Learning about Idioms using a clever Vimeo – Senior Classes, Primary School

This is a clever Vimeo that features the imaginative use of idioms. I think it would be suitable for fifth or sixth class, but would recommend that you would check it out first before using it.

Confessions of an Idiom from Amanda Koh on Vimeo.

We enjoy learning about idioms and have done other work including a quiz about them here.

Recommended Website (4th-6th class): ‘Colours in Motion’

Life is a precious gift. Don't waste it being unhappy, dissatisfied, or anything else you can be
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If covering the topic of colour in class,

this website has great potential

for encouraging learning and discussion.


It is called Colours in Motion 

and was created by Maria Claudia Cortes


It is interactive and animated

and deals with the symbolism of colour.

There are also opportunities

to experiment with digital art.

#GoogleDoodles: Introducing Venn Diagrams: A gift for teachers from Google!

Do you get it? probably by @DaveWalker
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Today’s Google Doodle is a gift to teachers who would like

to introduce their students in an interactive way to

the wonderful invention of John Venn; Venn Diagrams.


Click here to see the inventive animation

that the designer Mike Dutton has come up with.


As a primary teacher I could also see great potential

in today’s Google Doodle, for language development.

I will be saving this to my favourites and look forward

to using this with my classes in September 🙂

Thank you Google. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

The ‘B’ word ;)

 It may be Autumn, but I am doing a ‘Spring Clean’ on this blog.

This is one of a number of ‘draft posts’ I had saved.

I think now is as good as any time to post it.


As a parent and a teacher, I have strong views

about the use of the word ‘boring’.

Gregor Reviews I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black, Debbie Ridpath Ohi (illus)
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Children can be bored.

In class I do my utmost,

to ensure this is not the case.


But I think allowing one’s children

to use the word,

gives them a ‘button to press’

in order to get a reaction from adults.


I ask the children in my class

not to use the ‘b’ word!


Instead we have learned a list of words

that can be used instead of  ‘boring’.


For example:













I love not hearing the ‘b’ word

and hearing the children use

a variety of interesting words instead.


What do you think?

Falling from the Sky! Images suggested by ‘Sunflakes’ by Frank Asch

We read ‘Sunflakes’ by Frank Asch
You can read it here.
We talked the images in the poem
and about
what else could fall from the sky!
These are some of the ideas we had:
Pommes de terre
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Jake – potatoes
Dangerous grannies
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John Paul – grannies
Fenceposts Across the Universe
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Matthew – planets
salty crispy goodness
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Cian – Pringles
hbw | happy (custom) bokeh wednesday
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Nicole – Lights
the rest of the family
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Kila – puppies
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Abi – Moshi Monsters
JJ Following The Girls To School free creative commons
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Owen – Babies
Roy's red Army
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Lewis – the Liverpool football team
Can you imagine any of these falling from the sky?
Can you see the picture in your mind?
Then we found out about unusual things
that have actually fallen from the sky
and the reason behind why these
unusual showers happened!
The list included
and golf balls!
Alignment (Golf balls)
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Funny Ways to Say Good Bye

‘See you later alligator,

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Bye bye butterfly,

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Give a hug ladybug,

~ Ladybug  Ladybird ~
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Be sweet parakeet,

Plum-headed Parakeet
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Blow a kiss goldfish,

red fin
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See you soon racoon,

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Take care polar bear,

What a Wonderful World
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Out the door dinosaur!’

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Next week we are going to talk about funny ways to say hello.

Look out for the results, here on the blog.