Tag: Literacy

Can we get a story? Reading Online with free Oxford eBooks for the Classroom

Oxford Primary eBooks Free teacher eBook library featuring over 250 stories for children from Oxford, including Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds Phonics, Treetops, Traditional Tales. Each book can be shown full-screen with page turns for ease of use both on computer screen and interactive whiteboard. The richly illustrated stories have inbuilt audio with real voices. There are associated …

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What will you do now? Make “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories

Looking for a way to stimulate extended writing with reluctant writers in your classroom? Looking for a way to engage pupils with reading the stories of their peers? The idea behind Choose Your Own Adventure Stories is very simple: pupils start writing a story, then present options to their readers after the first sentence or …

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Tech Tools to Support Teaching Handwriting – and why it’s still important in this digital age

In this age of mobile devices, keyboards, touchpads, and voice-controlled devices, some teachers may wonder if handwriting is no longer the required skill as before. And others may be looking for resources to help them teach this skill and support their pupils in as effective a way as possible using the tools which are now …

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Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom

Nowadays many pupils, when given a research task, immediately might think to themselves, “I’ll just Google that.” Internet search engines (of which Google is only one of many) are powerful tools but many pupils use only a fraction of the power of them, and then can also have difficulty finding the information specific to the task. There …

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Primary Games for Learning Gains

Primary Games Arena is a site aimed specifically at pupils in primary schools and comprises free online games for all ages and stages, as well as all areas of the curriculum. There is a huge selection of high-quality games which have been identified to individually address the needs of the curriculum first and foremost to address the learning required for …

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“Ae fond Click!” – using digital tools to support classroom activities on Scotland’s Bard Robert Burns

For many Scottish schools in January there is often an emphasis in the classroom on work on the life and literature of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns. The following resources provide ideas for how ICT tools can be used to provide different ways of helping to engage pupils with the study of the life and …

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Global Citizenship – Connecting Classrooms

“In today’s globalised society, connecting, collaborating and working together with people in other countries is an increasing part of everyday reality – from business, to leisure and beyond.” This introduction to Global Citizenship is from the British Council’s eTwinning schools portal  “Bringing an International Dimension to Childrens’ Education has never been more important if we …

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PrimaryWall – Web-based Sticky Notes for Collaborative Classroom Activity

Primary Wall from the good people at Primary Technology is an online sticky wall space where your pupils can post small sticky notes with a title, their text and their name. This makes it great for rapidly gathering ideas, collaborating, sharing and quickly posting pieces of information when working in a group or collaborative environment. …

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Aspiring Aardman, Perhaps Pixar or Destined for Disney? Online tools for creating classroom animations

Digital story-telling using animation tools is a fun way of developing literacy with pupils, whether as an activity by individual pupils on their own, or as collaborative projects in groups. There are different kinds of animation tools, some which link together a series of photographs which, when played in sequence, create an animated image or film, …

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