Monday, 5 March 2018

Oral Language Prompt Cards

I usually use these prompt cards during Station Teaching at an Oral Language Station. Generally, I will use one set per month to discuss a certain topic that might tie in with other subjects. However, they could also be used with the whole class.


It is a great way to practice turn taking skills with the children and also offers a great opportunity for quieter children to voice their opinion in a smaller group setting. I found the children really engaged well in the discussions and I had more time to listen to their ideas than in the whole class setting.

In Set A, there are 5 topics with 12 prompt cards in each. Set B also has 5 topics with 12 prompt cards. If you rather, you can also get all 10 in one bundle.

If you click on the images below you will be redirected to Teachers Pay Teachers where you can download them.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

'Complete the Picture' Art

This is a simple but effective art lesson that I have used for many themes. 
One year, I used photos I had taken with the children during a local trail and the children added in the details they remembered to complete the picture.

 I print out a picture or photo for the children and stick it on the page.
They use their imagination to complete their work of art. At the end I ask the children to chose a title for their art.  
Sometimes I use pastels or colouring pencils but just using pencils can also create a nice contrast.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

3, 2, 1...Blast Off! (Science Rockets)

Science Week is fast approaching and this year I am going to do something very similar to last year as the children really enjoyed it.

I had attended an excellent science course during the summer and got lots of new experiments and ideas. So last year, I decided to use rockets as my theme for science week.

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Each day we constructed a different type of rocket so by Friday we had made 5 different rockets.

  • Mouse rocket
  • Straw rocket
  • Balloon rocket
  • Foam rocket
  • Fizzy rocket

I had 4th and 5th class last year so they also guided the younger classes to make some of the rockets once they had learned to do it. Two senior children worked with two children in the junior room to help them make the straw and mouse rocket. My class loved being the 'teachers'!

We also had rocket launches and races outside which the children really loved. It was one of my favourite science lessons as a teacher as all the children were excited to get involved and they had rockets to bring home at the end of the week.

I have put together a pack which contains detailed outlines of how to make the different rockets, prompt questions to challenge the children and get them thinking, an ideas page to integrate it with other subject areas as well as activity sheets for the children.

Just click on the image below to download it!

Happy Science Week everyone!

Here is a nice video that explains rocket launches and landings for children!

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Halloween Ghost Treats

Last year, I was giving a little treat to my class at the Halloween Midterm.

I bought some lollipops, wrapped a tissue around it and secured it with an elastic band.
Then I drew on two eyes and a mouth.

It was a very simple idea but the children liked them!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Books Worth a Look #3 'The City of Ember'

This is the third post in Books Worth a Look. (I have purchased these books myself and do not receive sponsorship/freebies for reviewing them!)

Next up is 'The City of Ember' by Jeanne DuPrau. It has been made into a movie aswell so it could be a good one to read with the children and then compare and contrast the film.

I had never come across this book before until the summer when I ordered it online. I feel it is most suitable for the senior end of the school. (It is important to note that the main character has lost her parents and also loses her grandmother during the story).

The book is set in the fictional city of Ember which has been built to be self sufficient from any outside world. However, the city is now running out of supplies and the generator is having more and more failures as the city is plunged into darkness repeatedly.  People are becoming more anxious about the future. The main characters need to try and find an escape route to see what lies beyond the city boundaries.


  • Science: explore Electricity and how it works

Check out for experiments based on Electricity.

This link has some videos that are worth a look.

Discuss ways to conserve electricity and different ways to generate electricity.

Explore the different sources of light, both natural and artificial.

  • Art: create city scapes of buildings.

I really like these ones make using newspaper.

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  • Visualisation: This book would be good to challenge children to visualise it in their heads and illustrate it. They could contrast 'the City of Ember' and the land they arrive in.

  • Get creative and plan their own city (Maths and Art). In groups they could construct a city using a variety of materials

  • Pack your bags! Discuss what treasured belongings you would bring if you had to move to a new home.

Check out the other Books Worth a Look posts:

Monday, 9 October 2017

Fun with the 5 Senses

This month in Science my class were learning about the five senses. Here are some of the activities we did based on the Senses, which I spread over a few lessons.

  • Structure of the sense organs
The interactive lessons provided by the Children's University  of Manchester are brilliant. I used some of the lessons on the senses to teach the children about the different parts of the eye etc.

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Which is your dominant eye?

Where is your blind spot?


Identify the sound


What's that smell?


Blind tasting with and without the sense of smell


  • Feely bag (make it trickier by putting a sock or glove on their hand or use different parts of the body to feel the object to show that our sense of touch is less sensitive on our arm than our finger tips etc. )
  • Trace a message on an arm (and guess what they traced)
  • Finger prints (chat about how each finger print is individual)

 Find this experiment and more by clicking here.

Sense poetry

I gave a different setting to each child. They had to use the formation of a sense poem to describe the setting without mentioning it. The rest of the class had to guess the setting.
Examples: farmyard, seaside, woods, school, cinema, resturant

  • Discussion/appreciation of not having use of one of your senses

For example, we looked at how Braille is used for those who are visually impaired.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Building Project

Following on from the students' enthusiasm and engagement with the 'Bridges Project' last year, we did a 'Building Project' this year.

I did it in a similar way to the bridge project. First of all, we looked at different types of buildings all around the world and how they have changed over the years.

Then we looked at the types of materials that are used and why (for example why we use blocks in Ireland compared to mud huts in Africa).

We also looked at famous buildings around the world to give the children some inspiration and ideas.

The children then had to complete their project booklet and construct a building of their own!
                                         Make a Building project (STEM Project)

Take a look at a few of the finished projects.

The students presented them to the whole school after presenting them to the class.

Integration Ideas

Science: Materials (and how they can be used in construction)
Art: Construction
English: Oral Language, Procedural Writing
Geography: Homes Around the World
History: Change of Buildings over time (contrast photos of your locality: now versus long ago)
SPHE: Differences

Other Project Ideas:

Bridge Project