A Learning About Music Website, 2nd Class Room 6 Enjoyed.

This year 2nd Class Room 6 enjoyed this music website.

During the year we learned about sound and rhythm.

I am posting the link here, because perhaps

my students told me

they would like to try these activities at home;

BBC Northern Ireland Schools – Music Website

Face The Music
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Lots of activities on New York Philharmonic Kids.org – Kids Zone


These are other good music websites;

SFS Kids.org – Learning About Music Website


This is an interactive keyboard;

BGFL.org’s Interactive Keyboard

and here is an interactive drumkit;

Primary Resources.co.uk – Online Drumkit


You can find more student favourites by clicking on the tag

‘Student Request’ or ‘Student Favourite’ at the top of this post

on the right of the page under ‘Click below to see…’

A link for children who enjoy history

I am posting this link as the children

who love history in 2nd Class Room 6

asked me to:

Click here for the link to BBC Schools Primary History

Egypt-9B-033 - Amun-Ra
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You can find more student favourites by clicking on the tag

‘Student Request’ 

or ‘Student Favourite’ at the top of this post

on the right of the page under ‘Click below to see…’

Revising Money for 5-9 year olds

We are revising money

using Moneyville.

It is fun and educational.

Click here for the link.

Have fun.

Heads or tails? - ¿Cara o cruz?
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and these are some memory games

from Kids Memory.com


This is a good game for counting in twos, threes, fours etc.

Learning Planet.com Counting Game


You can find more student favourites by clicking on the tag

‘Student Request’ 

or ‘Student Favourite’ at the top of this post

on the right of the page under ‘Click below to see…’

Supplementary Homework in Maths

Here are a dozen links to Maths Activities

that you might like to try:


Many of these games were sourced from 

Maths Primary National Strategy – Maths Activities

This is easy; practising ‘counting on’ with 

Online ‘Snakes and Ladders’

Snakes and Ladders
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As an alternative to the

Balloon Popping Game to practice tables,

you can practice addition tables on Circus Climber


This activity teaches about Data


These are more challenging:

Practising computation with

Swimming Lengths

Long Jump



Reading measure with Javelin Throwing


Measuring angles;

estimating or using an online protractor with Sailing


Practicing Addition using ‘Who Wants To Be A Mathionaire?’


This is a more challenging game;

 ‘Who Wants to Be A Mathonaire?’

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Like the game Mastermind this is an online game

called Code Breaker

Here is another version from Creativity Games.net

If you would like to supplement your child’s homework, try ‘Help My Kid Learn.ie’

Help My Kid Learn.ie was designed as a ‘key resource’ for parents.

It has many ideas for activities parents can do with their children

in order to improve their skills in




and maths.

Click here to go to helpmykidlearn.ie

Children at school
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Special Request from the students for link to the BBC’s ‘Time Capsule Game’.

Special Request from the students for this link:

Children’s Lives in Victorian Times including The Time Capsule Game

David Brevitt Glaize
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You can find more student favourites by clicking on the tag

‘Student Request’ 

or ‘Student Favourite’ at the top of this post

on the right of the page under ‘Click below to see…’

Green Schools: Online Games that teach about Food Chains

What's the worry? Ecosystems are for kids.
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We are working on earning our Biodiversity Flag for Green Schools.

We used this great game today to learn about Food Chains.

Sheppard Software Food Chain Game

We also learned about herbivores, omnivores and carnivores

Animal Diet Game

There are even more educational and interesting games here:

Sheppard Software Games for Kids

We like working up the levels on this one:

Build a Food Chain from Cserc.org

As usual BBC Bitesize has an excellent activity

to help us understand food chains.

BBC Bitesize Food Chain Game

Just remember that the video at the end

is only available in the UK.

Also from the BBC is this one:

BBC Science Clips on Interdependence Game

This one is also very interesting.

We scored 30.

Could you do better?

How could we improve?

Puzzling Caret – Balance the Food Chain

The above one is set in Sunny Meadows.

This one is set in the Rainforest

Revolution Caret – Rainforest Ecosystem

The following is a clever game

because you can see what happens

if an animal is taken out of the food chain.

Chain Reaction from Eco Kids

This one is much more challenging (for Senior Classes really)

but it shows you how complicated a food chain is.

No need to log in. Just click ‘skip’.

Food Chain Game from Cool Classroom.org

Some online educational language games & activities that 2nd Class, Room 6 enjoy.

I ch-ch-choose you
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This game became a class favourite:

Brian P Cleary’s ‘Word Train’

Try it and see how high a score you can get.


And here are some more:



Noun Quiz


Nouns and Verbs Icecream game

Identifying parts of speech


This is a clever vocabulary exercise that

adjusts itself to the student’s ability:


Vocabulary Multiple Choice


These are story writing activities.

The first one is a bit of a novelty

but ‘Story Maker’ is a very good site indeed.

Write A Crazy Story

Story Maker

Online Games to practice Addition,Subtraction & Clock Time for 1st/2nd Class

We have been using these games to practice our maths in class


1. Great Subtraction Practice

Try The Subtraction Wall

We are really enjoying this one.


2. Another game to practice subtraction.

Key in the correct security code

by completing a number of take away sums

and as a reward the student gets to design a superhero.

Super Hero Costume Game

This game certainly has its fans in 2nd Class Room 6.


3. Challenge: Football Themed Two Digit Addition

Looks like fun

Our football fans enjoy this one.

4. This one is a new addition.

Watch out because it gets quicker

and quicker as you go up the levels.

Maths Barge Game from Ohio Distinctive.com

5. Clock time game

Have fun with clock time


6. Another game to revise clock time

Telling the time


7. Lots more maths games from BBC

Lots more maths games

Try one!

They’re fun!

Acknowledging the help of this great accumulation of websites on Ms. Horst’s Class Blog

Ms.Horst’s Class Website

To know another teacher has found a website useful

is very helpful when sourcing

age appropriate educational websites.

Rainy Day pastimes

Save it for a rainy day.
Save it for a rainy day by Neal on Flickr

I am going to make a collection of websites

that you might find passes the time on a rainy day.


Every year I ask the children in my class,

if you were an animal what animal would you be,

and why ?

We draw a picture of ourselves as that animal.

This results in some interesting self portraits.

Online I found an art activity where you can do something similar:

Draw a self portrait

and then make it even more original

by adding animal ears and tail etc.

Build Your Wild Self


I am reposting the following link

from earlier this year.

It contains many creative online art activities:

Online interactive art activities


Try this one.

I think you will like it.

Draw a Stickman: An Animation Adventure


Here is another one:

Scribbler for beautiful pictures


As well as art there are websites where you can create your own music.

I like this one:

Have fun making music with inudge.net”

Just use your mouse to click in the small squares

and see what happens.


If you enjoy Word Games you will enjoy this site:

Word Games from School Time Games


If you like playing with Lego,

you may like playing this:

Lego games online


There are other activities on the following link

which the children in my class have found entertaining,

so I am posting the link here:

Somethings that are fun to do!

If you are looking for more,

look on the right hand side of this page

and click on the words

‘Educational Websites’.


Scroll down the page 

to find many more excellent websites


put the keywords ‘Educational Websites’

into the search box.

What a summer! All that rain!

Here comes the rain again
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It rained and rained and rained and rained,
The average was well maintained;
And when our fields were simply bogs,
It started raining cats and dogs.

After a drought of half an hour,
There came a most refreshing shower;
And then the queerest thing of all,
A gentle rain began to fall.

Next day ’twas pretty fairly dry,
Save for a deluge from the sky.
This wetted people to the skin,
But after that the rain set in.


Looking forward to a good September.

A sunny start to the new school term,

would be good.

A Collection of Wonderful Websites: Everything but the kitchen sink!


I hope to get a lot of use out of this magical,

inspirational and innovative website next year.

The Literacy Shed

The Literacy Shed

These are other useful websites for literacy

and contain online books to listen to and to read.

We Give Books

Storyline Online




Picture books:

A number of stories about a dinosaur

Short stories on Learn English Kids British Council

CBeebies: Picture Stories for Infant Classes


Animated books (no reading involved!

Would be good for oral comprehension

perhaps to end of First Class) @ We do listen


Comprehension will be a focus of this school year.

Inference is a useful skill.

Here are fifteen riddles that require the student to infer:



Prediction is another skill which assists comprehension.

This visual puzzle gives students the opportunity to predict.


You will see that the excellent website  

from which these two activities come from

has all sorts of other original ideas for

the teaching of reading, maths, science and music. 



This is a good site for literacy and maths:

Oxford Owls


Sumdog comes highly recommended for learning maths.

One has to register to join.

Link to Sumdog


One has to register to get the best from this site too.  

The content is cross curricular but this is a maths index for children aged 7-9

TES iboard.co maths 7-9


These are the strategies we are learning

to speed up our understanding of this computation.

Strategies for Learning Tables


The following is a site where the children can practice

computation, which tracks individual progress



Problem Solving

Recently in school we talked very briefly about this problem.

Perhaps the children would like to experiment with solutions at home:

The River Crossing



For fans of Pokemon:

This activity involves reading, comprehension and decision making:

A Pokemon Adventure from Woodlands Junior Kent

The Arts

Here are some useful suggestions for integrating art and drama:

Games that integrate art and drama

These ideas are from a great art blog that I discovered recently


The author is a specialist art teacher, teaching at primary level in the US.

The standard she is reaching with the children is exceptional.

Reading quickly through her philosophy it appears that she would prefer

five fully finished masterpieces from a child over a year

rather than a weekly unfinished one.


Included in this blog are a series of short videos (on Vimeo)

for use in class.

‘White Spot Inspector’ is an inventive approach

to getting the children not to leave spaces in the picture unfinished.

Other videos include advice about

sketching lightly with a pencil instead of digging down onto the page,

being kind to paintbrushes and glue pots,


being neat,

avoiding careless brushwork

and using black marker to tidy up untidy paintwork.

There is also one on craftmanship i.e. touching up your work, ‘redrafting’ etc.

Index of Instructional Art Videos

There is also a link to an extensive archive of artwork.

Art Archive

I would be doing this wonderful blogger a disservice

if I didn’t mention that she also uses a lot of IT in her work.

This is presently beyond me, but it is something to be inspired by and to aspire to.


25th August 2012:

I have been adding to this post all summer.

As a result it seems to contain everything but the kitchen sink.

Here are some more!

They are classroom tools for timing/counting down and picking names:

Countdown Timer

Dartboard Student Selector

Fruit Machine Word or Name Picker

Picking A Name Out Of A Hat


Memory Games

Room 6 play memory games in class. Some of them are online:

Find the Suspect, memory game

Memory Game: Flip

Number Sequences

Simon – The Memory Game

We play a memory game in class called ‘As I went into Tesco’s. It is good for developing concentration and memory. It is explained on the following link:

I went shopping and I bought a…

The following is a game I enjoy playing in class because for me as a teacher it is a useful reminder of the amount of information a child may retain from a lesson depending on
level of concentration
the children’s ability to retain information
and certainly how engaged or active the child has been in the lesson.

It is a reminder to me as a teacher not to forget the wise saying:

We remember 90% of what we do…

75% of what we see…

and 20% of what we hear…

This game also illustrates how stories can evolve as they are passed
from person to person;
how myths and legends were added to from generation to generation.
It can also show children how rumours start or misinformation be passed.

I choose four children.
Three wait where they can’t hear what is being said.

I tell a short story to the first child.
We then invite one of the waiting children to come back
and the first child tells the second the story.

Then child number three returns and is told the story by child number two.
Child number three in turns tells the story to child number four.
Child number four tells the story they have just heard to the class.

In general the story becomes much shorter.
A lot of the detail is lost and there are many inaccuracies.
But with practice the children improve. It is a game the children enjoy

Even with your own child, tell them a short story
and see if they can relate the story back accurately.
I often use the ‘blurb’ on the back of a book for this activity
or a simple recipe.

A picture by Alexandra, to put us in a summery mood 🙂

English Language and Vocabulary Games

Moon & Sun
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We have been posting a lot of maths games here recently

so we thought we would post some English language and vocabulary ones.



New games to help you learn your addition and take away tables

Here are some new games for checking

if you know your addition tables.

This one is called Number Eaters

and it is fun to play.


There are lots of other maths games on this site.

If Numbereaters is’nt for you why not try




is also good.

5. Don’t forget the ‘Crossing The Swamp’ game

also from earlier this year.


6. If you get tired of popping balloons

you could try MATHS MAGICIAN


A detail from Ryan’s colourful picture of the Northern Lights.

Multiplication as repeated addition

First and second class provide a window of opportunity to learn addition and subtraction tables. Second class is a fresh opportunity for the children to learn these tables. In the main, I found the children have learned tables to 5 very well. These will be revised and then there will be another chance to learn to later tables to ten . It is important to master these tables by the end of second because
• In third and fourth the focus changes to multiplication and division.
• If a child knows their simple number facts they can more or less their full attention to method when being taught new maths e.g. ‘renaming’ when subtracting two digit numbers.

Ways of learning

In school we practise these tables, in a concrete way, using lollipop sticks and unifix cubes from the Number Bags on our desks. We have been singing the tables along to music. Hopefully the children have shown you how we use our hands to keep us on track while saying the table. We also use the table book.

In school we use Joyce O’Hara’s Addition and Subtraction CD from

We say ‘one and zero make one’, one and one make two’
‘one from six leaves five’. In this way we use the same language as this cd.

Children learn in different ways. Many respond to working with concrete objects; lollipop sticks, cubes, smarties. Some children really pick up on singing or chanting the table. For some keeping track of their tables on their fingers (a kinaesthetic approach) helps.

If you feel your child is not getting enough homework
Some of you may find that replacing the written maths the children used do with learning a table makes for less homework. But remember the few days or so it will be a case of adding and subtracting one and two. This will be quite easy. The tables will get harder after that.

If you do want to do extra work with your child you could rewrite some number facts from the tables as problems. We are told that children find problem solving difficult in maths. This may sound difficult, but can take as simple a form as ‘I had two pancakes on my plate. Mum made one more. How many had I then?’

Many of the children are very taken with the idea of learning how to multiply. We are in second class and as I say multiplication is on the curriculum for third.

Between now and Christmas we will be doing a ‘blitz’ on addition and take away tables. For this reason these tables are the only maths homework we are going to do in the next month. Instead we will do the exercises in the Mental Maths workbook in during class.

But time is ticking on and in second class multiplication is taught as repeated addition. In class we will be learning about number patterns and learning to count in 2s,4s,5s,etc. and using the hundred square.
I found these lively videos to help us:
We will also use this Counting Rap to help us:
Counting Cadence

Based on the Counting Cadence song from
the Dr. Jean Feldman Kiss Your Brain CD

We’re the best, we’re number one.
Now let’s have some counting fun.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

We are smart, we’re really cool.
Come on and let’s count by twos.
2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24

We are rockin’ you can see.
All together count by threes.
3 6 9 12 15 18 21 24 27 30 33 36

We’ve got the beat&we know more.
Everybody count by fours.
4 8 12 16 20 24 28 32 36 40 44 48

We can count and we’re alive.
Now let’s try and count by fives.
5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60

Skip counting is a kick.
You can do it-count by six.6 12 18 24 30 36 42 48 54 60 66 72

We’re on a roll-our brains are revvin’. Everybody count by seven.
7 14 21 28 35 42 49 56 63 70 77 84

We’re fantastic-doing great.
Come on now and count by eight.
8 16 24 32 40 48 56 64 72 80 88 96

Lookin’ good and counting fine.
Now it’s time to count by nine.
9 18 27 36 45 54 63 72 81 90 99 108

Skip count, skip count once again.
One more time and count by ten.
10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 120

We are super, yes we are. Look out world, here comes a star!

Take a look at our story on the ‘Storybird’ website

We had a visitor to our room this week. Her name was Aisling. Aisling is doing voluntary work in the school. She is thinking about becoming a teacher.

Happily after her week in Room 6 Aisling seems even more enthusiastic about teaching 🙂 Aisling completed a great body of work in our class this week.

In Art she helped the children with the construction of their names as seen earlier this week on Photopeach.

Link for Art Project ‘I Got A Name’ on Photopeach

Then she worked with each child on a collaborative story on the website called ‘Storybird’.

As described on the ‘Storybird’ site, ‘Storybird reverses the process of visual storytelling by starting with the image and “unlocking” the story inside’. The children choose an artist or a theme and base their stories on the pictures.

Unsurprisingly, the children chose the theme of ‘Halloween’! We have published these stories online.

If you like to read the story with your child, they will tell you which page they wrote.

Room Six and their teacher would like to thank Aisling for all her hard work 🙂

Halloween Story Part One on ‘Storybird’

Halloween Story Part Two on ‘Storybird’

If your child enjoys story writing you might consider signing up for a ‘Storybird’ account. To do so is free.
Though as with many of these sites, there is a ‘Pro’ option which you would pay for.

We are learning about maps and plans

The children enjoyed this activity in school today.

Maybe they would like to try it at home and you can see the kind of work we are doing.

‘A Game about using Keys or Legends on a Map from the National Geographic Website’

Maths – Simple Computation: Addition & Subtraction in Second Class.

Maths – simple computation: addition/subtraction in Second Class

If you feel the need to supplement homework, these are some suggestions.

Learning simple computation (addition/subtraction tables to 10+10) really benefits the student in second class. Because when they go on to learn how to add tens and units with renaming they can concentrate on this new methodology because the addition and subtraction come easy to them.

We will be doing this in class. These websites may help you help your child.

The first  is an addition speed test.



In preparation for adding tens and units with renaming, this game might be useful.


This is a good site for practicing number facts and computation:


Finally this site has games that practice addition and take aways at speed.


Finally following a recent recommendation I will be using the following site in class.

Problem Solving with Thinking Blocks

The Thinking Blocks website teaches a visual strategy for problem solving.

Hope you find these helpful.