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 […]

Lesson idea – using Titan Pad for collaborative writing

Collaborative writing has been easy to do using Google Docs for a while now, but here’s an alternative! TitanPad allows a teacher to create their own working space, where new documents can be set up and password protected easily. Giving children a QR code or link will take them directly to the pad, where they […]

App Review – Bitsboard

Spelling is currently a big focus in our school, and I’ve found a number of apps for practising spelling. However, none have been quite so easily personalisable as Bitsboard. This free app is incredibly versatile and easy to use. Using one of the ‘boards’ created by other teachers, or one you have created yourself, children […]

Lesson Idea – Using Tellagami to produce a news report

Firstly, here’s an example of some of the writing produced, inspired by Epic Citadel. I was really pleased with the overall result! The next stage in the process was to describe the ‘Problem’ aspect of the story. Again wanting a lot of talk before writing, I wanted the children to first produce a news broadcast […]