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Adding and Multiplying

Even with fun pictures, kids can struggle to master the fundamentals of maths. Just when they’ve got a handle on addition, they learn that there’s another type of maths that is similar to addition but also completely different: the dreaded Multiplication. Even as adults we sometimes…

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Because and So

BECAUSE AND SO Compound sentences can be tricky. Even trickier than making sure all parts go together properly, is choosing the correct conjunction to join them. There are so many different types of conjunctions that sometimes it can be hard to decide which one…

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Blocked Towers

Kids can be pretty concrete thinkers so it can be tricky to introduce them to more abstract ideas like the ones that turn up in maths. Activities that incorporate simple visual representations of mathematic concepts are an excellent way to…

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Fact Family Robots

Fact families are an excellent way to get kids thinking about the way that numbers relate to each other. Addition and subtraction fact families are an extremely important step towards being able to factorise numbers using multiplication and division. Fact families are also a great way to…

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Subtracting Ten

Learning to add and subtract by tens is an important skill to learn. Not only does it simplify mathematical equations, but our system of measurement (the metric system) is based around tens. Mastering the role of the number ten in maths is an…

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Benefits of Colouring In

Teachers, especially relief teachers, are looked down on for colouring in with kids. We are seen as lazy and unprepared. We just throw out a colouring in sheet because we couldn’t be bothered to think of something else. Most of us know that this is not the truth, so let’s debunk this annoyingly persistent myth.

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Report Card Writing

BLOG   Report Card Writing Hey Lizard Learning Tribe! A special note from me to you regarding report card writing. It was never a favourite time of year for me so here are 4 tips to take on board that will see you sailing through this time effortlessly and enjoying...

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Define Homework!

My personal opinion on all this as a teacher, a student who struggled at school, a parent to Ava who is about to embark on the world of homework from ‘the other side of the fence’ and as an author and business owner helping kids across the globe increase their confidence and self-esteem in learning, is this from several perspectives:

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Uncertainty

BLOG • Uncertainty LOOKING FORWARD AND FACING THE UNKNOWN With another year gone by the wayside, January is the month to look to the year ahead. Resolutions are made and we attempt to plan our path through another twelve months. I say attempt because life isn’t a...

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2017 Placemat Resource

BLOG • 2017 Placemat Resource The story behind this resource started in my second year of teaching when I learned my lesson that I needed an activity for children to do on their first day back at school. I wasn't prepared for this the previous year. My first few hours...

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