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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 ūüėČ 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


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!




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 ūüėČ

Blogging with the Class

7 Jun

This is nothing new for many of the teachers on Twitter but I still wanted to share my experiences so far. We set up our class blog earlier this year and it was to serve two classes- Yr 4/5 and Yr 5/6. I teach the Year 4/5 class and so far we have been the only ones using it (although this will change tomorrow as I will be teaching the other class ICT on a Wednesday for the rest of the term!) We started slowly. We got a few posts up and some lovely people commented which the kids loved but it still didn’t grab them. Difficulties accessing the internet on our laptop then delayed our adventures further. Then we took part in the 100 Word Challenge arranged by @theheadsoffice and there were some sparkles of interest. This morning with a tip off from @peterford I managed to get the children their own usernames for the blog and this¬†is what has grabbed them. Their own access!

Today we took over the ICT suite and so many have started blogging! They were able to write what they wanted today as a way to help them get used to using the blog. So today we have a new 100 word challenge, some examples of the Tudor work we have been doing, the start of a story, a special thank you, an excited recount of a new dog in the family and many more! Some are still in draft form but hopefully more should appear soon. As a teacher I know I need to give the children the opportunities to blog and the technology to do it. We will still have to face the internet dropping out in the classroom and the laptops being sllloooooowwww but hey, that’s part of the fun and the challenge!


Do you have any blogging tips for us?

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Thanks for reading!


Some Quick Book Love

2 Jun

Some of my bookshelves- to be organised!

Just a few links today!


For general book love take a peek at Seriously Cool Bookshelves and Bookcases posted at Neatorama (thanks to @camdenlockbooks for the link)

@APrettyBook tweeted this link, I just love the idea of the tiny bookshelves!

These two blogs are fantastic reads if you are interested in children’s fiction- Playing by the Book¬†and Fantastic Reads.

Malorie Blackman, author of Nought and Crosses and Pig-Heart Boy, discusses books at the Hay Festival. This could be used in the classroom to discuss inspiration for writing or give background information on an author children in your class may be reading.

The Tudors eating Chocolate and Cranberry Biscuits….hang on

31 May

Sorry I got a bit mixed up there! What I meant to say was here is a blog post sharing the recipe of the lovely Chocolate and Cranberry Biscuits I made on Sunday and it also talks a little about the Tudor topic we have coming up in this final half term of school.

So firstly, below is the recipe for the biscuits. I would love to claim it as my own but it came from a wonderful cookbook by Tessa Kiros. I first saw one of her cookbooks, Falling Cloudberries, years ago and fell in love with it but at that time was a poor student so when I saw the equally beautiful looking¬†Apples for Jam in the shop I just had to have it. And yes I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. However I am so pleased I did because so far I have used it a lot, the recipes are delicious and I love the style of the book.

 Apples for Jam:Recipes for Life

Image Taken from Amazon


75g Butter, softened

50g Soft Brown Sugar

50g Caster Sugar

1 Egg

A few drops of Vanilla Extract

160g Plain Flour

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

110g Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped.

50g Dried Cranberries

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C (375 degrees F/ Gas 5) and line two baking trays with baking paper. Mash up the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until well mixed, then whisk with electric beaters until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Sift in the flour and baking powder and add a small pinch of salt. Beat with the wooden spoon to make a soft sandy mixture. Stir in the chocolate and cranberries.

Lightly moisten your hands and roughly roll teaspoons of the mixture into balls and place on the baking paper. Leave space for flattening and spreading. Bake for around 12-15mins, or until the biscuits are golden and darkening around the edges. Remove from the oven and leave them on the tray to cool and firm up.

Let me know if you bake them and what you think!


The Tudors

Now onto the Tudors part of the post. I know the Tudors topic at KS2 can be seen as one of those overdone and old fashioned topics but;

1) somehow I have managed to teach this every year I have ever taught even in three different schools and I love it

2) (and most importantly) the kids love it as a topic too! Every class I have ever taught loves this topic.

Next year I know I will not be teaching the Tudors so this is my last opportunity to teach it for however long it may be. We already have a trip to Kentwell Hall planned  and our DT will be linked in with Tudor food. Our first week back we are having a re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth and our Literacy will be writing newspaper reports based on the Battle. I also managed to catch an episode of Supersizers -The Tudors (or something like that!) with Sue Perkins and Giles Coren. I found it really interesting and scribbled down lots to share with the children but wondered how accurate the show is?

I am really enjoying planning our learning for the next few weeks and will  be back in a few days to share more of my ideas!

Current Read- Inspirational Teachers, Inspirational Learning

30 May

Inspirational Teachers Inspirational Learners: A book of hope for Creativity and the Curriculum in the Twenty First CenturyInspirational Teachers Inspirational Learners: A book of hope for Creativity and the Curriculum in the Twenty First Century by Will Ryan

I am still slowly working through this book because I have to stop all the time to scribble down notes and ideas!

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