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Tweetable links and goodies.

Have recently prepped a load of my (and @batttuk’s) more popular links into a ‘tweetable’ form. Lots of good stuff here – not all mine. Take a look.

My TMMidlands presentation – Ben’s Google Tools: Boogle #ukedchat

GTAUK: food for thought and stomach

#esafety poster idea (used in anti-bullying week) #ukedchat

Maths: layered learning – an Ofsted like. #ukedchat

#Y3 #tagrugby plans

Macbeth resources: a veritable hoard/horde #Y6 #shakespeare #ukedchat

Positive behaviour card #ukedchat

Circuit training cards with Action Man #ukedchat #pe

#Y6 spellings: a collection to use & abuse #ukedchat

Maths & writing marking policy – a step in the right direction? #ukedchat

Punctuation tally stickers – very useful. Levels 3,4 & 5 #ukedchat

ICT AUP – acceptable use policy #ukedchat

Level 6 grammar resources (not mine – just passing them on) #ukedchat

Alice in Numberland – a large problem-solving pack. Can be tailored to suit. #ukedchat

Who is responsible for the death of King Duncan? #shakespeare

Adverbial phrases homework #ukedchat

#esafety presentation to parents

Shoved-in-clauses: embedded clauses, a festive take…

Want 20gb of FREE cloud space? A couple of clicks and you’ll be there. COPY is fab.

Using twitter in education. @ianaddison @ideas_factory

Surviving an EBD school via @njthurly #ukedchat

Twitter Magic – guest post by @ICTMagic

#batttie by @johnmayo

#battt week guest posts – old but still great to read. #inspiration

10 ways to use twitter – a helpful guide. #ukedchat

Twittering Tweachers @sorrell_km #ukedchat

School Twitter Account @basttuk #ukedchat #bastt

Twitter Tips from @syded06 @mracolley #ukedchat #battt

What the # are hashtags? #ukedchat

The 10 stages of Twitter: stolen from @syded06 #ukedchat

Pimpin’ the profile – make yourself ‘followable’ #ukedchat #battt

Breaking out of the egg shell – show us who you are. #ukedchat #battt


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Punctuation Tallies

Tried using these recently, photocopy the sheets onto Avery labels and stick them into your children’s books. Have only made levels 1-3. Very handy, saves time and gets the children to self-assess what punctuation they need to work on for the next piece of writing.

Punc tally L3

Punc tally L4

Punc tally L5

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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Display, Literacy


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 I had my thoughts before the test came out today, I thought: this is going to be easy, we’ll nail this. I thought: What a horrendous amount of time, money and energy to be spent on what is ultimately a guessing game – it could have been written in Spanish and the children would have still scored decent points just from ticking  boxes. I thought: Is this really helping our children to improve their writing?

 Admittedly, they all sound fairly negative thoughts. Grammar is important! Nothing frustrates me more than seeing signs for ladie’s clothes and garages offering MOT,s – on Sunday’s too! So, yes, grammar is important. But what exactly is it that’s important? Knowing an abstract noun from a common one? Knowing the difference between a phrase and a clause or where to use inverted commas (which, I was always led to believe were ‘single’ marks not “doubles”…)

More important than knowing these things is understanding these things. Having the ability to use them in writing, to use punctuation and sentence order to make writing more playful, more exciting is key. When we first sat the practice paper a few months ago, my group all scored very highly. Much higher than I at first anticipated. Then came a question asking the children to punctuate two simple sentences with capital letters and full stops. They failed! They could not do it. All our work on subordination and dashes and the use of commas to embed a clause/phrase had not worked. They weren’t able to punctuate a sentence with the most basic of marks. Why? Because this was application and not knowledge. Not box-ticking.

Our year sixes sat their grammar test today and, although I never really looked (I never look at a paper once they’ve finished it – no point), I could tell they were buoyant about it, they felt positive. A small selection of children sat the level six paper in the afternoon and, dare I say it, enjoyed the grammar test. It is a very mechanical process, almost mathematical one of them said. The additional task to prove if they could apply it however, was one of the most boring and 2-dimensional pieces I’ve seen for some years. It gave no scope or range for them to be able to show flair and creativity. A real shame.

The upshot of all this… my views are that many children up and down the country will score highly, they’ll prove that learning grammar as knowledge is not a bad thing – tick for Gove. ‘Ooh, you see, it’s not so bad; let’s have it every year.’ The spag test this year doesn’t count to the overall English level, just RAISEonline. I think next year, it will.

Read David Crystal’s views HERE

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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Literacy


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