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Hiya People!

Posted by watseducation on December 13, 2009

I welcome myself back to this blog!

I have very sadly neglected it for a long time!

This is an update to say that Mr Watson’s New Place (The Newly Adjusted Blog) is now available!

Having left my previous job, I have transferred the contents of my old class blog to this new one (minus all the school references and photos naturally)

Check it out blog fans!

You might like it!

Mr W.

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Don’t forget your ‘Hooks’!

Posted by watseducation on September 16, 2009

Hello!

Welcome me back everyone! It has been along time since I have posted anything. I am not sure why – but still perhaps I have just been lazy!

Still whatever the reason here is the latest ‘Classroom Power’ update from Teachmaster-J.

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A short reminder for those using the WBT method already: Do not forget your audible hooks!

By this I mean when you are giving lecture information, or leading up to a Teach-OK activity, make sure you do not forget to use simple audible hooks to keep the students focused on your objective. In most classrooms they sit passively and listen. As you are likely aware, this is not a natural state for students.

When you are speaking and make a point, if it is upbeat, tell them “give me and ‘Ahhhh!’ and have them respond. If it is something that involves work, or that will make them laugh at it, have them give you an “Ohhhh’, or an “Oh, no!’

You can use any audio signal you want, as long as you get them to respond. This keeps them focused on you and what you are trying to accomplish. It has the added advantage of making the lecture more fun for both you and them!

WiBiT, my friends, WiBiT good!

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Remember for those interested in Power Teaching you can check the website – the link to which can be found over here

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Take care now!

Be good, and if you can’t be good, be careful!

Mr W.

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Another New Power Teaching Review Game – Beachball Baffler

Posted by watseducation on January 12, 2009

Again this one is not my idea but I received it in an e-mail from Classroom Power – it has come from Chris Biffle via Teachmaster J at Classroom Power (See the link on an earlier post).

I just thought this one sounded  fun and would share!

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Guess what, folks! Power Teaching has another new review game. Read on as Chris Biffle explains how to play Beachball Baffler:

“In addition to Mind Soccer, I suggest you try Beach Ball Baffler as a reward that students work for on the Scoreboard. All you’ll need is a beach ball. Here’s how to play …

1. Toss the ball toward the class. One (or more people) bounce it into the air.
2. While the ball is in the air, you ask a short question, “What is 4 times 4?”, or “What is the capital of Brazil?” … any review question you wish (have a list in front of you so you don’t have to think them up!)
3. The class must answer the question in chorus before the ball comes down.
4. Then the ball is batted into the air again by the next person … you ask another question … and so forth.
5. The goal is to see how many times the ball can be batted into the air before either the ball hits the ground or a fair number of the class isn’t answering or giving a wrong answer …

To increase the tension, the class only gets three tries (their goal is to break their previous best class record) … increase the difficulty and interest in the game by posing harder questions or by waiting until the ball is drifting down before posing a question (and thus your students have a shorter time to answer) … or have half the class volley the ball to the other half of the class, etc. Introduce the idea of levels and keep making the game harder and harder. Beach Ball Baffler could last for months!

One final note … if anyone complains about anything, your scorekeeping, a classmate’s failure to hit the ball, anything … that automatically reduces the number of hits earned. So, for example, the class kept the ball in the air for 10 hits … but Jane complained about John’s miss-hit and someone else complained that the ref, you, wasn’t throwing the ball correctly … those two complaints reduce the score to 8 …”

This one should be a lot of fun. I can already see it being effective in nearly any subject area. For additional changeups you might substitute a large balloon if you are in a smaller or younger classroom. Make sure you have spares for either a balloon or a beachball.

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For more information on Power Teaching – there are some links and videos on this blog!

You have to admit, your class will love this, mine will! I’ll let you know how it goes.

Mr W.

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Rainforest Weblinks!

Posted by watseducation on January 9, 2009

As I am searching for resources and such, I thought people might be able to use these.
I haven’t checked them all yet – but many look good.

Rainforest Weblinks

Mr W

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How to turn your classroom into a Rainforest!

Posted by watseducation on January 9, 2009

My topic this term is Rainforests and I was looking for some ideas and came across this site:

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Ithaca/6471/classroom.html

What follows is copied and pasted from there – Not my work!

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Every year, during our Rainforest unit, the students in my class turn the classroom into a rain forest.

On this page I will include some suggestions for turning your classroom into a rain forest. If you try this, I would appreciate your emailing me with any additional suggestions you have. These suggestions will be added to this page and credited to you at your school. I would also appreciate a picture of your rain forest classroom that can be added to this site. I can also link your picture to your school’s home page, if you’d like.

Suggestions

Windows – You can have children paint huge jungle plants on classroom windows using tempera paint mixed with liquid soap. (They can be very free with this is, it is a background!) It will scrape, vacuum, and wash off fairly easily. After the jungle dries, children can paint birds in the trees, tigers hiding in the jungle, or sloths hanging in trees. I start with only greens and browns to get the jungle, then, on different days, give them colours for the animals.

It took us 2-3 days, spending 1-2 hours each day to paint the windows. Other children were painting tree paper or working on research while this was going on.

Trees – You can have children paint a tree texture onto huge brown butcher paper. Then cut the paper to the height you need and loosely wrap posts or wall areas between windows.

The tree paper can be painted while other things are going on, the windows, branches or research. A parent or 2 helps a lot!

Canopy – To hang a canopy; buy many yards of green material. Drape these out from trees, attaching to the ceiling at several points. If you can drape loosely over some fluorescent lights, the room gets a green hue!

I did this without children around! They were quite surprised when they came in the next day!

Branches – You can make branches using newspaper tubes, wrapped in foil, covered with Papier Mache (strips of newspaper soaked in a mixture of flour and water). I had parent help for the branches! They can be in an area of the hall or room, on a large plastic tablecloth spread out on the floor and groups of 3-5 children can work at a time. You can use as many branches as they make! Let them dry several days. Then have a painting party, where everyone paints branches with tempera paint. (I again use a wide variety of greens and browns.) When dry, the branches can be hung from the ceiling using clear fishing line.

Making the branches takes one 2 hour session. Painting, several days later, takes one 1-2 hour session. I hang these after school for several days!

Vines – You can hang vines by just hanging lengths of jute-type ropes from branches, ceiling, or trees. Asking children to bring in long pieces of rope works well because you will get a variety of kinds. If you want to be really fancy, you can paint or dye some of them. You can attach leaves or flowers to the vines.

Leaves – Have the children all make leaves, using a variety of green paper, some huge, some smaller. The leaves can be taped to the trees, hung on the vines, taped to window edges, as needed.

This takes only one session, about an hour. Some will make one very elaborate leaf, some will make 10 huge, plain leaves. They can draw vein patterns on both sides, or cut pieces out, as though some critter has been eating it!

Flowers – Children can make a variety of small or large flowers using colored tissue paper. These can be hung on vines, taped to trees, attached to branches, taped to windows, etc. The children can put these about anywhere they want.

Bugs – A huge variety of bugs, small frogs and lizards can be added to your rain forest. You can have the children bring in rubber bugs, frogs, snakes, etc. or they can make them with clay. These can be camouflaged on windows, sills, trees, branches, leaves, anywhere!

Bromeliads – Children can make bromeliads by taping long strips of leaf shaped, green paper to toilet paper rolls. They can even put little circles of blue paper in the middle to represent water and add a paper frog. If you want step by step instructions, send an email message to me.

This took most children one 1-11/2 hour session. Some finished these as others painted or worked on research.

My children each added a model of her/his rain forest plant or animal. We had paper bag gorillas, Styrofoam birds, paper mache monkeys, felt bats that hung on the vines, giant paper raflesia flowers on the counter, etc.

Suggestions sent from afar:

I have a 3rd grade class in Yoncalla, Oregon. We have made rainforests in our school hallway two different years. The first, second and third grade all worked together to create our rainforest. The kids all enjoyed it and took a lot of pride in the results. We made trees with textured bark from a laundry detergent and brown tempera paste. We cut leaves from butcher paper and hung the animals being studied from overhead wires or attached them to the trees or the hall walls. We have several rainforest sound tapes that we played. We hid the tape recorders behind tree trunks. It was great.

 

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Mr W.

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Coughs, Colds, Flu and Feeling Urrrrgghhhhh!!

Posted by watseducation on January 8, 2009

OK, this one is just for fun!

I confess that I stole it from another highly reputable education blog – Sorry Andy!

But I thought it was really good – and definitely worth doing!

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Learn about germs and colds with the help of Suki Sneeze and Nathan Noseblow and find out how tissues can help prevent colds from spreading at Sneezesafe.

Order free tissues from Kleenex® to support the Sneezesafe programme!

Kleenex are happy to provide nursery and primary schools with free samples of tissues to give staff all the tools they need to teach correct tissue use.

You will receive a pack of two boxes of tissues and 30 individual pocket packs to give out to your pupils.

You can request free samples twice per school year.

Simply complete the online and press ‘Submit’ – your sample packs will be sent direct to your school.

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All in the name of product placement – I am sure they are concerned genuinely for our health, as long as we buy their tissues!

Mr W.

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Learning Clips

Posted by watseducation on January 8, 2009

I stumbled across this site, Learning Clips.

I am not sure what i was looking for but it is really good.

This is what they say about themselves…

Learning Clip is an online resource to support teachers, teaching assistants and parents implementing the renewed primary mathematics framework.
Click to try some Learning Clips now

The resources are structured to follow precisely the learning objectives of the renewed framework. For ease of navigation the resources are also listed by topic.

The clips are being offered free of charge to all schools during the development phase. In return we aim to encourage feedback and make the material highly user driven, focusing especially on:

  • reducing preparation time
  • enhancing the learning experience for pupils
  • providing opportunities for delegation
  • resources that match precisely the requirements of the curriculum
  • a standardised easy to use format
  • ease of access and availability on demand

Learning Clips are delivered entirely online, on demand. This approach results in a very flexible resource – teachers can access what they need when they need it and the resources are easily updated and enhanced to meet changing requirements.

I hope you find it useful…

Mr W.

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Mind Soccer – Power Teaching Game

Posted by watseducation on January 5, 2009

Not my idea but I recieved it in an e-mail from Classroom Power – it has come from Chris Biffle via Teachmaster J at Classroom Power (See the link on an earlier post).

I just thought it sounded great fun and would share!

New Power Teaching Game- Mind Soccer!

The following is an excerpt from a post by Chris Biffle on a fantastic new learning game that can be used at any level:

“Mind Soccer is a hilarious new in-class game, inspired by Fred Jones, a classroom management expert, but souped up with special Power Teaching features.

Use Mind Soccer to review any course material. Your students will love the game so intensely that you can use it as a reward for good behavior (or as a reward that they earn on the Power Teaching Scoreboard.)

Purpose: Like soccer, Mind Soccer is played between two teams. The purpose of the game is to score goals. Goals are scored by quickly answering questions posed by the referee.

Rules: There is only one rule in Mind Soccer. Keep The Referee Happy. You’re the Referee.

Equipment: A blackboard, an eraser and a set of short answer, often one word, review questions that you have created. You will be reading questions from this list; arrange them in groups from easiest to hardest.

The Set Up: Draw a horizontal line, about six feet long, near the bottom of your blackboard. Mark off the line in 11 equidistant vertical marks. The horizontal line stands for a soccer field; each end of the line is a soccer goal; the vertical marks divide the field into units (like a football field). Place an eraser under the vertical mark in the middle of the field. The eraser is the soccer ball.

How To Play:
1. Divide the class into two teams. We’ll use boys against girls, but it could be right side of the class against left side, etc.

2. Each team chooses the other team’s captain.

3. To start the game, the captains stand face to face at the front of the room. You pose one of your review questions and, just as in “Family Feud”, the captains slap their hands down on a desk as quickly as possible if they know the answer. The captain who is quickest, gets the chance to answer. If the captain is right, his/her team gets the ball. Otherwise, the opposing team’s captain gets the ball.

4. Assume the girls’ team wins control. Picking one player at a time, ask review questions to the girls’ team. If the player’s answer is correct, loud, fast and with an energetic gesture, that counts as a “strong kick.” Advance the ball, the eraser, almost a full hash mark down the field toward the boys’ goal.

If the answer is correct but too quiet or slow or doesn’t have an energetic gesture, that is a “weak kick.” Advance the ball a short distance toward the boys’ goal. If the girls’ answer is wrong, shout “Turnover!” and now the boys’ team gets a chance to play. If you like a rowdy classroom, encourage teams to cheer when the ball is going their direction and groan when it isn’t. Thus, every time the ball moves, you’ll have cheering and groaning.

5. Use the following to add excitement to Mind Soccer:

Steal!: Whenever you, the Referee, want to reverse the direction of the game, shout “Steal!” This means the other team has suddenly gotten control of the ball. Of course, you will shout “Steal!” whenever you want to generate an intense amount of excitement … like when one team is very close to the goal and just about to score.

Foul!: Whenever one team or the other misbehaves in the slightest, complains about the ref’s call, anything, you shout “Foul!” As the Ref, you then have three choices. You can award control of the ball to the opposing team; you can move the ball up or down the field, penalizing one team or the other; or, most exciting, you can declare a Penalty Kick. (Encourage teams to cheer or groan as appropriate.)

Penalty Kick!: Move the ball to the first hash mark in front of the opposition’s goal. The attacking team chooses a kicker, usually the team captain. The defending team chooses a goalie, usually the team captain. Goalie and kicker face off in front of the room, like the initial kickoff. You state a question; the player who slaps a hand down first gets first try at the question. If the goalie is first and correct, the penalty kick is blocked. If the goalie is wrong, the penalty kick scores. If the captain is first and correct, the penalty kick scores. If the captain is first and wrong, the penalty kick is blocked. If a goal is scored, the scoring team shouts “Gooooooaaaaalll!!!” like Andres Cantor, the famous Mexican announcer.

Free Ball!
: Often in soccer, neither team is in control of the ball. When you shout “Free Ball!”, anyone on either team can answer. Fire questions at your students; when one side gets several questions in a row correct, point at them and say, “You won the Free Ball!” Then start giving questions to individual players on the winning team.

Read The Ref’s Mind Free Ball!
: For hilarious excitement, say, “I’m thinking of a key concept we covered. Free Ball! Read my mind!” Both teams shout answers at you, energetically covering enormous quantities of review material … give them hints as you wish. Award control of the ball to the team that reads your mind, or, failing that, that has the most attempts at reading your mind.

Your strategy
: You will use an enormous number of review questions in Mind Soccer; thus, it is important to have a list so you can keep the game moving along quickly. Use any question, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, state capitals, key concepts from science, names of characters in stories, anything.

Keep the ball moving up and down the field. Make the game as exciting as you wish by shouting Steal!, Penalty Kick!, Free Ball! or Read The Ref’s Mind Free Ball!.

Never let one team get more than one goal ahead of the other. Many soccer games end in ties. Give the weakest players easier questions; stronger players get harder questions. If, like many Power Teachers, you believe in the importance of physical gestures that enhance learning, award answers that have a particularly appropriate, descriptive gesture a “very strong kick.”

Play for only a minute or two every few days. Make your class work hard to earn the right to play Mind Soccer. If you use Mind Soccer infrequently and briefly, the game will be a tremendous motivator for positive in-class behavior.

Think about that. Your class is working as hard as possible to earn the right to review course material! That, as we say in Power Teaching, is Teacher Heaven.

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For more information on Power Teaching – there are some links and videos on this blog!

You have to admit, your class will love this!

Mr W.

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Downloading videos from Youtube etc.

Posted by watseducation on December 15, 2008

Video Download Tools

I thought this might prove useful.
I have been throught the use of Mozilla Firefox as a browser and using the Download Helper add-on, and it is good but as they have improved the service that add-on provides, it has got more compliacted and doesn’t always do what I want it to do!

I have found this link though and it is great!

It is to Downloadtoolz.com
It gives download programs for Youtube, Teachertube and other video hosting sites. (I must tell you though it gives them for other more ‘unsavoury’ videos sites too)
But the Youtube, and Teachertube ones are excellent, and gives you an flv file (flash video file) that you can then insert into a SMART file to watch as part of a lesson – just what I want and it is FREE too!

Hope it is useful to you too!

Mr W.

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Level Threshold Archives

Posted by watseducation on November 25, 2008

National Assesment Agency – Level Threshold Archives

A request from Katy.

I think that this is what you wanted.

You asked me where you get the levels from, so here is a link to the NAA website, which contains all of the level threshold data since 1999, KS1, KS2, and KS3

I hope this helps with what you were looking for!

Mr W.

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Free Sound Effects!

Posted by watseducation on October 8, 2008

Now this Visual Literacy thing….

I have been looking at myths and legends with my Y3 class and wanted to focus specifically on settings and description so I created an Interactive PowerPoint starting with an Island map.

 

Each area on the map linked to other slides with a photograph (Thank goodness for Google!) with a description of the setting. I then added some links in those pictures to more places on the island, a temple in the jungle, a tunnel behind the waterfall. It looked great (I am biased!) but it lacked some thing as I wanted not just to appeal to the visual element so I had a hunt for sound effects to go with each area, bats in the cave, howling apes in the jungle, crows in the graveyard, you get the idea! The children loved trying to find the hidden places and the oral story telling was amazing!

I found these sites with LOADS of free sound effects that are absolutley brilliant!

Sound Snap – To get the most out of it join, it is free and you can search and download 1000’s of sounds!

Media College – Loads of organised sound clips

Between these two I could add sound to every slide and it really came to life! They now want to watch every literacy lesson! (I indulge them if they work hard!)

If you want any further information – just let me know!

Mr W.

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Memory Sticks 4 Teachers – FREE!!

Posted by watseducation on September 30, 2008

 
 

If you re like me and love the idea of something for nothing, then register with this site:

http://www.memory4teachers.co.uk/teachers_registration.asp

It is a new initiative where all teachers and support staff can get a free memory stick.

Cool!

Here are some of the details:

The project has been developed to support teachers and educators in addressing their ever-increasing workloads by funding the provision of 750,000 USB memory sticks across the UK. The memory sticks have a capacity of 1 GB and include free educational resources for teachers to utilise, through a user-friendly embedded interface that appears on screen immediately as the memory stick is plugged in. These free resources cover all major subject areas and include lesson plans and ideas, worksheets and much more.

 

There are many other benefits too:

  Teachers can save work to take home easily and efficiently.
 Free embedded Educational Resources
 A calendar that teachers can utilise and update.
 Education Directory
 Links to select websites
 Link to a supporting web channel with additional resources and downloads.
 Ongoing savings for schools as use of consumables drops dramatically.
 Reduced threat of theft as teachers no longer need to carry laptops.
 Environmental benefits of reduction in waste.
 Teachers can share resources easily with colleagues.

 

This initiative is provided completely free of all charges to schools and teachers. There is absolutely nothing to pay. To find out more about the initiative, please have a look around the rest of the site or contact us.

To receive your FREE USB memory stick simply complete the form and we will dispatch your memory stick to you ASAP.

It really is that simple!

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A good looking Maths Site

Posted by watseducation on September 24, 2008

http://www.supermathsworld.com/

I stumbled upon this when looking for ideas for interesting homework.

Thought I’d share it.

Mr W.

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A little bit of Self Trumpet blowing!

Posted by watseducation on September 23, 2008

I am well impressed with myself!

Kent LEA ICT people seem to like me!

They feature my class blog as an example!

OK I admit it I am showing off a little – but hey, you take a compliment where you can get it!

This post is perhaps of no real interest but I just thought I share!

I am getting alot of traffic here now with the Google search “mrwatsonsplace” so somebody somewhere is using my site.

Thanks to you all – your visits are appreciated – I just hope you find what you are looking for!

All the best

Mr W.

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The Romans – Make and Do!

Posted by watseducation on September 21, 2008

Here are some more ‘Creative’ resources for The Romans.

A series of make and do activities for your class. All should prove to be great fun and all provide opportunities to develop skills across the curriculum.

Celtic Roundhouse

K’Nex Ballista

Face Pot

Jewellery

Knucklebones

Roman Clothes for a Doll

Roman Recipes

Soldier Costume

Writing Tablet

They aren’t all my own work! (Although I did put them into Word!) They are from this site which has loads of good quality resources.

http://museums.ncl.ac.uk/reticulum/funstuffSub.htm

Hope these are useful, and if you know of any good sites for the Romans – please let me know!

(I also make this picture into a 6ft Roman Soldier using Block Posters, it looks awesome!)

Mr W.

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Maths is Fun!

Posted by watseducation on September 19, 2008

The “Maths is Fun” site is a really good place to find games and resources for all kinds of strands of maths.

Maths is Fun Website

It has everthing from quizzes and puzzles to an illustrated maths dictionary.

Well worth a click!

Mr W.

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Escapa!

Posted by watseducation on September 19, 2008

WARNING! Addictive!

I was looking for something quick and fun to fill 10 minutes today and tried this out on my Y3’s, they LOVED it and got really competitive! I thought that some of you might like to have a go!

Escapa!

Click on the RED block

Now move the RED block to avoid crashing with the BLUE blocks. Simple!

Don’t touch the BLACK edges.

If you can manage 18 seconds, you are a genius!

US Air Force pilots are expected to last 2 MINUTES!!

“My best is 61 seconds” – Mr Watson

I was thrilled when Bailey, a 7 year old scored an amazing 10.871 seconds?

WARNING!! This game is seriously addictive!!

Play Escapa now!

Mr W.

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Power Teaching

Posted by watseducation on September 18, 2008

Thanks to Jeff for this one.

Jeff is a Power Teacher and he has a site with loads of detail and ideas! Great!

http://classroompower.com/

Stop by and have a look if this interests you! It does me!

Cheers Jeff

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Making HUGE posters

Posted by watseducation on September 11, 2008

Have you ever wanted to make your photos wall-sized? Here is a totally free website to upload a photo and then create a saveable .pdf file with all you need to print, cut and stick your own.

http://www.blockposters.com

Amaze your class with a 6ft picture of you!!!! – or make a walk-in landscape.

(Thanks to the Kent ICT Blog again for this one!)

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KS2 SAT Results Released!

Posted by watseducation on September 6, 2008

The KS2 SATs results have been published today amid lots of controversy about the way that they were marked. Schools Minister Jim Knight says he has confidence in England’s Sats results, despite the embarrassing problems with the return of this year’s papers. The tests taken by 11-year-olds show a slight improvement – and Mr Knight says the sample size, in excess of 90%, makes them statistically reliable.

The results for 2008 are:

  • English up 1% to 81%
  • Maths up 1% to 78%
  • Science stays at 88%
  • 72% reach expected level at English and maths
  • 61% reach expected level at reading, writing and maths
  • 12% achieve highest grade, Level 5, in all subjects
  • 36% of girls reach Level 5 English
  • 23% of boys reach Level 5 English
  • 460 schools waiting for results

But Knight emphasised that difficulties with delivery did not undermine the validity of the results – that these were separate issues. “The problems have been difficult, we’ve all heard the reactions of head teachers, and we’ve heard the apologies from the QCA and their contractor, and they’ve acknowledged the reputational damage. But it still remains the case that Ofqual are advising us that the quality of marking is as good as it’s been in previous years. There are always reviews and appeals, that happens every year. I have confidence in these figures that we are putting out today.”

The overall improvement in English and maths results, continuing an upward trend, was welcomed by the minister. “Compared to 1997, 101,000 more 11-year-olds are now achieving the target level for their age in English and 93,000 more in maths,” said Mr Knight.

There has been a slight improvement in children’s attainment in English and maths tests in England’s primary schools, provisional results show. The proportion reaching the expected standard in English was 81% compared with 80% last year. In maths it was 78% against 77%, while the science score was unchanged on 88%.

2008 KEY STAGE 2 RESULTS
LEVEL 4
English: 81% (80% last year)
Maths: 78% (77%)
Science: 88% (88%)
LEVEL 5
English: 29% (34%)
Maths: 31% (32%)
Science: 44% (47%)

The results also show the proportions achieving the next level – which are down this year. The fall is most pronounced in English, with 29% reaching Level 5 compared with 34% last year. In maths it was from 32% to 31% and in science, from 47% down to 44%.

DCSF statisticians point out that comparisons with previous years are skewed by a change in the marking process this year. This involved removing the practice known as “borderlining”, which involved double checking all the test scripts with marks just below the benchmark level (but not above it), to see if they warranted any extra marks. The effect is particularly significant in English, in which the marking is more subjective. See blog post which explains this here.

The figures show that the proportion of children attaining Level 4 in reading, writing, maths and science was 61%. So almost four in 10 children did not reach the expected level in all subjects.

The proportion of higher achievers in English national curriculum tests this year fell by five percentage points – from 34% in 2007 to 29%. Yet the proportion achieving this Level 5 in the reading component stayed the same, at 48%, and the proportion doing so in writing went up, from 19% to 20%.

Read more about the SATs results at:

The Daily Mail

BBC

BBC

BBC

The Times

I always find it interesting that the media always have to take a negative perspective of the results instead of praising the children for their effort and determination and the schools for their praise and encouragement.

 

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TutPup – ‘Safe’ Online gaming for kids, and Educational too!

Posted by watseducation on September 4, 2008

Tutpup is an exciting and new safe way of playing games against children in the UK and across the world. It is free, has no ads, doesn’t grab kids personal data and allows them to play competitive maths games against their friends or students from around the world in a safe educational environment. For example, they could try a division game and find themselves instantly challenged by a child in India!

Children cannot:

  • Send messages to other players.
  • Use their own names. When a child registers to use Tutpup they choose a unique screen name, a combination of a colour, animal and number

All they can do is play games.

http://tutpup.com/

I confess entirely to stealing this Blog Post from the Kent ICT blog!

But they have put a link to my Class Blog so I am sure that they won’t mind and I have owned up!

This site is AWESOME!!

Very addictive and I am a teacher playing children! (That is soooo mean!)

I truly don’t believe that there is a child who won’t respond to the site and the games it contains.

The fact that there is NO chat option and they have no idea who they are playing against, or how old they are is great!

I brilliant way to get ICT into Numeracy or Literacy (and I bet they go on at home too!)

Mike

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Class Blogs – Why not start one up?

Posted by watseducation on September 1, 2008

Have you considered setting up a class blog?

You should give it a whirl!

Using wordpress.com you can set up blogs for free! It is quick and easy to do, register, choose a name and away you go!

You can have as many as you want and can set them up for every class, teacher, TA, and even the school council!

It is a great way to encourage writing – Boys love it! (Mind you so do the girls!)

It is something new to most children and because it is ICT and Web based it gets them where they live!

You can set homework, give activities, webquests, communicate with parents and children, post resources, weblinks, newsletters, almost anything you can imagine!

Once you build it up it is amazing how many hits you can get from all across the Web!

If you want any advice, get in touch or comment here – you DO NOT need to be a computer whizz to be successful!

Have a Go!

Mr W.

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Calling all Y6 Teachers!

Posted by watseducation on September 1, 2008

Welcome to Wiki!

Yr 6 Teachers @ Wikispaces

This is a GREAT link for teachers of Y6 or UKS2 – lots of planning and resources!

Well worth a click!

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Roman Topic Resources

Posted by watseducation on September 1, 2008

I have had a hunt around and found some resources for my Roman topic.

I thought that they might be useful to some people.

Let me know what you think!

Building a Roman Road

KS2-3 A Roman Learning Journey

Romans Topic Pack

Make Roman Sandal with Diagram

Nuffield DT – Roman Mosaics

Info Card – All items in Impedimenta

Assorted History Websites

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Great for Topic Plannning

Posted by watseducation on August 29, 2008

I was searching…as we do at this time of year for someone elses planning on which to base mine!

I stumbled, literally, across this site:

Brendan is Teaching

You have to be logged in to browse and download and you gain credits for download by uploading your own stuff – but found some really nifty stuff!

I recommend a look!

Mr W.

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End of the Holidays!

Posted by watseducation on August 20, 2008

Well the end of the holidays are in sight and so I am back to the planning!

I am trying out some new formats for planning as given to me by my HT, and am finding them rather laborious!

Hopefully things will get quicker!

I am on the lookout for places to find topic planning – cross-curricular, or if you have any you would like to share with me and or with this site it would be appreciated!

Please send me a message/leave me a comment – whatever is easier!
Thanks

Take care for now

Mr W.

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What’s Your Topic in September?

Posted by watseducation on July 25, 2008

I found this really good site that you might like a look at at:

Topic Box

Loads of interactive resources and ideas for all sorts of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 topics.

Definitely well worth a look!

Mr W

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Science Tube

Posted by watseducation on July 24, 2008

Yes, it is what you think!

Like YouTube but for Science!

A massive range of videos showing science experiments, concepts, ideas etc…

Very nifty and useful!

Science Tube

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Area and Perimeter

Posted by watseducation on July 24, 2008

While trawling the BGfL (Birmingham Grid for Learning) for more numeracy stuff, I found this.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Area and Perimeter

Good Quality animations and lessons with a variety of uses – a good way to make Area and Perimeter fun, visual, interactive, and more opportunities for ICT.

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Coffee Shop Game

Posted by watseducation on July 24, 2008

I have been looking around to find ways to get children playing games in Numeracy that actually serve a purpose and will get them message across.

Again this post came from another Blog (Not all my work – There will be no plagarism here!)

It links with the Every Child Matters agenda, it’s a site with a nice little game to help show ‘Economic well being’!

Coffee Shop, on the Cool Math Games site is great.

The pupils get to know what goes into setting up a business; from buying coffee, sugar and milk to knowing the right amount of cups to have. You have to budget effectively to make the most money along with price settings to be cost effective – great fun and very addictive – my class wanted to play in spare time!

The target is to make the most money in 14 days.

Why not link to literacy and write business plans, projections of earnings – you could be very creative here!

Cool Maths Games – Coffee Shop

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More SAT Science Analysis

Posted by watseducation on July 15, 2008

I stumbled across this site tonight – still looking for English and Maths Analysis.

If you know of any PLEASE share!

There are loads of Science materials that will be really useful

Haringay KS2 Science

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Are you bringing back the Nature Table?

Posted by watseducation on July 14, 2008

The Country Living Nature Table Campaign

I must confess I feel strongly about this one.

As a person who teaches in the city and lives in the country, near a riverside, woodland and farmland. I am still saddened to meet Year 6 children in my school who have never been in woodland, or seen a cow! Milk comes from the supermarket (I have been told so by a bright 11 year old).

We need to get children out side and back in touch with nature. I have taken children to a village in the country, a new experience for many. From where we base ourselves we are  5 minutes walk to woodland, 10 seconds to a field and 5 minutes to the river.

The village farmer takes the children around the farm yard, to see the crops, both growing and harvested, the machinery and the animals. They are always fascinated, and talk about it for ages afterwards, it is such a positive experience for them.

Every year the trip has been a success, every year the children and parents thank me and every year I try do it again.

I have taken this from the Country Living Magazine website – join in, it is a must wherever you teach, town, city, village or rural:

Country Living Nature Table Campaign

country living nature table campaign

It’s important for children to connect with nature, which is why we’ve launched our Bring Back the Nature Table campaign. We want to see one in every primary school and for parents, grandparents and guardians to take children regularly to parks, fields and woodlands.

Can you create a winning nature table?

Country Living online 15.04.2008

While you’re out and about with your children, help them to create a winning nature table at school or to put together a nature project at home

children at nature table Country Living's nature table

The Best School Nature Table (open to primary and junior schools in the UK) will win a Nikon Fieldmicroscope Mini (worth more than £500, see www.nikon.co.uk), plus a Nikon Pocket-type Loupe magnifying glass to help the winning class study their nature finds and a bird-box webcam. Our competition is open to schools that already have a nature table or are starting a new one.

The Best Home Nature Project created by children and their parents, guardians or grandparents) will win a pair of Nikon Sportstar EX binoculars (worth more than £100) to take on nature walks, plus a family (max. six people) visit to Pensthorpe Nature Reserve. Runners-up will receive a Jordans hamper. Children can be as creative as they like – their project could be a scrapbook, a collection of photographs from walks, or even an art installation!

For both categories, the judges will be looking for seasonal changes and an emphasis on native plants. (Remember to follow the Countryside Code). The winning entries will be featured in the December issue of Country Living.

How to enter

For Best School Nature Table, send photographs of the table and an explanation of no more than 200 words, along with the school/class name, address and tel no.

For Best Home Nature Project, send photographs and/or the project, along with the adult and child’s/children’s name/s, address and tel no.

Send all entries to: Nature Table Competition, Country Living, 72 Broadwick Street, London W1F 9EP. Closing date for entries is 1 September 2008.

Click here to find out more about the nature table campaign

Country Living

The Country Living Nature Table Campaign

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Film Education – Film Club

Posted by watseducation on July 14, 2008

I found a link to this website on another Blog.

It told me about Film Club.

FILMCLUB offers its member schools something you won’t find anywhere else – free access to a huge range of fantastic movies from every era and corner of the world, made for every age group.

Once you join, you can instantly start choosing movies from FILMCLUB’s collection of 1600 titles.

Simply pick which film you want to watch, order it and we’ll deliver it to you.

Visit the site to find out more.

I don’t know any specific detail but it is worth a visit – there is some very interesting stuff!

Mr W.

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What do you want to see here?

Posted by watseducation on July 14, 2008

I was thinking tonight about what to post next. I am trying to steal myself some moments to get the blog up and running and get the sort of materials here that people want to see, find and use.

I realised that I could post all sorts of stuff and if it is of no use then people mightn’t come back!

Traffic is increasing daily already and that is great – perhaps you have even added it to favourites! Or perhaps that is wishful thinking?!

Anyway I thought I would ask you – is there something you are looking for that you can’t find or something specific that you think I might be able to help with.

I am, after all, here to help. So if there is something you are after, would like to see or are just interested in then let me know here.

If I can help with resources or with links to places I think might be good, I will.

All that remains to be said is thanks for stopping by, and I hope you like what you see – comments and feedback to help me to improve the site are welcome.

All the best

Mr W.

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2008 KS2 SAT Science Analysis

Posted by watseducation on July 13, 2008

After a long search, I have found this.

Coventry LEA – 2008 KS2 Science Analysis Grids

Thanks go to Coventry LEA – I have to sort the Unit Analysis of the SAT papers, joy!

I find it helps when someone has done half the work for you!

If you are doing the same then this might help you out as well!

Mr W.

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Helping Parent’s to Help their Children

Posted by watseducation on July 12, 2008

Homework Help for Parents

A site with useful resources for parents to help their children learn in the same way that they are taught at school.

Parents of my class thanked me for them – they admitted they hadn’t been sure how to do it and now hoped they  could support their child more accurately at home and not confuse them the way they had before!

One said they needed to show it to her dad as he help most with homework – and we all know how much  grandparents want to help, and how little they sometimes know about the way it is done in school now!

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Visual Literacy

Posted by watseducation on July 12, 2008

From September my school is embarking on Visual Literacy – it sounds very exciting and a new way to engage children in literacy and generate some new ideas.

I thought that I would look for some resources and stumbled across this and it looks great!

Visual Literacy Resources

If you know of any other resources – let me know!

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English-Slovakian Word Banks

Posted by watseducation on July 10, 2008

As we are all aware the increase in New Arrival pupils (EAL) is a challenge which we are all facing.

I have found this Slovakian word lists and thought they might be useful to others.

I have similar for Polish but will post these later (when I find them!)

They can be hard to find on they web when you are searching in a panic because a new child is starting this morning and they speak no english because they only entered the country yesterday.

I have been there and know how pressured you can feel!

If you know of any more places to find resources – let me and everyone else know here – any files you want to share to let me know and I am happy to put them up!

Mike

czech-english-y6-science-vocabulary

slovak-english-y6-science-vocabulary

slovakian-maths

year-7-algebra-slovakian

year-7-calculations-slovakian

year-7-handling-data-slovakian

year-7-shape-space-slovakian

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Planning a Maths Week?

Posted by watseducation on July 10, 2008

I recently arranged a maths week in school – which was well received by all and thought I’d share.

I based it around the ideas in this document which might be useful if you are doing or planning to do the same.

Please leave any further ideas you might have as comments – I would love to build up a new bank of ideas for next year to make it bigger and better!

Planning a Maths Week

I also created a Maths Trail around the local church which the children really enjoyed:

Here are some ideas for Maths Trail for different age groups.

Maths Trail Ideas

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2008 KS2 SAT Analysis

Posted by watseducation on July 10, 2008

The Question Level Analysis grids are now available on the RAISE Online site.

Click here for the link:

RAISE Online QLA Templates

These will be useful if you are ready to get your data ready for input!

That’s of course if they get it sorted and back to school!!

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Welcome to My Place!

Posted by watseducation on July 9, 2008

Welcome visitors – to my place on the web!

There is nothing much here right now but in time I hope that there will be a wealth of ideas, resources, links and other things that might be useful in that scary and rewarding world we know as teaching!

Mr Watson

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