Sharing Classroom Stories

8 Apr

As a teacher I am always curious about life in other classrooms. I like to hear the inspirational tales, amusing anecdotes or just the ideas and beliefs you hold dear to you. As a result I wanted to create a regular feature on the blog where people can share their own classroom stories. So if you would like to share your classroom story, whether it is the inspirational tale, amusing anecdote or just something that’s on your mind please leave me a comment, email or tweet me! I look forward to sharing your classroom stories!


Summer Term Is Nearly Here

7 Apr


Can anyone else quite believe it is nearly the start of the summer term? At times this year seems to have gone slowly but all of a sudden we are here, April, and a few months to go. As always there is a lot left to do and I am really looking forward to the term ahead. There will be some difficult times ahead (which I will blog about another time) but I feel raring to go and look forward to seeing what the summer term brings.

Our overall focus is the Olympics but I know my class will not be able to sustain that for the term so we are going to do some work on Britain and widen it out into the Olympic world as the term progresses. I had a great discussion with my class about the topic and it was their enthusiasm for focusing in on Britain that led me to firmly choose this as a topic. It will be a wonderful opportunity to focus on local studies at the same time and my brain is slowly whirring about what to do. If anyone else is doing similar and would be up for some collaboration then please let me know!

Next I want to focus more on using technology this term. This year has been difficult so far for a variety of reasons that are difficult to explain but this term I am looking at ways to work around this. I had been worried but actually felt comforted by an overheard conversation relayed to me about a Year 6 telling an interview candidate that they didn’t do much ICT in her class but they know lots is done in mine! Bless her, made me feel a little better even though I know they do lots in her room! I think it is because I use a more wide ranging of resources thanks to my lovely twitter PLN. As part of this I need to use our school VLE more but I want to link this to a class blog but I haven’t quite worked out how to marry the two together, apart from lots of cross posting. All I know is that last year when we had a class blog the children loved it and I really want to replicate that energy.

Finally my class and I have shared some fantastic books this year and I have a back log of reviews and recommendations to make. I will get to them I promise! There is a wonderful world of literature out there and not enough time to share everything!



Lovely Links of the Week

31 Dec

A end of year reminder of why this job is amazing!

As someone who spents a lot a little time on the internet I often come across lots of lovely links to do with books and education in general. I thought I would try and start sharing them here for people in a weekly feature I will imaginatively call ‘Lovely Links of the Week.’ If you can think of a better name please do share in the comments box!

Anyway here are some of my favourite links of the week.

After all the discussion recently about Ofsted and the changes the education system are facing this blog post made me giggle/sigh. Find out the leaked Ofsted criteria for how a teacher should dress 😉 Thank you to Rob Anthony and @SchoolDuggery for posting on Twitter.

Here is a nice reminder about the main news of the year in the Children’s book world from the Guardian Children’s Books site.

The lovely ‘Playing by the Book’ used these Harry Potter inspired potions ideas with her girls but they could be adapted for use in the classroom!

I have to confess I enjoy reading everything @Joga5 posts on his blog and this discussion on plenaries is no exception.

I just love the sound of this book by Susanna Leanard Hill as discussed by ABCs of Reading blog.

This post by Kathleen Morris on her One World, Our Stories project really got me thinking about trying something similar.

This was a nice Christmas idea that I wish I had found earlier. ‘What the teacher wants!’ offers a great idea for children applying to be elves.

Well that is it for this week! I hope you find something that interests you! If you have a link to share please feel free to leave it in the comments.

Kelly/ classroom stories

Reading Challenge: An Illustrated Year

10 Dec



I love reading. I love books. I also have a little passion for reading challenges and have participated in a few over the years. After taking a break from challenges I suddenly discovered a picture book challenge hosted by An Abundance of Books. Another reason to read picture books! And an opportunity to share them with my class! Yes please! I think I will aim high and go for Level 3:)

Here are the all important details! Let me know if you join in!

“The Details

  • Timeline: January 1, 2012- December 31, 2012
  • Select your level:
                     Level 1 – Read 12 picture books
                     Level 2 – Read 16 picture books
                     Level 3 – Read 24 picture books
  • You don’t have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go.  If you do list your books in the beginning, you can always change them later on.
  • Crossovers with other challenges count.
  • Digital books count
  • Re-reads count as long as you read them in 2012 and you post a new review for the book.
  • You can join anytime”

Topics for the Year- India and Olympics

29 Nov

I don’t know about anyone else but sometimes I find it difficult to keep track of links and ideas for planning and use in my Year 4/5 classroom etc. I use Delicious but for some reason it doesn’t solve my problems. So what I plan to do is to try and keep track using my blog, updating posts with links and ideas as I find them. Hopefully as an added benefit others may find the links and ideas useful.

So my topics for the Spring and Summer terms are India and the Olympics. Here I shall keep a record of anything useful for those topics. Also if anyone has anything to recommend please feel free to leave me a comment!


An Amazon list of recommended books for KS2


Faith in Art- Belair book has some good display ideas.

Contrast between Ancient and Modern India (more ideas in Belair Creative History)


BBC Olympics Teachers Site

I will be updating this regularly so feel free to check back!

New Read: Bella Donna

11 Aug

Bella Donna: Coven RoadBella Donna: Coven Road by Ruth Symes

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An Explanation

2 Aug

I was finding having teaching related bits and pieces as well as baking, sewing, cooking etc all together on I have set up this little space so that I can have the teaching related bits all together. As I say in the bit at the side ———> (ish) I want this as a place to record thoughts and ideas about teaching. Also as someone passionate about books and reading (yay for being Literacy Coordinator) I will also put reviews and suggested reads on here too.

Obviously if you want to see what I have been baking then please do head over to my other blog 🙂 I will try not to make you too hungry!




p.s. I have just imported old teaching blog posts so that everything is together.