How do I join a Twitter chat?

Twitter chats are essentially virtual meet-ups for people with common interests and they are BIG in the #edutwitter world! If you're looking to connect with other educators on a wider scale then Twitter is where it's at. With the nation in various states of regional lockdown, making connections is even more important than ever. Twitter... Continue Reading →

The Literacy Calendar 2020-2021

Hello everyone, it's finally here! For those who have been patiently waiting for this to be released, I do apologise. My Literacy Calendar is a little late this year for a couple of reasons. First, I have been busier than usual - adapting to teaching during lockdown and then returning to school with a bubble.... Continue Reading →

Children’s Literature: Summer CPD

CPD doesn't have to be in the form of attending a course; professional learning as a process comes in many guises. It could be something as simple as joining in a twitter chat, attending a book festival, watching a Youtube tutorial or reading a book for pleasure! I am well aware that 'Summer CPD' is... Continue Reading →

#8 Guess Who? (inference skills)

This is a really fun task that allows children of all ages to practise their inference skills. However, it does require a little preparation by the adult first. You may need to find some props from around the home (or school!) and either put these in a special sack, or brown envelopes before you begin... Continue Reading →

#4 Word Detectives!

Kids love secret codes. They love playing detective and investigating things for themselves. In order to encourage children to become logophiles (word lovers), we're going to unlock the meanings of words using a very special secret code - etymology! Etymology is the study of the true meaning of words. From personal experience, I think it’s... Continue Reading →

#2 Create your own Imaginary Map

I have always loved maps within books. Much like novels themselves, maps can tell stories too. They often bring the real and the imaginary together. Maps are a brilliant way to explore imaginary lands inside our imaginations, providing a potential gateway to creative writing. Spending time creating illustrations gives us a starting point for bringing... Continue Reading →

Online English Tools for Home Learning

In times like these, sharing teaching resources with each other is more important than ever! Below is a list of 10 useful (and FREE) online resources for teaching English, which may prove useful in the coming weeks during school closures. Please do feel free to share with teachers, colleagues and parents... 1) CLPE's PoetryLine is... Continue Reading →

CPD Review: English Subject Leaders (CLPE)

Aside from having one of the most extaordinarily beautiful libraries I've ever seen, the CLPE is bursting with passionate, experienced educators who always leave me feeling inspired. I have been lucky enough to attend many of the brilliant CLPE courses over the past few years but this one in particular gave me so much to... Continue Reading →

Book Review: You Won’t Believe This!

You Won't Believe This! by Adam Baron, illustrated by Benji Davies Published by Harper Collins Children's Books Recommended Key Stages: 2 Year Group: 4-6 You Won’t Believe This by Adam Baron is a completely captivating read, one where humour and wit walks hand in hand alongside two intertwining mysteries. Beautifully illustrated by Benji Davies, it’s... Continue Reading →

Visualisation and Art

Visual imagery is essential for memory, day dreaming and imagination. It can also be used as a powerful classroom tool and, when embedded in the writing process, can produce amazing results. I originally discovered this technique a few years ago during a training course led by the CLPE. I am a big fan of their... Continue Reading →

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