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 Davies... Continue Reading →
I became a teacher shortly after my 30th birthday. I had not stepped foot in a primary school for almost 20 years and, to be honest, the grammatical terminology required to teach Year 5 English came as quite a shock. I had done well in my SATs, GCSEs and A-Levels, I'd gone on to achieve... Continue Reading →
To teach reading and writing effectively and enthusiastically, we must be keen readers and writers ourselves. With this in mind, I was looking for opportunities to develop myself as a reader and, through twitter, I stumbled upon the Open University and UKLA Teachers' Reading Groups. Initially, I thought it was simply a book club led... Continue Reading →
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 →
This blog will share creative ideas, practice and pedagogy that I explore on my journey as a Literacy for Pleasure teacher. I will be sharing research, reviews, resources, book club talk and CPD for others who are looking for transformational ideas to engage, inspire and improve reading and writing for pleasure in school.