Sunday, 31 May 2015

Best Value at the supermarket.

A worksheet for researching and comparing prices using 

 For learners working at Entry 2/3.

Word version available at My Box net 

PDF version available below : 

For other Money  links
  Follow Vienna's board Money UK on Pinterest.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

General Election: A worksheet

A worksheet to identify the main politcal leaders in the UK General Election on May 7th 2015

Worksheet including Scottish leader PDF

Worksheet including Welsh leader PDF

Also available in Publisher:

Worksheet including Welsh Leader Publisher
Worksheet including Scottish leader Publisher

Saturday, 21 February 2015

E Reading

The brilliant Six book challenge has come round again!

Some of my students are reluctant readers  but are willing to have a go at reading on their Ipad or Android devices.

My challenge has been to find suitable ebooks.

My college doesn't have an E book service but most UK libraries now do offer free ebooks.

You will always need your library card and a pin ,so you will have to start with a visit to the library.
Some libraries use the over drive app

these include

East Sussex

Devon  and many more

West Sussex library 
West Sussex has its own FREE service for ebooks

You will need a library card and a pin available from the library

Choose your book and download onto Ipad,computer or android.
For the Ipad follow instructions to download a  Blue Fire reader or similar

West Sussex also has FREE emagazines

Access via West Sussex library website 

follow instructions to download a  Zinio app  

West Sussex library also has a Free audio books through oneclick digital

There are lots of other places to find ebooks.The tricky bit is finding titles suitable for young adult beginner or intermediate  readers

I have pinned some possible title on a Pinterest board

Follow Judy's board Reading on the Ipad on Pinterest.

Other places for Ebooks (to purchase)

Macmillan books have an ebooks store with some suitable Starter ebook

SEN press

Lots of SEN Press books are available as Apps for IPad  with one free book to download : Keeping Money Safe
There is also a free PDF version of  the book Matt gets Wise

Ransom Publishing

Dark Man series E books

Me books 
There are many reading apps which can be used to download books. I like the interactive features of Me apps books.
You can download a free Popeye comic  (not for beginner readers) when you sign up to an account (Feb 2015).
I haven't found any titles to recommend yet...

Tar heel reader is also  a good place to find free very short reading books.These can be downloaded.
A list of graded readers can be found at Dynamic learning (although not all age appropriate)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Our I.T. Lesson

Today we will be using 
                                                  online drawing tools



Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Facebook and Most Popular Posts 2014

Writing a blog takes time and commitment. I haven't written many blog entries this year but I have started a Facebook page.

Facebook is a quick and easy way to share ideas. 
Here are the ten most popular posts from my blog.

Sunday, 4 January 2015


Animoto is a quick and easy way to make videos. It is also a good way of recording practical projects and showcasing the work of your students. Anyone can sign up for a free account .This enables you or your students to make 30 second videos.Once you've tried it and like it you can ask for a free upgrade to an Educators account.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Running a meeting

From time to time we need to teach our students how to hold a meeting.
Chapter 5 page 5 of 
 Creative Minds – The Guide has a clear  guide to help young people with a learning disability to conduct meetings effectively.
The Guide can be downloaded  either as a whole document or in separate chapters, here:

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Welcome Back! After a summer of rest I'm ready to go again and  welcome our new students on Monday. 

Scrap Coloring is a useful  site . I will be using it when we make name cards. This year I have students who can't hold a pen but can use the computer keyboard and mouse. The site does warn that better results are obtained when using FireFox rather than Internet Explorer,so worth trying it out first. Names can be printed or saved to the computer.

Wordle is also a useful whole class activity.Everyone can type their name in to the Wordle  template and  an instant class list created. Requires JAVA,so again try it out first.

Wordle: Welcome to College

Sunday, 27 April 2014

What to sow and grow in April

Thompson and Morgan have a guide to planting in April Click on this link to go to their website.

Monday, 21 April 2014

The Crash Reel

During the Easter break we rented out The Crash Reel

On the website it is described as  
The dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete, Kevin Pearce; one eye-popping sport, snowboarding; and one explosive issue, Traumatic Brain Injury. A comeback story with a difference.

I really enjoyed the film.It gave me some insight into Traumatic Brain Injury but it also included  a look at Down's Syndrome,dyslexia and drama !

The website has resources  on Traumatic Brain Injury: LOVEYOURBRAIN