Lesson idea – Google maps scavenger hunt

Terraclues is a lovely free site which teachers can use to create Google maps-based scavenger hunts. These can range from very simple searches (eg finding the 7 continents) to ones which involve searching another source to find the answer first (a Google search function is inbuilt). There are lots of possibilities for cross-curricular work using […]

Lesson idea – using Strip Designer to show inference skills

We’ve been using picture books in school with older children for a few years now. For my lower ability Year 4 set they are ideal for developing skills linked to inference and author intent etc, before moving on to applying these to written texts. This week we’ve been using the book Robot Dreams by Sara […]

Getting Started – Free iPad ‘course’ online

A few months after I started using iPads in my classroom, I found this excellent resource from Rising Stars. The educational publishing company have recently branched into providing online CPD courses, and the iPad module is a free taster. Completing the course led to a real shift in my thinking, and made me feel better-equipped […]

App Review – Coding Apps: Daisy the Dinosaur and Hopscotch

My focus with the iPads is predominantly their use to support learning across the curriculum, but specific ICT (soon to be Computing) skills still need to be taught. According to the draft new National Curriculum, programming is about to become a much bigger focus in primary schools than it ever has been. I’ve tried out […]