Saturday, 28 April 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018 Teaching Resources

Summer 2018 is fast approaching which means that the FIFA World Cup is on it's way. It's taking place from 14th June - 15th July. If you want to follow it with your class, download this free A3 wall planner where you can mark in 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 Rugby World Cup 2015/UEFA Euros 2016 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 school curriculum. These are the same lesson plans as in my UEFA Euro 2016 pack.

If you're interested in this pack, you can get it for $3.50 (about €3.20) 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 €1.85) or as a 166 page bumper pack with this English-language pack for $4 (approx €3.65). See the preview below for some of the contents.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Safer Internet Day - Fake News Teaching Resources

Well hello there! Safer Internet 2018 is coming up on Tuesday, 6th February 2018. I thought "fake news" would be a fun theme to work with this year. I've put together these "Real or fake news?" resources to use with our older primary school children. If you want to use them, click here or on the image to the left to download the resources (photo prompts, response sheets and lesson plan) for free from Google Drive.

I've made them so you can print the photo prompts and use the QR codes on tablets to access or, alternatively, you can share the PDF digitally with your children and they can click directly on the links.


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Show and Tell for teachers too?

Hi all,

You may have noticed that the blog has been very quiet lately. Naturally, September has been very busy at school and I've had other priorities personally. One of these has been trying to do more art/crafts and have less screentime! As you can see, it's working!

Do you do Show and Tell in your school? We do and it's such a wonderful time of the week. The children love to share things that are special to them. I can understand people being against teachers joining in as they see it as a time where the children really take the lead. However, I've found it beneficial to join in and bring in my own item for Show and Tell every now and then. Here's why!

Firstly,  it's a great way to model the things you expect to see - eye-contact, speaking slowly, clearly and audibly (!), body language. 

Secondly, the children love to see a little insight into the teacher being "human!" This might afford them the opportunity to see a part of your life that would never crop up in class otherwise.

Thirdly, you can model your own achievements and how you have worked towards a goal. Maybe you've run a race and show them your medal. You can explain how much hard work went in to earning that. Perhaps you tell them about a new class you've tried and how you were nervous to try a new thing but you're glad you did.

Tomorrow I'm bringing in something I've been working on since going back to school - handwriting practice! I've been trying to teach myself calligraphy using brush pens. I'm currently on day 28 of practice and there has been a huge improvement. I thought this would be something nice to share with the children as many of them might feel inspired to work hard on improving their handwriting "just like Miss Downing" or maybe see that adults also have to work to achieve results! 

In case, you're curious, here's day 1 and day 28 of practice!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

IB PYP Unit of Inquiry Bulletin Board Display Kit

Well hello there! If you've seen my classroom reveal post, you'll know that I've added lots more information about my unit of inquiry to the central display board. Here it is:

I've created a display kit that I can use throughout the year and just switch in and out the necessary attitudes, Learner Profile attributes, key concepts, etc. I spent a lot of time making this and now have a kit that you can purchase from my TPT store. Here's a preview of what's in it. Scroll down below the picture to read about the full contents!

The kit contains headings (bunting-style) for:

  • Lines of Inquiry
  • Key Concepts
  • Transdisciplinary Theme
  • Central Idea
  • Learner Profile
  • PYP Attitudes

There are flashcards for each of the 6 Transdisciplinary Themes (both versions of organise/organize are included).

There are also mini posters of the key concepts, Learner Profile attributes and PYP attitudes. The clip art on these is the same as some of my other PYP resources. As everybody's central ideas and lines of inquiry are different, I haven't included a template for these.

If you are interested in purchasing this kit, pop over to my TPT store!

Here are some more pics of how they look printed and laminated!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Watermelon Flipsticks for Classroom Management

Hi all,

I came across this idea on Mrs Osborn's Instagram. These watermelon "flipsticks" are made for choosing children at random. You can then turn them upside down and it's very clear to see who has been picked already.

A handy little organisational tool!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Classroom Reveal: Grade 3 PYP classroom

Hi there,

It's that time of the year again! The children in our school start tomorrow and the classroom is finally ready to go. Here's a photo tour around it. As I am in the same room with the same grade level, I've kept many things from last year. 

First off, here's the bulletin board for our first unit of inquiry. I've kept last year's idea of displaying the transdisciplinary themes on superhero style badges on a cape. However, I've added lots to the unit board this year. PYP teachers, look out on a blog post about then soon.

Next, I want to show you my teacher area. (Excuse the blurred out class list - it's much prettier without the smudges!). If you're interested in making those pom poms or the tassel and pom pom garland, check out my tutorials here and here. 

I particularly love the little South Park version of me on my name-sign. I made it using this South Park avatar creator. Here's a close up!

Here are some wider shots:

This is the main display outside the classroom. (I didn't take a photo this year as I've kept the same superhero theme going!):

Tomorrow, each of the children will colour a superhero and write some details about themselves on badges. I'll add those to the board afterwards. Here are some pics of how one of last year's superheroes turned out!

I still kept some more superhero accents around the room.

This Tiger basket that I decorated with mix and match clipart. Naturally the two glue sticks on the back didn't survive so I've just stuck with the circular "superglue" sign this year.

Of course, I couldn't resist labeling the bins superhero-themed too.

Here is our behaviour management clip chart (and the cute colouring pencil desk tidys I made over the summer - I predict they won't last more than a week!!):

Keeping the Learner Profile in context, I added this "Are we being principled?" sign above our behaviour management clip chart.

Here's our magic maths words display:

My school is having a big focus on problem-solving in maths this year so I wanted to make a more prominent maths vocabulary board in the classroom. This is the basic board. The children will suggest words (e.g. add, total, plus, more) to put in each section as the year goes on. 
Title banner: Sparklebox
Symbols: Fun for Learning
Adhesive googly eyes and ribbon: Tiger

I've also kept this editing board:

The giant pencil was free from The Teacher Wife and the "capital letters detective" display was made by me (and is available in my TPT store).

Next is the calendar/birthday board. This year I added on our class jobs on either side. The children will each have their name on a peg so they can be easily moved each week.

Owl-themed classroom birthdays display: Halle Hird
Owl-themed calendar set:Apple Girl Amber 
Header: Sparklebox
All other elements were made by me.  

Reflection / reading area:

I've got 6 sheets in the reflection area - collaborative group reflection, peer assessment, 2 stars and a wish, self-assessment of understanding, PYP Learner Profile goal-setting sheets and PYP attitude goal-setting sheets. You can get these from here if you like. Each child has an A5 sized plastic envelope in the box in which they keep their reflection sheets for the year.

Wonder wall and PYP Transdisciplinary Skills

I made all parts of the wonder wall and the skills posters. If you're in an IB school and want the skills, you can get them from here.

I hope you enjoyed this tour! 

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Healthy School Lunches for Teachers

Anybody else get stuck in a rut of making the same school lunches over and over? Well here are a few ideas to help you to add more variety to your day! For some of these, you might need to go easy on the dressings to make them healthier!


Raw veg
Cereal bars
Rice cakes with peanut butter
Rye bread with hummus
Rye bread with guacamole
Oven-roasted chickpeas
Trail mix

Feta, olives, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, rocket
Caprese salad with grilled peppers
Gorgonzola, pear, walnuts, cucumber, rocket (don't knock it til you've tried it!)
Beetroot, chickpea, spinach
Sweet potato, lentil and feta
Three bean salad
Roasted broccoli, chickpea and rocket
Cucumber, quinoa salad
Mandarin orange spinach salad with chicken and lemon honey ginger dressing
Blueberry, feta, spinach salad
Lebanese lenil salad
Apple, pecan, feta
Avocado, mango, tomato
Mediterranean lentil salad
Sticky lime chicken salad (marinate the chicken overnight in the juice of 2 limes, a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of olive oil and two teaspoons of thyme . then bake in a preheated oven for 30 mins) You can use the chicken for dinner and then chop some up to make a salad. For the salad I normally add iceberg lettuce, sweetcorn and cherry tomatoes.

Dinner (eat the night before and bring a portion to school the next day):
Slimming World's bacon and brocolli pasta salad
Thai peanut wraps
The Happy Pear 5 Min dahl (with pittas or naan bread) 
The Happy Pear veggie paella
Tex Mex pasta salad
Avocado pasta salad
Caprese pesto pasta salad
Brown rice salad
Curried rice with raisins, cilantro and chickpeas
Peanut, lime and riced cauliflower salad
Roasted squash with spiced lentils, feta and pine nuts