As Graphic Designer for Pencil Street, it is my responsibility to ensure that our resources are clear and concise, yet still effective with the different key stages. This blog will be a little insight on how I approach certain subjects, allowing you to see how dedicated we are to providing great teaching resources at Pencil Street.
I am currently developing resources for Internet Safety (tying in with Safer Internet Day on 11th February 2014) that will provide the vital information your class needs to stay safe online, as well keeping it fun and interactive for all ages.
In this day and age, with the Internet being so accessible around the world, it can be hard to see the negative points to a service that is now seen as a necessity. However, the online world can turn into a dark place if you are not aware on how to use it in a safe manner.
With toy sales decreasing and laptop sales rising, your class is at a crucial age to educate them on keeping their information private, behaving respectfully and with caution on chat forums, avoiding inappropriate content and other Internet safety points. I believe doing this is so important, which is why I want to give you materials that will stick with your class when they are online at school and home, as well as making them aware of the power (good and bad) of the Internet.
It is vital that the resources I develop are made with the children ages in mind, so they can use them to the best of their ability, and learn!
Remembrance Day is on 11th November. It is a special day to remember all those who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts.
Remembrance Day was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after World War II. Remembrance Sunday is the Sunday nearest to 11th November on which many church services and other special services are held at war memorials.
Bringing Remembrance Day into the classroom can be a difficult thing for children and Pencil Street has made it easier by providing a range of FREE teaching resources for teachers.
What a great new product. Supplied in booklet format, size 370mm x 250mm. Create a 3D Model of your own seaside resort from the Die-cut pages. Full instructions show you how to assemble the model.
Looks great when complete and activity will provide fun, creativity and education. Model can also be dismantled and stored flat/re-built. Make your own seaside resort is suited for children aged 3 years+ and is available from the Pencil Street Shop under the seaside for just £3.99.
A handy clear tub for catching and viewing bugs, which comes with it’s own little pair of tweezers and a handy clip to clip it on to your belt.
The ideal teaching resource when considering that mini-beast hunt! Put bugs in the plastic viewing tube, then close the magnifier lid to take a closer look. Don’’t worry, there are air holes. Fantastic for catching, keeping and examining bugs and other small specimens.
If you’re looking for quality educational posters and wallcharts you have come to the right place.
The new range of numeracy posters are great for counting and sorting, children will find the posters accessible, interesting and fun to return to time and time again. Classroom ready – they’re colourful, easy to read, exceptionally durable and can be wiped clean to give many years of use. Available now,the Pencil Street Shop from only £2 each.
Covering a range of numeracy topics including:
2D and 3D shapes
Adding and subtracting
Fractions and decimals
Geometry, mental maths
Poster Details: · Dimensions: 60 x 40 cm (A2) High quality 350 gsm artboard with a UV gloss varnish finish. Shipped in strong cardboard tubes.
Road Safety Week is an established week in the UK calendar. It was set up by Brake in 1997 and organised by the charity annually ever since. It takes place in November each year and aims to give everyone an opportunity to promote road safety in their community, school or company.
Here at Pencil Street we have a range of free and premium teaching resources to help promote road safety for all age groups from EY, KS1 to KS2.
Here are a few general ideas and a few ideas linked to resources get you started:
Talk about road safety in your assemblies.
Hold a special road safety assembly or open event for parents.
Have a special guest in to talk about road safety, for example, a police officer, or drama group.
Road deaths are the biggest ‘accidental’ cause of death of children and young people. All kids and young people use roads and have experienced road danger; so it’s the perfect topic for a project that can really engage them as well as save their lives, while also meeting curriculum goals.
The countdown has begun for the London 2012 Olympics, and Pencil Street has great Olympic teaching ideas for teachers who can help spread the excitement for this year’s games. Teach students about how their bodies work during sports, movement and rest. Or cover the history of the Olympics, exploring the rivalry between the Spartans and Athenians.
Students can also learn about the meaning behind the Olympic rings, as well as some of the famous London landmarks the world will see during the media coverage of the games.
Beyond history, students may also look at health risks associated with mass sport events like the Olympics, as well as the carefully planned security measures taken for the event, and for the torch-bearers carrying the Olympic flame.
Pencil Street resources are classroom-ready-to-go. Our extensive collection includes worksheets, activity plans and classroom wall displays, created to support teaching activities for The Early Years, KS1 and KS2. For more information, visit http://www.pencilstreet.org.
Anyone who says that teaching is easy has clearly never stood in front of a classroom and attempted to educate a room full of six-year-olds. The amount of patience, concentration, organization, and passion necessary to work as an effective educator is incredibly large. Not every school or institute understands this, however, and every teacher has found themselves “flying without a net” in at least one teaching position during their professional education careers.
Having access to good teaching resources is incredibly vital to classroom success. The right tools, be they primary teaching resources or science teaching resources, are wholly necessary in order to ensure that students learn and grow. Education is more than just cramming students full of facts so that they can pass a test. Education is also about developing a whole, thinking person. The kind of education that truly builds a better person requires dedicated faculty and tools that exercise the mind. The combination is nearly unstoppable.