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Using a high-quality text to teach a range of reading and writing objectives

After the launch of this year’s Great British Bake Off, it seems timely to share David Melling’s latest Hugless Douglas classic, ‘Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake.’ This resource demonstrates how a high quality text can be used to teach a range of NC objectives spanning across both key stages. Many thanks to Maddy Barnes for the fantastic ideas. 

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Read it, write it, understand it - fantastic spelling activities for your classroom

Spelling currently has a higher profile than ever, thanks to the expectations for writing in the new assessments at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, which mean that a child will effectively be penalised for not being able to spell words considered appropriate for their age. 

Guest blogger Nicola Morris shares some fantastic activity ideas to help make spelling fun and engaging for pupils. 

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14th December - Room for a Little One

Martin Waddell's Room for a Little One is the basis of today's free English lesson plan!

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Keeping end points on your radar

The first of the new Key Stage 2 National Tests are fast approaching. If you are planning on a revision programme, or even if you aren’t, it is probably best to be aware of the areas that will be included in the tests that have not been taught in Year 6. Thank to Mathematics Advisor Caroline Clissold for this valuable article on end points.

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10th December - Finders Peepers

Another day, another free lesson plan! Behind door 8 on our advent calendar is another great lesson plan based on Ruth and Neil Thomson's Finders Peepers. 

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9th December - The Lion Inside

Behind the door on Day 7 of our advent calendar is a great lesson plan using Rachel Bright's The Lion Inside. 

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Twitter takeover! #ASKMBERRY

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8th December - The Frog Olympics

Our advent calendar is bursting with fantastic lesson plan ideas for you to use in the classroom! Today's is based around The Frog Olympics by Brian Moses. 

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4th December - How to Hug with Hugless Douglas

Today's free lesson idea is based on David Melling's How to Hug with Hugless Douglas. This lesson focuses on skimming and scanning techniques, developing positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing, as well as teaching pupils to consider what they are going to write before they begin. 

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2nd December - Mapping Europe

For the 12 days of advent, Rising Stars are bringing you a fantastic English lesson plan idea to use with your pupils. Today's is based on Paul Rockett's Close-up Continents: Mapping Europe. Our thanks to Maddy Barnes, Assistant Head Teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School and English Consultant, for her superb lesson plan!

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