Inspiring Writing: Hosting a Film Festival

I am a huge advocate of inspiring writing through authentic purpose and audience and one of my fundamental aims this year has been to raise literacy attainment through the use of engaging, creative literacy projects that do just that.  The National Literacy Trust's writing enjoyment, behaviours and attitudes report (2017/18) shows that enjoyment of writing... Continue Reading →

The Day War Came

The Day War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb Published by Walker Book, £10 (£1  from each copy sold donated to Help Refugees) Recommended Key Stages: 1 or 2 Year Group: 3+ In 2016, our own government refused to allow 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees to enter the UK. Around the same time, Nicola... Continue Reading →

20 Tools for Teaching Vocab.

If you’ve read my posts about building vocabulary and spelling in a reading rich curriculum, you’ll know that I am keen on instilling a love of reading, an interest in the etymology of words and an inquisitive nature about word origins and meanings. I believe the teaching of spelling and vocabulary should be through fun,... Continue Reading →

Building Vocabulary

Building vocabulary is essential for all pupils to ensure that they are able to access the curriculum and reach their full potential academically. Of course, vocabulary building continues to evolve throughout our lives, but creating a curiosity around words from a young age can have a big impact. Embedding positive reading and vocabulary-building habits can... Continue Reading →

Harnessing the Power of Working Walls

When I started out in teaching, it was easy to confuse pinterest-perfect classrooms with those that actually had an impact on learning. As well as being vibrant and welcoming, the classroom environment can also be a valuable learning tool, a way of engaging and supporting children. With careful thought and planning, an effective classroom environment is... Continue Reading →

Planning for the Needs of More Able Pupils

Whether or not you agree with the term 'more able' or prefer to think of these pupils as ‘high potential’ (or whether you prefer not to label children at all - after all, don't all children have high potential?), you will inevitably encounter many mixed ability classes in your time teaching Literacy at primary school.... Continue Reading →

Hosting a ‘Book Tasting’

I initially saw the idea back in April when Tom Riston, a year 4 teacher at Wroxham Primary School, posted a picture on Twitter (@Year4_TWS). His photo really caught my eye and sent my imagination into overdrive. Tom had also blogged about his inspiring book tasting experience and this gave me all the information I needed to set... Continue Reading →

Building a Literate School

Here is my CPD review from the CLPE's incredible Building a Literate School Conference. It was a one day Literacy conference held on 2nd March 2018 in Bristol with a focus on developing a whole school ethos for quality English provision. Download the PDF version here: CPD MINI REVIEW - Building a Literate School. For more conference... Continue Reading →

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