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.

Picture Quiz: Can You Work Out What These Proverbs Are?

Early Bird (Turdus iliacus)
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Candy  FlossCreative Commons License Stephen Bowler via Compfight

a bird in the hand...
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Finding needle in haystack
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The darkest hour is just before the dawn.
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364/365 See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
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You will find the answers here.

Student Request: ‘Caine’s Arcade’ 1&2

We talked about recycling.

We watched this film about an American boy

who created an arcade from cardboard boxes

Caine’s Arcade’ – The Story Begins

‘Caine’s Arcade’ – A World Wide Movement!

enjoy Niagara Falls
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We talked about the ‘power of one’.

One boy’s imagination inspired others.

One film maker’s kindness helped Caine realise a dream.

Together they started a world wide movement.

Student Request: ‘Adventures of a Cardboard Box’

We enjoyed this charming eight minute short film today

about the fun a young boy has

playing with a cardboard box.

‘Adventures of a Cardboard Box

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Afterwards we talked about

how many ways the hero of this story used the box.

We used clues in the story to guess in what country

this film was made.


We also touched on the theme of loss

and how happy memories can help us

when we remember people

and pets that we have lost.