The Energy Bus for Kids

The Energy Bus for Kids is an illustrated adaptation for children of the best-selling fable, for adults, by Jon Gordon. It is a story about staying positive and overcoming challenges. Jon Gordon shows children how to overcome negativity, bullies and everyday challenges.  It’s a story that teaches children how to find their inner motivation and pass on that positive energy to others. 

Stavros (age 11) wrote a brilliant book review about this book. He loved it and would love for you all to read it! Read on for Stavros’ book review…

What is the book about? 

The story is about a boy called George who has a lot of things going wrong for him, every day at school. His bus driver, Mrs Joy, teaches him different ways of being positive all the time. She teaches him how not to be bullied and to show love and kindness to everybody. 

Who would you recommend the book to and why? 

I would recommend this to book to all the children in the world. It teaches you how to be a good child and to always think positive. 

What ages and interests is it suitable for?

 It is suitable for all children from the age of 6 years onwards. That’s when they start school and it will teach them what’s right and wrong. 

Rating:  5 Stars

Visit www.EnergyBusKids.com for additional information, free downloads, resources, and to sign up for Jon Gordon’s free Positive Tip newsletter.

You will find great teaching ideas for PSHE and building children’s positive mindset. 

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11 Things That Make Teachers Happy

Sometimes, the demands of teachers’ daily routines can leave them feeling low.  Teachers however are generally easily pleased and it doesn’t take much to put a smile on their face. 

Below are eleven things that will make a teacher happy, any time!

#1 When everything is in its place 

 

#2 Cute stationery

 

#3 Having planned and executed an amazing, knockout lesson 

 

#4 When a staff meeting is cancelled 

 

#5. When pupils take on board suggestions and show improvement

 

#6 Wearing a New killer outfit

#7 Flowers

#8. Being understood

#9 Feeling loved

#10 When pupils do their best 

11. Being up to date with marking

What makes you happy?

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Internet Safety

The internet provides instant knowledge at your fingertips, but together with the abundance of information and opportunities for communication, many dangers lurk in the abyss of online technology. Online safety is without doubt a top priority for both parents and teachers, who allow and expect children to access the internet for their entertainment and education.

Schools have filters to protect children from reaching unwanted sites, and so will many homes, but educating your child on the importance of protecting themselves from the perils of the net, will equip them with the right tools to do so. Keeping their identity safe is paramount and using LifeLock, makers of The Smart Talk below, might be an option parents could consider.

In class, teachers can address the issue by having a class discussion and making them aware of the dangers. This presentation aims to give guidance to such a lesson and is created to help children take clear steps when it comes to being internet-safe. Click on the image below to access it, you will need a google account as its via Google Slides.

It is important for parents and teachers to be on the same page. Parents can also use the presentation to have an open discussion about internet safety and set their ground rules. A great platform for doing just that, is The Smart Talk. It allows for parents and children to discuss about taking the responsibility of becoming an internet user, as well as setting ground rules for the usage of other devices. Once you have a signed agreement, it will be your ground rules by which your child will abide by. An added bonus is that because its creation is a mutual agreement between you and your child mutual it will be more meaningful to them, thus respected.

Going back to parents and teachers being on the same page, encourage your child to take the agreement to school and show their teacher. Maybe it will prompt an internet-based discussion or one about responsible usage of technological devices; whatever the outcome it will most definitely spread awareness of helping your child to be safe as well as managing their internet time effectively and democratically.

Please share to help with internet safety awareness.

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Anne Frank

Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who was forced into hiding during World War Two, to escape from the Nazis. Together with seven others, she hid in the secret annex, in Amsterdam. Sadly, after more than two years in hiding, they were discovered and deported to concentration camps. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was the only one to survive. Anne kept a diary during this time; it was her dream to become a famous writer. After her death, Anne’s dream came true by becoming world-famous because of the diary she wrote, whilst in hiding.

Nikol, in Year 6, thoroughly enjoyed reading  ‘Anne Frank’ by Susanna Davidson, published in 2010 by Usborne. It’s part of the Young Reading Series 3 titles, which are for fully confident readers, who still need to gain the stamina for standard length books. They use advanced sentence structure and vocabulary, and have more complex plots. 

Click on the image to go to kidzbooks, an official Usborne representative, to order the book.

Read on for Nikol’s book review and other Anne Frank teaching suggestions below.

What is the book about?

This book is about a wonderful, strong girl. She had a normal life, then suddenly, Hitler and the Nazis decided to kill of the Jews; Anne was Jewish. At the age of thirteen, Anne and her family had to remain hidden from the Nazis. On her birthday, she got a diary that she wrote in. Unfortunately, she passed away in the concentration camp, in Poland, where she was sent after they discovered the hiding place. Her father published her diary, after she died.

I would recommend this book to everyone around the world! Everyone should see what happened to her and her family.

I found it shocking that for 2 years she couldn’t go out and shout loudly! She was very BRAVE!

I give this book a 5 star rating!  

Nikol (age 10)

More about Anne Frank:

Visit the Anne Frank site and discover more about her life by clicking  HERE . 

Teacher tested and highly recommended, great differentiation comprehension worksheets about Anne Frank can be found on Twinkl.

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Wolf Hill: Hidden Gold

Wolf Hill is an exciting series from Roderick Hunt, illustrated by Alex Brychta, creators of the Oxford Reading Tree. It is designed to provide an easy, supportive and sustained read for those pupils who need to gain confidence and motivation in their reading. The stories will appeal to children aged, approximately, 7-11 and deal with the real-world adventures of a group of friends who live and attend school in an area called Wolf Hill. It’s a great series, highly recommended to emergent and reluctant readers.

Hidden Gold is a Level 1 book from the Wolf Hill series.  Alex (aged 10) really enjoyed reading it and gave it a rating of 4 and a half stars out of 5. Read on to see his book review. 

What can you tell us about the book ? 

Loz and some of her friends have a secret sen that they play at their grandma’s garden. One day they want to put a new carpet in the den. They hear a hollow sound from the floor – it is a secret hiding place. They find some very old coins that are very valuable. A woman who works at a collectibles store tries to trick them, but Mr. Saffrey has a plan! 

I would recommend this book to my friends. It is funny and I like how it ends and how they play a trick on the sneaky woman. 

This book is suitable for ages 7-10. I think people who like mysteries and secret plans will like the book. 

 

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Exercise and Teaching

New academic year, new goals. This year’s aim is on wellness and focusing on not just developing as a professional, but as a person also. You may be wondering, how? Well, the plan is to incorporate fitness into my schedule after school.

Yikes!! Teaching and exercise…do those two truly go together and is it something that is actually feasible to sustain throughout the year? During school time (at least in my school) exercising during the school day is impossible. As an adult, one gets hot, smelly and teaching in that state is not good for anyone. So, unless your school or work environment has showers accessible for you and time allocated for you to be able to freshen up, then I would suggest that it’s best to refrain from doing so.

Unsure on how much I actually should be doing and overwhelmed by my choice of classes that I could get to, in a half-zombie-state, I searched to find the optimum time and type of exercise one should be doing.

On their site, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

  • 150 mins aerobic exercise per week
  • At least twice weekly muscle-strengthening activities that work out all the major muscle groups

Exercising has many benefits, as we all know. Below are just a few of many

  • Stress of teaching can make sleeping difficult sometimes and it can be hard to switch your brain off. Personally, I don’t have trouble with this, but I do know many people do.
  • It improves sleep, boosts the energy that you need, to take on the physical and cognitive demands of your profession. – It really does
  • Regular physical activity supports the production of new neurons and synapses in your brain helping ideas and managing better. – I love this one! It immediately makes me feel smarter.
  • Better blood flow to the brain. – I could do with that.
  • Increases the growth of blood cells. – I definitely need more of those!

Finding what is right for you is important. Of course I am not a gym specialist and neither do I claim to know it all, I’m just sharing what motivated me to get started. My personal motivation is all the above as well as my supportive partner, who makes me feel guilty when I don’t want to go.

I won’t lie to you, there has not been a single day that I have not literally DRAGGED myself to the gym however, there has not been a single time that I  have been and not felt better for it after. You just need to find a way to get going and those benefits will be so instant that there will be no regrets whatsoever.

Join me for a fitness pact this year to improve our inner and outer selves, inspiring the young generation and influencing others on our way.

Leave a comment below to tell me about your after work regime. I’d love to know what other teachers are doing to keep fit. Hopefully we will be able to motivate each other throughout the year!

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Believe in your selfie 3-D bulletin board idea

A twist on a classic art activity, drawing a portrait of yourself, is to draw your selfie!

Children took selfies and then drew them. They loved to capture themselves in class with the camera and their art  took on a whole new life. 

Some asked if they could draw snapchat filters. Allowing their imagination to roam, the children took their selfies to another level. 

Their artwork was displayed with a camera backdrop and the “Believe in your selfie” catchphrase to promote a positive mindset. 

This display is ultra easy to create with card.

highly recommend you try this art activity – the children loved it! Suitable for all ages. 

The final result: 

Always believe in your #selfie!

 

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Special thanks to K. Miller for the catchphrase inspiration.

Figurative language posters based on the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Figurative language in literature is language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from its literal interpretation.  By being literal we mean exactly what we say. An author is literal when they state facts. When they choose to use figurative language they are often trying to make a literary point by using exaggeration or comparison to appeal to the readers senses. This makes their writing more powerful and vivid.

There are many different types of figurative language. It is very common in poetry but is also used in fiction and non-fiction as well. Our class novel, this first term, is the ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe‘ by C.S.Lewis. A classic children’s book which is as far as I’m concerned, timeless. For novel study, I have created some posters using quotations from the book to aid figurative language understanding and teaching.

The posters use images, from the internet; I have no claim over them whatsoever. This resource has been created  for educational purposes only, to help children become familiar with the world of figurative language.

If this is something that interests you, you can download them for free HERE for your personal use.

Leave a quote below if you find a quote in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe that uses figurative speech and what type it is.

Let’s see how many we can find!

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Seven-digit Numbers

Teach children about seven-digit numbers using this Powerpoint I created, trying to follow Kerri Miller’s footsteps, the lesson powerpoint specialist! 🙂

This powerpoint was created to go with the Busy Ant Mathematics Scheme, but it can easily be used on it’s own, that’s the beauty of it. It is suitable for Upper Key Stage 2.

Children can use it as revision on their own and it can be also issued for homework, so teachers please use it as you please! It has a monkey theme, to make children laugh and to keep them engaged.

Click on the preview images below to be taken to it, it can be downloaded for free, or click on the link below:

     

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XHbCqM00GVL47Cq6lpbQ9dbeHe1VarhYN1dhCyEUuaY

Leave a comment below if you liked and used this cheeky monkey Powerpoint in any way, and any thoughts you may have on it. Comments are always appreciated!

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Socks, Shocks and Secrets Book Review

Socks, Shocks and Secrets is a children’s novel written by Leila Rasheed. It is the second book in the series: The Fantastic Diary of  Bathsheba Clarice de Trop. My pupils this year, especially the girls, absolutely loved reading her books.

Below is a book review from one of my pupils, Katerina, age 11. 

Who were the characters and what did you think of them?

Bathsheba, mum, dad, Bathsheba’s friends. I loved the characters, they surprised me what they did.

What was the story about? 

Bathsheba is a child of divorces parents. She does not know her father but when her mum has to leave, Bathsheba has to go and live with her father. After a long time they reside together and get to know each other better. 

Did you learn something form this book and would you recommend it to others? 

I recommend this book to you because it will teach you that there are different ways to see matters. I give it five stars! 

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