Author: @shrektheteacher
Studied for a B.Eng(Hons) in Civil Engineering before spending 7 years designing and building roads. Felt the need to be more creative and the pull of the commercial world, so moved on... Spent the next 7 years working for British Airways in Commercial Development & Strategy (concurrently spent 4yrs as a Territorial Army Infantry Officer). All very exciting, but eventually discovered that lining shareholders' pockets wasn't really motivating me, and that being in the TA wasn't very compatible with starting a family. Felt the need to do something more vocational, so moved on... Left the 'rat race' behind and spent 2 years as a house husband bringing up 4 kids. Wife left, ran out of money, so becoming a teacher seemed like a good idea! Did a PGCE and have spent the last 5 years teaching in a big Primary School in West Sussex...2yrs in Year 3, 1yr as an Every Child Counts maths specialist, and 2yrs in Nursery. Am now Nursery Manager and an SLT member. Can't see any reason to move on as yet!...

Guest Blogger: ShrekTheTeacher Having struggled to find any maths games that children go back to again and again, I have created two myself that I hope will make a difference… I have focussed on recognising numerals, matching them with quantities, and …

Have you seen these two Innovative FREE online games to support maths at EYFS & KS1? Read More »

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Guest Blogger: Chris Dunn @ShrekTheTeacher Tiny Bob’s Adventurous Counting has been written creatively to support maths in Early Years and Key Stage 1. It’s a very interactive book on Apple’s iBooks store, and can be used on any iPad or Mac computer… …

Have you seen this innovative new adventure iBook for iPad to support maths in Early Years KS1? Read More »

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Guest Blog: Chris Dunn @ShrekTheTeacher We’ve been learning about ‘People who help us’ this week, including Police Officers and Traffic Wardens.  I took the opportunity to link one of my classes favourite activities, riding the trikes, to one of the stranger learning …

Funny Stories about how children say the funniest things! Awwwwww! Read More »

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Guest Blogger: Chris Dunn @ShrekTheTeacher I recently came across Shonette Bason’s rather wacky ‘Dough Disco’ idea for developing fine motor skills. It took me a while to pluck up the courage to give it a go…I tried to convince my TA’s to …

Making ‘Dough Disco’ Count in Early Years Mathematics! Very Wacky! Read More »

Guest Blogger: Chris Dunn @ShrekTheTeacher Poor mental maths ‘ability’ (I say ability, but I suspect it has more to do with education), seems to have become endemic in England.  It’s often talked about in the press, and is so prevalent in my …

Does a lack of mental maths ‘ability’ stem from poor counting? A great read!! Read More »

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