Espresso (F-KS2) articles

What to do with Web 2.0 tools: ChickCam

What to do with Web 2.0 tools: ChickCam

Another insightful guest post from Matt Stockman, here he explains how to set up your very own ChickCam. Having a ‘chick hatching’ project in schools is becoming more and more popular, especially as advances in technology and broadband speeds have made it easier to make sure students never miss a thing — even outside of

Teaching Shakespeare isn’t just for our Shakespeare 400 VFT

We hope that many of you will be joining us for our celebration of Shakespeare this Friday (22nd April) at 2:30pm BST. You can watch live or register for the on-demand version. We know that teaching Shakespeare is more than a one-day event though — you and your students learn about Shakespeare’s works at various

Digital literacy tips & tricks: Literacy fundamentals part 1 – Speaking and listening

Last literacy blog post I dived straight into a specific objective – homophones which appear in year 2, years 3&4 and years 5&6 and how images can support. This week I’m starting a 3 part post on the fundamentals of literacy beginning with speaking and listening. James Britton wrote in the 1980s about reading and

Computing in the Classroom: Computational Thinking

What is computational thinking? In the National Curriculum, the description of the new computing curriculum includes the following: A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. All teachers will have used computational thinking in their classrooms, all of us use it in everyday life. The

Digital numeracy tips & tricks: Using footage of real life contexts to teach fractions and more

Videos on Discovery Education Espresso contain great real-life context. I’m going to demonstrate how to utilise this using an example from KS2 Maths. One of the videos is Fraction, decimal and percentage problem and is set on a space station. Play until just past the first minute and pause on the screen below It’s unlikely

Digital literacy tips & tricks: Using images to teach homophones

We’re looking at homophones, which is under the curriculum topic of transcription, and has its own objective. Open the homophones image bank in KS1 spelling (there are four different image banks in this module). Either display or print off the images. Tip: if you reduce your screen display size, usually top right corner of browser,