7 Easy Activities to Help Teach Connectives in the Classroom

Connectives represents the logical connection between two sentences, and they are crucial for understanding basic meaning of English.

Children in KS2 are expected to use them in sentences or paragraphs, and by Year 6 children will need to have good sense of them, why and how to use them, and be prepared for the KS2 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test.

The final goal is for the children to be able to separate connectives into conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs.

10 Funny Teacher Personalities You Meet in Every School!

10 Teacher Personalities You Meet in Every School. Here’s our humorous list of 10 Teacher Personalities you meet in every school. Do you recognise yourself or your colleagues? The Rookie They’re on their first placement ever as part of their PGCE course, but don’t worry, they know everything there is to know about teaching already […]

Adverbials – What They Are & 6 Great Ideas for the Classroom

Teaching adverbials can be tricky.  For one thing there are so many similar terms: adverb, adverbial clauses, fronted adverbials & adverbial phrases.  Another thing is that the requirement to teach “fronted adverbials” has been focused upon in order to criticise the primary national curriculum. With all the criticism, only a very few can feel confident that teaching […]

Subitizing Resources by Ian Addison

This is a copy of a blog about Subitizing by and with the kind permission of Ian Addison. More of the Ian’s blogs can be read here: http://ianaddison.net/subitizing-resources/   You may not have heard of subitizing, I hadn’t until approximately 18 months ago but bear with me for a few minutes and I’ll explain. There is […]

Reduce Teacher Workload by Getting Rid of Homework?

“Reduce teacher workload by taking a different approach to homework.”  Charlie Liu argues here that homework can be more effective and dramatically reduce teacher workload if a few changes in appraoch are made. Teacher workload has become a much discussed topic over the past few years, in particular due to the issues with recruitment and […]

The New And Slightly Improved 100 Books To Read In Year 5/6 by “The Teaching Booth”

This is a copy of a blog by and with the kind permission of The Teaching Booth. More of the Teaching Booth’s blogs can be read here: https://theteachingbooth.wordpress.com/blog/ Two or three years ago I spent a weekend thinking about what books I would want my class to read. I whittled it down to 100, threw it […]

Using Competition to Improve Spelling in Schools

Most children begin to learn to spell a few words at home before they enter school. And while being able to spell is not necessarily a reflection of a child’s intelligence, it’s a vital skill for their academic life and life after school. Bad spelling follows a student into key stage 2 and secondary school. […]

Teaching Angles: 5 Activities for your Classroom

Teaching angles can be challenging with students seeming to grasp the idea one day and then lose it the next day. Below are a few activities I use to keep students’ understanding of angles topped up. Door Angles Using strong white tape suitable for the floor, show the angles to which the door may be […]

Tips on Classroom Displays

What Makes a Good Classroom Display? With students and teachers spending approximately 35 hours a week in the classroom, it makes sense to make it a comfortable and encouraging place for learning.  A good display not only brightens up a classroom but engages and informs.  It can promote a sense of ownership amongst students and […]

Symmetry – Activities for your Class

Understanding symmetry can sometimes be a challenge – especially for those children who are not “visual learners”-. To help, I am going to share 7 activities that you I have found useful in class. Names This is another one that can help make a lovely display. Ask your pupils to write their names on papers […]

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