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.

Adventures of the last week- Zombies and Tudors

10 Jul

The past few weeks have been a haze of work, work and work! The end of term is near so there has been final assessments, reports, open evenings etc to organise and sort. However there have been two lovely things to happen in the past week (one school related and one zombie related) and I just wanted to share some pictures.

This week we went to Kentwell Hall as part of our topic on the Tudors. I had never been before but heard many good things and have to say it was a fantastic day! It was long and tiring for the kids (and me!) but we got so much out of it. They really immerse you in the life of the Tudors in 1553.

The Hall itself was beautiful, even more so on the sunny day we experienced.


Peacocks just strolling around. (Do peacocks stroll?)

Even on a school trip I found some needlecraft to enjoy!

I love this picture of the kids walking through the gardens!


All in all a wonderful day and a highly recommended place to visit.


My other exciting event was the Zombie Secluded Tea Party hosted by the incredibly lovely Miss Sue Flay from The Secluded Tea Party. Read her brilliant blog for more information about the Tea Parties she hosts. I have always had a thing for zombies and also have been wanting to go to one of her tea parties for ages so when this one came up it was only a few moments before I was expressing my interest! The lovely Mr BakingTeacher came with me and we had a super night. Miss Sue Flay created a fantastic evening from start to finish. Let’s just say I can still hear the sound of the chainsaw days later…


Myself and Mr BT had equipped ourselves with a rounders bat but others had created the most amazing zombie costumes that put us to shame!

We also met Sean T Page a ‘dedicated zombie survivalist and blogger’ who was wonderful to chat to. He also held a zombie related quiz and we purchased a sign copy of his book in order to help us be prepared for any zombie related incidents in the future! We were also treated to a film, tea and cakes by Miss Sue Flay…

..and yes you should be jealous. They were lovely. And looked fabulous!




Teaching and Books- Hello Vordak

3 Jul

How to Grow Up and Rule the World, by Vordak the IncomprehensibleHow to Grow Up and Rule the World, by Vordak the Incomprehensible by Scott Seegert

Current read!

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Ingredients for a lovely weekend

26 Jun

For a lovely weekend you will need the following.

– Sunshine (sooooo lovely!)

– School Fair- a lovely time at the school fair, gossiping, making lots of money for school, eating and getting my rock chick tattoo (thanks to the lovely M who is in my Maths class.

– Going to a book signing and getting  my gorgeous new cookbook signed! Vanessa Kimbell is lovely and you should try her cookbook!–

-Baking cookies (recipe from the above cookbook)  and wanting to eat them all. At once.

– A lovely surprise of flowers from Mr BakingTeacher. Thank you lovely!

– Getting a compliment on a finished embroidery project and making exciting plans for my next few projects! Pictures to follow! Here is a little sneak peak of a tiny project I am doing whilst I wait for supplies to arrive. Can you guess the animal?

And one final thing that nearly ruined my perfect set of ingredients. Sigh.

Michael Gove on The Andrew Marr Show.Image taken from The Guardian website

Michael Gove on The Andrew Marr Show. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA

edited 30/7/11- This post did have some lovely images to go with it but for some reason they went all funny and unfortunately they are not saved in my Media Library. The originals are on my PC and when I put it back together I will try and upload them again. Until then Mr Gove will have to be the image of the post 😉