Going back to school after the holidays is hard on students and teachers alike. Here’s some practical advice for beating the back to school blues…Happy New Year from Beyond ✨ Continue reading A Teacher's Guide to Going Back to School
So this is Christmas…what secondary resources have you done? None? Well, seeing as you’ve been such good teachers this year, don’t sweat it. Sit down, crank up the Christmas tunes, and let Beyond take the reins for Christmas 2019… Continue reading Seasonal Secondary Resources: Christmas 2019 with Beyond
This should be an easy list to draw up… Breaking up for first half term. Breaking up for Christmas. Breaking up for second half term. Breaking up for Easter. Breaking up for third half term. Breaking up for summer. Tempting … Continue reading The 6 Best Moments of the School Year
Christmas is such a busy time, coupled with teaching and family life, it can become an overwhelming time! Here are some age-old adages that apply at this time of year to avoid stresses and panic! 1. Family comes first. Of course, this is true at any time of the year, but Christmas is such a special, important time for family and you shouldn’t feel guilty about using your weekends to enjoy that time. Yes, there will still be data to input, books to mark, emails to send…but remember when people say that you don’t get that time back, you really … Continue reading Mottos for a Merry Christmas!
Christmas Chores Well, I don’t know about you, but I typically don’t find myself getting a lot of R&R over the Christmas holidays! Yesterday I cooked for (and washed up after…) 15 people, we dragged the garden table in from the patio so we could all have some elbow space for dinner and had to totally rearrange the furniture to fit everyone in comfortably. Truth be told, these are the kind of ‘chores’ I absolutely love about Christmas time. Yes, it’s hard work peeling potatoes and rolling stuffing balls for 15 people with big appetites but when you sit down … Continue reading Teachers, Put Your Feet up at Christmas!
Forget elf on the shelf; your focus needs to be on yourself and your mental health! Be kind to yourself. Christmas is a busy time in schools with the additional pressures of concerts, Christmas events and managing student excitement as well as your usual duties, not to mention what’s going on outside of school, like visiting family, nights out, present buying and card swapping. After an already exhausting term, you might be spreading yourself even thinner to get everything done. Make sure that you give yourself time to rest, say no when you need to and be realistic about what … Continue reading Winter Wellbeing: How Can I Look After Myself This Christmas?
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
Christmas is cancelled! Well, the real Christmas at least…we explore the Scrooge Schools that swerve Christmas altogether and attempt to reconcile the much-loved festivals newer, less personal meaning… Continue reading Christmas is Cancelled: The Rise of the Scrooge Schools
Katrina Mills remembers some old favourites and attempts to get to the heart of gift-giving. It’s that time of year again! I’ve been searching the shops and wracking my brain for an appropriate present for the teacher, TA and headmistress at my son’s school. Which are they most likely to receive less of and find most appealing? The candles? The plants/flowers? The soap on a rope? How many bottles of Prosecco will they already have been given by my son’s eager classmates this year? How many boxsets of dire bathing goods can any woman really use? These are the questions … Continue reading Pupil Presents: Is This Something We Want to Encourage?
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?