Why I Chose a Cockapoo

I decided on getting my first dog so began my research in to what breed of dog to get. If I were to get a second, I would probably get a rescue dog but as a novice, I decided a puppy would be better.

First, I had a look at an A to Z of dogs and made a list of the breeds I liked the look of.

Afterwards, I found a good website http://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/cockapoo#/slide/1 that lists popular breeds along with a guide to their traits such as:  adaptability, all around friendliness, health grooming, trainability and exercise needs. I went through each chosen dog and eliminated breeds due to what I was looking for. I wanted a medium sized dog that was intelligent, easy to train, doesn’t bark much, likes to play, doesn’t shed or drool much and is really friendly to both people, cats and other dogs.

Eventually, after my process of elimination I was left with a cockapoo, so I began to look for one. Along the way I discovered there are different types of cockapoos. Sizes and f1, F1b or f2.

December 2016: Along came Dexter. After having him for a year, I revisited the website and it is a very accurate description of a cockapoo. And what a fantastic dog he is. He is extremely friendly to everyone, is very intelligent, understands a lot of human talk, never malts, loves going out, learns new games and never licks you (not that I would mind that).

Dexter is a character and has his little quirks. We have all completely fallen in love with him.

I would definitely recommend a cockapoo.

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The Bog Baby

There are many books that I use to create exciting literacy and cross curricular lessons along with an inspired classroom environment.

I shall begin with Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis & Gwen Millward

Bog baby

The story follows a moral story type and really captures the emotions of the pupils. The main message is that wild creatures should be kept in their own environment so they can stay healthy and happy. I think this book is suited well to children aged 5-7 years although all would appreciate the story and illustrations.

The bog baby character is adorable and the pupils longed for it to be real. We linked this book with other lesson topics such as, should animals be kept in zoos? By the end the children were telling us to put our class bog baby back to it’s habitat. It also encourages them to consider pet care.

Here are some examples of cross curricular learning.

Literacy: morals, character descriptions, adjectives, time adverbs. Introducing new vocabulary.

Bog baby RAG

Maths: counting large amounts, counting in twos (legs), doubling/halving (using the magical ponds), capacity (jars & buckets). And so much more.

Art: using colour, pattern and textures to create an underwater world.

DT: mechanisms, making a pop up bog baby escaping the jar. Making Thaumatropes.

PSHE: is it bad to keep secrets? Should animals be kept in zoos?

Geography: contrasting environments (UK woodland with a tropical rainforest).

Science: seasonal changes within a woodland.

Computing: using mouse control to create a bog baby in a paint program.

Bog Baby Computing

Environment: fill your classroom with bluebells and make your own bog baby to hook the pupils.

Bog baby pond

I would welcome your photos 🙂

First blog post

I’m not entirely sure why I have started this blog? I just wanted to share my thoughts. Many unimportant things interest me; hence the random title. To begin with, I plan on blogging about children’s books, curriculum ideas linked to books, Cockapoos, cats, ways to eat chocolate, things I have watched, things that make me laugh and any other topic that sparks an interest.