The Teaching Realm: An interview with Kate Owbridge #26

Kate Owbridge is the Executive Headteacher at Ashton Primary School. Here, she talks about Joyce Grenfell, Malory Towers and When God Was a Rabbit… Name: Kate Owbridge Twitter handle: @kateowbridge Link to blog/website: mrsointheknow.wordpress What is your current position? Executive headteacher When, how and why did you get into education? What did/do you want to…

The Truth About Martians: An interview with Melissa Savage

Melissa Savage is the author of Bigfoot, Tobin and Me. Here she talks to Steph Elliot about her new book The Truth About Martians… Without giving too much away, can you tell us about your new book The Truth About Martians?  There is a story here in the US about an alleged UFO crash in…

What is poetry? FREE display resources for National Poetry Day, 3rd October 2019!

✨🌟Please find some free downloadable display resources, featuring lots of childen’s poets (Coral Rumble, Michael Rosen, Liz Brownlee, Sue Hardy-Dawson, Joshua Seigal and many more) and their thoughts on ‘What is poetry?’✨🌟 There are four different versions, depending on your preference! Do send us a photo of any displays! @reading_realm National Poetry Day Display Resources…

What is poetry?

Thank you to all the poets today we contributed to our discussion about what poetry is and why it’s so important! I will turn your ideas into some freely downloadable posters for schools, but wanted to capture some your excellent thoughts here!  “Poetry is a bit like love. Impossible to define or even describe but…

The Teaching Realm: An interview with Freya Odell #25

The Reading Realm Blog Series: Educators doing extraordinary things Name: Freya Odell Twitter handle: @fod3 Link to blog/website: wheninromeeng.wordpress.com What is your current position? (eg teacher, librarian, publisher etc, what year group do you teach etc?) Teacher of English to pupils in KS3, KS4 and KS5 When, how and why did you get into education?…

Where stories come to life: A found poem

✨🌟I had a go at creating a pantoum (a Malayan poem, made up of four-line stanzas, where the 2nd and 4th lines become the 1st and 3rd lines) using my favourite lines from books I’ve read recently. This might be a nice way to explore reader identity, track what’s being read and enjoyed and celebrate…

The Teaching Realm: An interview with Hannah James #24

The Reading Realm Blog Series: Educators doing extraordinary things Hannah James is  a Year 6 teacher. Here she talks about black-out poetry, The Diary of Anne Frank and how a letter from Mrs Trimble changed her life… Name: Hannah James Twitter handle: @MissJames_Y6 Link to blog/website: My class page with some examples of our writing! What…

Trouble in New York: An interview with Sylvia Bishop

Jamie Creeden has always wanted to be a reporter – so when he is given a tour of the famous MORNING YORKER newspaper, he can’t believe his luck. But a chance phone call draws him into the mystery of the missing actress. Soon Jamie, along with his new friends Eve and Rose, must navigate a…

My Bookshelf: FREE resources

Journey into a world where stories come to life… Why not use this to record your reading choices throughout the year! A free resource for children, teachers, school librarians and LSAs to keep a record of all the books they’ve read, explored and enjoyed throughout the year! Could be stuck in the front of English…

The Middler: An interview with Kirsty Applebaum

Kirsty Applebaum was born in Essex and grew up in Hampshire. She has had a wide variety of jobs including bookselling, railway re-signalling, picking stones off conveyor belts and teaching Pilates. The Middler, an atmospheric, thrilling, dystopian middle grade adventure, is her debut novel!   Congratulations on your debut novel, The Middler!  You’ve set the…

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…