Fun Revision Scientific Vocabulary for Material Changes Unit

Make Year 6 science revision fun with this fun version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”
Test your knowledge of the scientific vocabulary you need to know for your science unit Material Changes. Become a millionaire by scoring top marks in your tests!

Click on the image below to play the game! 

What was your score? Keep practising until you become a millionaire! 

Leave a comment below if you enjoyed this game. Don’t forget to like and share! 


Happy revising!

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About snow

When it’s cold and it’s snowing, use it to your advantage to teach your pupils all about snow. Read on to find out how you can make snow days, fun days when in school.

In Key Stage 2 Science,  children do lots of work on changing states of matter. Why not add some variety to science lessons and investigate the properties of snow. I mean, it’s made from water, but it’s not the same as ice, and it definitely doesn’t look anything like a liquid… So what is it? 

Snow begins with snow crystals. They form when the cloud temperature is at freezing point, or below. Clouds are full of moisture and as the water vapour condenses, ice crystals form on dust particles in the air. 

As the snow crystals fall, they come into contact with warmer air and melt slightly. They bond together creating snowflakes. Colder air produces small snowflakes and warmer air produces large snowflakes. 

There is a high percentage of air trapped inside the snow crystals. Fresh snow can contain up to 95% air. The water content of snow is variable. On average 25 cm of snow is equivalent to 2.5 cm of water. 

You may have wondered why snow is white? It is white because very little light is absorbs and most of the light is reflected by the smooth surfaces of the snow crystals. Visible light is white, so snow also appears white.

Watch this video about snow! Thumbs up and share if you like it!

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Formative and Summative Assessment Explained

As reposted before in a previous post, ‘Assessment in the Classroom’ – check it out for more detail – assessment is a must for effective teaching. It is used to improve pupils’ learning as well as teaching.

Teachers become better and students become effective learners when evidence is used to guide instruction and learning. 

For this reason, there are different types of assessment that are equally valuable. They serve different purposes, depending on how the data is used. The two most commonly used, formative and summative assessment, are the ones that cause the greatest confusion .

The video below was created to clear confusion and give a simple explanation of the two.

I hope it helps clarify the two. Enjoy and share if you like it! ❤ 

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Grammar practice made easy

Are you revising for a grammar test? Is your child revising for a grammar test and you don’t know how to help? Are you a teacher and are unsure if a word is a particular word class? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then this blog post is just for you! 

When it comes to Grammar, there is no doubt that there has been a shift in focus from when I was in school. Today, it stands in the spotlight and a large emphasis is put on it. At the end of primary school in the U.K. children sit for a SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) test. The theory behind the grammar craze is that a good understanding of grammar allows children to structure sentences better, to communicate more effectively and raises literacy standards. 

In this post I would like to share a great website called Parts of Speech, where you can test some grammar skills and in particular identifying word classes or parts of speech!

If you are revising for a test, then test yourself using this site. Type a sentence, and check to see if you know the word classes. By clicking the POS button, you will be able to see all the word classes, colour-coded! So all the nouns will be one colour, the verbs another and so on. Teachers and parents will also benefit from the use of this site to brush up on their own grammar knowledge and check when in doubt. 

Visit Parts of Speech to check the word classes within any sentence. It’s brilliant!




Try it out by clicking on the quiz icon below ⬇

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Comment if you found it helpful, or have any other sites you use to practise your grammar. 

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5 ways to stay motivated as a teacher

Teaching, contrary to what many people believe, is a physically and mentally demanding job. When a lesson has gone to plan and it’s been a success, the feeling of euphoria and accomplishment is second to none. However, when a lesson has not gone too well, it’s hard not to take it personally and the feeling is…well let’s just say, not great!

With as many as 50% of new teachers leaving the education system within the first five years of teaching due to added pressure and administrative workload, teacher burnout is a grim reality. The government focuses on keeping students motivated and enhancing their learning, yet ignoring teachers’ needs. When teachers themselves are not motivated, motivating children is a paradox. It really should go without saying that teachers who are enthusiastic and motivated will undoubtably motivate young learners; it’s a shame that the education system doesn’t see this.

So how can you stay motivated as a teacher, when you may well feel that the system, most often than not, is against you?

Below are 5 ways you can stay motivated in teaching and keep that initial glow of light that got you into the teaching profession. Read on to find out what you can do to relight that fire within you!

1. Take some time out

Yep, I know this may sound strange, but research has shown that by switching off and taking time off teaching you will feel rejuvenated and recharged, ready to empower your students. Ideas come to you when you are calm and not under pressure.

2. READ An education book 

It’s such a simple way to get new ideas you may want to try in your classroom, that will help you develop as a teacher. Those teaching for a long time can easily get stuck in a rut doing the same old things. Don’t be afraid to try something new to spice up your teaching. It will help trigger some lost motivation. Want to take it a step further? Take a seminar or training course!

3. Observe other teachers 

See what’s going on in other classrooms. By watching others in action in different settings, you may realise you fancy a change and would like to teach another year group. Talk to your headteacher about it, most heads want teachers to be happy for they know that they will be better at their job.

4. Exchange ideas with your colleagues

Talk to your co-workers and share ideas about strategies that work for you in your classroom. We are surrounded by so many talented people in our profession and don’t even know it. Ge the most out of your colleagues. It is so easy to shut ourselves in our safe classroom and get lost in our own little teaching world, it’s not a safety net, it’s a trap – don’t be fooled.

5. Be patient 

All professions have their ups and downs. You may find your lack of motivation is only a phase that will pass. Don’t let it get you down too much, make minor changes in your routine and leave the door open for motivation to find you. It can come in all shapes and forms when you’re least expecting it: a smile from a student, a positive comment from a parent, a thought from one of your colleagues, even a motivational quote you may simply come across.

Remember that no one is perfect and there is no such thing as a perfect teacher. Yes, we too are human, even if we may sometimes try to be superhuman. Some lessons may be good, others may be great and some down right terrible, but such is life. The good comes with the bad and with a pinch of salt you make the most of it. Teaching is such an awesome profession! It’s not for the faint-hearted, but the warm-hearted, and that’s why we love it.  ❤ ❤ ❤ 

With much love to all teachers out there who might be feeling demotivated. 

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**Leave a comment below about what keeps you motivated to teach. **

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Mathematics practice for all levels: Ada Project

Are you tired of searching the internet to find exercises to practise your mathematics? Well search no more! ADA Project  is a free, open-source, online mathematics textbook for students and teachers, that aims to provide questions and answers for any topic and level!

As a teacher, I often get asked by parents how they can best help their children revise for mathematics tests, or where they can find additional resources to help them practice their maths skills. Whereas there is an abundance of resources for teaching mathematics online, there is a shortage of resources purely for practising.  ADA Project comes to fill this gap and is a huge bank of mathematical questions arranged by category, such as ‘number’, ‘algebra’ etc. 

ADA Project was created by Sam Powell, a British teacher of mathematics now working and living in Australia. It is named after Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and the writer of the world’s first algorithm for an early computing machine that existed only on paper. 

ADA Project is compatible on desktop, tablet and mobile. It is designed to be accessed by everyone around the world for free, with no login required.  The website is still in early development, but each day more content is added as its user body grows. ‘Saved you a Spot’ would love to help this site grow, for it believes it’s an invaluable resource for educators, parents and students of all ages. 

So , what are you waiting for? Head off to and start practising those maths skills! 

Feedback is always welcome! 

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Journalistic Writing

One of the writing genres covered in Year 6 is journalistic writing. Journalistic writing is a type of non-fiction writing where children create newspaper or magazine articles and report on real or imagined events. When teaching journalistic writing, a prompt will give your students reason to write as well as an audience. Here is an effective writing prompt for journalistic writing you can use with your students; it inspired great pieces of writing from my class.

Scenario: Tell your pupils to imagine that they are all journalists, you are their newspaper editor and that you have called them in on a meeting because of some breaking news. Early in the morning the newspaper received the following video. You are sending all your journalists to get information about this event and write an article for the newspaper. The best newspaper article will be the one published in tomorrow’s newspaper. Show them the video and wait for reactions (not for the faint hearted).

*Note: You may find that many of your students will already know the application used to make this, but just play along with it and tell them to pretend that it is real.

Make sure that your pupils are familiar with the features of journalistic writing. Checklists are a great way to help your pupils stay on track when writing. Encourage their peers to assess their writing as well as give teacher feedback. That way assessment isn’t always coming from you.  You can use many found online or click { HERE } to download an editable one from Saved you a Spot, for free!

Below is a funny newspaper article that was written by one of my many, young inspired “journalists”.

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Happy Birthday, Oliver Moon – A book review

The Oliver Moon books, published by Usborne and written by Sue Mongredien are very popular amongst primary school children. They are easy to read, with fun stories children love.

Read on for a book review, by Simran (age 10).

It’s Oliver Moon’s birthday and Mrs. Moon invites Oliver’s not so good wizardly friends by accident. Bully Bogeywort sneaks around Oliver’s birthday presents and creates havoc. There is a big chunk missing from the squishy work cake Mr. Moon had baked, and one of the candles is broken – then Granny Moon appears! It’s full of magic spells and surprises. 

My favourite part was when it began raining down from Bully’s pockets onto the table, which where Oliver’s presents. It was funny that the cupcake was talking. 

I really enjoyed this book and I will read more of the Oliver Moon series. I would especially love to read this book to my little sister to see if she would like it. I give it a three star rating. ⭐⭐⭐

Click on the wands to……..

Listen to an extract from Happy Birthday, Oliver Moon and Oliver Moon and the Spider Spell audiobook! 

Go to The Oliver Moon Junior Wizard site to see the whole series! 




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DIY Bird Feeder

Do you have a soft spot for our little feathered friends? If yes, then this is a great way to attract them to your garden and help them out, especially in those cold winter months. Read on to see how you can make a bird feeder using only four things! You can make these with your kids or they can make them on their own if they’re old enough. If you like birds like me, you can make them yourself! 🐦🐦🐦

You will need: 

  • Pine cone 
  • All natural peanut butter 
  • Seeds for wild birds
  • String or yarn

Spread the peanut butter on the cone and sprinkle the seeds. Tie the string on top and hang onto a branch. In addition if you wish, you can add a twig at the bottom for birds to sit. I just love looking out into my garden and watching the birds…

The pine cone will open up gradually the longer you leave it. Just make sure to avoid hot days as the peanut butter may go bad.

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Classroom display idea for ‘The Environment’

Here is an idea for a quick display for the Science topic ‘The Environment’. 

Firstly, you will need a catchy backdrop, I used one with the sea. If you don’t have one like it then I would recommend you use blue for the sky as it is more effective if you keep to the colours of nature. The tree was simply cut out of brown card, no need to be precise the wonkier the better! Little green leaves for the branch effect to come to life and a title is all you need to get you started.

The rest of the display uses Twinkl resources, which are amazing, but you have to be a member to download them. I made the title with Twinkl create where you can create your own resources, however, if you have not subscribed just draw your own!

Baby Earth again was simply cut out of card and eyes and mouth were drawn with a black marker, the same with the 3Rs.

The Environment classroom display

I hope this might inspire you for a display. I would love to see what you come up with, too!

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