Author: Happychoix

  • 3 Creative Ways to Teach Phonics

    3 Creative Ways to Teach Phonics

    Phonics is such an important early stage of learning, providing children access with the tools required to unpick words and learn their initial sounds. Phonics can be taught in many different ways, with the united purpose of helping children to become more confident, fluent and independent readers. Although, these sessions would usually be taught using […]

  • Tips for Teaching Phonics at Home

    Tips for Teaching Phonics at Home

    Phonics plays such an important role in children’s school lives, especially if they are in KS1. They would usually take part in a daily phonics session with their teacher to help them to practise and consolidate their sounds. Phonics can be taught in a number of a ways and through a variety of schemes depending […]

  • Homeschooling Top Tips for Parents

    Homeschooling Top Tips for Parents

    All across the UK, schools have begun teaching in an unprecedented way and under exceptional conditions. However, as a UK teacher, my school team and I have been relentlessly uploading material to support children at home whilst they embark on this new journey of home-school learning. Parents have been handed the baton of teaching their […]

  • 20 Must Read Children’s Books for the summer holidays

    20 Must Read Children’s Books for the summer holidays

    With longer days and better weather, it’s not long until the summer holidays are upon us. For 6 whole weeks, teachers and children alike can get out of the classroom and enjoy a much deserved break. Even though the summer holidays provides a perfect time to relax, it’s a great time for children to keep […]

  • Video Teaching Inspiration #4 ~ The Wish-maker

    Video Teaching Inspiration #4 ~ The Wish-maker

    Thinking Questions Why do the characters throw a golden coin into the well? What do you think the first man wished for? Why? Why did the man and the woman throw a golden coin into the well? What prevented their wish from coming true? How did the ‘wish-maker’ solve the problem? Which methods did the […]

  • Schooling with a difference: Alternative schools around the world

    Schooling with a difference: Alternative schools around the world

    Working in mainstream schools can provide a huge insight into the standards and expectations of teaching in the 21st century. However, with growing class sizes, emphasis on grammar and testing, I’ve often wondered how alternative schools approach education differently. It is true that many mainstream schools are increasingly considering the impact of their teaching on […]

  • Video Teaching Inspiration #3

    Video Teaching Inspiration #3

    Thinking Questions What did you enjoy about the clip? What made the magician’s hat magical? How did the rabbit feel? Why was the rabbit frustrated? How did the rabbit behave when he/she didn’t get the carrot? What could the magician have done differently? What could the rabbit have done differently? What tricks did the rabbit […]

  • How to use different learning styles to your advantage

    How to use different learning styles to your advantage

    Whether teaching takes place in the classroom or at home, delivering lessons and introducing new concepts to children can be an incredibly rewarding experience. By helping children along on their pathway to success, you can be that positive role model in their lives cheering them on. However, teaching also has its many challenges as you […]

  • Video Teaching Inspiration #2

    Video Teaching Inspiration #2

    Thinking Questions Where do you think the pigeons are sitting? (place, city etc.) What did the pigeons spend their day doing? What did one of the pigeons notice? How did the pigeons try to get the cupcake? Can you think of a different way for the pigeons to reach the cupcake? How did the pigeons […]

  • 6 ways to get maths lessons off to a great start

    6 ways to get maths lessons off to a great start

    Coming up with new and engaging maths starters can sometimes become a struggle, especially with the additional resources that need to be created, printed and organised for each lesson. Maths starters can be a great way to get your children ready to engage with the main learning activity. However, for those days when you would […]