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Unlock the potential of oral history in your classroom

Bev Forrest talks to us about the positive, lasting impact an oral history project can have to your pupils and how easy it is to link our History Voyagers package to the 2014 curriculum.

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Teaching Key stage 1 reading - Using John Lewis’s Moz the Monster to teach reading comprehension

Thanks to Shareen Mayers for creating these teaching resources and planning ideas. These reading resources and guidance for key stage 1 teachers that will support teachers with their teaching, learning and assessments.

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Breaking down barriers – Steps to promoting greater diversity in your primary History teaching

Bev argues that there should be more diversity with relation to disability in the teaching of History in schools Read more »

Why do we study the Great Fire of London at Key Stage 1?

Bev Forrest thinks it’s time for a fresh look at our study of significant events.

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Curiosity, creativity and conversation – maximising the impact of object learning in your classroom

Bev Forrest and Stuart Tiffany discuss the importance of using objects in engaging, hands-on history lessons. 

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Using trinkets in phonics teaching

Abigail Steel, EYFS teacher and educational consultant, looks at how we can use trinkets to enhance phonics teaching, adding a sensory, kinesthetic dimension to lessons.

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Autumnal Reading Activities for Years 1, 2 & 3

As the Autumnal activities begin to take place – carving pumpkins, lightning sparklers and collecting conkers in the park – perhaps we should look towards sharing some high-quality texts with pupils in years 1, 2 and 3.

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Reading Planet Competition Time!

Want to know how you could win 72 banded reading books from our new reading programme for your school?  We have a wonderful twitter competition running for the launch week of Reading Planet running from Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November 2016! 

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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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