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10 texts to spark a lifelong love of reading

Author of our English for the More Able series, Vicky Burrill, picks out 10 books to engage and inspire your students.

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Poetry activities for National Poetry Day 2017 - Part 2

Part two of our poetry week activities. This time we're having fun with animal poems and spooky poems!

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Poetry activities for National Poetry Day 2017 - Part 1

Celebrate National Poetry Day on the 28th September with activities perfect for KS1 children.

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Ten oral blending activities

A variety of different activities for the classroom.

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Ten blending activities

These games can be played at most phases if the words are carefully selected.

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Ten segmenting activities

A list of useful segmenting activities to use in the classroom.

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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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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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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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Rising Stars Advent Calendar

To celebrate the holidays we've created our very own Rising Stars advent calendar, and each day we'll share a fantastic English lesson plan with you!

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