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Supply teacher toolkit/essentials

Discussion in 'Primary' started by lilybet_85, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. I have signed up to do supply from next week to regain my life a bit. I would like to know what key resources you take to rescue yourself when no work is set or you are left at a loose end with a class of 30? Ey's to ks2
    Any links, activity ideas, resouce recommendations or files would really help me and other supply newbies.
    Please post away [​IMG]
  2. Loony tunes

    Loony tunes New commenter

    Have a look at the supply teachers section on here - there are lots of ideas there.
    I've had my own class for a few years now but when I did do supply the essential thing in my toolkit was my own mug and coffee. Staffrooms can be very political places at times!
    For early years I always had a good couple of story books in my bag that I could spin a day out off e.g. the Gruffalo (though you might want to choose a slightly less well known book so the children won't have already done it to death.) From this I could do English - sequencing the story, PSE - talking about the morals of the story - was it ok for the Gruffalo to lie to save his life etc? For maths I used to carry a small box of dice that could be used for simple number games (and great coz a practical lesson = no marking.
    For KS2 I had a set of story cards (I think were from the resource bank here) with various objects or people on. I would put the children into groups and get them to make up a story which they then had to tell to their classmates. A great speaking and listening activity, again without marking. Poetry writing is also good for a one-off lesson. For maths I used to have a bank of problem solving activities. Art is always good.
    Also, look round the classrooms when you're there. I picked up lots of ideas for use elsewhere and for when I got my own class. Don't forget to get any TAs/classroom assistants etc on side!
    Good luck!

  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Take Looney tunes advice and pop along to the supply forum- question crops up regularly each year.

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