Makerspace car activity completed with kids hands

10 Making Activities For The Classroom That Don’t Break The Budget

Eleni Kyritsis

I am a big advocate for embedding a maker culture in my classroom to deepen students understanding of topics. With an interdisciplinary approach, making, tinkering, and STEAM activities enable our students to design and create a piece of work that is embodied by teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking.

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Letters of the alphabet written with permanent marker onto circular branch cuts

How To Incorporate Natural Resources Into The Classroom – Part 1

Heidi Overbye

For children to gain an appreciation of the natural world, they must engage with nature regularly. Spending time in the outdoors has so many benefits for children and they should be given the opportunity for outdoor learning everyday. Engaging with nature doesn’t always have to be strictly reserved for when children are outside.

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Numeracy Number Sort Tray

10 Hands-on Numeracy Ideas For Children

Heidi Overbye

As a teacher of young children, I am aware of the huge benefits of students engaging in hands-on learning. In the early years, it is essential for children to have opportunities to engage in kinaesthetic learning where they can absorb themselves in activities and gain a comprehensive understanding of concepts. When teachers facilitate hands-on, kinaesthetic

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sam labs being used to create a sustainable environment model

Integrating SAM Labs In The Classroom

Eleni Kyritsis

I was fortunate to meet the SAM Labs team at the BETT Show earlier this year. Seeing the power of this technology immediately had me thinking of the possibilities this amazing resource could have in my classroom to drive student creativity and innovation.

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Literacy Beebots Activity

5 Literacy Bee-Bot Lesson Ideas For The Classroom

Eleni Kyritsis

In this second installment of our Bee-Bot series we explore ways in which teachers can design creative learning experiences that integrate the Digital Technologies curriculum with English concepts to empower students’ to take ownership of their learning.

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Cosy reading corner with a rug, cushions, and book shelf

Ideas To Celebrate Book Week

Heidi Overbye

  My favourite time of the year is approaching and I am getting really excited…Book Week will be here soon! Book Week is all about celebrating books as well as authors and illustrators. It’s a fantastic week and great to see young learners getting excited about books!

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Beebot maths ladder activity on floor with student

5 Mathematics Bee-Bot Lesson Ideas For The Classroom

Eleni Kyritsis

Bee-Bots are a wonderful digital technologies resource to introduce students to coding and computational thinking. The small robot can remember a sequence of up to 40 commands, directing it to move forwards and backwards in 15 cm increments, and to turn 90 degrees left and right.

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Loose Parts In The Learning Environment

Penny Groen

 What are loose parts? Loose parts are basically any loose, tactile materials and found objects that children can move about during play and exploration. They’re versatile, open-ended and can be added to any learning environment for children to adapt and to turn into anything their imagination allows.

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Tools and equipment on desk for a makerspace activity

What Is A Makerspace?

What is a Makerspace? A Makerspace can be any space in your school where students are able to come together to design, experiment, invent, craft and create. Makerspaces typically have a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) focus, but can be tailored to apply to learning across all subject areas.

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LEGO Steam Park fairground teacup ride with fairy tale castle in background

How To Integrate STEAM Into Your Early Years Classroom

Heidi Overbye

STEAM – it’s a word that we’ve been hearing a lot of over the past few years. This year, the school I’m working at has STEAM as a focus for learning, so I have been particularly interested in learning more about this learning area and how I can integrate it into my Prep classroom.

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