The Imagination Tree

If you need inspiration for the early years have a look at the lovely creative ideas on this site.
www.theimaginationtree.com

Sites for teaching coding

There are more and more free sites coming online for learning to code.  These are a few of our favourites all tried and tested by an enthusiastic group of 9-11 year olds.






Jellybean Scoop


This is a news site aimed at children with stories written in four different levels of difficulty.  The site says all stories are true and their aim is to make reading and writing a fun part of daily life. The stories have audio files for those who wish to listen.   Useful in so many ways!

Brickapic


Turns any picture into a Lego mosaic. Simply upload the picture, preview it and have it emailed. 

Erase All Kittens


Fantastic online platform game that teaches HTML and CSS.  Very entertaining and a brilliant way to introduce coding.

The Mathematicshed


You'll find a shed full of maths resources here, more than one actually!  Just like the literacy shed, this is a fantastic collection of free stuff to enhance your teaching. Definitely one to bookmark.

Scratch

 

 'The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When people learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.' Tom Resnik.
Scratch is a free download or you can sign up free and use it online. With it children (suggested age 8 and over) can make interactive stories, art, games, simulations and animations.  http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/ is an online community for teachers using Scratch.  It's awesome that this is free!
See also the Scratch Jr ipad app, aimed at ages 5-7years, it's equally awesome.

Code Club


Completely free resources for teaching coding to upper primary school children.  It starts by using (the also completely free) Scratch and moves on to HTML, CSS and Python.  Having used it for several weeks now I can confirm the children love it! 

WordDraw templates



Lovely free templates to download for school newsletters and flyers.  All available as word.docs, these will save lots of time when you sit down to prepare your class or school news letters.

Mathskit



Here is a super collection of maths sites covering everything from graph paper to timers, dice to interactives, calculators to graphics. A great place to quickly find everyday essentials for primary maths. 

Primary Classroom Stuff


There are a number of very useful printables on this site, but the buttons to link to them are missing from this screenshot.  However, run your cursor over the bricks below the title and you will find them!  There are lots including literacy, numeracy, certificates, role play and more.  Well worth a browse. 

ABC Does


Here's a superb site for those teaching in the early years.  You'll find a wealth of ideas and interesting posts to make you think about your practice, along with a resources section full of downloadables  from playdough recipes to policy documents.  A really valuable site with lots to explore.

Halloween resources



Study Ladder have released these free Halloween resources with no login needed.  Some very nice bits and bobs including literacy activities, crosswords, puzzles and crafts - all in colourful pdfs to print off.



The simply awesome Nature Detectives site from the Woodland Trust is bursting with Autumn and Halloween ideas and printables.  Activities for indoors and out.  Go bonkers with conkers!


No Red Ink



Free to join at the moment, so try this great site out for grammar and punctuation practice.  Select the skills you want your class to focus on and it makes quizzes based on their interests.  Track their progress and see what you need to teach next.  A great way to put fun into learning the rules of writing.  



Planet Health


Lots of good health and hygiene resources here from Dettol.  Check out the Play Ideas generator which has stacks of great ideas for indoor and outdoor activities.  Most useful for Early Years and KS1.

Duolingo



This is a fab free site or ipad app to help you learn a new language.  Good practice site for the classroom or use it to brush up before you go off on your holidays!  Earn trophies and coins or compete against friends.  Great fun.

Blitz School



Blitz School offer artefact based workshops in your school, allowing your children to learn what life was like during the Second World War.  The resources section of the website has a really super range of things to use if you are studying WW2.  You will find everything from printables to powerpoints and lesson plans, all free to download.  

Safer Internet Day - 5th February 2013


Get involved and help raise awareness of Internet Safety.  There are lots of resources here for all ages and there are many things you can do from spreading the word to running activities.  This year's slogan is "Connect with Respect" and aims to get children thinking about their rights and responsibilities as they explore the online world.  Vitally important! 

RSPB Big School's Bird Watch



Help the RSPB get a snapshot of species numbers in Britain and get your class involved in some real scientific and ecological research. This website contains information and resources for all age groups to become involved.  There are certificates and a prize draw for all school's taking part this week.  

The Big Bang Fair - Selection Box Science



Here are 12 fun, festive science experiments presented in short videos by Greg Foot.  There is also an interactive book of experiments.  From making indoor snow to candy canes these hands on activities are a great free resource for teachers and families this Christmas.  Check them out.