Tag Archives: ukedchat

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


Tags: , , , , , , , ,


Finally, I had half written this post whilst I was in London for GTA but only mentally, not pen to paper (or fingers to keys). Since the start of December, life has been hectic (both at home and at school). I like it busy but sometimes…

Anyway, to Google, it would be remiss of me and not at all true to my name if I didn’t mention the food first.


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

There was a non-stop abundance of delicious treats on offer: home-made flapjacks, muffins, cookies and more; many varieties of food for lunch and dinner (where you could eat as much as you liked) and a continental breakfast if you were there in time. Plus as many drinks as you could stomach: an assortment of teas, strong coffee and a lots of sodas. It was amazing and free. Free.

Why am I mentioning this? Not just to reminisce of the delights and to bore you with a culinary preamble but because we chatted (a lot) about why Google do it, why they offer free food and drink, surely the cost is expensive?! I think (and others shared this view) that a well-fed staff is a happy staff. If you were working elsewhere, you’d take an hour for your lunch, a couple of breaks, where you may leave the building – this is fine, your entitlement but what if you stayed at HQ all day? Would you be more inclined to talk about your work over lunch as you sat with your colleagues? Would you just grab a coffee and a muffin and then head back to your desk at mid-morning? I think you would. I think it is a simple and effective way of encouraging engagement and effort. If you come earlier for breakfast and stay a bit later for evening meal, you could be at work for an extra 30-45 minutes a day, maybe more. That soon adds up! Also, it’s a great way of showing your staff you value them – we will feed you, and with good quality food too.

As for the tech, I learnt loads. I have no grand illusions that I’m an uber-geek tech master, sure I can defrag a computer and show you where the quick links are in Word; I can even set up Google Apps and group emails but I’m no wizard. No sir. I was, however, shocked at the sheer vastness of some of the other GCTs’ skills. From coding to Kodu, from Geomappr to Google-Apper, I was in the presence of some serious Geekdom. It was great, humbling but great. There are several resources I intend to use more (see list below) and lots I need to check out further so I can use them in the classroom. That was the whole point of this journey, to develop my skills and to learn new things that will benefit the children. I am on my journey, the beginning, like Bilbo at Bag-End.

The people: it was amazing to see so many tweeters and G+ers that I’d ‘met’ digitally but never in real life. Fabulous to create links and to begin to develop networks further, that is what developing a PLN is all about. It was great to see Rachel (@rlj1981) and Simon (@simon_warburton) again (after having met them at BETT in February). Some of the folk I met there were truly inspirational: Carrie-Ann Philbin, Mark Allen, Dave Salt and Wendy Gorton to name but a few.

I am so pleased that I decided to push myself and apply for GTA, this is only the start of building something fantastic and I am genuinely excited about the future…


GTA application video

Blockly – a variety of mini-apps that are great for encouraging building codes and programming.

Geoguessr – a great visual mapping game that drops you somewhere in the world, can you find where you are by using the clues around you?

Geek Gurl diaries – Carrie’s marvellous video diaries encouraging girls to blog and vlog.

IFTTT – a ‘recipe’ creator for setting up links/notifications through various social media.

Leave a comment

Posted by on January 5, 2014 in GTAUK, ICT, Thoughts & Musings


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Positive Behaviour Card

I have used this with all year groups (KS2) and it has proved very successful and simple. A good dialogue to establish their reward and a precursor to any more significant report. Puts the onus on the positive side rather than the negative.

I always photocopy the card onto green paper/card too, adds the impact.


positive behaviour card anytown

Positive Behaviour Card – staff notes

1 Comment

Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Edugeneral, Thoughts & Musings


Tags: , , ,

Year 6 spellings

Used these for a few years – sometimes differentiated, sometimes not. Normally, specific children had KS3 spellings if they were more able or keywords if they weren’t.

As always, use, change, tweak. They are handy for a set of words for a particular string.


Copy of sats_spellings_list

Spelling Books Y6

spelling journal cover

spring 1 wk 1 -y

spring 1 wk 2 -f

spring 1 wk 3 -o

spring 1 wk 4 irregular plurals

spring 1 wk 5 ly

spring 1 wk 6 connectives

spring 2 wk 1 ing

spring 2 wk 2 ing

spring 2 wk 3 er & est

spring 2 wk 4 y & ful

spring 2 wk 5 HP

spring 2 wk 6 HP

Year Six Spellings

spring one

Year Six Spellings spring two


L phase 4 L&S assessment

phase 5 L&S assessment

spellings 5&6 04-11-09

spellings 5&6 ew and ing11-11-09

spellings5&6 ir and ing 20-11-09

Spellings Group 6

Leave a comment

Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Literacy


Tags: , , ,

Maths & Writing marking policy

Ok, not the most exciting of posts but if you want to take a look at a maths and writing marking policy, I guess you would consider it gold.

This is the one that we used at my last school. It has the marking policy for literacy and numeracy.

Change, tweak, use.

Marking Policy Writing and Maths 21.05.13 – Word Doc

Marking Policy Writing and Maths 21.05.13 – PDF

Leave a comment

Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Literacy, Numeracy


Tags: , , , , ,

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

Leave a comment

Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Display, Literacy


Tags: , , , , ,

ICT policy: AUP

Here is our acceptable use internet policy – feel free to download, use, tweak. Thoughts for any changes, let me know.

Acceptable Use Internet Policy

acceptable-use-internet-policy (1) – Redraft 2015

Leave a comment

Posted by on June 8, 2013 in ICT, Thoughts & Musings


Tags: , , , ,