Author Archives: Simon Lewis

End of Year Quiz

Towards the end of the year, it's often nice to run a table quiz in the classroom. Bright Sparks has created a nice tried and tested one. It challenges children to: – recognise places and people they know from their locality, – their general knowledge – their knowledge of nursery rhymes and fairy tales – as well as their knowledge of their own teachers. It also contains some brain tickling riddles. I have left blank slides for you to input photos of your own locality and Read More...

Goodbye Sixth Class

The end of the year is nearly here! It’s time to get your class busy with some easy and fun end of the year activities. Rozz's Resources has created a fantastic pack that will provide hours of student learning and reflecting on their time in primary school. You can download it here: https://mash.ie/product/goodbye-pack-for-sixth-class/ Read More...

Targetboards

I love Targetboards as a mental maths warmup. In fact, one could have a Targetboard to start off any Maths class. Bright Sparks has created a lovely Targetboard with questions for the teacher, which is well worth downloading. She says: Use these target boards for mental maths activities. There are 3 target boards. Each one is easily adaptable to suit the needs of your class. Each target board comes with 20 questions. From easy to more challenging. Download the Targetboard here. Read More...

All we needed was love…

Just a very short post about the Marriage Referendum. We wonder if May 23rd will now be a feature on Mash.ie. Perhaps the theme will be equality? Maybe it will be love? Right now, it's World Turtle Day! If there's any budding teachers out there that can combine turtles with marriage equality in a lesson plan? Read More...

Assessing Jolly Phonics

As we come towards the end of the year, many teachers look for good end of year assessments. Lots of schools are using the Jolly Phonics' scheme to teach sound and letter recognition and Mrs. M's goodies has a lovely assessment for all 42 sounds. You can get it here: https://mash.ie/product/jolly-phonics-sounds-assessment-class-record-sheet/ KB's Classroom also has a good assessment for phonics worth looking at: https://mash.ie/product/assessment-grid-for-junior-infant-phonics-and-letter-formation-editable/ Read More...

All about Aistear

Aistear is an early years methodology of teaching. Starting in pre-school all the way until the age of 6, children learn to learn through play. There are not a lot of examples of it in action so some of our Mash.ie sellers have created some resources. Summer Aistear Plan - Mrs M''s goodies Sample Aistear Plan - Infant Teaching Ideas Aistear Plan – The Sea Theme - MrsOJ Read More...

SESE yearly plan for every class

One of our excellent sellers, Infant Teaching Ideas, has made some of the most amazing packs we've seen. Not only has she written a whole year plan for one class in the subject of SESE, she's gone and made a whole year plan for all classes in SESE - from Junior Infants to 6th Class. Here's all the topics covered in the whole year of teaching SESE in 6th class: Ireland – past and present Planet earth Weather Australia People in history History of Ireland The famine Land rivers & Read More...

Summer begins?

May 1st marks the start of summer in Ireland but not in most other countries! Why do we start summer in May and not June? Some people say it's due to our saints and harvests. Others might just say we like to be different! Whatever the reason, here's a  Summer Nature Trail Activity Resources now on mash.ie. Covering all classes for the first time ever! €1 each! https://mash.ie/…/sese-summer-themed-nature-trail-infant-cl…/ Read More...

Goodbye 6th Class!

If you're a 6th Class teacher, your time with them is shortly coming to an end. Leaving primary school is a sad and happy time for them! Mash have designed a 40-page booklet with 23 different resources and worksheets designed to help the 6th child pupil process their learning over the last 8 years in primary school. Great fillers and great mementos for the teacher and pupil. €5. https://mash.ie/product/goodbye-pack-for-sixth-class/ Read More...

New Store: Bright Sparks

Welcome to our newest store on Mash.ie, Bright Sparks. Here is one of her products: https://mash.ie/product/clonmacnoise/ Read More...