Nurture 14/15

Hello all.

Its time of year again where we all bloggers post our nurture 14/15 blogs post. Here is mine.

What a great year i have had i have had one amazing year yes there has been downs but i pefer to focus on the positives so here we go

Review of the year

1 Glasgow 2014 – Well i cant start this without mentioning this in 1st Place and its Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. As many of you know i was part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games! – I was a closing ceremony performer!! and what an amazing experience it was im so grateful to lots of people which some are mentioned more below.. But in the new year look out for a new blog post/posts about my experience

2 – Staying in Scotland – 2nd has to be staying in Scotland with Susie when i was part of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. she is an amazing woman and very nice for taken me in without meeting before. If it wasn’t for i wouldn’t of been able to take part in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony!

3 – Friends – I have made some great new friends mainy from being part of Glasgow 2014 and also alot of new twitter and facebook friends and i thank you all ūüôā

4 – Twitter – i am pleased this year i have got an even bigger following on Twitter now from this year.

5 – Autism Facebook Group – This group has been a great help towards the end of this year and made some friends who totally understand.

6 – Mum – Me and mum have improved our friendship again and i now put a side what goes on between my parents and just try and let them get on with it

7 – Growing Up – i have grown up this year in many ways and mum even commented on it in relation to the above.



My plans for 2015  РI want to achieve even more this year this may sounds odd but you just watch me prove people wrong!

1 – Get a job – i really need and want a job and in 2015 this is going to be my target!

2 РStart a relationship/family- i know it may odd at my young age of 22 but i feel sometime this year i would like to work towards it. The first thing  to do is find that special someone.

3 – Help Around The House More – If im honest dad has done alot of me and so i would like to help him back where he would like me too.

4 – Blog More – Just take a look at this blog! its so empty and so i would like to start blogging a alot more.

5 – Get SENChat even bigger – Simple isnt it i would like to make it even bigger than it already is and i have plans in place to do that.


Thanks for reading
Tom ūüôā x



Note – This will be added to over the next couple of days or so ūüôā

Photo Project Day 2

Hi again we are now on day 2.


Photo Project 365
Day 2 – Xbox Kinect

РPhoto wont upload becasue of size please be with me while i try and sort it.  mean time you can view it on my twitter @DJTom3 or facebook at Thomas Norman


30 Day Photo Challenge
Day 2 – Something that makes you smile.




infomation for the photo coming soon

Well there are a lot of things that I could pick that makes smile there is my laptop I know its funny but hey there you go, theres my family which is my mum and dad and my si…ster who is amazing, but I picked for something which makes me smile is sweep our cat and he is lovely and is quite remakeable really as he was dumped on the A14 in cambs which is a moterway type road along with 4 other kittens in a box and lucky they were found although I think one died the others were taken to wood green and 8 years ago we went to wood green to pick a cat and we chose one them and it was boy¬† and we called him sweep and here he is. He was also been few quite a lot as he had 2 injury‚Äôs the first one we think it was a car but it could have been anything as he used to expore a lot and go in the wood and fields which was wasn‚Äôt far from our old house and the 2nd was when¬† he was out again too and we not sure what happened to him then but now he is quite scared of car and very much of lorrys . weirdly enough he loves getting boxes still now you would of thought he would hate them as we was dumped in one but maybe he remember all his brothers and sisters when he sees one and wants to get in it. Here is sweep now in the photo above he is now nearly 8 and half and this what he always does when we get his food out for him isn‚Äôt it cute ūüôā That‚Äôs the remakeable¬† story of our cat



Photo Self Portait Project
Day 2

and guess what this one wont uplad too ūüôĀ¬† anyone else have photo sizes proberm on wordpress like this? – ¬†mean time you can view on my twitter @DJTom3 or facebook at Thomas Norman


sorry everyone hope i can get this sorted. if you have had this proberm before let me know as i would like to know how to sort it.







Well here it is its the end of year of 2012 and what year it has been in genaral and in my family too. i have seen many other doing blog post idea of 12 highlights of 2012 and 13 hopes for 2013 so here it goes

12 Highlights of 2012


1 – Moving House: my family moved house this year from bar hill which i think we had out grown as we were there all our childhood and we moved to huntingdon which may has a bit more crime but in genareal i think the area i live in is very nice here is a photo of our old house that we moved from¬† –

Our old house

Our old house

2 – I made a blog which i have always wanted to do and thanks to Ian addision twitter name is – @ianaddison that all become possible with this help your reading this blog post and hopefully this blog will stay with me for many years.


3 London 2012 Olympics: it was an amazing year in sport and lucky here in the UK we had the olympics come for the 3rd time and it great we went to 2 events horse equestion and tennis where andy murrey won his olympic gold and we went to another event to do with london 2012 but i will mention that as another highlight.


Olympics + Others 060 Olympics Ring To Remind Us Of London 2012



iphone pictures 119 РLondon 2012 Olympics Touch

Olympics + Others 118 РLondon 2012 Olympics House Equestion

Olympics Tennis 114 London 2012 Olympics РAndy Murrey Olympic Gold Winner РTennis


4 Parolympics Closing Ceremony – Now you may be wondering why i havent just called it Parolympics but i havent done that becasue my family and i went to the parolympics closing ceremony and it was amazing i will never forgot and i know if my granmda was still live she would loved have seen the olympics on TV or even gone to them. anyway neverless it was truly amazing and a bonus was that i met a friend from a course i did with OU at the parolympics closing ceremony only just a few seats down from us.



5 Twitter – i made some great frends on twitter this year and they been great a few of them are @mobo40 @cherrylkd – they are just a few but there are many more but my network on twitter has grown quite alot and thank you to everyone who have had great tallks with on twitter.


6 Getting a job: well sort of anyway as i was offered to do voluntary at a primary school sadly becasue of health issus im hopefully starting in 2013 but that is defo one of my highlights of 2012 as its the start of my career.


7 Getting a Puppy: – we got a puppy at the start of december ish time and he has been great he is called Oscar and he certinly is a character and full of energy its a bit like having a baby apprently my mum says here is a photo of Oscar. DSCF1888

i have now run out of other highlights of this year which is a shame but i have my best and i think just leave at this although i may come back to this a in a few days when i come up with so more if not i my add just photo for the remaiming highlights.


see if i can do better with this

My 13 Hopes For 2013


1 – Get My Health Better – i think that is one of my biggest hopes for 2013 and what i mean by that is get my axitcly sort and if i can do that i think i will feel better in my self in genreal i already have brought a book to read called Happy Adults by cathy glass and i have another book coming too hopefully.


2 Start Voluntary – that is another big hope for 2013 and if i can start to improve in my axitcy hopefully in januray i can start working at the primary school i have mentioned as as a learning mentor and although you will be helping children proberms i think i will do at it as some in a way might relate to me.


3 Start Working – i would also like to start working next year and try to get some money for myself as i dont have much money at the money that is something that i really like to get sorted next year even on a saturday would do as i would hope to still do my voluntary.


4 Photographer – i would like to improve in photography next year and there is someone down our road who does photography as a job so i might do some work experience with him and also just more work in photography and i mean by that by improve as i feel my photographer this year been up and down and i hope to get some lighting and make a studio weather that happens or not is another thing.


5 Read More – this is my new year relevtions and its to read more as you can see, i havent that many books this year but i would defo like to read lots of books next year and seeing as i got lots of books for christmas that will be a start one the books i got i will add a photo of in the next few days.


6 365 Project – going back to photography for a hope i would like to complate a 365 project next year i did one last year in the middie of it and did ok up untill when the olympics were as there was lot of watching tv etc i missed a few days but next year im determind to do it.


7 Move Out Рas you may of read above i dont have much money although i have gramdma she gave me i could use i could move out and depending what my money is like at the middie stage of next year will depand if i can move out or not maybe with a friend but i would be looking to renting i guess we will see if that happens.


8 Eduction: now on to the edction stuff i would like michael gove to wake and the goverment and relise what they doing they make teachers look like they cant do there jobs but in fact there bloody well can i highy delt micheal gove would do very well if was a teacher and in honestly i hope he leaves most people are fed up of him he had his chance i think its time for someone else to step in who that person would be im not sure comment and let me know.


9 Dyslexia Training Рi would like all uni doing teacher training to have dyslexia training in there courses i think its one of those things that is hard to spot with out knowing the signs so i think it would new teachers in to the teaching world to know how to spot it and know how to help the children with it. there many things that i think teachers need training in to do with SEN at there unis but i think that would be a start i did question on twitter a few weeks for a friend nearly everyone but 1 said yes to dyslexia training at unis.  i would love to hear your thoughts.


10 College – i would like to start going to college as some of you know i was supposed to start a pre acces course last september but they changed there mind for some reason and they took my place away as they changed there mind about it which i dont think was fair but anyhow i hope to start college anyway.


11 courses Рi would also like to do some courses as in distance learning ones and i would like to start a TA Level one course so hopefully next september i can go my OU course called supporting learning in a primary school which is Level 4 but apprently it is ok to jump too,


12 Fairer Uni Fees – i feel stonly about this i think the uni fees shouldnt of gone up and in fact should of gone down i cant see happening but i will mention it anyway


13 РNo More Bad Cuts Рare you listening goverment i would lik  you not to make more bad cuts in areas that are important like in eduction for example


Thats it i have done it they are my 13 hopes for 2013 i would you enjoyed readed them i would love to hear what you think. Tom – oct 1 2012 219

Ukedchat The Aftermouth

On October the 18 on thrusday evening at 8pm when most people are having there dinner or watching tv I was on twitter with amgoust many others as normal on a thursday night as its ukedchat night.

Ukedchat is a weekly chat on twitter where all eductors are welcome to join and lots of them to chat about a topic that they voted for during the week and on the 18th which is now around 2 weeks ago i hosted it for the first time.

I put up the topics up during the week and here im going to explain my top 3 and why i chose them

1 was called – Learning Mentors – should every school have a learning mentor and would you employ one if funding came back?

I chose this topic as felt it was important topic to talk about i think if possible all primary and secondary school should have one but in 2004 I belive the funding was taking away and only some schools have them now, some schools may not need them and as funding is also not there some go without and i guess some are ok to do that as not all the schools may not have all proberms that learning mentors deal with but i also do think there some that may need one in that the proberms and so I wanted to see what ukedchat community thought and i had planned to quite in depth too to talk about other issus around them.


2 My next best topic was – M.E ‚Äď What would you do if you had a child in your class with M.E and how would you support them etc

I chose this topic to chat about becasue as many of know you follow me on twitter that my sister has M.E and its something that is definly undercovered in the media and many GPs and some people still think its fake and ii wanted the raise awareness of it as lots of children have it and some schools arent very good at supporting and understanding it my sister was fed up at her old school and they never seemed to understand lucky we moved to huntingdon where my family lives now and she goes to a different school now they have been really good so i wanted to see what ukedchat community thought and how would they a child in there class etc.


3 My final topic im going to explain about is –¬†SEN ‚Äď what can we do to help children to ¬†get on at schools with autism etc

I chose this topic as autism is quite stong thing to me as i have spiceil needs and i wanted to genreal learn more about it and see what ukedchat community thought of it like which things they use in the classroom to help the children in the class with autism


The topic that won in the vote was number 3 (SEN ‚Äď what can we do to help children to ¬†get on at schools with autism etc) so that evening before it i got all my questions ready soon by i know it had started and it started of very feel and it was very to keep up with everything and if i could give a tip to someone who was hosting for the first time i would say dont get sidetracked overall i felt it went very there were some sad stories shared and some great idea to use in the classroom with children with autism and some good videos to learn more about it

i did a summrary for ukedchat and if you would like to read in full what was said here is the link the bit is my report than then you get to bottem white bit thats the start of it. some of my report many not make sence to so i do apologise about that

if you any questions about ukedcat or would like to share you view on my best 3 topic or would like to say something about how the ukedchat went then please do comment i do always appreciate it

Thank you Tom






Autism Ukedchat Tonight

Hi all as most of you know im hosting tonight ukedchat which the topic is going be  РWhat can we do to help children with autism to get on at school? i hope enjoy tonights chat and i hope we can all take something from tonight. for those that dont much about it. ukedchat is a chat every thursday night with all people to do with teaching and what happens is that everyone chats about a topic. it normaly starts at 8pm which is tonight so join me tonight using the harshtag #ukedchat and you can follow me on twitter to keep up with what im saying as im hosting.

Thanks Tom



Hello I’m sure many people will know from my facebook and twitter account that¬†I have now got voluntary but¬†I thought¬†I would post about it here

The Voluntary

I¬†e-mailed the first school¬†I had on my list since making this blog and they got back to me and they offered voluntary Yay!. Some information about¬† the voluntary is that it is at a school in peterborough and¬†I will be a volunteer¬†learning mentor for 1 week and then after that the school will looking to see if they can offer me something longer which I’m hoping they will be able to for a year to get me the experience to then go on to a part time or full time job as a learning mentor

The Question

now¬†I do a have a question about it and thought it would be perfect to post it here, does anyone know what they will allow me and not allow me to do as volunteer learning mentor for a week and¬†also¬†they haven’t asked for a CRB too so take that in mind and you can answer that question in comments if you want

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Hello And Welcome


hello everyone and welcome to my first blog post i would like to thank ian addison who helped me make this blog mainy sorting the host bit and a few other small things than that its all my own work.

if you havent already ready my about page here it is below

Hello and welcome to my teaching blog. My name is Tom and I’m from Huntingdon I’m 19 so I’m still quite young, although I do have special needs but I don’t let that get in my way! but sorry about my spelling/grammer.  At the moment im currently working on becoming a learning mentor and then I will hopefully go on to be a teacher in the future

im  interested in cooking,sport and i support histon fc who beat leeds united in the fa cup and man united in football and i have had football trials myself. im a keen photographer aswell and i recently passed a course in photography with the OU. and im starting to get into psychology. i live at home still at the moment with my parents and my sister who has M.E you might know that if you follow me on twitter and you might see  me blog about those type of  interests on this blog

i hope you enjoyed reading my first blog post and i would welcome any feeback and topics for the future. comments welcome below

Thanks for reading