Our Class is Reading…FREE DISPLAY!

I used to laminate something similar to this and keep it on the front of my classroom door throughout the year to get the children excited about our class book and the author, show any visitors and parents what we were reading, celebrate reading and generally raise the profile and importance of reading aloud! Feel…

The Army of Teachers

Welcome to the best job in the land – the Teachers’ Army, Where you’ll need to be, quite frankly, barmy! In charge of thirty children talking, squabbling, laughing, learning! There’s enough to make anyone think of another job! Yearning For free time, peaceful nights, the chance to skip into town and cause a stir, Without…

Things you could say to children to encourage a love of writing

I’ve been thinking about things we could say to children to encourage a love of writing. Lots of these ideas are drawn from my own experience as a teacher and as a child who loved writing, the books I’ve read and also from thinking back to when I was younger and how my teachers used…

Rainbow Hues

Rainbow Hues By Ian Eagleton  First of all, let me say, I am not professing to be a writer or poet at all! However, I took some time off over Christmas and  wrote a poem to try and encapsulate and make sense of my experiences as a young gay man and the homophobic bullying I endured…

Putting books and films at the heart of learning – a resource bank

I’ve been putting this together for a few months and here it is! A list of films (taken from www.literacyshed.co.uk), the core books we use and Talk for Writing activities linked to my school’s topics. We use these books and films to make cross-curricular links and develop our topics. This really helps us to develop…

Cross-curricular Planning Jigsaws #2 – Leaf by Sandra Dieckman

Cross-curricular planning and ideas linked to Sandra Dieckman’s wonderful book ‘Leaf’.  Please do leave a comment if you have used this book in your own classroom! I’d love to hear how! ‘Leaf’ by Sandra Dieckman Published by: Flying Eye Books ISNB: 978-1-911171-31-7 From the back of the book: When a polar bear washes up on…

Cross-curricular Planning Jigsaw #1: Mrs Mole, I’m Home!

‘Mrs Mole, I’m Home!’ By Jarvis Publisher: Walker ISBN: 978-1-4063-7243-4 Suggested age group: Year 1 -Cross-curricular and topic based planning -Using a book as a stimulus for a range of genres -Fully aligned to the new curriculum My review: An entertaining, colourful picture book, perfect for children aged between 3-5 years old,that is full of…