Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Diwali Teaching Resources

Diwali is one of the most well-known of the Hindu festivals.

The word Diwali means 'rows of lighted lamps' and is often called the 'festival of lights'. This is because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas. The festival lasts five days.

For the classroom and home educators - Pencil Street has a range of Diwali teaching resources, both free and premium worksheets are available. Pencil Street will also develop any requests for resources completely free of charge. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Free Remembrance Day Teaching Resources

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 for children, can be a difficult thing. Pencil Street has developed a range of classroom displays and worksheets to make it easier by providing a range of FREE teaching resources for teachers.

Friday, 23 August 2013

New 'Time Out Cards' for dealing with children's emotions

New 'Time Out Cards' for dealing with children's emotions.

These fantastic cards requested by Helen, a Pencil Street user. These teaching resource cards are to help children manage their behaviour and can be used in dicussion after a child has been involved in an incident. Designed to make them think about their actions and hopefully dicuss them in a clam fashion. Pencil Street have a range of behaviour management teaching resources and children discussing feelings and emotions.

Many of these teaching resources are free for everybody to use.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Quality posters supporting numeracy in the classroom

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
Multiplication squares
Number bonds
Multiplication tables.  

Poster Details:
Dimensions: 60 x 40 cm (A2)    
High quality 350 gsm artboard with a UV gloss varnish finish.    
Shipped in strong cardboard tubes.

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Monday, 11 March 2013

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Teaching Resources

Every March, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Events are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more.

Here at Pencil Street we have the Human Brain and Thought set of teaching resources, in our science section with a range of worksheets for KS2 children (Aged 7+ years). Helping to bring this topic into the primary school classroom.

Pencil Street Teaching Resources

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Creating Early Positive Impressions

As an elementary school student, there is nothing more exciting than seeing yourself represented in the teaching materials, textbooks, or resources used in class. In a classroom where there are a variety of cultures and traditions, it can sometimes be a bit daunting to ensure that everyone feels welcome. It often requires outside research and time on the teacher’s part, and there is always the fear that someone might take offense if traditions or holidays are accidentally addressed inappropriately.

Luckily, there are actually a number of good online sources for Diwali teaching resources and Christmas teaching resources, that will have all of your students enjoying themselves. The best way to instill an appreciation of a variety of cultures and practices in any young person, is to present them in such a way that they are fun, exciting experiences. The early positive impression will go a long way towards informing how they view themselves, and those around them, as adults.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Make the Holidays Come Alive

Making the everyday or the ordinary, interesting and extraordinary, is a large part of the job of a teacher. The teachers we remember the most, are the ones who made looking at a butterfly an amazing experience, or the instructors who showed us how applicable physics was to everyday life. A good teacher can take a concept and make it reality, in a way that makes a student want to experiment and learn more. During the holidays, teachers have an excellent opportunity to make an annual event into a great learning experience.

However, as an instructor, knowing that you have this opportunity is different than knowing quite what to do with it. This is why Diwali teaching resources, and Christmas teaching resources can be extremely helpful. They can jump start ideas for class activities and new ways of approaching the celebrations. Additionally, they can provide you with a bit more information about the meaning of each tradition. Armed with knowledge and great ideas, you can take your students on a beautiful holiday journey. With any luck, that journey will make you one of those teachers that they remember forever.