The Watching Wood, by Erika McGann, is set in a school for the magical. It is full of shapeshifters and dark fairies. A girl called Grace is the main character. She has to try and get her friends out of this school to where they have been brought. Adie, Delilah (very quiet), Una (not the cleverest), Jenny (always gets into trouble) and Rachel (just loves fashion) are her friends. They had been kidnapped. A girl called Aura tries to help them escape. [click to continue…]
Sally Go Round the Stars is an eyecatching book. My initial impression was formed by the wonderful graphics and illustrations. While they illustrate the poems, they also draw your imagination in to create a scene behind and around the characters. It encourages you to develop a narrative around the characters and the text.
As the saying goes “a picture paints a thousand words” and a couple that come to mind are “There was an Old Woman” which very cleverly shows the contents of her stomach, there is also” Skinny Malink” and “Little Miss Muffet”. “Incy Wincy Spider” cleverly illustrates a complex maze of pipes for the poor spider to climb! [click to continue…]
On 1st September 2014 a revised sick leave scheme came in to effect for teachers. The Department of Education and Skills (DES) issued Circular 59/2014 which outlines teachers’ sick leave entitlements. There are a number of significant changes in the revised sick leave scheme compared to the previous scheme. [click to continue…]
Eco Detectives is an interactive education portal designed to introduce primary school pupils to the issues of Climate Change and the Environment. Firmly embedded in curriculum learning objectives, the website aims to provide pupils with valuable knowledge and skills and the ability to think critically about their own actions within their community.
The website was piloted over a two-year period in primary schools where teachers were able to link the resource to the areas [click to continue…]
Servicing a laptop may seem a daunting task and beyond the reach of most people. However, Hassan Dabbagh has put together these tips for servicing a laptop for the novice:
1) Power up laptop. [click to continue…]