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Archive for July, 2008

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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