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Provision in KS1


October 2017

Phonics hook-a-duck

This is simply what it says on the tin! It’s phonics combined with hook-a-duck. You’ll need a tuff spot, glass beads for the bottom (optional), a hook-a-duck game (I bought mine from B&M at the end of the summer when… Continue Reading →

Number SNAP!

A fantastic enhancement to introduce children to comparing numbers before using the language of more than and less than. How it works: . One child uses the crocodile puppet . Two other children have a stack of number cards …. Continue Reading →

Exploring where we live

This enhancement was used with focus groups for a topic lesson. The children were provided with a range of maps to explore. We began by looking at the United Kingdom and its cities. To start the children off I asked… Continue Reading →

Feely Boxes

A brilliant writing enhancement. I got so many fantastic adjectives out of my class with this enhancement. You will need some tissue boxes and something to fill them with. I changed the contents around throughout the week to keep the… Continue Reading →

Phonics Cups

This has easily been the most popular enhancement so far this year! The children have affectionately named it the pom-pom game. You will need some cups (I got these funky looking monster ones from the pound shop), a marker pen… Continue Reading →

Phonics Spy

Another really quick and easy enhancement to set up. All you need is some really small text. I went for Phase 3 phonics sounds as this is what we were covering. But you could have tricky words or words all… Continue Reading →

Mental Maths

This enhancement is super easy to set up! The post boxes and questions are from YPO. I started out by just using the addition questions. As we cover subtraction and missing numbers I have added those in too. I love the… Continue Reading →

Creating the illusive work life balance

Work life balance . . . the mythical unicorn every teacher is searching for. During my time working in education I’ve been at both ends of the spectrum. My first two years of teaching turned me into a work obsessed… Continue Reading →

Developing an engaging writing area

The writing area is surrounded in controversy. Should we have one? Alistair Bryce- Clegg suggests that we don’t! Are we putting children off writing by having a specific area for it? It’s often a difficult area to attract the children… Continue Reading →

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