A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

May 18, 2020
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Make your own miniature books with the British Library.

There are lots of fantastic resources to support learning at home available on the British Library website.  In the one outlined here we are shown the collection of miniature books called The Infant’s Library which were created in the nineteenth … Continue reading

September 23, 2019
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National Poetry Day coming soon.

On Thursday 3rd October it is National Poetry Day in the UK. There are lots of resources here to support you in doing something at school. You can see them here.               There are … Continue reading

December 17, 2018
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Using digital apps and tools to support spoken language

Last week the FDLT Y1 students in the Leicester and Northampton groups explored a variety of apps and tools to support and inspire spoken language in the classroom. Using ChatterPix Making vocabulary interactive    

December 3, 2018
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Christmas writing fun!

Pobble have shared ten fun ideas to inspire writing with a Christmas theme here. Christmas poems Jesse’s frosty festive poem evokes all the senses. She’d love you to have a read. Christmas in China What is your Christmas fortune? Dexter … Continue reading

October 1, 2018
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National Poetry Day

It is National Poetry Day on Friday 4th October and this year the theme is Poetry for a Change. There are free resources available for use with children here. These include the opportunity to take part in a BBC live … Continue reading

June 13, 2018
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FDLT year 1 field trips

Last week the FDLT year 1 students went on field trips to explore different ways of supporting learning outdoors. Led by Ken Bland and Georgina Hand, they explored fieldwork around a river including mapping the meander, measuring depth; testing speed … Continue reading

March 5, 2018
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Support with writing essays

You might be interested in some of the blog posts in the ‘Teaching’ section of Tim Squirrell’s blog. There is one called ‘How to write better essays‘.  In this one he reviews some key areas of essay writing. This is … Continue reading

January 12, 2018
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500 words – live lesson!

On Monday 15th January at 2pm there’s a live lesson available to watch to inspire your participation in the BBC Radio 2 500 words writing competition. You can see information about the live lesson here. Calling all story writers! Now … Continue reading

December 1, 2017
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Record Playback

This week the year 2 students used their phones or tablets to make short films exploring terms and ideas used when learning English. Their challenge was to define and explain their word in a one minute film using just the … Continue reading