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A Class Read for ReadWritePerform's Storm Pack

The latest ReadWritePerform teaching pack is now available:

The Storm: A Personification Pack challenges your students to read and deconstruct texts describing a storm, then write their own description and perform it as an interactive multimedia eBook.

The writing focuses on developing personification and multi-sensory description to bring the storm to life in the reader's mind.

Along with John's exemplar text, we also use the brilliant book - The Mousehole Cat written by Antonia Barber and illustrated by Nicola Bayley.

This is the stunningly illustrated story of the seaside village of Mousehole Cornwall, where Mowzer the cat lives happily with old fisherman Tom - Tom who rocks the rocking chair just right, and catches fresh fish for dinner every night. Their life is a happy one - until one terrible winter, the Great Storm-Cat comes clawing and snarling and leaping at the harbour walls, so that no boat can go out to sea to fish. Soon, with Christmas coming, there is no food lef…

My Workshop at Reading Rocks

I had a wonderful time on Saturday at The District CofE Primary School at the second Reading Rocks conference. I want to thank Heather and the staff for all their hard work organising a fantastic event. I was very lucky to be able to host a workshop all about ReadWritePerform. You can see my workshop and how the RWP approach works:

I was also very lucky to be interviewed as part of @RussellPrue's live radio broadcast. You can listen to the interview here:

It was nice to have the opportunity to sit and listen to other inspiring keynotes and drop into @SmithSmm's brilliant workshop. What was great how the messages from the keynotes and workshop I attended complimented the key messages from my workshop.

Combining PE and Maths with AR Runner and Graphmented

One of the most exciting new features of Apple's iOS11 is the new ARKit and the possibilities with this new feature. The downside, as I discovered last week, the new AR apps will only work on devices with A9 or A10 chips. After installing these apps on most of our school devices, I quickly discovered they didn't work and had to change my plans quickly. 
My Year 6 digital leaders did, however, get to try these apps out on my iPad. First, they started with the app AR Runner.
The app used AR to create checkpoints which you run to as a way to complete different challenges. It is a great way to combine technology with PE as the children are timed when completing the challenges. Word of warning though, make sure you have decent cases on your iPads as no doubt there will be a few accidents when your pupils are into the game. 
The Year 6 pupils all had a few attempts of completing a challenge and collated their scores on a Google Sheet. 
Using another Augmented Reality app - Graphment…

Learning About The Human Body In Year 1

Year 1 are learning all about the human body. Today, we used technology to enhance this topic further. First, we used the brillaint Virtuali-tee app from Curiscope. Click here to read more about this app. To order a t-shirt, click here.

Year 1 loved learning about the human body today through Augmented Reality! Thank you @curiscope_official! A post shared by Lee Parkinson (@ict_mrp) on Oct 12, 2017 at 9:24am PDT

Once we had explored and discussed the different parts of our body, the children all took turns wearing a green t-shirt and used the camera to photograph each other. They pupils then used Doink Greenscreen to create a picture that looked like we could see inside their body.

Once the pupils had uploaded their pictures to Seesaw, we used the explain and reflect tool in Seesaw to label the major organs. 

Finally, with the help of our Digital Leaders, some children were able to record a video explaining how some of our organs work, see the video here:

The children loved using the t…

How Teachers Walk Down The School Corridor

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A Class Read for ReadWritePerform's Picture Postcard Pack

The latest ReadWritePerform pack - Wish You Were Here: The Picture Postcard Pack - is now available to download.

This Unit of Work is aimed specifically at Key Stage 1 but can be adapted for lower Key Stage 2. Through reading, deconstructing and then writing a postcard of a recent holiday, children will then perform their postcard as a greenscreen video and link it through Augmented Reality to create an interactive video postcard. Each app has a step-by-step guide for teachers who may feel less confident using the technology.

The aim is to cover all elements of the English curriculum in an engaging and purposeful way using a variety of media.

Here is a snippet of the final piece of work your pupils will create through using the pack:

Within the pack, we recommend some books that complement the pack really well. We recommend you using these as your class read as there are many links between the pack and the books.

Meerkat Mail - Meerkat Mail is a brilliant picture book from Emily Gravet…

Descriptosaurus - The Perfect Christmas Present For A Teacher

About 3 years ago, my fantastic Deputy gave every teacher this book - Descriptosaurus. Written by Alison Wilcox, Descriptosaurus is fantastic for creative writing that is a thematic expansion of a dictionary and a thesaurus. It provides children with a comprehensive resource with which to expand their descriptive vocabulary, experiment with language and sentence structure and build up narratives based around the following areas: Settings - landscapes, settlements and atmosphere, Characters - appearance, emotions and personality, and Creatures - appearance, abilities and habitats.

When it comes to writing, teachers can find it tricky to generate effective descriptive language during shared or guided writing sessions. I have been lucky enough to attend training by Alan Peat and Pie Corbett. Both sessions were fantastic and made it look so easy to generate effective vocabulary to tell a good story. They are geniuses and experts in the field. When faced with a class of 30, being put on t…

A Class Read for ReadWritePerform's Crazy Creatures Pack

Recently. we discovered this amazing book that would complement our recent teaching pack - Crazy Creatures.
This Unit of Work is aimed specifically at Key Stage 1 but can be adapted for lower Key Stage 2. Through reading, researching and then writing an information text about a chosen animal, children will create their own Crazy Creature Fact File. The aim is to cover all elements of the English curriculum in an engaging and purposeful way using a variety of media. It also aims to foster within children their love of the natural world and help them to understand their role and responsibility to it.

Sloth Slept On is a picture book all about a group of children who find a sloth snoring away in a tree in their garden. Not knowing what it is, they set out to find out. While the two older children dream up increasingly outrageous possibilities, from an astronaut to a pirate, to a space creature, the youngest little girl investigates books and a globe and discovers what it really is and w…

5 Useful iOS 11 Updates for Teachers

Recently, Apple released iOS 11 and with the update are some great new features. I have put this video together of some of my favourite new features which I think teachers will find really useful.

The downside with the new update is that there are now quite a few apps that will no longer work. @ICTEvangelist recently blogged about this and how to find out which ones are no longer compatible with iOS11. You can read it here. 
On my iPad there are 810!!! Now some of them I have downloaded and never used in the classroom. There are however a number that I regularly use and am gutted they will no longer work. Tellagami, Thinking Blocks, Epic Citadel and some of the AR apps I had, are the ones that stand out the most. Luckily with iOS11 the ARKit will bring some impressive new apps into the classroom.
Fingers crossed, most of the developers will be able to update the apps in the near future. Here is the list of apps on my iPad that will no longer work:

Retelling Stories with Shadow Puppets Edu

For the past couple of weeks, I have been working with Year 2. Their topic is "Something old, something new." This has been linked to the story - Granny's Quilt by Penny Ives.

Last week, the students used the app Shadow Puppets Edu to record their thoughts on pictures of things from my youth which has now been replaced with modern technology. You can watch their efforts here.

This week we used the same app for a different task. Now the children had read the story a few times in class, I challenged them to create a video retelling the story in their own words.

The reason why Shadow Puppets Edu has become one of my go-to apps for KS1 is how versatile it is and how simple it is for pupils to use. Once they had selected a number of images from the book, they recorded themselves explaining that part of the story and then repeated the process for each image and then saved the finished video to their Seesaw portfolios.

Here are a couple of their examples:

10 More Medieval Pictures That Capture Life as a Teacher

So a couple of weeks ago, I shared some medieval pictures from my Instagram account (@ICT_MrP) that depicted life as a teacher. You can read this blog post here. 

Here are 10 more:

PPA Goals.... #medievalteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teacherlife A post shared by Lee Parkinson (@ict_mrp) on Sep 14, 2017 at 2:09pm PDT
When you've set off a load of photocopies but forget to turn off double sided printing! #medievalteacher #teachersofinstagram #teacher #teacherlife A post shared by Lee Parkinson (@ict_mrp) on Sep 16, 2017 at 5:17am PDT 3)
Trying to decode a student’s writing! #medievalteacher #teachersofinstagram #teacher #teacherlife A post shared by Lee Parkinson (@ict_mrp) on Sep 23, 2017 at 10:39am PDT 4)
Checking to see if your pupil has a brain when they ask you what to do after you’ve explained the instructions for the tenth time! #medievalteacher #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teacherlife #teacher A post shared by Lee Parkinson (@i…

Something Old, Something New in Year 2

Today I worked with Year 2. Their new topic is "Something Old, Something New." I decided to challenge the pupils to record videos explaining some objects from my youth which have since become obsolete due to more developed technology.

It was inspired after I saw this video online:

After providing pictures of a variety of objects:

The children used the app Shadow Puppets Edu to create short videos explaining what they thought these objects were and what they were used for. I have to admit I had a laugh at some of their innocent suggestions, which cheered me up after I realised how old I am! 
Once we completed the first video, we spent time talking about the objects and what they actually did and how modern technology has replaced many of them. The children then created another video giving an explanation of what they had learnt about each object. 
Using the app Shadow Puppets gave every child the opportunity to express their predictions and ideas and new found understanding. …

10 Medieval Pictures That Capture Life as a Teacher


A Battle in Britain: A Historical Explanation Pack

I am so excited to announce that the latest Read Write Perform pack is now available. We hoped it would have been available a little bit earlier, so we can only apologise for this. We have been inundated with questions as so many people have been waiting for this one.

Hopefully, it will be worth the wait.

The year is 1066. William, Duke of Normandy, is livid: he thinks he should be king over Harold. He sets sail from neighbouring France with a great army - not just a thumbs up ‘great army’ but a ‘wow, that’s a rather large and intimidating ‘great army’.
The Battle of Hastings, The War of the Roses,  the Roman invasion, these are just a few of the significant events which have shaped Great Britain. Let your pupils retell these events in the form of a humorous report, just like Bob Hale from Horrible Histories. 
A Unit of Work aimed at Key Stage 2 & 3. Through reading, researching and then writing an explanation text about a significant historical event, children create their own hum…

Adding the Interrobang to your iPhone keyboard

Recently, I shared this video about some little-known punctuation marks: 

It seemed to get a great reaction from teachers so I decided to put together a little video to show how you can add some of these punctation marks to your iPhone or iPad keyboard. The following video explains how to do it:

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Mr P's Top Ten Tips for Teachers Starting the New Year

Here is a video with some of my top tips for the new school year. This isn't tech based, it has more of a focus on wellbeing! Please feel free to share:

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Things Teacher Never Say When Going Back to School!

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Life as a Teacher told through Game of Thrones

Like most people, I am a MASSIVE fan of Game of Thrones. I do know how I will survive waiting for the final season!

I have previously blogged about the 12 Game of Thrones Characters You See In Every School! and What We Learn from Tyrion about Teaching!

Over the summer, I have created a series of videos using clips from the show to depict life as a teacher. I have created 7 different volumes, one for each season.

I hope you enjoy, if you do, please follow my page on Instagram:

For any #gameofthrones fans! Life as a Teacher told through Game of Thrones Vol. 1 #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teachers #teachersofig #got7 #got #teacherlife A post shared by Lee Parkinson (@ict_mrp) on Aug 16, 2017 at 12:47pm PDT
Life as a Teacher told through Game of Thrones vol. 2 Tag a #gameofthrones fan! Vol. 1 here - #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #teacher #teacherlife A post shared by Lee Parkinson (@ict_mrp) on Aug 18, 2017 at 11:11am PDT