Friday, 30 October 2015

5 for Friday, the on-time edition

Look at this miracle of 3 posts in one week?! That's more than the last three months put together!

Anyway, to remind people that my blog still exists and that I'm still posting (occassionally), I'm joining in with one of my old favourite lunky parties, Doodlebugs' Five for Friday.


The other week our teddies came to school and I used them much like an 'elf on a shelf' scenario. We put them all to bed in our 'Bear Cave' role play area, but much to our surprise overnight they escaped and were found playing all over the classroom the next day and for the rest of the week. Some absolutely fantastic speaking and listening and writing followed with really enthused children. 


As part of their morning routine, my class self-register by placing their balloons on the rainbow to say they are 'ready to learn'. Like many incentive charts, they can go up to the sun for fantastic work/behaviour etc, but I was more excited by my new teammates' idea of what happens when they go down. If they reach the black rain cloud, they spend a few minutes on the 'Thinking Chair' to reflect on their choices. I chose a positive yellow colour to help them associate the chair with a positive consequence as after their time finishes we talk together about what we could have done better and return straight to the rainbow.
Over the week, parents bring in 'star moments' they have witnessed their child doing outside of school for us to share with the class. I have loved the "she played football at training for the first time'"or "he helped his little sister get dressed". Of course, there are the few parents that misunderstand the purpose... "she enjoyed watching tv" "he likes to eat food"!


Recent phonics game, where the children rolled the dice, counted the correct number of spaces and said the grapheme they landed on. We played it twice, the second time, they had to give a word containing that sound as well.

Not school related, but just happened to watch a new advert created by the Thames Valley Police about consent. Absolutely brilliant and straight to the point. Well done them!

Monday, 26 October 2015

Trying a link up!

I know everyday posting will not be happening, but I came across a lovely link up today as I was perusing my Bloglovin' feed and thought why not have a go and at the same time show my little blog a bit more love?

So I've decided to join in with Trina at The Ordinary to Extraordinary Classroom for her 'Meet the Teacher Monday'.

This week she would like readers to post about their Halloween This or That. So here is mine...

No I cheated and didn't choose an answer for the last one as I don't watch Halloween themed movies (have a fear threshold of about 1!) and so I had to look them up as I'd never even heard of them let alone watched them! 

I've also never actually carved a pumpkin, but that definitely sounds more fun than just painting one! Although here is a throwback picture from last year that my tinies made...

Anyway, why not head over and link up yourself? 

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Am still alive!

I'm not sure I've ever had such a long blogging gap as I have just had... or let's hope not!

I don't even have a lot to say today, but I took a look at my little blog and saw the date and was really shocked that July was my last post! So updates...

July - travelling around the UK, catching up with family and friends and spending some time with views like this...

August - THE BIG MOVE (hot, humid and stressed as I house hunt, cope with the fact my shipping is delayed and try and find my way around new job)

September - beginning of new year craziness combined with constantly feeling I don't know what I'm doing!

October - getting into my stride... and it's half-term break! Bring on the beach and lots and lots of reading!

Anyway, back to work tomorrow, but suitably relaxed and recovered! Fingers crossed the lead up to Christmas is not as busy (haha!)
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