As the Head teacher locked Toni and her colleagues into the staffroom for the night, Toni wondered about all her friends at college who hadn’t gone into teaching. Were they still enjoying life in the outside world? Did they have the chance to bring up their own families? Toni had realised long ago that it would be impossible for her to combine parenthood with the imprisonment of teaching. “Your students are your family now!” the Head teacher had declared when she’d once dared to complain.
Like all mere teachers Toni and her three colleagues are locked in their staffroom at night, until either the Head teacher or the Deputy Head releases them in the morning. Inspired by the escape attempts of Colditz the four teachers attempt to get away and lead a normal life. Unfortunately the Deputy Head is becoming increasingly suspicious that something is going on…
A story for adults and children… oh and even teachers.
This is a series of stories and poems I’ve been working at on and off for several years – and at last they seemed ready to publish! There are just over thirty pieces each matching one of the spelling skill children are supposed to learn as specified in the National Curriculum for English in England. Hopefully the stories and poems (and the teacher’s notes that come with them) will provide an additional route to teaching spelling that allows more diversity, creativity – and most importantly FUN!!! I believe all learning should be stimulating and particularly for children that means it should be fun! If you get to look at them or use them I hope you enjoy them – all supportive criticism and feedback always appreciated!
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I’ve used this poem to help students I’ve taught learn the essentials of calculating bearings, so I thought it might make sense to publish it as a video in case it could help anyone else – please let me know if it does!
These two poems about giants come from ‘Every Phoneme Covered’ a teacher’s handbook to support the teaching of phonics using stories and poems. I hope you like them – and that it’ll make you think about putting a giant in a cage!
Recently one of my best friends, Roger, turned seventy years young. Roger is an amazing person as well as a true friend and has the energy of a child! Basically he has been seven ten times over – hence the joke at the beginning. As a tribute to Rog I adapted one of my poems into a poem just for him but because he enjoyed it so much (and as he kindly agreed to it) I’ve decided to share it on the web-site. I hope you enjoy it too and will also now be safe should the Tiger Fly or the Python Bee be in the vicinity! PS Roger has been an enthusiastic vegan for several years now and given his astonishing good health at least a portion of his inexhaustible energy seems to be due to this – and that explains the joke about the Tiger Fly!
Three years ago I was lucky enough to visit BSE (The British School of Egypt) and in particular to meet the wonderful pupils, teachers and parents at the school. Whilst I was there BSE kindly arranged for me to visit the pyramids at Giza – in the photo – and Cairo museum that houses most of the items that were found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. It was unusually quiet at the museum and I had the rare opportunity to stare into the face of King Tut on my own for a short while. Like so many before me I became entranced by his story and the remarkable story of the final discovery of his tomb such an incredibly long time after his death. ‘Sixteenth step’ describes the thoughts of six characters, real and imagined, in the story that spans so many millennia. It’s available from Amazon in book form (£5.00 in the UK) for free download for Kindle through Kindleunlimited or for £3.50 (in the UK). For mature readers.
Surprising things happen to Bongo the Armadillo, usually while he is sitting in his garden having his cup of tea. “Hmm,” he usually ponders as he looks inside his teapot to see if he’s made enough tea. “That didn’t happen yesterday.” Indeed, it didn’t, read on as he’s visited by a frog who has been turned into a prince, an alien looking for the nearest McDonald’s and a wizard who has accidentally turned a city into jelly. Soon after he’ll be visited by the Queen, someone who is two people at once and then some uninspired sky. After that some very unusual things happen…
Available now in book form from Amazon (£4.00) and for Kindle (£2.99 or free on Kindleunlimited.)
After a bit of a break for one reason or another I’m back at work. The image shows a series I’ve been working on that will get published in China (and STOP PRESS in South Korea as well!) The ‘Magical Maths’ books contain a range of puzzles and challenges aimed at making learning different aspects of mathematics more fun and interesting to learn. I hope they work! Maybe if all the children in China (and South Korea!) begin giggling at once… well… um… something might happen!