Saturday, 16 July 2016

Time to Retire!

Last day of school
Last day in Rainbow
Last playground duty
Last time to ring the bell
Last silly giggles and songs
Last tears dried
Last scraped knee cleaned
Last story read
Last “goodbyes” at Home Time
Last assembly – THANK YOU ALL for an amazing, emotional send off!
Lasting friendships, lasting memories


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Monday, 25 January 2016

Phase 2 and Phase 3 Tricky Words Powerpoint
Not  professional or slick - just having some fun.
Our Topic is Dinosaurs and I haven't used
Powepoint for a VERY long time!

All clipart comes from Microsoft Clipart or Clip art Panda.

I've included the word "of" in the Phase 2 section although
it is not on the Tricky Word list.  I believe that when
"sounded out" it sounds like " off" and many pronounce
this word as " ov" - love the English language!

To open to the full view go to my page at Slideshare -
there is a download option there.

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.

Story Sites – (some with video stories and songs)
·        Oxford Owl
·        Peter Rabbit
·        CBeebies
·        BBC School Radio –audio and videos
·        Speakaboos
·        British Council, Learn English Kids
·        International Children’s Digital Library
·        Children’s Storybooks Online
·        Storynory, Free Audio Books
·        MeeGenius  (go to “Start Reading Now” button)

      ·        Nancy Music

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