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Reading Bingo

Reading BingoGetting children to read for pleasure can be difficult. Reading seems such a passive activity, and they can quickly become restless and bored. The idea behind Reading Bingo is that they put these bingo cards in their home reading books, and when they've read a particular genre they get an adult/teacher to sign it off for them. If they get 4 in a row, they get a special prize!

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Making E-textiles At School

E-textiles at schoolImagine making a monster badge that had flashing eyes or a bookmark with a light? The idea behind e-textiles, or wearable electronics, is to use electronics with different materials to add functional or decorative effects. All you need to achieve this are basic sewing skills and a limited knowledge of circuits. The materials and electronics are inexpensive and a full detailed guide is provided to create lots of fabulous e-textile products.

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National Numeracy Strategy ITPs

NNS ITPsThese National Numeracy Strategy Interactive Teaching Programs (NNS ITPs) were developed in 2002 to help with the teaching of maths in UK Primary Schools. There are 32 NNS ITPs in total and many are still useful for maths teaching in classrooms today. They are ideal for class or small group teaching and cover many areas of numeracy incuding number, shape, measure and statistics.

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How To Be An Enthusiastic Teacher

How to be an enthusiastic teacherTeacher enthusiasm (and the perceived competence that it conveys) usually leads to greater student achievement. Children are more engaged, more willing to contribute in class discussions and more willing to discuss any problems or concerns that they may have. The question, then, is how can teachers become more enthusiastic? What tools and techniques can you learn to convey enthusiasm to your students?

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Persuasive Ideas For Schools

Persuasion with a purposeTo round off our persuasive writing unit, my year 5 literacy class produced video adverts using Adobe Spark for our favourite brands. We uploaded them to YouTube and contacted the CEOs or marketing department for each brand/organisation and asked them to feed back on them. We were staggered with the positive feedback that we received (not to mention the freebies!). Here's how we went about it.

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Maths Curriculum KS1

Maths Curriculum KS1The KS1 Maths Curriculum is focused on ensuring that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numbers, words and the four operations, often taught at this early age using practical resources. This article provides an indepth overview of the maths curriculum at KS1.

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Gamification in Education

Gaming provides players with an immersive experience, one that engages them on all levels. The power of play in the classroom opens up children's imagination and ambition. Creating a game where players progress based on their achievements in the classroom makes learning a positive experience for all children.

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How Technology Motivates Children

Technology has always had an effect on its user. Whether it buzzes, flashes, beeps or lights up, it attracts its makes you want to do something. Due to its interactive nature, it can motivate children in many ways by allowing them to learn from their mistakes, giving them rewards, helping with problem solving and allowing them to be creative.

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Mathematics Problem Solving Strategies

Anyone who has taught maths for any length of time will know how difficult it can be to teach pupils to solve maths problems out of context. Present pupils with a familiar setting or a sum that they've tackled before then they're usually fine, but turn it into an unfamiliar problem then it's a different matter. However, in the same ways that we teach strategies for other areas of maths, we can also teach strategies to solve maths problems.

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Promote your ebook using Facebook

Promoting and marketing your ebook on Facebook is a great way to bring potential readers face to face with your e-book. Whether you're selling your book through Amazon or through another website, you need to let people know that it exists and, what better way to do this, than through Facebook, the largest social network in the world.

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Creative Writing using Minecraft Edu

Minecraft Edu Creative WritingWe've spent a really productive afternoon today with year 5/6 children from the local area using Minecraft Edu to inspire creative writing. The children were set a series of tasks to perform during the course of the 2 hour session and then asked to write notes about what they could see, who they met and how they felt along the way. These notes were then used in literacy to develop their creative writing.

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Discover the Listed Buildings in Beverley

Listed buildings in BeverleyIf you're out and about in Beverley, East Yorkshire, why not have a look out for the listed buildings in the town? They are scattered around Beverley and include old merchant houses, a market cross, churches and offical buildings. In the UK, the term listed building means a building or other structure that is of special architectural, historical or cultural significance.

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A Successful Social Media Marketing Strategy

What’s the difference between businesses that grow and those that can’t get out of survival mode? It all comes down to this: All successful businesses have a clear social media marketing strategy that makes everything they do more effective. This article explains what you need to do to in order to prepare for promoting your product or service online.

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Progression in Mathematics at Primary School

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) have published a series of videos, powerpoints and supplementary material to demonstrate the progression of mathematics teaching and learning at primary school. There are 60 short videos, filmed during 2012-2013, which demonstrate how to teach mathematics at primary school.

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KS2 Maths SATs Threshold

KS2 Maths SATs ThresholdKS2 Maths SATs Threshold tables can sometimes be hard to find so here they are collected together for ease of use. These thresholds used to determine what levels to assign to year 6 children when completing the KS2 SATs tests. SATs were introduced in 2003 and the thresholds were discontinued when levels were discontinued in 2016 but they've been collated here for your convenience.

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Anchor Text Diversification

Anchor text diversification and good practise search engine optimisation go hand in hand. The website having the most quality backlinks with keyword specific anchor text will show up first in Google for that particular keyword. Unfortunately, you will be penalised by Google if you don't do this correctly so this article demonstrates the correct approach.

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Backlink Indexing: Making Those Backlinks Count

SEO backlink indexing is very important for search engine optimisation. If you go to the trouble of creating hundreds of high quality backlinks to improve your visibility in Google search results but the backlinks are not indexed then you've wasted your time. This tutorial will show you how to ensure your backlinks get indexed by Google for free and make them work for you.

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Benefits of Social Media Marketing

Regardless of your age and where you live in the world, the chances are that you’ve used a social network in some way over the last month or so. The use of social media has grown exponentially over the last few years and this has changed how marketing is done on the internet. As a result of this, there are a lot of advantages for using social media rather than traditional techniques when it comes to marketing your product.

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How does Google Define Quality Pages?

Google, Bing, Duck Duck Go and all the popular search engines are looking for quality content to serve to their searchers. To determine whether a web page is of sufficient value for them to index it, they measure the uniqueness and quality of each web page. There are two ways that they do this: by measuring the quality of the content and then measuring the user interaction with the web pages.

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Keyword Research using Free Tools

Keyword research simply means finding relevant keywords that will give you better results in search engines and drive more qualified leads to your website. You probably know already which keywords you want to rank for but keyword research involves looking at a number of other sources to find either more profitable, more common or long tail keywords that you can also rank for.

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Link Building: 6 Simple Tried and Tested Methods

Penalty free link building methods can be hard to come by in these ever complicated times. The methods listed here work really well in most niches and have little chance of incurring penalties with the major search engines such as Google and Bing. Increasing the inbound links to your website is an important part of search engine optimisation.

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Local Search Success: How to Achieve It

Local search success means getting your business listed in Google at the top of page one. The best way to achieve this is by appearing in the area at the top of the search listings that Google calls its 'local snack pack'. This is where Google shows a map of relevant companies and a listing of three companies that it deems to be important, along with their reviews and addresses. This article shows you how to achieve this.

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Using the Long Tail for SEO

Long Tail SEO is a really useful technique to generate organic search traffic for your website. It is based on the proven theory that long tail keywords are easier to rank for than generic keywords for which the competition is really high. These long tail keywords also bring in more qualified leads and convert more visitors to customers than generic keywords do.

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Offsite SEO Beginners Guide

In my Onsite SEO Beginners Guide, I wrote about how modifying the content on your website can affect your search engine rankings. This offsite SEO beginners guide explains how getting links to your site from other sites can propel your web pages up the search engine listings.

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Onsite SEO Beginners Guide

This onsite SEO beginners guide aims to familiarise you with the basics of SEO. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) simply means optimising your web site so that it ranks highly in the search engines, and as the vast majority of search is done through Google, it really means making your site Google ready. This is done in two ways. The first of these is making the content on your own site relevant to what people are searching for – this is known as on-site SEO.

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How to Write SEO Friendly Headlines

You may ask Are SEO friendly headlines important? Well, yes they are. Just writing great content for your website doesn’t mean that it will attract visitors. You may write the most relevant content that is out there for a certain niche but if your headline doesn’t portray this then you may as well not bother.

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Why SEO should form part of your Marketing Strategy

Although SEO should not be by any means be your entire marketing strategy, you should view SEO as part of your marketing strategy and a very inexpensive and profitable part at that. Search engines can drive dramatic quantities of focused traffic to your website and visibility in search engines creates the implication of endorsement by Google.

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Business Skills For KS2 Children

I was lucky enough to be invited to an event today with other KS2 and secondary teachers to play the logistics board game entitled "Business on the Move". The purpose of the game is to develop business skills in children (and adults too). The game challenges players to run a business that must respond to customers’ orders, moving different products around the world as profitably as possible.

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Competitor research for SEO

Keeping abreast of your competitors is vital for SEO marketers. You can research this by using a number of helpful online tools which will keep track of your competitors' SEO activities. These tools will help inform you of customer's search rankings as well as a variety of other factors which will help inform you of their marketing efforts.

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Uses of Drones in Schools

Uses of drones in schoolsWe have a drone at school which is linked to an ipad. The ipad controls the drone and stores the videos that it captures. We use these videos for making movies about events around the school calendar, such as maypole dancing and sports day. The footage has been really useful for the children to see our school from many different angles.

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Printable and Editable Scratch Blocks

Printable and Editable Scratch Programming BlocksHere is a fabulous collection of Scratch programming blocks. They are editable and available in a number of formats, including svg, png, Smartboard and Powerpoint. They are useful for display purposes and for teaching with. The blocks can be edited by using a free vector editing program such as Inkscape.

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Boat trips from Beverley

Boat trips from BeverleyWhat could be more fun than messing about on the water? In Beverley, there are a number of ways to spend the day on Beverley Beck or out on the River Hull. One of the easiest ways to do this is by contacting the Beverley Barge Preservation Society who run chartered boat trips down the Beck and then onto the river Hull, towards either Driffield or Hull.

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What's the Learning Objective

Learning ObjectiveThe learning objective that you share with your class is not a description of the tasks they will complete during the lesson. Instead it is a reflection of what they will have achieved by the end of the lesson. In 2002 the DfES identified some learning objective starters (in their Training material for foundation subjects resource) to help write effective learning objectives:

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Studio Ghibli movie trailers collection

To celebrate 30 years of animation magic, here are the trailers for all 20 Studio Ghibli films from 1986 through to their last movie in 2014, listed in chronological order. The studio's name came from the italian noun "ghibli" meaning sirocco, or Mediterranean wind, the idea being the studio would "blow a new wind through the anime industry. They certainly did that as you can see from these wonderful trailers.

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Free BSD on Raspberry Pi

Free BSD on Raspberry Pi Most Raspberry Pi's run some form of Linux (Raspbian, Ubuntu, etc) but you can also run other Unix variants on the Raspberry Pi. Before I started using Linux in the mid 90's I used FreeBSD - an extremely robust operating system. The good news is that Free BSD for Raspberry Pi is now available and I'll talk you through how to install it.

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Lexile levels for UK book bands

Book Band Lexile LevelsSometimes school reading schemes are a little restrictive and you'd like to put well known books in there too. To help with this is a table that I've put together that correlates between age, national curriculum level, Oxford reading tree book band and lexile level. It can be used in conjunction with the search tool at Lexile.com to fit any non-reading scheme book into your reading scheme.

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Preview your site in Google search results

Taking care over what your site looks like in Google Search Results is an important consideration. Potential customers will read the url, title and the short snippet that google provides them with before making a decision as to whether to click on your link or not. Therefore its important to get this right by using a selection of free online tools for previewing Google search results.

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Update Google Analytics using PHP

Google Analytics is usually updated by embedding Javascript code into your web pages. If you've written a web application and want to add extra information into your analytics tracking then using PHP to update Google Analytics may be a better option (using Google's Analytics Measurement Protocol). To do this you'll need a web server with PHP and Curl installed and your Google Analytics tracking ID.

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Raspberry Pi phone calls

Raspberry Pi Phone Calls I've written before about getting the Raspberry Pi to speak the weather forecast, but did you know that you can also get the Raspberry Pi to make automated phone calls? Imagine triggering a phone call based on any event such as an appointment reminder or an update on football results. Perfect for those of us who don't have smart phones but want to remain in the know.

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Create an ebook from the Linux command line

Two years ago, I wrote an article about how to create an ebook in Open Office. Since then, I've moved to creating ebooks using the linux command line because I found it quicker and a lot simpler: from a finished text, a Kindle ebook can be created in less than a minute - and its all completely free. The tools I use to create epub and Kindle ready books using the command line interface (CLI) are any text editor (emacs, nano, vi, etc), pandoc and KindleGen.

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