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 →

#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 →

#3 Playing with Words (Poetry!)

This activity is inspired by Peter H Reynolds' brilliant book The Word Collector. It's a fun, creative poetry activity all about collecting and playing around with words! 1) Be inspired Watch this short Scholastic video* about The Word Collector by Peter H Reynolds. You can also read the story online here. *be mindful of adverts... 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 →

#1 Meditation & Calm

It seemed only right to begin with an activity to help create calm. Who knows, meditation may even become a regular practice in your household as most of us are forced to 'hit the pause button' for a while... This first activity will explore the practice of meditation – a practice which is at the... 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 →

How I do it: Let’s Write for Pleasure!

I, like many others, have been a huge advocate of Reading for Pleasure for many years now, but Writing for Pleasure seems to have slipped the net. We depend on it as the largest indicator of success and progress in learning, yet it doesn’t quite receive the same limelight that reading does. Writing in primary... Continue Reading →

Happy National Poetry Day!

This year, whilst researching ideas to celebrate National Poetry Day with my class, I came across Tony Walsh’s poem Take This Pen. I love how the energy and passion of the poem builds to a beautiful, lyrical crescendo. It's an incredibly moving poem, beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell, which reminds us that everyone has something... 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 →

The Literacy Calendar 2019-2020

Last year, I created a Literacy Calendar - something I'd wanted to sink my teeth into for a long time. I’ve always felt it would be one of those things that's incredibly useful to have and to share with staff, yet something we rarely have time to research or create! It proved so popular amongst... Continue Reading →

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