Behaviour Management Tips for the Classroom

Content writer Debi, a former pastoral manager, maths teacher and head of year for over 20 years shares some quick behaviour management tips for the classroom. Returning to school in January tends to go one of two ways – the students are either so worn out from the excitement or they’re bouncing off the walls. Both apathy and boundless energy present a challenge to the new and seasoned teacher alike and if the festive holidays have left your memory a little hazy, here are a few quick bullet-point reminders to get the behaviour back on track. Be fair and consistent. … Continue reading Behaviour Management Tips for the Classroom

Very Very Nearly There: Fun Science Activities for Those Last Few Lessons

Content writer Becky Driver picks out some science resources that could tie you over until the final lesson of term ticks round. Are you struggling for ideas for the next few days? I’ve found a few resources to get you … Continue reading Very Very Nearly There: Fun Science Activities for Those Last Few Lessons

Manipulatives in Maths: Suitable for the Secondary Classroom?

Content writer Siobhan Lawrence explains why visualising manipulatives is suitable for everybody. Interlocking cubes, Cuisenaire rods, counters, dice, dominoes, geo-boards, to name but a few, are all examples of manipulatives and physical objects which you might associate with a primary … Continue reading Manipulatives in Maths: Suitable for the Secondary Classroom?

English Teachers – Have you Seen Twinkl’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway?

It’s the run up to Christmas, things are starting to feel a bit festive, but you need something to challenge and absorb your class for those last few lessons. Never fear, our gift from Twinkl Secondary is a selection box of Christmas tasks to educate, engage and excite your students. All of the resources below are available, free, on the website for the remainder of 2018 – just make sure you have registered on the site. A Winter Poem Teaching Pack (https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t3-e-119-new-a-winter-poem-teaching-pack, https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t3-e-208-writing-prompts-winter-lesson-pack) Engage your KS3 pupils in a seasonal and fun lesson which includes a short, step by step … Continue reading English Teachers – Have you Seen Twinkl’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway?

Gothic Fiction and Why I Love It

Sam Turton talks us through her favourite genre. How It All Started My name is Sam and I’m a Gothic addict. Sign me up to Hotel Transylvania right now! When I first decided to study English at university, I never dreamt that I would get to study a whole module on Gothic fiction. I was in my element! We read Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Sheridan le Fanu’s Carmilla, Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and many others. My essay for the unit focussed on Rice’s novel compared with Stoker’s Dracula and the … Continue reading Gothic Fiction and Why I Love It

KS3 Science: An Insight into Our Electricity Unit of Work

In this blog Claire Brown, science teacher extraordinaire and one of our science content writers, provides a background to some of her favourite resources. How long does it take for one teacher to plan an outstanding lesson? Well here’s a little sneak peek into the production process that is hidden behind the doors at Twinkl HQ. The production process is incredibly rigorous to ensure that the best quality science products are provided for teachers, teaching assistants and parents alike. A single resource pack could take a content writer up to 15 hours to make and that is before it has … Continue reading KS3 Science: An Insight into Our Electricity Unit of Work

Colour By Numbers at Key Stage 3? What’s the Pedagogy Behind These Amazing Maths Worksheets?

In this blog guest writer Henry breaks down the thought process behind our Colour by Numbers worksheets and how to get the best out of them in the classroom. I’m Henry and I’ve been working with Twinkl Secondary for two years. I taught maths in secondary schools for 4 years, where the greatest compliment I ever received was that my suit made me look like Agent 47 from the ‘Hitman’ games. Today, I want to give you the scoop on our most diverse and popular resources – Colour by Numbers. We made our first Colour by Numbers resources for Christmas … Continue reading Colour By Numbers at Key Stage 3? What’s the Pedagogy Behind These Amazing Maths Worksheets?

Impostor Syndrome: Why Do Teachers Second-Guess Themselves?

I remember my first ‘outstanding’ observation – An English Language A-Level lesson with a class of eleven students. I recall the self-doubt and the onset of impostor syndrome that told me my lesson was poorly planned and headed for a … Continue reading Impostor Syndrome: Why Do Teachers Second-Guess Themselves?