Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Hidden Sugar in food

The Conversation has a chart showing the sugar content of  some foods.

An article in The Daily Mail has a useful photo
Change for Life Sugar swaps app 


                     How much sugar is hiding in your food BBC guide

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Subtraction with regrouping/borrowing

A powerpoint using money to help explain exchanging tens to units
Available (sign in) from TES

Khan academy video subtraction with regrouping

Make some worksheets with Arithmetic generator from SEN

Practice on your own    

 self marking

Drag and drop maths subtractions (mute the music!)
useful for praactising regrouping without getting in a muddle with pen and paper

watch the video first to explain how to use it to your students!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Dealing with emergencies

First Aid learning for Young People

Use with the whole class but also can practice on their own  by replaying the videos and taking the quiz

As an extra option you can set up accounts for each student to monitor their progress with quizes
 Everyday first aid from the Red Cross has some good videos - I have used these before.


Useful for thinking about what to do in the right order, listening 
also Nurse  and doctor game 

Teaching Conjunctions or Connectives

An Entry 2 lesson on conjunction suitable for students 16+

A one minute video from   BBC Skillswise

A set of  E2/E3 worksheets Using Conjunctions

Wheel of Fortune Conjunctions Game

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Light painting

This week we have been taking photographs in the dark.
We had to use a couple of SLR cameras and tripods for these.The students worked in small groups creating images with lights and torches and some  props from Halloween.


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Sugar in drinks

Sugar stacks website

Shows how much sugar in drinks


sugar detective slideshow 

How to Teach sugar from The Guardian 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Photography: Circles

Our second project this term has been Circles

I based it on an image found  on The Crafty Crow
We also used Paint.net to arrange the images . It is not as flexible as Photoshop but did allow us to add images in new layers.Once in they were difficult to move around and could only be moved by highlighting the images with the selecting tool.

We were very pleased with the results!

Safety at the railway station.

Teaching the rules about the Yellow Line on the railway platform


Read the Story of the man in Perth Australia

Watch the short film on  You Tube

People Power frees man

Watch the video Safe at the station part 1

Use an information sheet  Word  or PDF about Yellow Line rules and Mind the Gap !

A instruction sheet for a follow up task: Create a poster 

Visiting the Railway station:

A tick sheet to use when visiting a railway station. Word version

PDF version 

From Skills workshop An e2/3 powerpoint about Train safety 

'A railway safety PowerPoint to be used as a discussion on why we need to stay safe around railway lines. Can be used as a speaking and listening tool to form discussion points or as a reading comprehension.'

Southern Rail have produced a series of videos on how to use the ticket machine

See my other Train travel blog entry: Train Safety

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Employing a person with a learning disability

Healthy Living: Taking your Pulse

In the Zone has some  excellent resources
Body Trivia questions 

From the resources 9-11 section  Adapt PowerPoint presentation - lesson 1 Use slide 3 
to talk about how the heart works

They also recommend these videos

The heart and how it works

Keeping healthy - the effect of exercise on pulse rate 

 Heart and circulation 

The try a practical activity about taking your pulse 

How to take your pulse is  a very good guide 


Good background information here  including expected pulse rates.

Habits of the Heart

The next step

understanding recovery rates

The amount of time the heart takes to return to a normal at-rest rate after exercise is called recovery time. This is a measure of the body's general fitness. The shorter the recovery time, the higher the level of fitness. ( source Habits of a Healthy Heart )

from 9-11 section  Powerpoint 2  slide 4

The Zone explains 
'recovery rate  which is measured here in beats per minute (bpm). Ask the students what they notice about the recovery rates of the people ... They should notice that the people who do the most strenuous exercise on a regular basis (i.e. the marathon runner and the swimmer) have higher recovery rates than those who do only light exercise (the dog walker and the boy who cycles to school), which means that their heart rate slows down more in the first minute after exercise.'

Saturday, 17 October 2015

The Importance of Exercise

A lesson about exercise and health for Entry 3 students studying Healthy Living.

A short film ( I played it up to 3.20)

The importance of exercise 

A PowerPoint from TES

Importance of Exercise 

 Sign in to TES  to access this resource - (one link to a film doesn't work)

An online resource from NGFL Wales  Healthy Lifestyles

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Best Value at the supermarket.

A worksheet for researching and comparing prices using http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk. 

 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.