This is not goodbye nor is this a hello

Hello Treacles,

Before I leave you be I am just going to reflect on the whole sessions I have had in ICT. I must say I have had some successful but also very frustrating times regarding the subject. I have however learnt a lot and that is thanks to Helen a lot of the skills can not only be used in school but also, by developing my confidence I will be able to deliver an ICT lesson effectively. I plan to keep blogging and continue to do so once I am a qualified teacher and improve on areas of development regarding ICT.


Pei’s thoughts and reflections . . .

  • Don’t be afraid of new technology
  • Learn together with the children or colleagues
  • Positive dispositions goes a long way
  • Be patient
  • Have fun
  • Children can even teach you
  • Have fun

 Laters Treacles 🙂

Learning Logan

Hello Treacles,

I’m sure you have gathered by now my life revolves around my little boy Logan. I’ve mentioned he’s a little sponge and is really into asking mummy questions beginning with why, as well as awkward ones too, like, how do babies come out :/ that aside Logan enjoys learning, how long he will keep this up who knows?! 

Logan can sing the alphabet song and even know the actions of jolly phonics. I would recommend this website it gives an overview about phonics the options also show you how to perform the actions accurately too.

Alphablock is an amazing program on cbeebies and the only way I can describe alphablocks in two words pure genius basically its fun phonics

I found an alphablock games that is not only engaging for children but also really addictive too. Have a go


This other YouTube clip shows another phonics programme children can also use this is known as read, write inc. This shows us not only how to pronounce words but also how some words have the same sounds such as F i.e. ph, f, ff.

I was recommended by my 1a placement a phonics programme suitable for English phonics, and I must say I am very impressed with the app, the programme is called Hairy Letters and it costs £1.99, I’m the type of parent that is spectacle about parting money on app but I must admit I was not disappointed and in the famous words of Logan  ‘I like it mummy’. Must see.

Above infamous Logan is showing you how hairy letters works, he has pick from a variety of letter and in this case he has chosen F. The second picture illustrates a short animated clip video with the correct pronunciation. Thirdly Logan then picks the option of writing the letter, this begins with a short demonstration of how to write, which then gives the child a chance to fill this in correctly. See Below.

As you can see Logan wrote the letter correctly however the only disadvantage is that because Logan was a fraction over the letter he was not rewarded with a bell and spider saying well done. All this aside I would use this during a phonics lesson. Another programme we used to use in school was phonics play this was great for the children because it was game based learning as opposed to writing.

I came across a pdf regarding the Rose Review. Check it out. On the flipside an interesting article concerning phonics being criticised. Read me.  


Pei’s thoughts and reflections . . .

  • Phonics is a great basis for learning letters to read and spell through segmenting and blending.
  • Introduce phonics frequently and in small doses.
  • Make phonics fun.
  • Listening games are a great starter for children. One of mine and Logan’s game we play is ‘what can you hear?’ I will ask him ‘What can you hear Logan?’ He will reply ‘I hear birds’ or ‘Mummy I hear aeroplane’ and point to the sky.
  • Games like phonics play and hairy letters can engage children.

Laters Treacles 🙂



Hello Treacles,

On a more serious note I am looking at this blog from a parents perspective and as a parent I worry about things like: Is my son developing at the ‘normal rate’? I even find myself comparing my child to other children. . .  I am however aware that every child develops at different developmental rates! But the one thing that is on my hit-list is Logan’s safety.


E-Safety is a term used for children to be aware and safe on the internet this also be through mediums such as facebook. online chat rooms and games.

If I could, I would wave a magic wand to protect Logan from danger but in reality I can’t so instead I am preparing myself on how to tackle such issues, through searching I found a really useful website that not only caters children of all ages but also parents, careers and teacher. If you haven’t already I urge you to read it!! Check it out I also found an indepth guide concerning E safety at schools and settings. Check this. I also read an article from the guardian regarding e-safety which was really interesting Read Me it basically highlights the importance of safety online and how to empower children giving little hints too.

I found a video that was quite moving this highlighted the reality of cyber bullying, the lengths people will go and the consequences of doing so.

In the school I used to work at, we would frequently highlight the awareness of being safe online and often, the children would watch episodes of a programme called ‘Hectors World’. In addition to this the school would also hold evening workshops for the parents too.



Pei’s thoughts and reflections

  • Make children aware of the dangers of the internet.
  • Allow children to use the internet with safety precautions in place such as parental restrictions.
  • Give children an allotted time on a programme or game.
  • Here is a few examples of the videos that I would use in class to address awareness or issues.

Laters Treacles 🙂

Skype + trip = Virtual Field Trip

Hello Treacles,

In my 1a placement I was shown an interesting field trip but none the less a fab idea. The children were treated to a Skype session on the HMS Victory here is the a short snippet of the year 5 blog.

Skype is an effective and free means of communication. I came across a website which shows you how to plan a virtual trip. Come and see.


History observation brief

  • Year 5 class
  • ‘HMS Victory, skyping . . . Get your juicy questions and facts ready’
  • Teacher tries to Skype HMS Victory
  • Skype call
  • Lady gives children information about the HMS Victory
  • Asking questions such as ‘When was HMS victory built?’
  • Children answer
  • Lady praises children
  • Lady switches camera to the front of the phone
  • Showing the children can see the ship
  • Children gasp and are happy
  • Lady asks the children questions
  • ‘What’s the front/rear of the ship called?’
  • ‘Hull’
  • ‘Well done the hull is the main body of the ship’
  • ‘Gun port’
  • ‘How many guns are on the ship?’
  • ‘104 guns’
  • ‘Brilliant answer, there are different sizes, small guns at the top and big guns are at the bottom. The weight at the bottom counter balance’
  • Children then ask lady questions
  • ‘Why did they call it the HMS Victory?’
  • ‘It was bad luck because HMS victory was a ship before this one, and the previous one sank’
  • Children now have a chance to answer their information pack given to them
  • 1st page – Half of a picture of the HMS Victory (children to draw the mast, sails etc)
  • 2nd page – Picture of the HMS and what the certain parts were called. Picture and word children would have to match
  • 3rd page – a word search with questions such as used to spy on land and other ships
  • Back to Skype The children are now on the ship
  • In the hull the lady tells the children interesting facts about Nelsons cabin
  • ‘The floor was used as a gun deck. . .’
  • ‘Furniture would fold away to make space
  • Before battles on the writing slope there were prays
  • Another virtual tour of HMS victory
  • Children were able to see Captain Hardy quarters
  • Children saw Nelson’s uniform
  • Uniform was a replica but made from real diamonds and gold (would wear this uniform everyday)
  • Set up of the skype call would involve the activities too
  • Skype – information about HMS
  • Drawing of ship
  • Skype – tour of nelsons quarter
  • Matching words and pictures
  • Skype – Poop deck
  • Children thanked the lady
  • Lady said thank you skype call ended
  • At the end of the lesson the children shared their thought about the experience
  • ‘I really enjoyed looking at the HMS victory’
  • ‘We’re really lucky to experience this because other schools won’t do this’


Above was a snippet from the observation gathered within the lesson which I can use within teaching, but it is important to have a balance of first hand experiences too and skyping should not be the only form of trips children should have. 

Pei’s thoughts and reflections . . .

  • Skype is an effective way to communicate for free!
  • Everyone has the opportunity to attend this trip.
  • No risk assessment forms
  • ICT has cross curricular links.
  • Children need first hand experience of trips too.
  • Blogging is a fantastic way to inform parents.

Laters Treacles 🙂

Oh UCN!!

Hello Treacles,

Todays post is based on the one thing I  love most aside from my son, food or hello kitty and that is . . . Rugby our last game was on Wednesday and we finished 3rd in the league!!


I had a thought of how I could incorporate ICT, PE and game based sports and so far I can up with this

  • The children will compete in a sport.
  • Teachers, parents or teaching assistant to take random photo’s throughout the day.
  • Children to blog their experiences on the class blog. or even make a newspaper article about the event.
  • With permission from parent teachers could tweet or blog event using the photo’s and videos taken
  • In fact the possibilities of this is endless

On a random note I found an awesome newspaper programme for children younger children to use. Check this. The only downside you are restricted to the pictures you can put on it but as a template you could use the above or this can be used as a resource. Look at me.

An example of a lovely blog I found, something like this could be produced by a teacher, the blog is about a sport event held by Great Ormound Street.

Programmes such as animoto or even powerpoint could also be used to show the event to those parents who are unable to make this due to work commitments.


Pei’s thoughts and reflection . . .

  • Organising a sporting event requires a lot of planning, volunteers and a lot of preparation, however if organised well, this can be enjoyable for the children, parents and the community too.
  • Gathering and organising photo’s can be time consuming.
  • By blogging and tweeting a sporting event can bring close parent partnership.
  • Parents love to hear updates of children’s sporting achievements or even what they are up to!

Laters Treacles 🙂   


Hello treacles,

Made another game 🙂 who would of thought something like ICT can be so wonderful!

KUDO this way

The website above shows you a little background information about kudo, but essentially your game your rules!! It’s a fantastic piece of software Kudo is similar any to many platform games I have played. Kudos is a mix between Mario Bros and Sonic with a dash of Kirby’s dreamland.

Below is a short clip on me playing on Kudo

Kudo game play

I also found a really helpful tutorial on Kudo Game lab, it’s 3 years old but it gives you an idea and principle behind the game


What do to

  • Once you’re on the game all you have to do follow the tutorial instructions
  • If you follow these you cant go wrong
  • One thing I will say be patient and you always have the option of undo!


Pei thoughts and reflections. . .

  • I would definitely use something like this especially for Key Stage Two.
  • Organisation is key with plenty of practice session.
  • With the above in place the children will have more time designing and putting finishing touches on the game.
  • Differentiation can occur by making the game as complex or simple as the child wishes.
  • An ICT event at the school would not only engage the children but also, get parents involved how they can support children’s ICT skills and learning at home. 
  • I would encourage people to give this programme a go and be patient.
  • This game links to Xbox connect so the children can show their parents what they did at school.
  • Celebrate children’s achievements whether this is through verbal praise, stickers, photographs, telling parents their child’s achievements is the best thing ever!

Laters Treacles 🙂



Learn more about this project

Hello Treacles,

As above you will see the finished product a game I made from ‘scratch’ 😉  even an oldie like me can do it, it is awesome and FREE check it out! Scratch

How rude of me I’d like to take this moment to introduce you to a very good friend of mine Captain Star Fish, the things you need to know:

  • Captain Star fish doesn’t like to keep still (you have been warned!)
  • And he LOVES cheesy poofs!

Move your mouse or curser towards the cheesy poofs. How high can you tally your score? My record so far is 253 I challenge anyone to beat it! Once you are finished press the red button.

The great thing about this programme the possibilities are endless, although I did get a little confused it is however easy to use. All you need to do is follow the instructions I found this on the website take a look HELP

Other programming games such as Simpsons tapped out is by far on of my favourite pass time games that I have come across and its FREE!! The great thing about this game promotes learning which is cross curricular, through Art you can design your own Springfield with spatial awareness . Maths through sums by adding and taking away money. You can also delegate each character with jobs within a time period the character is them rewarded with ‘money’. Geography designing a map and navigating around buildings to collect money. Socially you can support and work with other ‘Springfields’.  


What you need

  • Make up a game this can also be based on previous games.
  • Follow the instruction manual this is a step by step guide of how to make scratch work.
  • Once complete share and game your game with others.
  • Have fun and make a competition

I was looking at the current changes to the ICT curriculum and found two articles of interest, these both show two sides of the story

Read Me

Read Me

What are your thoughts?


Pei’s thoughts and reflection . . .

  • Personally I found this game a little trick this may be due to my preferred learning style I like to be shown what to do.
  • The instructions were however easy to follow.
  • Due to the time constraint I was a little frustrated with the programme.
  • Captain Starfish promotes learning through improving hand and eye co ordination and mathematics counting up in units of one.
  • I would use Scratch however I would introduce this gradually and cater for different learning styles with different activities.
  • I would split children into ability groups according to how much support is needed.
  • All support staff including teachers must be confident and understand scratch in order to support and help children accordingly.

Laters Treacles 🙂

Data, Data, Data!!!

Hello Treacles,

Another exciting thing to show you’s! But before you are put off with the title there are exciting ways you present data. Back in the days when I was a wee pup (at primary school) I had to resort to a pen and graph paper because there was only one computer in the classroom.


During middle and upper school, at home I had excel but this was limited to the functions and colours. See below. . .


Something as neat as this data programme can be introduced through age appropriate programmes such as purple mash 2investigate, from here children are building their skills for the real deal excel to before confident.

Me, Jazzy Tay and Jessie B gathered some info to make a data handling chart. Here’s one we prepared earlier. . .


You need

  • To come up with a question in this case we asked the class. ‘What is your favourite colour?’
  • Once we collected the data we produce a chart on 2invesitgate and came up with this . . .
  • 2investigate is very child friendly and something my son would not only be able to do himself but also enjoy in the process.
  • Furthermore we went on Piktochart, picked a theme we all liked. To make it easy for people to follow, we decided to do a step by step guide on how to produce a chart with a brief set of results. (See picture further up page for end result).


Pei’s thoughts and reflection . . .

  • I would use the 2investigate depending on the age of the class I taught in. Something like this would be perfect for year 2 especially in mathematics and getting the children to display their work in appropriate data form.
  • Little adult support needed for 2investigate.
  • Collecting data can also be used within other curricular links scientific experiments sorting and classifying or geography counting different types of houses down a street.
  • Once completed I would display children’s work either in their books or on display.
  • If piktochart was used I believe some children will need a little adult support to prompt writing in certain sections.
  • However piktochart can also have cross curriculur links and used in any lesson or theme. One such example Literacy writing instructions to make jelly and get the children to observe the different changes of states (science).  
  • Helen shows use a verity of uses for data

Laters Treacles 🙂


Storybird, Animoto and story jumper you decide. . .

Hello treacles,

Today myself and Jessie B came up with an epic story using a programme called storybird, check it out . . . Saying that it is currently being moderated so watch this space 🙂 In the meantime I will let you have a sneak peak of what we have so far



There is however one story which I particularly like because I can not only relate this to myself but also to children who are reluctant to try new things



The great thing about stories is not matter what age you are you can always enjoy them! Me and my son always have time for stories whether it’s before bed time or when we are at home, in fact anytime is story time!

I can’t emphasise the importance of reading and the fundamental value of such a skill. Currently Logan is at the age where he is a ‘sponge’ where he absorbs everything he is learning and so far he recognises the words W, L, O, G, A and N.

 Here comes the science . . .

  • Firstly me and Jessie B came up with a story, our story was based around PHSE especially friendship.
  • Once we came up with the story we search for photos appropriate to storyline.
  • We typed it and published it

Easy I hear you say? Yes, yes it was 🙂

I did however come across a problem for some strange reason I was unable to save my story onto the programme properly which meant I had to take screen shots of each page using a programme called snip. Again this handy tool was easy to use, you select a part of the screen you wish crop once this is done you can save to your computer.

Katie’s blog show’s a great example of how to use animoto. Check it out

Storyjumper was another programme we briefly looked at. Check it out.

Storybird, Animoto or Storyjumper you decide . . .


Pei’s thoughts and reflection . . .  

  • I would most definitely use storybird  either within a literacy lesson with cross curricular links to ICT. Or in an ICT lesson with links to Literacy.
  • Beforehand I would prepare the lesson in two parts
  • Part 1) The children to write, draw or scribe their own story first
  • Part 2) Each child would work in a small group with  a ‘job role’ i.e. news reader, scribe and editor. Once in place the children can them write the story and choose pictures etc.
  • Once completed the children can read their masterpieces to other children in different classes or other target year groups.
  • Additionally storybird could be used for differentiation, this could encourage individual children to write stories with the support of a scribe or for a group of children as a group effort. Storybird can help children who struggle with handwriting once confidence is gained revert back to handwriting  
  • In preparation I would like the support staff to experiment with the programme so they can become confident themselves when using storybird.

Laters Treacles 🙂


Monkey Jam

Hello Treacles,

Had an awesome day with my winger Jessie B together we made an epic movie called James Pond check it out . . .

We used a programme called ‘Monkey Jam’ the kid inside me lit up and got my creative juices flowing!! And the best thing about it IT’S FREE!!! Seriously guys if you haven’t download this bad boy do it NOW (no I am not getting paid for this).

All you need:

  • Web cam
  • Figurines
  • Lego
  • Printed or Drawn Background
  • Coloured paper
  • Blue tack (optional this help use so the characters wouldn’t fall)
  • String (optional)

You can make a short film, a dance video, in fact anything you want. ‘Monkey Jam’ was originally intended for pencil animations but it also has the opportunity for you to create a stop motion animation program. Have you ever watch Mio Mao? My son loves that programme and its about 5 minutes long, basically it is about two curios kittens that go on random adventures, discovering things and doing things that cats like to do, essentially it’s like a mini episode of Wallace and Gromit stop motion clay animation.


How it works

  • Essentially what me and Jessie B did was come up with an idea, in this case James Pond.
  • We set the scene by organising figures and positioned the camera – plugged in USB point.
  • Once set, with your webcam you take the first picture, we introduced the mini movie with a title but this is optional.
  • We moved the figures into the next position then took another picture.
  • Repeat this process and voila you’ve made your movie creation.
  • Don’t forget you can add music, titles, credits and edit things.
  • Lastly load your creation to YouTube!

Be creative and have a go! Practice makes perfect and who knows you could be a YouTube sensation!!

This tutorial shows you how to use monkey jam

And for creativity watch this awesome stop-motion tutorial


The above mentioned programmes could be used in a lesson, and if used effectively subjects can be taught through cross curricular links, one such example was seen in science which incorporated the use of ICT, during my 1a placement the pupils were shown how stop start motion could be used as an experiment to prove tropism, tropism is a process that plant grow towards the direction of the sun and Cameron explains the procedures of the test and how he conducted it.


Already Cameron is showing skills of scientific enquiry, investigative skills – Planning, Obtaining and Presenting Evidence and even Considering Evidence and Evaluating.

Sc1 scientific  1a, 1b.

Sc1 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d 2f, 2g, 2l   

(Department for Education, The, and Qualification and Curriculum Authority, The, 1999)

The fact he did this while he was at school whether he was prompted to do this or not, well done Cameron you did a fab job!! Cameron you have inspired me to do this with my future class thank you sir I salute you!


Pei’s thoughts and reflection . . .

  • The great thing about this programme that I have already highlighted it is easy to use.
  • Make sure the movements you make are small between each picture taken.
  • Try not to capture your hand in the pictures!
  • If your camera isn’t steady you will catch the other unintentional surroundings! (can you spot ours?!)
  • ICT has many cross curricular links that can enhance children’s learning.



Department for Education, The, and Qualification and Curriculum Authority, The, (1999) The National Curriculum handbook for primary teachers in England [online]. London: DfEE and QCA. Available from: [Accessed 24th February 2013].