Artist of the Month: Degas

Hi everyone,

More ideas for the Artist of the Month.

I have chosen Degas as the artist for next month. The children might respond to the art of Degas if they do ballet themselves.

I am slowly introducing myself to Pinterest have set up a Pinterest board to save ideas for Art Lessons specifically on Degas. Check out my Pinterest board here.

I have also used the story books from the Anholt Series to introduce the artists through stories. The book Degas and the Little Dancer introduces the children to Marie who wants to be a famous dancer and meets Degas at the ballet school.

There are lots of options to include different strands in lessons for this Artist.

The children could use fabric to create the dress of the ballerina. Alternatively the children could use a variety of media to create the pictures and compare the effects when using paint or pastels.

To link with other subjects, you could also link with Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the children could listen to it as they work on their ballerina pictures.

Happy Planning



World Kindness Day

Tomorrow November 13th is World Kindness Day.

Here is my plan to celebrate World Kindness Day in my class.

I plan on first focusing on being kind to yourself. I have printed resources from the Walk in my Shoes site. 

I will encourage the children to think of positive self-talk initially and link with the mindset display in the classroom.




We will then complete the Selfie ‘Steem activity where the children will identify the positive qualities of their peers.





This links well with the Caring element of the Character Education Pack I use in my class. I particularly enjoy the story Someone loves you Mr. Hatch to encourage discussion on acts of kindness.



To encourage parental involvement and highlight the importance of mindfulness and emotional wellness I have printed a Wellness Journal from and the class will complete one page per day as homework.




Finally to encourage Random Acts of Kindness I have a record sheet so that the children can record their own Random Acts of Kindness over the course of the week.

Looks like there is a busy week ahead with Science Week and World Kindness Day!

Have a great week!




Science Week: All Classes

It’s almost Science Week 2017!

There are lots of ideas to link with a heat and insulation on the Science Week website. 

Other ways to explore heat and insulation for all classes include:

Which spoon will melt the ice first. 

For this experiment you will need different spoons, metal, wooden and plastic. Give each group a set of spoons and ask the children to describe them using as many words as they can. Place an ice cube on each spoon and ask the children to guess what ice cube will melt first. Observe and record the results. For older classes you can discuss which spoon was a conductor of heat energy.

Snowman’s Coat

This idea is from a concept cartoon. Use the concept cartoon to encourage discussion in the class and predict what they think will happen.

Give each group two small tubs and some kitchen roll. Give the groups four ice cubes. Get the group to wrap two ice cubes in the kitchen roll and leave the other two unwrapped and predict which one will melt first. Again with older classes you can explore insulators and conductors of heat energy.

Keeping the Damp Out. 

You may be familiar with this experiment from Primary Science.

Give each group sugar cubes, small dish with coloured water and a selection of materials. Ask the children to place one cube in the dish, then place one of the materials over the cube and place another sugar cube on top. Repeat with the other materials. The first sugar cube will absorb the water, but ask the children to predict which material will prevent the second sugar cube from absorbing the water too.

These are some ideas to link with the heat and insulation ideas on Science Week Website.

Thanks to Una Leader for some of these ideas which I got on her Summer Course last year.


Artist of the Month: Bridget Riley

Looking for an artist that will also link to Science Week?

Check out Bridget Riley who creates different optical illusions.

There are lots of opportunities to explore the strand of Drawing while exploring the work of Bridget Riley.

Twinkl have a lovely powerpoint to explain what an optical illusion is and about the life of Bridget Riley.

I like this activity to explore optical illusions using the children’s hands. The children trace around their hand, they then draw straight lines across the page, however where the children’s hand is they draw a curved line. In this way you create a 3D effect.

Similarly you could create this circle art with a Senior Class. It gives you the chance to discuss the diameters of circles and explore drawing circles with a compass.

Share your ideas for Optical Illusion Art in the comments.




November: My Plan

Hi everyone,

Hope you all had a lovely midterm. I have spent some time over midterm planning for my own class. As you know I had an eventful start to the year and due to an injury was out of school for a while. So I am beginning the next half of term with my Senior Classes with gusto!

November can be a busy month. There is Science Week coming up and it’s also time to plan and begin a performance for Christmas. Some schools may also have Parent Teacher Meetings in November too. Mine are coming up soon.

For Science Week this year I applied to link with Royal College of Surgeons who had an outreach programme available. It centres around a day in the life of a cancer biologist and the children get to use a microscope and extract DNA from fruit and vegetables. I got the kit just before midterm and it looks great. I will add photos and more information before Science Week.

I have also applied for the RDS Primary Science Fair we took part last year too and the experience the class got was invaluable. They knew their project so well and were confident explaining it to the judges and other visitors to the stand. We have a new project this year that links with Space Week and Science Week so I am hoping we are successful with our application. If we are it will be a busy Science filled month.

I am also continuing Book Clubs with my class. The feedback from the children has been positive so far. I have my class divided into reading groups. And each group gets a book or sets of books to read. Some children explore a novel, while others might read from sets of ability level books such as Barrington Stoke or Tree Tops from Oxford Reading Tree. They have to complete activities in their Book Club Journal such as predictions, vocab work and book reviews. It also is a reading record that their parents must sign each night. It is a great way to encourage children to read books outside of their general interest area. At the end of the month the children have a book club meeting when they bring in home baking treats and discuss the book or reading challenge with their peers. They have focus questions to encourage discussion on the books and I pop to all groups to hear their views.

Finally  I have signed up for Junior Entrepreneur with my class. So I am hoping to get a little bit started before Christmas. We took part last year and it was very successful within my class. The children really worked as a team and became very confident in leading their own business venture. I hope to blog regularly on our project this year.

If you have any questions on any mentioned in today’s blog post just send me a PM.