Tuesday, 19 March 2013


Websites for PPA Cover

I've had great fun working with some of our wonderful classroom assistants. We've managed to cover a lot of information in just two sessions.
For example:
  • Don’t be afraid of the IWB!  It’s a great tool and perfect for PPA time!
  • You may need to orient the board before use so that links work when you touch them.
  • For easy access, make yourself a file under “Favourites” on the classroom computer that is connected to the IWB. 
  • So that you don’t get “lost”, you may want to get a note pad and jot down “routes” to access specific videos/activities on a site.
  • Some sites may need free registration and password.
  • ALWAYS check content before use.
  • Keep Calm and Computer On.
Below is a list of some websites that we've enjoyed exploring.

Espresso is on our school desk top. You can also add it to your “Favourites” file.
·        News
·        Story videos – FS> Literacy> Rat-a-tat-tat
·     Lots of great videos and activities for all curriculum areas- if you can’t      find what you need, use the SEARCH box!

ARKive -animal and plant photos and videos. http://www.arkive.org/

Story Sites – (some with video stories and songs)
·        Oxford Owl  http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk
·        Peter Rabbit http://www.peterrabbit.com/uk
·        CBeebies     http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/
·        BBC School Radio –audio and videos
·        Speakaboos   http://www.speakaboos.com/
·        British Council, Learn English Kids http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org
·        International Children’s Digital Library http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
·        Children’s Storybooks Online  http://www.magickeys.com/books/
·        Storynory, Free Audio Books http://www.storynory.com/
·        MeeGenius  (go to “Start Reading Now” button)
          http://www.meegenius.com/

Music/Songs
      ·        Nancy Music http://www.nancymusic.com

Games
·        Topmarks   http://www.topmarks.co.uk/
          Go to: Whiteboard Resources,choose area of learning,
          choose key Stage
·        Kent ICT: Games – Maths, Literacy, Make & Do
·        Learning Planet  http://www.learningplanet.com/
   ·        Purple Mash     http://www.purplemash.com
          games, themes, learning areas and more
   ·        Poisson Rouge  http://www.poissonrouge.com/   
Sites for running a “laptop session”
Don’t worry, the children will help you and each other !!!!
·        Oxford Owl      http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk
  Great for guided reading sessions 
·        Espresso         Desk Top 
·        Learning Planet  http://www.learningplanet.com/
·        Poisson Rouge    http://www.poissonrouge.com/
·        Purple Mash      http://www.purplemash.com
         games, themes, learning areas and more


Wednesday, 1 June 2011

♥ From Caterpillar to Butterfly ♥

It's half term for Rainbow and Sunshine Classes. 
We were all hoping that the 5 lovely caterpillars we have been watching grow 
and make cocoons would emerge before the holidays. 
 Unfortunately, this didn't happen in time!
I brought them home to look after and to wait for them to hatch.

(You can click on each picture to ENLARGE it!)
On Monday morning when I checked on them, I found one butterfly in the net
and a few hours later another had arrived!
The dark cocoons still have butterflies living inside them
and the light cocoons are empty.
A very blurry picture of a butterfly just out of the cocoon!
By Tuesday all 5 butterflies had hatched from their cocoons ...
 

...and were doing well eating a sugar and water solution placed on leaves 
in the bottom of the net.

On Wednesday the sun came out and  it was time to free these lovely creatures into my garden.

The first one walked to the top of the net and flew out!
One rests on a rose.
A close up.
Can you spot the head, antennae and legs?
This one basks in the sunshine on some leaves.
Can you see the wing veins and abdomen?
These butterflies are called Painted Ladies.
The wing span measured 6 centimetres wide
 and the length measured just less than 2 1/2 centimetres long.
Rainbow and Sunshine may have missed the big event, but certainly enjoyed the beginning of the journey and will see a slide show when they return to school next week. 


Other links on this blog:
Make a Butterfly Feeder
Summer Term - scroll down and take a peek!