Is it now safe to use Sparklebox again?

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:

Leave a comment »

Brain Breaks

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:




Leave a comment »

Thought for the day

Children are not a distraction

Leave a comment »

Something for the start of term

School starts for many of us next week both teachers and children!

Have a little laugh with this little chap!



Leave a comment »

Changing Paradigms

Making a difference in education logo

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.


creativity is contagious



Leave a comment »

Teacher Training Events around Spain


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.




Leave a comment »

Teacher Training Webinar OUP Spain


Hi everyone,

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


Leave a comment »


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 67 other followers