Saturday 29 July 2023

Rugby World Cup 2023 Teaching Resources

Looking for teaching resources and lesson ideas for the 2023 Rugby World Cup? Look no further! From display resources to differentiated worksheets, from maths games to a sweepstake kit, from debate cards to wordsearches, a table quiz and a flag hunt.... I've got you covered! If you've used any of my RWC resource packs in the past, you'll still find all of the staple activities plus lots more added in this year.

The RWC will be taking place from 8th September to 23rd October so what better way to kick off the year than with some fun activities connected to the championship!

Let's have a look inside the resource pack. Scroll down for some free resources and ideas.

The pack includes:
  • A heading and posters displaying the 4 pools
  • Flashcards with each of the participating countries' names and flags
  • A sweepstake kit (for your staff room and/or your classroom)
  • Bunting with black and white versions of the participating countries' flags for the children to decorate - a very easy display to create and it would make your classroom/corridors very festive!
  • An 8-page research project template - This could be used in class or as a homework task. The idea is that the children choose (independently or randomly select from a hat!) one of the participating countries to study in depth.
  • Two maths loop games (one is based on the 5 times tables, the other is quite challenging!)
  • A rugby-based maths target game (this one's a good challenge!)
  • A data handling activity with differentiated bar graph worksheets and a self-assessment checklist
  • A table quiz about the RWC (with answers!) and an answer sheet for the children
  • Differentiated wordsearches
  • A flag hunt activity
  • Language, drama, PE, music, art and history lesson ideas including debate cards and role-cards plus question ideas for a hot-seating activity
  • Useful links to other resources that might be helpful
*The maths activities included in the pack are quite challenging so I would say that this pack is most suited to upper primary/elementary school.

The pack is just $3.50 (that's less than €3.50!). If you wish to purchase it, pop over to my TPT store by clicking here.

For Irish teachers, a version as Gaeilge is available in my TPT store. This could be very useful for teachers in gaelscoileanna or if you choose to do "caitheamh aimsire" as your téama in September or October.
(To clarify, I've only translated the materials that the children will use and the questions for the tráth na gceist. The teaching ideas and instructions are still written in English.)

I have also created a Rugby World Cup Fixtures Wall Calendar which is available in my TPT store for just $1! Irish teachers, I've also created a leagan Gaeilge (version in the Irish language) for the same price. 


Discover different country's war dances: 
Show them videos with this YouTube playlist. Have your class choreograph their own version of a haka.

Have the students find participating countries on a map:
Here's the one we did in my class. If you'd like the heading, grab it for free from my Drive here. I printed that on card, found an image of the world to print on A3 and glued it on.

The BAZILLIONS of resources on Ruggerland:
I can't recommend Ruggerland's teacher resource section highly enough. This site is jam-packed full of RWC-themed resources that span lots of curricular areas. And best of all, everything on there is free! Get browsing - you won't regret it!

They haven't updated their RWC 2023 resources at the time of writing this blog post but check back closer to September to see RWC2023-specific resources.

Design their own Mascot:
Introduce your students to Ren-G, the official Rugby World Cup 2019 mascot. They could read some information about Ren-G on the official RWC website. Have your class design their own mascot for this year's world cup or maybe one for the 2027 RWC trying to incorporate something from Australian culture.

History of Rugby Reading Comprehension:
It does what it says on the tin! Check out this lovely freebie from Top Teaching Tasks. It includes great graphic organisers and higher order thinking tasks.

Get playing!
If you're in an Irish school, check out Aldi Play Rugby 
by clicking here. Find out more about it on Aldi's website from the man on Superman's pyjamas. If you're in another country, check out your national team's website to see if they offer programmes for schools.

Friday 16 June 2023

Activities for the Last Week of School


So you've finished the curriculum, the reports are done and dusted and finally you have the chance to do some nice, relaxing activities in the last week of school. Here are lots of ideas for nice activities to do (some that I shared last year and some that I added this year!)

For the little ones:
Have a teddy bears' picnic. It doesn't have to involve too much organisation. They could just eat their normal school lunch and do it at a different time and with their favourite teddy bears in tow. If it's dry, it could be a treat to eat their snack on blankets on the grass. If not (for my Irish teacher followers, this is the more likely option once the Leaving Cert weather is over!), you could just clear a space in the classroom and put down the blankets there. They could read "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" and sing "Teddy Bears' Picnic" and the horrifically catchy, "Yogi Bear Song" - WARNING: Do not, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES show any video entitled "Yogi Bear Song" on YouTube without listening it to yourself first. There is a very non-child-friendly version out there!

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For the older children:

End of year memory book:
If your students have access to digital devices, why not share this editable memory book with them. Click here or in the image below to make your own template on Google Slides.

If you prefer to create a memory on paper, you could use this free template from Ms. Forde's Classroom.

3-D hand drawing: This one is pretty easy to do and the results are really striking.

Create their own Harry Potter-inspired plant:
Read and respond to some descriptions of magical plants from the Harry Potter series. This article from Garden Design magazine could be useful to jog students' memories. There's lots more information available on the Harry Potter Wikia. The children could then create their own plant(s), draw them and write about them - an art and literacy activity all in one!
image source: Wayne Dorrington

Simile poem:
This is a fun one we did recently to lift everyone's spirits in the classroom. Give each student a blank sheet. They write their name on top of the page. Revise what similes are. Have a brainstorming session with the students about adjectives to describe their friends. Every student goes around to every page to write a simile about their classmate e.g. Claire is as cool as an ice cube, Denis is as enthusiastic as a puppy, Sarah is as sweet as a banana split!

My students insisted on writing one about me. Here it is:

Find someone who:
This end of year scavanger hunt from SuperTeacherWorksheets is a lovely "find someone who" activity.

Here's another free one from  Jonathan Pearson You might need to modify this a little to make it suitable for your class.
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Introduce your children to these inspirational quotes (from Jason's Online Classroom). They can then design a poster to write them beautifully and illustrate accordingly. They could be used as a writing prompt so that their story uses the quote as its core.

Image source: Jason's Online Classroom

A table quiz. I'm a self-confessed quiz nerd and am quite happy to ramble off table quiz questions off the top of my head. If you need a bit more guidance, look at this one from The Telegraph (answers are here).

For younger and older students:

Fidget spinner stations: If your school hasn't already banned them, why not use this latest craze for some maths, English, P.E. and art stations? Download my free station cards and worksheet pack for this by clicking here or on the image below.

A "field trip" to the next grade. Your children think of questions they would like to ask to children in the class above them. Then they go to that classroom and find out the answers from the "experts." What a fantastic idea from Melissa at Inspire Me ASAP.

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Minute to Win It games. Maybe you're familiar with the gameshow "Minute to Win It." Tonya's Treats for Teachers has some fun class challenges to complete within a minute. Here's her blog post showing these games in action.

Orienteering around the school grounds. I've created a resource pack with instructions on how to set it up and carry it out and the resources needed. All you have to do is make a map of your school grounds, stick the clues around and hand out the students' sheets. Click here to download it for free from Google Drive.
Superlative Olympics. This is a game I have used to teach comparatives and superlatives to children with English as a second language in summer camps. I made my own cards to go with the game. Click here to read my blog post about how to play. It's suitable for primary school children of all ages and it's loads of fun! Click here or on the image below to download the resources for free from Google Drive.

Create a wordsearch with all of your children's names in it. Thanks to Jordon at The Half Full Cronicles for this idea.

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One of my favourites is to create a maths table quiz to revise the topics you have covered in the year. I put different maths questions on a PowerPoint/Slides presentation, split the children into teams of 3 or 4. They love working together to solve the problems. Just make sure you put in a few really tricky ones to get them fully engaged!

Have an end of year compliments box. All you need is a box/basket, small pieces of paper and an envelope for each child. Obviously, it would be better to do it a day before they take them home so that you can read them and make sure there is nothing bad in there. Here's a ready-made compliment kit to get you started.Thanks to Blair Turner for creating it.

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Create an alpha-autobiography. The children choose words that mean something to them and explain why, for example: A is for Adam, my brother's name, B is for Belfast, where I was born; C is for cycling, my favourite sport... I've made two free-to-download versions, one with lines, one without. Click here or on the image below to download from Google Drive. I'm going to enlarge mine to A3 to give them more space to write/draw.

*The clip art in main image is from My Cute Graphics

Sunday 21 August 2022

Wordle for Kids - Spellie

Are you a big Wordle fan like me? Do you get stuck into Wordle, Quordle, Octordle, Sedecordle or any of the other variants? 

Did you know that there’s a child-friendly version? It’s called Spellie. It was created by a Canadian dad who felt his 5 year old could solve Wordle if it had words within her vocabulary range. This also means that Spellie contains age-appropriate words that don’t thwart their innocence! It has three different levels available daily. Here are examples of yesterday’s daily puzzles: 




It also has the following settings to make it more accessible to students with different needs. 

Though not specifically designed for children, another great Wordle variant is “Worldle” where you have to identify a country when given a silhouette. The site is ad-free so looks to be child-friendly. 

Below is a screenshot, explaining how Worldle works. 

These could be lovely challenges in your classroom. If you’d like QR codes to print so your students can easily access them, click here

If you’d prefer an editable version, click here to create a copy of my file in Google Slides (already set up for A4 paper).

Wednesday 17 August 2022

FREE International Events Calendar 2022-2023 for Teachers

I've just updated my FREE editable calendar featuring international events taking place in the 2022-2023 school year such as international celebrations, UN events, religious festivals and others...  Feel free to delete what you are not interested and add celebrations related to the country you are in! Some of the events include links to websites about them. 

Download the file for free from my TPT store by clicking here!

The FIFA World Cup will be taking place from 21st November to 18th December. If you're interested in my World Cup resources, have a look at my blog post about those.

Monday 8 August 2022

FIFA World Cup 2022 Teaching Resources and Activities

The FIFA World Cup is on it's way. It will take place from 21st November to 18th December 2022 in Qatar. If you want to follow it with your class, download this free A3 wall planner where they can record the scores:


I've also created a pack with over 100 pages of teaching resources, posters, flashcards, worksheets, sample lesson plans, lesson ideas, bunting, word searches etc. The lesson plans and related resources are most suitable for upper/middle primary school. 

The full contents are:
  • 2 title posters (FIFA World Cup)
  • Groups posters
  • Flashcards with names of each participating country
  • Sweepstake kit
  • Bunting for the children to colour
  • Table quiz questions and answer sheet
  • Maths lesson plan, worksheets and self-assessment sheet
  • English lesson plan and prompt cards
  • PE lesson plan and station teaching cards
  • Science lesson plan
  • Geography lesson plan and project template
  • Visual arts lesson plans and ideas
  • Drama lesson plan and related resource materials
  • Music lesson plan and related resource materials
  • Flag hunt sheet and solution sheet
  • 2 differentiated word searches with solution sheets
Here's an idea of some of the contents:

Some things to note:
-The geography project is in the same format as that of my previous Rugby World Cup/UEFA Euros/FIFA World Cup resource packs
-Some of the objectives in the lesson plans include objectives from the Irish primary school curriculum. These should be easily adaptable to any primary/elementary school curriculum. These are the same lesson plans as in my UEFA Euro 2016 and FIFA World Cup 2018 packs.

If you're interested in this pack, you can get it for $3.50 (about €3.40) from my TPT store.

If you're an Irish teacher - there's also a separate pack with a leagan Gaeilge (Irish language version) of the posters, flashcards, bunting, project template and sweepstake kit available on its own for $2 (approx €1.95) or as a 166 page bumper pack with this English-language pack for $4 (approx €3.90). See the preview below for some of the contents.

Tuesday 3 August 2021

Dip Starter Pack 2021-2022

As highly requested following feedback on my "Dip Tips" blog post, I created this Dip Starter Pack to save probationary teachers lots of time, effort and money. I've just updated it for the 2021-2022 school year. I couldn't help myself when making it and went a bit overboard in buying shabby chic and bullet journal style clip art! You'll see that theme running through the pack! :)

Here's what's in the 170 page pack: 
(the preview picture below doesn't show everything! Scroll down to read the full contents.)

  • Example short-term (weekly) plans
  • Example long-term (termly) plans
  • Example cuntais míosúla
  • 9 cover sheets for your planning and assessment folders
  • Weekly planning checklists (3 sheets, one per term)
  • Editable checklists and information sheets (e.g. homework record, information for substitute teachers, birthday record, etc.)
  • Teacher calendar sheets (August 2021 - July 2022)
  • Editable international Events Calendar (2021-2022)
  • A PDF copy of my "Dip Tips" blog post

  • Superhero-themed behaviour management tools including an editable token chart, token sheets, an editable behaviour record cover, goal-setting/reflection sheets, a behaviour frequency record with an example and instructions)
  • Two Stars and a Wish self-assessment sheets
  • Self-assessment display based on Marzano's Levels of Understanding
  • Self-assessment sheet based on Marzano's Levels of Understanding

  • Laethanta na Seachtaine display
  • Dathanna display
  • Prionta sa Timpeallacht (28 flashcards, 4 posters)
  • Na h-Ábhair Scoile circular display
  • Visual timetable pack (with editable cards)
  • WALT and WILF signs (for sharing objectives and assessment criteria)

Many of these resources are available individually (paid/free) in my TPT store. The total of the paid resources is $18.50. This bundle allows you to save $6.50 as it's priced at $12 (that's roughly €10.60). The example weeklies, termlies and cuntais míosúla are not sold separately. Those are a bonus just for this bundle! So, in summary, for just over a tenner (not a massive investment!) you'll get 170 pages of example plans, planning and assessment templates and classroom displays. 

Here's a closer look at just some of the things that are inside. Click on the images if you'd like to purchase these separately! Many are suitable for non-dip-doing teachers too!

These calendar sheets (not just for dip teachers!):

These bullet-journal inspired, washi-tape filled checklists to help you keep track of your planning (and fulfill your pretty stationery needs!): 

These editable sheets for your teacher folder including a birthday tracker, editable information sheets for substitute teachers, lots of editable checklists that you could use for homework, phonics, spelling test records, recording specific objectives. (Again, not just for the dip!):


These pretty dip folder cover sheets (9 of them in total!). I also have editable versions in different styles for anybody not doing the dip:

These superhero-themed behaviour management tools for tackling individual children's behaviour. This pack includes a fully editable behaviour chart with editable tokens, a behaviour frequency record with an example and instructions and a cover sheet and goal-setting/reflection sheet to make a behaviour record book (FYI, my dip inspector loved seeing that record book!):

This prionta sa timpeallacht pack that contains 28 flashcards and 4 posters:

These visual timetable cards (includes editable cards):

 These circular chalkboard-style subject posters as Gaeilge:

This self-assessment chart based on Marzano's Levels of Understanding (with corresponding self-assessment sheets): Here's how it looked in my classroom in the past!