged!
I gave out some cute bubbles to all the pupils in my class for ‘blowing me away’, with their hard work this year!
I also used twinkl resources to award all children with something they have done well this year. From always bringing a bright smile to school, to being a super scientist there was a certificate that fit every child!
It could be one to bookmark for next year.
What great way to start the half term with a trip to the SEASIDE! This really helped to kick start our seaside theme, the children were amazed and loved seeing the clear blue sea, the soft sand and the seagulls of course!
It may seem surprising but to many children in my class this was there first ever experience of the seaside. This is what certainly made the exhaustion of the trip worthwhile!
After an amazing trip the learning of Geography and some aspects of History have been transferred within the classroom. The use of twinkl resources have really helped to support the vocabulary links of the seaside. I created an ice cream shop in the classroom to introduce coins and money. I also used real ice cream cones and twinkl’s key words to reinforce reading and language.
Twinkls resources for this was amazing! The pictures and text for the seaside range is both appropriate and accessible for all learners. But certainly as a teacher balancing the children’s development in year 1 and supporting the National Curriculum, the WORK LOAD of the resources are certainly worthwhile!
The children also found a crab at the seaside. They were full of fascination and questions too. As a follow up activity I have found a great crab paper plate craft on twinkl too!
I like the way it comes with instructions which reinforces children’s independence to read for purpose in order to make it.
Take a look or download it here:
Twinkl Crab Craft
I am looking forward to carrying out this activity and there will be more pictures to follow after completion!
Let me know your thoughts!
I recently planned a lesson of the three little pigs – with a twist! I started off by using a story map to recap the events of the three little pigs…
Here is my lovely art work of course 🙈😂. I think showed the children a letter which we read together. It was from the big bad wolf! Explaining that he was going to come back and he was now bigger and stronger!
The children had to make their own houses using a range of materials including lolly pop sticks, tissue paper, foil and plastic.
The children then tested their houses using a big bad blow dryer! (This was inspired by Pinterest).
Through this activity children learnt the names of different materials and started to understand the properties of them. They also worked together with their partner to problem solve, linking to design and technology objectives too!
The engagement of the children was amazing and a planned follow up activity linked to writing for purpose as the children wrote a letter back to the the little pigs explaining what they should do!
A perfect year 1 lesson,
I always start the day off with a morning activity with my class. For this half term most of the morning activities consisted of a focus on reading to help embed any sounds children struggle with. I have used twinkl’s phonics activity to help with this.
When you download this from twinkl you will find a folder full of all the phase 1-5 sounds with real and nonsense words in!
My class absolutely love colouring in the read words and nonsense words. It has been a fun way to start the day and I can definitely tell it has had a positive impact on my classes ability to grasp certain sounds they struggle with.
The split sounds such as:
This was my main focus as children always find them harder and it has really helped! After a crazy week of phonics screening, I am sure that the twinkl resources for phonics has helped make a positive impact on children’s consolidation of sounds.
Twinkl is also great at other morning activities to hit those strange KS1 objectives. For instance, my class have easily reached the objective of spelling days of the week through the simple, already prepared resource meaning all I had to do was press print!
Activities like these are also great to send as homework or use for extra interventions too.
Twinkl has a huge range of resources online that can are of easy access and are affordable too! Take a peak….
Please note that I have been given a free subscription in return for the review – but all thoughts are my own.
Feeling super guilty as my promise of frequent blogging has slipped away a little bit, but life has taken over!
I came across this picture on twitter and I just thought wow it really sums up the reasons as to why I keep going.
Why I continue day in and day out to do my 100% best for my class even though I am emotionally and physically exhausted by the end of it.
The reason why I continue to smile and strive after a ‘lemon sucker parent’ has sucked my happiness 5 minutes earlier!
Teaching is by far one of the hardest, most time consuming career but the work that’s put in is life changing for the next generation!
I could never imagine giving up on any child! It’s a shame that the teaching profession isn’t given the acknowledgement it really needs.
Let’s hope in time to come things will change!
Just a thought of the day..#MissPinnock