I have had many emails from teachers asking whether it is alright to use Sparklebox again.
I would say NO as it seems the owner still gets money every time we click on the website, so considering his history, I will not be funding his lifestyle. I destroyed all my materials I made from the website years ago and will not be going there again.
The only thing I can recommend are other sites:
For more free materials for work on phonics, go to:
Check out my post from a few years ago:
With all my research into the brain and how it works in class I have been investigating the need for regular brain breaks. There is a great website with many links for brain breaks called:
You can join for free and get lots of ideas to use in your classes.
I also use a lot of songs by the Learning Station:
They are well worth paying for but preview the songs on Youtube.
Two of the children’s favourites are Body Boogie
and Get funky
Some teachers are a little worried about brain breaks as they think the children may get out of control.
Check out Bevin Reinen’s video on Youtube for some ideas to keep the children focused:
School starts for many of us next week both teachers and children!
Have a little laugh with this little chap!
Those of you that follow my blog will know that I am a fan of Ken Robinson and this video will delight you if you like him as much as I do.
If you are on hoilday from school but planning for the new academic year, this will give you food for thought.
I will be doing some training events with OUP colleagues around Spain starting with Madrid on 29 March.
You can register for these at :
My session is called:
Maximizing their memory
“Use surprise to bring students’ brains to attention. Consider employing the technique of surprise to light up students’ brains and illuminate the pathways to memory storage. Starting a lesson with an unanticipated demonstration or having something new or unusual in a classroom will spark student attention and curiosity.”
Dr. Judy Willis, neurologist and teacher.
Come and discover ways to maximize your primary pupils’ memory and potential.
Just in case you haven’t had the information, I will be doing a Webinar on Tuesday 25 March from 18.00 until 19.00.
If you are in Spain, you can register online at:
It’s called “Prioritising your pupils’ potential” and we will be concentrating on strategies for ‘Infantil’ and primary children in First Cycle.
Hope to ‘see’ you there.
All the best