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Primary Projects (Diaries) September 28, 2009

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This site, with resources and activities suitable for use with year 5 & 6 pupils, has been created by teacher Lara Jeffries. It explores the theme of “diaries” through engaging activities looking at several different texts. It features some good suggestions on how blogging can be used to enhance and demonstrate the understanding of texts and provides some useful links for those wanting to set up their own blogs.

Questionaut April 1, 2008

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Questionaut is a new game (on the BBC website) that helps KS2 pupils revise areas of English, Maths and Science. Click the link above for a magical journey where students need to click and explore each wonderfully illustrated level to trigger each set of questions.

(Source: BBC Schools Newsletter)

CBBC Me and My Movie February 1, 2008

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From the latest BBC Schools Newsletter

CBBC me and my movie is a unique film-making initiative inspiring and enabling children to make movies and tell their own stories. The website provides fun, interactive film-making tutorials and a safe space where children can upload, share and rate each other’s films including the winning films of the first me and my movie award, in association with BAFTA.
The free me and my movie film-maker’s pack for children is also available to download from the site in the How To section.
Coming soon – a free Teacher’s downloadable pack plus details of me and my movie activity in 2008.

Looks interesting.

Fiery Ideas Freebies December 13, 2007

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Primary software developer Fiery Ideas have a great collection of free downloads available on their website.

There are some really useful whole class utilities such as a timer, tablepoints total keeper,  peer assessment “chillimeter”, customisable dice and a noiseometer!

There are even two seasonal “Advent Quiz” activities (one for KS1, one for KS2).

Note: Some downloads require (free) registration to access.

Storynory December 10, 2007

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Storynory produce free audio tales for children. You can listen to the stories on the Storynory website, transfer them to your MP3 player or even subscribe to their podcast feed so a new story arrives automatically on your computer each week.

There are over 75 stories on the website including classic fairy tales, greek myths and adventures staring Storynory’s own Prince Bertie the Frog. Teachers might also find the Christmas stories particularly useful at this time of year.

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LearnEnglish Kids November 29, 2007

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There are songs, stories (including animated fairy tales) on this great site from the British Council for young English learners.

Lookybook November 28, 2007

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Buying picture books isn’t necessarily something that you want to do online. There is nothing better than going into a bookshop and browsing through the pages yourself. Lookybook aims to bring some of the offline advantages to the online experience by providing a website where you can flick through the pages of an entire book.

It allows you to get a real idea whether each title is suitable for your students (or your own children) before buying the book. It also showcases some of the older or harder to find books that traditional booksellers don’t have the space to display.

You can buy each book on the site (it’s currently only linked Amazon US), share a link to the book or add it to your own virtual library.

You can also embed a mini version of the book in a webpage like this…

It’s a great idea and I’m looking forward to seeing how the site expands in the future.

(Link originally discovered via Larry Ferlazzo’s blog.)

Literacy Activity Builder November 15, 2007

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I’ve mentioned the Vitual Teacher Centre at the Welsh NGFL before and it just keeps on going from strength to strength. It’s so refreshing to see a government project taking such a strong lead in developing resources that give their teachers the tools they need to deliver learning electronically.

This particular resource, the Literacy Activity Builder, is a collection of downloadable Literacy programs linked not just to English but also to other curriculum subjects. I’d recommend that teachers of all ages, Early Years to Year 6, take a look at what’s on offer.

Silent Kimbly November 8, 2007

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This webcomic from Ryan Sias brings visual puns and wordplay to life three times a week. As a teacher there are several strips that would provide really fun springboards into discussions on homonyms, spelling strategies and idiomatic phrases. I love Ryan’s art style as well.

Here’s my pick of some of the cartoons that would be really great to use with primary students: Mountaineers / Photograph / Swim Suit / Tank Top / Step Sisters / Chain Restaurant / Traffic Jam / Teacher & Pupils / Taking Notes / Airplane Hanger / Pane in the Neck / New Coat of Paint / Pen Pals / Card Board / Gripping Book

Visuwords October 12, 2007

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I’ve mentioned the excellent Visual Thesaurus in the past and the Visuwords site is similar in some ways. It’s billed as an “online graphical dictionary”. Simply type in a word and possible definitions spring out around it as well as related words and some synonyms. Remember, though, that the dictionary of words is not censored or targeted at primary school pupils.