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Deliver core British Values content AND the English National Curriculum

Deliver core British Values content AND the English National Curriculum

The Key Stage 2 British Values series provides a range of non-fiction texts that also helps deliver the requirements for the National Curriculum for English.

Extract from National Curriculum

By Year 3, pupils should be developing their knowledge and skills in reading non-fiction about a wide range of subjects.

Pupils should be learning to justify their views about what they have read: with support at the start of year 3 and increasingly independently by the end of year 4.

The British Values Series of books promotes fundamental British Values. Each book in the series explores key aspect of the fundamental British Values of:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.
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Highly informative content is supported with a range of discussion and written activities.

Find out more here or telephone 01983 761 389.

Thank you

Gresham Books Ltd

Tel: 01983 761389

gresham-books.co.uk

 

77 fun ideas for advancing MFL in the Primary Classroom

With activities ranging from The Human alphabet and Foreign language detectives to Secret signal and Be the teacher, you’ll never be stuck for ideas.

In order for your pupils to embrace a new language they must first be confident in their ability to decode the language. And indeed, once decoding has been mastered they will be well on their way to discovering how the new language functions at sentence level.

To help with this we have produced a resource which not only aims to increase pupils’ confidence in language learning, but which also aims to increase pupils’ progress beyond learning simple vocabulary and phrases.

More Fun Ideas for Advancing MFL in the Primary Classroom is a volume containing 77 activities which support the Foreign Languages programmes of Study in the September 2014 National Curriculum where the focus is on practical communication. The activities are suitable for most languages and for a wide range of language topics and will enable the pupils to understand and communicate ideas, facts and feelings in speech and writing.

The fun activities will help pupils learn to manipulate the language, enabling creative communication and giving young learners a feeling of ownership over the language being learnt.

The inherent rationale behind each activity is that it should be enjoyable and interactive, challenging children’s understanding of the language and furnishing them with a purpose for their learning. With activities ranging from the Human alphabet and Foreign language detectives to Secret signal and Be the teacher, you will never be stuck for ideas.

For more information, please visit https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/more-fun-ideas-for-advancing-modern-foreign-languages-in-the-primary-classroom-249.

You can order More Fun Ideas for Advancing MFL in the Primary Classroom for £13.99 in a variety of ways, including:

  • by visiting the website
  • by phone on 01449 766629
  • by fax on 01449 768047
  • by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

phone: 01449 766629
fax: 01449 768047

Successful Gangsta Granny tour extended thru 2017

UK theatre tour of GANGSTA GRANNY by DAVID WALLIAMS continues until July 2017

Great for KS2 Curriculum

GANGSTA GRANNY by the UK’s bestselling children’s author, David Walliams, is now an acclaimed new play suitable for pupils at infant, junior and middle school level (ages 4 to 12) and it will help you cover part of the National Curriculum. The show is currently on tour around the UK until July 2017 before transferring to the West End.

See venue details, photos, reviews and a trailer of the show at www.birminghamstage.com

Special school ticket prices apply at all tour venues and many give free tickets to teachers on duty. Schools can also claim back the VAT on their pupils’ tickets to reduce costs further.

“How do you entertain a thousand deafening under ten-year-olds for two hours? The answer is this cracker of a show, brilliantly adapted and directed, which comes with a smashing cast. It’s totally grantastic!” * * * *  The Mail on Sunday

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake to eat and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be so boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could possibly imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!

“Kids adore David Walliams’ books and they loved this show. It has an infectious exuberance that answers the writing’s zest and theatricality. Every comic opportunity is grasped!”  * * * * The Daily Telegraph

Gangsta Granny follows Birmingham Stage Company’s hugely popular shows including Horrible Histories, Tom’s Midnight Garden and James and the Giant Peach.

We look forward to seeing you at this amazing children’s adventure!

WHAT THE TEACHERS SAY ABOUT GANGSTA GRANNY!

“Absolutely brilliant – it kept very close to the book and was even better in parts. The show exceeded our expectations – we loved the dancing and the comedy and the scenery was exceptional – so clever how it unfolded. Everyone was truly amazing, with brilliant characterisations. A truly excellent show. You brought the West End to Nottingham!” Highfields School, Newark

“It was an excellent show and very entertaining! It was much funnier than the book and we thought it was very clever. The children loved it! Thank you!” Viscount Beaumont’s C of E, Coalville

” Amazing! Very well portrayed and an accurate representation of the book which more than fulfilled our expectations – it really brought the story to life. The set was so clever and we also loved the costumes. Ben was perfect for the role and everyone did such a great job. No stone was left unturned – we hope David Walliams is proud” Cape Cornwall School

A unique theatrical winter PSHE pantomime for all ages

Tip of the Iceberg Theatre company have been working in schools for over 20 years and develop unique shows that entertain, involve and inspire pupils.  Many of the schools we worked with asked us if we could meet the need for Christmas shows however ones that also met other areas of the curriculum – so we developed “Pantomime Play”. Our pantomimes are a completely new concept that brings PSHE topics to life in a fun and highly interactive pantomime style performance.  Over the last 6 years the shows have proved highly successful and schools have managed to utilise budgets from key target areas to bring a show into school during the winter term.

This year “The National Elf Service” is touring in December and covers the topics of health and wellbeing.  Due to high demand we have decided this week to put out an extra team and we therefore now have a few dates available, including some in the very popular last two weeks of term. Since these shows have become available quite last minute we are offering a £100 discount on one show, £200 discount on half day bookings and £300 on full days, which means that with a school of 200 pupils that’s around £2 per child.

Prices start at £475 for one show (£375 + VAT with discount).

All our shows come as a complete educational package and include a teaching resource pack with games and activities for the classroom.

You can see videos and read reviews of our work on our pantomime website.

www.pantomimeplay.co.uk

We also tour PSHE plays throughout the year on Bullying, Internet Safety, Drugs, and Puberty and offer great package deals when you book more than one show.

We are always happy to discuss options and prices so do please get in touch if you would like more information.

We look forward to hearing from you.

With regards

Lisa Schulberg
(Creative Director)
www.tipoftheiceberg.biz

Funding has been released but how to spend it effectively?

The Department for Education has released the first tranche (7/12ths) of funding to local authorities for the Primary PE and Sport Premium.  How much is it, what can it be spent on and how to spend it effectively?

The objective for the funding is to “achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport in primary schools.  The focus of spending must lead to long lasting impact against the vision that will live on well beyond the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding.”

How much will my school get?

Allocations for the academic year 2016 to 2017 are calculated using the number of pupils in years 1 to 6, as recorded in the January 2016 census, as follows:

  • schools with 17 or more pupils receive £8,000 plus £5 per pupil
  • schools with 16 or fewer pupils receive £500 per pupil

So, a school with 250 pupils will receive £8,000 + £1,250, to make a total of £9,250 for the academic year.

What can schools spend it on? 

The DoE is looking to see improvement against the following 5 key indicators:

  1. the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles
  2. the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
  3. increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  4. broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  5. increased participation in competitive sport

They say it is not to spend on providing coaches simply for PPA cover, or to cover basic aspects of the PE curriculum, such as basic swimming provision.

Ofsted inspectors have been tasked with assessing how effectively leaders use the Primary PE and Sport Premium and measure its impact on outcomes for pupils.  Schools are required to publish details of how they spend this funding and the effect it has had on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment.

If you’re looking for a great tool to capture evidence, Youth Sport Trust and the Association for PE have developed a fantastic guidance and template tool for schools to capture evidence.  Click here to download.

How to spend it effectively?

We speak to 100’s of teachers who have had limited training in teaching activity, on average they received just a few hours of PE in teacher training!!!   This has left many teachers not feeling confident or capable of delivering great PE or other activity sessions the children will love.  To achieve the objective of “self-sustaining improvement” how can a head teacher support their staff when they’ve had so little training in the past?

This is the challenge we have tackled head on at imovesdance.com.  We have 100’s of lessons covering the PE curriculum from dance to gymnastics to games that will upskill every teacher, building their confidence and enjoyment with our sustainable, easy-to-use approach.

We provide teachers with every tool they could need; from interactive demonstration movies, lesson plans, music, flash cards and assessment tool.   Our resources are a foundation for PE, but are also cross-curricular and can be used with English, History, Geography and Science; making it easier to get your children active every day!  Saving hours of planning time and with an approach which makes it easy to deliver.

If you would like to learn more about imovesdance.com then click here to view our head teacher pack, or if you’d like to try out some lessons click here for a free trial.

And if you have any questions or queries about imovesdance.com call me on 0114 2661061 or email  imogen@imovesdance.com.

Imogen Buxton-Pickles

What more can be done to enhance your pupils’ learning of the French language?

 

Some pupils find learning another language a particularly difficult task – partly because there is a whole new set of vocabulary to learn and remember, but also because English phonics cannot be applied to aid them with the pronunciation of this new vocabulary.

Thus a whole new phonics system must be learnt, which is why Brilliant Publications has published Physical French Phonics – a tried and tested system for teaching French phonics which in 2012 was a European Language Label winning project.

Through using Physical French Phonics your pupils will not only learn how to correctly pronounce the French vocabulary that is introduced, but they will also gain the skills to tackle any new vocabulary they encounter with confidence.

How it works

For each phoneme, students learn an action, as well as the graphemes associated with that sound. Cheerful colourful cartoon pictures link the actions to the sounds and help to facilitate learning.

The DVD contains everything you need, from video clips of French speakers saying each sound and performing the associated action and audio clips of all the phonemes and words introduced, to attractive full-colour flashcards and resource sheets and interactive whiteboard files for all the phonemes.

Furthermore, the comprehensive teacher’s guide provides a clear step-by-step approach to introducing pupils to French phonemes. It contains practical advice, activities and guidance, along with photocopiable games and reference sheets.

You can find the complete list of Physical French Phonics’ resources by visiting this link. And to see a sample video from the DVD and a video showing children using the system, please do have a look at our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/physicalfrenchphonics.

The price of this book is £32.89 and you can order Physical French Phonics in a variety of ways, including:

  • by visiting the website
  • by phone on 01449 766629
  • by fax on 01449 768047
  • by email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk
  • or by post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.

Brilliant Publications,
Mendlesham Industrial Estate,
Norwich Road,
Mendlesham,
Suffolk,
IP14 5ND.
website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
email: orders@tradecounter.co.uk

Why isn’t that reindeer flying?

Why there is a great value in maintaining the traditional Christmas stories with children from all cultural backgrounds.

Christmas stories demand a certain suspension of disbelief, and as such the theme of Christmas makes a perfect starting point for storytelling.

And yet occasionally some children do get concerned with how Father Christmas might visit them when they live in an apartment with central heating and no chimney.

For this reason when Snail Tales brings Christmas stories to schools we work from the premise that it is important for the traditional tales of this time of year to retain their form and style, while at the same time engaging with other cultures and indeed modern day life.

That doesn’t mean we actually talk about chimneys and central heating, but rather that we take as our starting point the notion that the Christmas spirit is not just snow (which of course we rarely see at Christmas in much of the UK), robins, and Dickensian images of boxes wrapped in paper.

Our aim is to make it plain that Christmas is also about generosity – and indeed generosity in spite of it all.  It is about camels in the Arabian deserts as well as grumpy widows in the winds of Siberia.

This, we feel, is the real theme of Christmas as it is celebrated all around the world, not just in storytelling but also in puppetry and ballad.

Thus Snail Tales offers stories that will expand the cultural awareness of the children you teach and develop their literacy skills, while giving them a sense of fun in a way they may not come across through any other source.

We offer Christmas storytelling as a full-day and a half-day programme which can include an assembly suitable for the whole school and/or stories for individual classes.  We also offer an optional free after-school staff training session with every whole day booking.

There is more information on www.snailtales.org/christmas. You can also ask us to pencil you into our diary by completing our online booking form.

Or, if you have an immediate question, please do either:

 

Devising a whole-school Literacy, Numeracy, and/or Science Programme for just a quarter of the price

Since the demand for digital teaching resources has now surpassed the demand for hardcopy teaching resources, we are selling our hardcopy teaching resources for just £5 each so that we can move to selling digital teaching resources only, sooner rather than later.

This means that between now and September 2016 (or while stocks last) your school can get a whole-school Literacy, Numeracy, and/or Science Programme for just a quarter of the price:

A whole-school Literacy Programme = £5 x 68

A whole-school Numeracy Programme = £5 x 36

A whole-school Science Programme = £5 x 18

Alternatively, you can buy the teaching resources separately (at £5 each) by clicking on the subject links above and browsing the categories.

We also have an extensive range of teaching resources for Art and Design, Cross Curricular Materials, Design & Technology, Geography, History, PSHE, Religious Education, Special Needs, and Work Books.

To see our full range of teaching resources, please visit: www.topical-resources.co.uk/.

And, as always, you can order any of our resources by:

  • visiting our website
  • calling 01772 863158
  • faxing 01772 866153
  • emailing sales@topical-resources.co.uk            
  • or by sending your order in the post to Topical Resources, P.O. Box329, Broughton, Preston, Lancashire PR3 5LT

 
www.topical-resources.co.uk
sales@topical-resources.co.uk

Pupils love poetry and song

To help schools enjoy and promote the reciting and learning of poetry, the Performance Poetry Society is offering Primary Schools the opportunity of having Jim MacCool’s Interactive Poetry and Song Shows to visit this Autumn Term.

Jim MacCool’s Shows have proved to be suitable for all ages and abilities of primary school pupils and will enrich and entertain your pupils and staff alike.

Here are some comments on schools’ Web pages and newsletters, after Jim’s visit.

A Poet Visiting Kings Avenue School

On Tuesday the 26th April a fantastic poet named Jim MacCool came to Kings Avenue to tell us about his job. The assembly was so upbeat it was like a concert. We did loads of singing; everyone was having so much fun. He did riddles and was very inspirational. He inspired me to write more poems. Jim brought some fabulous instruments; I want to give Jim special thanks for being so inspiring. By Lattisha – 5S

Jim MacCool at Cragside School

We were so pleased to have Jim MacCool from the Performance Poetry Society today. He performed for reception to year 6, including parents and grandparents, and had everyone clapping, stomping and joining in with a variety of Scottish and Irish verse. It was fabulous to see the children sharing such an exciting experience with their families.We’re all now looking forward to the children writing and presenting their own performance poetry in the classroom. Thanks so much to everyone who came and joined in the fun; sharing the experience with parents and grandparents was very special and exciting for the children.

To find out how your school  can take advantage of this opportunity and join in, please telephone me, Sandra Dennis on 0208 688 6951 or email performancepoetry@yahoo.com for further details.

THE PERFORMANCE POETRY SOCIETY

Working In Universities, Colleges, Schools, Arts Centres, Libraries And Prisons

www.octoberisnationalpoetrymonth.co.uk

The Performance Poetry Society is the longest-serving provider of quality Poetry Services to Schools.

Performance Poetry Society
Tigh a Bhaird
7 Harepit Close
Croydon
CR2 6PN
Tel. 0208 688 6951

performancepoetry@yahoo.com

We operate throughout the year.

www.octoberisnationalpoetrymonth.co.uk

Early Years and Infant Budget Busters

Do you want to make that book budget go further with an excellent choice plus a clear idea of what you’re buying?

Then please see all the wonderful offers on our “Favourites and Phonics” brochure. Including amazing value offers on:

Story Cards – move over big books!
Ladybird
I’m Ready For Phonics
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And many wonderful picture books at amazing prices

If you’re looking for end of term presents (or even shopping early for Xmas!) then you will find something here for you.

Please view the brochure at: www.mms-publishing.com/nursery or we can email a PDF brochure directly to you.  No need to open an account to order, all orders supplied on 30 day credit period, and all orders over £50 supplied carriage free.

For any further information please contact: Tel: 020 8898 5211  Email: info@mms-publishing.com Fax: 01536 399012

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Savings, deals and discount codes on primary resources with Savings for Schools (plus Summer Sales)

Topical Resources

This year Topical Resources have priced all their titles at just £5 a book (a discount of up to 75%) making their 2016 Summer Sale even better than the last. You can see and order their book titles (just £5 each) on the website at: www.topical-resources.co.uk.

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Their library of Primary Education Quizzes is free for a whole year and covers an extensive range of subject areas including: Computing, English, Maths, Geography, History, PSHE, Science, Art and Design, Citizenship, ICT, Music, PE, RE and more! Please visit www.educationquizzes.com/subscribe-today/

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A great way to start or round off The Romans topic.

!cid_aefaeaee79801479f5421ec68bd393edPupils can speed through the planning stage and write better Roman stories (in pairs) using my Roman writing frame

I am a children’s author who offers assemblies and creative writing workshops for all ages and abilities. Holding a writing day is a great way to start or round off The Romans topic.

Please email workshop@spartapuss.co.uk for prices and availability.

Thanks

Robin Price

What happens in your Roman assemblies?
Pupils take part in lots of fun and interactive things including: Gladiator fighting to the death; Choose an Emperor and salute them in Latin; Roman Master Chef etc.

How does the writing element work?
I follow the assembly up with ‘flash writing’ workshops where children write their own stories in pairs. This is sure to generate some epic Roman tales!

Who is this for?
Gladiators are a bit too scary for Reception, (I do a special assembly for younger children)  Everyone from Y1 up is welcome to attend my assembly. I tailor the content of each workshop to suit Y1-Y6.

Who are you?
I have written 14 books suitable for ages from Reception to Y6, including The Olympuss Games series (which is set in ancient Rome and Greece in a world ruled by cats.) Parents in Touch said: ‘Please, do introduce them to your child; they are such fun and they will encourage an interest in ancient history.’

Viking assembly and writing workshops

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Bring the Vikings to your hall with an interactive assembly followed by writing workshops. Pupils will go on a Viking raid, meet the skald (storyteller) – and hear tales of heroes, myths and monsters. Finally two bands of Vikings do battle with a fun quiz.  I’m a children’s author who teaches creative writing in schools, so I can also answer their questions on writing and perform short extracts from my books Beowuff and the Dragon Raiders.

The assembly is a perfect primer for story writing workshops where pupils will write their own stories. We’ll use the innovative Accelerated writing method (as used by Creative Writing Club).

As well as the Vikings, other topics include: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age Celts, the Greeksthe Egyptiansthe Romansthe Celtsthe Anglo Saxons, the Aztecs, Mayans, the Great Fire of London, Flooded world (natural disasters), the Normans, the Tudors, the Victorians, Shakespeare, Traditional tales, the Rainforest and many more.  I’m an ex-BBC editor and I can also offer workshops on factual writing (using a historical frame).

About me
I’ve written 14 books for children, over a wide age range (Y1-Y9) including: Spartapuss (Romans), Beowuff (Anglo Saxons vs Vikings) Olympuss Games (Greeks), Boudicat (Celts), Cleocatra’s Kushion (Egyptians).  My graphic novel ‘London Deep’ was chosen as a Recommended Read for World Book Day. I co-wrote the musical version of Julia Donaldson’s books The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. I’ve led writing workshops for Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and The Young Archaeologists Club. Check out my profile on Love Reading For Kids:

  • No school is too large or too small
  • I am DBS checked and I have insurance cover.

For dates and prices please call 0845 838 5526 or email robin@mogzilla.co.uk

Please reply to this email with ‘Vikings’ in the subject line and I will send you my free PDF
‘7 Tips for story writing
and a Viking writing frame.

With SATs all finished, what have you got on the agenda between now and the end of term?

Now that SATs have finished, you and your colleagues have a bit more freedom to work outside the constraints of the National Curriculum. So what will you do?

Some schools find that choosing a topical theme as a focus for lessons can be highly effective (particularly for those transitioning to secondary school) in enhancing engagement, building confidence, and restoring a love for learning.

!cid_3f35e2b6a14251ac79bc617009eb5a21So the next question is, which theme to choose? The big event this year is, of course, the Olympics, but before that we have the Euros. And lessons built around the theme of football are great for enhancing engagement among boys and also for getting more girls interested in the sport.

In literacy lessons pupils can write newspaper reports and a pundit’s commentary. In maths calculations can be based around ticket sales and the capacity of the ten host stadiums in France. And in PSHE lessons equality, respect, and sportsmanship in football can all be explored.

Then there is PE in which you can teach pupils how to kick, dribble, pass, tackle, mark, defend, shoot, and also how to play strategically. Furthermore, you could buy football equipment for the playground so your pupils can practise their (newly-learnt) football skills at playtimes.

There are Football Training Packs that contain a Soccer Target and 6 x 19cm Footballs at http://www.edventure.co.uk. And if you quote HH0515 on your order, delivery will be free.

You can place an order with Edventure for Football Training Packs at the link above, by phone on 01323 50 10 40, by fax to 01323 50 10 41, by email at sales@edventure.co.uk, or by post to Edventure Ltd, Hargreaves Business Park, Hargreaves Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6QW.

What problem do the majority of primary schools have in common? And how can we solve it?

This increasing demand for primary school places that we have seen since 2009 continues to be a challenge for schools, many of which are simply running short of space. Expansion is obviously not always a viable option, and consequently many schools are having to be increasingly resourceful in finding ways to make the best use of the space available.

One space-saving solution that we have come up and that is proving popular with schools is Benchmark.

Benchmark is a table with built in seats which can seat up to 20 students and which can, within seconds, be folded up and wheeled away.

Imagine that you have six of these in your school hall (enough for 120 children). The total amount of space taken up by the tables once packed away is… 1.5m x 2.4m… not much more than a double bed, and taking up far less space than a conventional table and chairs or bulky ‘stool-type’ tables.

This can leave schools with as much as 56% more storage space than before freeing up the space for storing other things and keeping your hall clutter-free.

Furthermore, the amount of setting up and tidying away time is minimal, making the benches ideal for breakfast clubs and afterschool clubs as well as lessons.

Of course, with such an innovative product there are many other interesting features. Around 100 colours are available and colours can be mixed and matched. And the lift-assist spring system makes packing up and opening out the tables the simplest thing you could imagine.

What’s more, there’s no compulsory maintenance contract (you can have one if you want) – but there is a 15 year guarantee no matter what.

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For more information
click here.

Or please call 01752 306 200 or email ideas@versadesign.co.uk.

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20% discount on any half-day visit from Snail Tales if you are happy for them to collect data for research. Find out more here: http://www.snailtales.org/news/view/54

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Jenny Burrows

Practice Papers in Written Arithmetic, complete with National Standard Guidelines and Class Record Sheets

In written arithmetic, once a mathematical concept has been grasped and rehearsed, it is time to move onto the next one. But there is a problem.

For it is not always possible to know if a pupil has grasped a concept thoroughly enough for them to be able to recall it from memory a day from now, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now, and so on…

Which is why it is so important to systematically track pupils’ progress – so that you can instantly identify which pupils are ready to advance and which pupils require more practice.

Thus we have developed a comprehensive series of Practice Papers in Written Arithmetic for pupils in Year 2 to Year 6 (prepared specifically for the 2016 syllabus), complete with National Standard Guidelines and Class Record Sheets.

The resources will not only support your pupils’ learning, increasing their understanding of written arithmetic and thus preparing them for the more advanced concepts to come, but, at the same time, they will enable you to effortlessly measure your pupils’ performance.

Each book contains six photocopiable test papers, similar in style to the new government tests for 2016, which are available as printed copies within a book, as PDFs in an e-book, or as a download from our website.

Answers are provided, along with assessment score indications at the levels of:

  • Below National Standard
  • Towards the National Standard
  • At the National Standard
  • Above the National Standard
  • Mastery of the National Standard

We have also produced the Weekly Written Arithmetic Questions series in support of the practice papers so that your pupils will not only be confident in sitting the tests, but will also be confident in the answers that they give to the questions.

Each volume in the series contains 30 pages of carefully graded arithmetic questions, each with their own full page answer sheet, and covers topics such as, number, calculations and fractions.

The price for the books depends on the format required: Paper book (£17.95), PDF e-book (£15.95 + VAT) or as a download from our website (£13.95 + VAT).

As always, you can order any of our resources in the following ways:

www.topical-resources.co.uk
sales@topical-resources.co.uk

How fully have your pupils mastered the demands of the National Curriculum?

The new, challenging, literacy and numeracy requirements of the National Curriculum mean that it is ever more important to check your pupils’ depth of learning as they progress. With the new curriculum, there is now even less chance to catch up on unlearned knowledge, through remedial teaching.

Which is why it’s essential to check that all pupils are fully engaged with these challenges each step of the way.

To help ensure that this is the case, we have worked with former Chief Examiner, Sue Hackman, to produce the friendly new Annual Primary Tests, from Imaginative Minds.

These pupil-friendly assessment checks are written specifically for the new National Curriculum. As well as helping children get used to working under test conditions, they also help you see what each pupil has learned and needs to learn.

The tests are easy to use and to mark. They will help you crosscheck your children’s knowledge and progress across Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

Using objectives taken directly from the National Curriculum, the tests give you a clear indication of the strengths and weaknesses of pupils and classes, and allow you to confirm on-going teacher assessments.

Additionally, the tests are organised by strand to reveal patterns of strength and weakness in different subject strands, e.g. SPAG, geometry and statistics. This will be beneficial for arranging help and catch-up afterwards.

Priced at only £125 for a year pack covering 35 children, the tests are costed to help you keep your expenses low.

Order the tests today and receive a spare Teacher’s Manual absolutely free.

The Annual Primary Tests cover years one, three, four and five. The tests for years four and five are available now from the Teaching Times bookshop: see Year Four here; and Year Five here.

100% money back guarantee

I am sure that you will find the tests are simple to use, pupil-friendly and easy to mark. But if for some reason you’re not happy with them, simply return them and I personally guarantee you a refund on your purchase.

If you would like to order by email, or have a question about the tests, you can email me at james@imaginativeminds.co.uk. Or call me on my direct line at 0121 224 7584.

Don’t forget: you will receive a free extra teacher’s manual, when you order either the Year Four or Year Five tests today.

I look forward to hearing from you.

James Mason
Marketing
Teaching Times
Tel: 0121 224 7584 | Fax: 0121 224 7598

james@imaginativeminds.co.uk | Annual Primary Tests

PS Order today to get the complete test pack for either years four or five, plus an additional Teacher’s manual, at no extra cost.

 

What is the most effective way of helping your pupils not just to decode texts but to comprehend them?

When we consider the many strategies that pupils use to make sense of all the information that they encounter on a daily basis, it is logical that these same strategies should also be used when it comes to understanding what they are reading.

Of course, the problem with this theory is that it is unlikely that children will all use the same strategies.  Which is why we’ve produced the Comprehension Activity Book series for years 1 to 6.

Each activity book contains an array of texts (fiction, non-fiction, poetry…) accompanied by a range of activities to suit your pupils’ preferred comprehension strategy. Activities include circling/ticking the correct answers, composing full sentences, relating the text to their own experiences/empathising with the text, creating a timetable, and drawing illustrations.

The activity books have been designed so that no one is left behind or held back from reaching, or exceeding, their reading comprehension potential. The books ensure that each and every pupil is able to progress at the speed and to the level that is right for them.

You can see sample pages from each of the activity books by clicking on the individual books here.

We have also produced a Comprehension Activity Book for Year 7 which you can use to challenge your Year 6 pupils who have progressed above and beyond expectations.

The activities can either be used with full classes, small groups or individual pupils.

If you are looking at implementing a whole-school comprehension programme using our clear, concise, easy-to-follow and child-friendly Comprehension Activity Books, you can buy all seven books at a discounted price of £112 for the books, £105+VAT for the e-books on a CD, or £84+VAT for the download on our website.

Or if you prefer, you can order the comprehension resources:

  • By phone on 01772 863158
  • By fax at 01772 866153
  • By email to sales@topical-resources.co.uk         
  • By post to Topical Resources, P.O. Box329, Broughton, Preston, Lancashire PR3 5LT

www.topical-resources.co.uk
sales@topical-resources.co.uk

What is the simplest way for a left handed person to achieve perfect handwriting?

Many left handed pupils and students find handwriting difficult.   Some reverse d’s and b’s, some smudge their work, some report physical discomfort, such as backache and hand ache as they write.

Yet although many left handed people battle on with this problem, the solution to the issue left handed people face in writing is quite simple: it is to provide them with pens that are designed specifically for those who write with their left hand.

This is the issue we have approached, and after considerable experimentation and research we evolved the ideal solution – a pen with an S bend neck and grip area.

Swanneck

Such a pen enables left-handed writers to hold the pen comfortably at a balanced angle and easily view all letters and words as they are written.  In other words the left handed writer and the right handed writer are now set up on an equal footing.

Indeed so successful was the experimentation that led to the production of this solution, the resultant Swan Neck Pens have passed all the requisite British Standards approvals including EN71 part 1, 2, 3 and BS7272 2008.

You can see a video of the pen being used by a left handed writer here.

Obviously these pens are now being sold to left-handed adults for their own use and for use by their children, but we are also currently offering a special 20% educational discount.  This is available to schools if you quote the reference “Learning 0124” and where we are delivering to the school address.

For more information please…

●       Call 01454 325873.
●       Email: Schools@swanneckpen.com
●       See our website at www.swanneckpen.com
●       Write to us at Swanneck, 151 Sydney Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 6NT

What is the most effective way of using World Book Day to turn reluctant readers into enthusiastic devourers of literature?

Finding new ways of celebrating World Book Day each year can be difficult – and indeed it is always a fairly safe bet that some of the schools around you will be utilising similar ideas to those which have been used in the past.

But this year there is an approach which will not only engage many children who are not already regular readers of literature, but will also announce to everyone that your school is engaging with literacy in all its modern guises.

The idea is simple: launch an eBook library in your school.

An eBook library means that you don’t have to buy in stocks of library books, check them in and out, attempt to recover lost books, or worry about marked or damaged books.

In essence, pupils simply log in using a tablet or similar device, and then download the book of their choice which they can read wherever they are.

Well over 1000 schools have now moved over to ePlatform’s eBook library – running it alongside the conventional library.  Research shows print and eBooks complement each other to enable more students to discover the joy of reading.

What’s more, reading on devices such as tablets can better engage some children who are noticeably less keen on reading.   This can particularly be the case with children with visual impairments or dyslexia.

Also some children find that the fact that they can add highlighting and notes to what they are reading, as well as instantly look up the definition of a word, is of great benefit.

Research also suggests that reluctant readers are more engaged with an eBook, read for longer with an eBook, and are less likely to become distracted.

In fact, because digital technology is part of their world they actually feel more empowered with reading in this way.

ePlatform has thousands of eBooks available ranging from Roald Dahl to David Baddiel, from Star Wars to Daisy and Jack.  You can see details of our range on the website.

To find out more, please either:

●       Phone 07971 661782
●       Email Rachel@eplatform.co
●       Or visit eplatform.co/uk/school

Rachel Lindsay
ePlatform Business Development Manager, UK

How the Government has recognised our pioneering work with storytelling, and how you can build on it in half a day.

Having the Minister of State for Schools attend one of our school-based storytelling events was indeed a pleasure and a privilege.

Then finding him referring to our research in a subsequent speech was not only unexpected, but also a very pleasant bonus for Snail Tales.

There are links to the Minister’s speech and our research below, but please stay with me for a moment as I’d like to tell you just a little about what we can do with you in just half a day.

Research shows that children who love reading outperform their peers throughout the curriculum. And because a love of reading starts with a love of story, Snail Tales visit schools to help develop an enjoyment of stories among all children.

Our repertoire is mind-bogglingly huge and includes topics as diverse as Ancient Greece, what causes earthquakes, and how to deal with bullies. And, of course, that makes it perfect if you’re looking to introduce your children to the art of storytelling!

All you need to do is contact us with a selection of your preferred dates, number and ages of your children, and your aims for the day. We’ll then let you know how your children will benefit from our storytelling in their classrooms.

A typical half-day visit, comprising class workshops for up to 150 children (30 children in each class) and/or assembly-style performances for any number, costs just £250 plus 25p per mile travel from the location of our nearest available storyteller – and there’s no VAT to pay either!

And there is a 20% discount on any half-day visit if you are happy for us to collect data for the research the Minister mentioned related to storytelling.  Plus there are other discounts for booking multiple days and adjusted costs for full-day events.

To get things moving please do click here for our online enquiry form. We’ll be more than happy to help ensure you get the best possible arrangement for your school. For example, some schools take two weeks of our storytelling workshops for the price of one.

Others get between £50 and £90 discount – please do fill in the form and we’ll help you find the best arrangement to meet your needs.

If you would like to see what the Minister spoke about in relation to the importance of storytelling, that is here as well.

For more information, please click here. Alternatively, you can call us on 020 328 SNAIL (020 328 76245), or email stories@snailtales.org 

What is the most effective way of ensuring that your pupils are on track for the new key stage two tests?

The inconsistent rate at which children develop their academic abilities makes predicting their performance and the outcomes of the new key stage two tests somewhat of a challenge.

Which is what makes measuring and tracking progress throughout Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 so important – so changes in the rate of their development can be taken into account when predicting your pupils’ key stage two test outcomes.

Of course, you and your colleagues will already have an established system for tracking the progress of your pupils in each year and subject area. However, such systems are unlikely to tell you how your school compares with others and where you should target interventions.

It is for this reason that we have developed Optional Tests – to help you assess your key stage two pupils’ progress accurately, reliably and on a much larger scale.

Optional Tests are tests that can be used alongside a wide range of approaches to assessment and reporting, which means you don’t have to abandon your current progress tracking procedure in order to improve it.

The tests will help you measure your pupils’ strengths, weaknesses, and potential, and when they are used alongside our Testbase ready-made assessments you will be able to make accurate judgements, provide support, and produce a range of diagnostic reports.

Our tests reflect the content of the new National Curriculum and the style of the new national tests for Key Stage 2. They have been through a vigorous standardisation process – we’ve worked with over 100 schools to produce the questions and the mark schemes.

Once your pupils have completed the tests, simply upload your pupils’ marks into our free online mark-capture and reporting app. We will then produce real-time diagnostics which will tell you how your school compares with others, what your pupils’ strengths and weaknesses are, where you should target interventions, and whether you pupils are on track*

*Available once the new Key Stage 2 national curriculum test (SATs) standard is established.

You can find more information about Optional Tests by visiting our website or calling us on 0845 145 1500.

The Little Box of BIG Questions

Philosophical and meaningful conversations with children and young people

Professor Irvine Gersch & Dr Anna Lipscomb

Children/young people need time, space and kindness to speak openly about the things most important to them and listening can help facilitators understand better the root of children’s thinking and behaviour, and can give an insight into how to better support them to reach their potential. Use these cards to provide prompts for a meaningful, stimulating and positive conversation about the ‘bigger picture’ in life. They will help children and young people understand their views about life, school and people important to them, which is enlightening for the facilitators too.

There are four areas for discussion:

Identity – allows the child to consider what is special about them as individuals & includes: How would you describe the person you are?

Important people – children are encouraged to consider who is important to them through questions such as: Who is special to you?

Meaning & Purpose – questions covering our mission and purpose in life, for example: Do you think that people’s lives are set out for them?

Thinking & Planning – the final set of questions allows individuals to think about how they reflect and make big decisions, for instance: How do you calm your mind, relax and think best? Have you ever experienced a big change in your life?

Contents: 17 A5-size cards, includes instruction booklet with ideas for use

LITTLE BOX OF BIG QUESTIONS ref. 400H £24.99

TO ORDER:
Post: Small World, 9 Burnham Place, Syresham, Northants, NN13 5HT
Tel: 01280 850 305
Fax: 01280 830022

Email: orders@smlworld.co.uk
http://www.smlworld.co.uk/little-box-of-big-questions-order-form-hh.html

To obtain a 5% discount on your order, please quote HH14 on your purchase order form or add the discount code whilst purchasing online.

 

School Policy Update: Government launches “educate against hate” website as part of a renewed drive against extremism

Last week the BBC reported that the DfE has launched a new website entitled, “educate against hate” containing information and advice for schools about how they can help with the renewed drive against extremism.

The website provides “practical advice to protect children from the dangers of extremism”, including the warning signs of danger, how to talk to children about extremism, and steps concerned teachers and parents can take.

NSPCC head, Peter Wanless, commented: “We are contacted daily by worried parents and children themselves on all sorts of issues including radicalisation and dangers associated with extremism.”

“Spotting the signs of such abuse has never been more important if we are to help protect children from sexual exploitation, gang-related activity or other hate crimes.”

The only problem with this renewed drive against extremism is that any changes need to be incorporated into your school’s existing policy on the matter, which can take up a considerable amount of time that you and your colleagues don’t have to spare.

It is for this reason that we create, adjust, amend, and update school policies on your behalf, including the ‘Prevent Duty – Dealing with Extremism and Radicalisation’ policy.

Policies for Schools have created over 290 school policies covering 20 different statutory areas which are easy to customise and thus will save you a considerable amount of time when one or more of your school policies require attention.

What’s more, if you have a specific need of a policy which isn’t listed on the website, we will create it for you. You can find our full list of school policies by clicking here.

To subscribe to Policies for Schools, visit www.policiesforschools.co.uk.

Or, if you’d like to view a few sample policies beforehand, we have provided the following policies which are available to download free of charge by clicking here:

  • Calming Room Policy
  • Professional Learning Communities Policy
  • School Website Policy

Alternatively, if you would like to know more about our service, you can email us at sales@policiesforschools.co.uk,  call us on 01600 891 506, or write to us at Teachers Resource Centre Ltd, Wyastone Business Park, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, NP25 3SR.

Link to BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35343679

Plan ahead for playtimes by checking the weather forecast (Met Office)

According to the weather forecast (Met Office) it appears that pupils across the UK will be spending some of their playtimes indoors for the next few weeks as cold, windy, snowy and rainy weather is predicted.

To see if your pupils’ playtimes could be affected by the weather, you can find a summary of the weather forecast in your region at the links below.

Central, Tayside & Fife Northern Ireland
East England Orkney & Shetland Islands
East Midlands South West England
Grampian Dumfries, Galloway, Lothian & Borders
Highlands & Eilean Siar Strathclyde
London & South East England Wales
North East England West Midlands
North West England Yorkshire & Humber

If in fact it does look likely that your pupils will be spending some of their playtimes indoors over the next few weeks, it might also be worth checking your school’s stock of wet play games, activities and equipment.

As wet play resources may only be used a handful of times each year, we have produced a number of wet playtime packs which carry significant savings compared to when the play resources are bought separately.

You can choose from our extensive range of wet playtime packs, which include:

Primary Wet Playtime Pack – saving of £14.95 (18%)
Junior Wet Playtime Pack – saving of £14.50 (17%)
Infant Wet Playtime Pack – saving of £14.35 (17%)
Classroom Favourite Pack – saving of £7.00 (20%)
Popular Games Pack – saving of £4.00 (17%)

What’s more, if you’re reviewing your current wet playtime policy, Edventure has written a policy document to support schools with this process. For a copy of the document, please click here.

As always, you can place an order with Edventure in a variety of ways, including:

  • on the website www.edventure.co.uk
  • by faxing us to 01323 50 10 41
  • by calling us on 01323 50 10 40
  • by emailing us at sales@edventure.co.uk    
  • by post to Edventure Ltd, Hargreaves Business Park, Hargreaves Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6QW.

If you quote HH0515 on your order delivery will be free. Without quoting the code the charge is £3.95.

Viking assembly and writing workshops

Bring the Vikings to your hall with an interactive assembly followed by writing workshops. Pupils will go on a Viking raid, meet the skald (storyteller) – and hear tales of heroes, myths and monsters. Finally two bands of Vikings do battle with a fun quiz.  I’m a children’s author who teaches creative writing in schools, so I can also answer their questions on writing and perform short extracts from my books Beowuff and the Dragon Raiders.

The assembly is a perfect primer for story writing workshops where pupils will write their own stories. We’ll use the innovative Accelerated writing method (as used by Creative Writing Club).

As well as the Vikings, other topics include: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age Celts, the Greeksthe Egyptiansthe Romansthe Celtsthe Anglo Saxons, the Aztecs, Mayans, the Great Fire of London, Flooded world (natural disasters), the Normans, the Tudors, the Victorians, Shakespeare, Traditional tales, the Rainforest and many more.  I’m an ex-BBC editor and I can also offer workshops on factual writing (using a historical frame).

About me
I’ve written 14 books for children, over a wide age range (Y1-Y9) including: Spartapuss (Romans), Beowuff (Anglo Saxons vs Vikings) Olympuss Games (Greeks), Boudicat (Celts), Cleocatra’s Kushion (Egyptians).  My graphic novel ‘London Deep’ was chosen as a Recommended Read for World Book Day. I co-wrote the musical version of Julia Donaldson’s books The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. I’ve led writing workshops for Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and The Young Archaeologists Club. Check out my profile on Love Reading For Kids:

  • No school is too large or too small
  • I am DBS checked and I have insurance cover.

For dates and prices please call 0845 838 5526 or email robin@mogzilla.co.uk

Please reply to this email with ‘Vikings’ in the subject line and I will send you my free PDF
‘7 Tips for story writing
and a Viking writing frame.

 

What children do in wet playtimes has become an issue of debate among some parents. Fortunately a solution is easy to find.

Wet playtimes existed long before we became aware of climate change.  But climate change has made the chance of a prolonged series of indoor playtimes and lunchtimes much more likely.

Indeed, wet playtimes have now become something of an issue, with campaigning websites such as MumsNet and NetMums launching campaigns for schools to engage in what they call “more positive” educational activities on these days.

Interestingly, many of the ideas that the campaigning parent sites put forward are ones that we will all have seen before and which are well established in most schools.

However, because of the change in weather patterns Edventure has been at the forefront of researching and finding low cost resources that can be used on such occasions, giving children a break from formal education while offering stimulating and interesting activities.

As a result, we have a whole variety of wet playtime packs suitable for different types of school – and if you want an overview please do click here.

There are details of specific packs both in our catalogue and online – for example, the Primary Wet Playtime Pack, which has significant discounts against buying the games individually, includes chess, doodle scenes, draughts, frog hoppers, ludo, make a pair, pick up sticks, cards, secret code, shut the box, etc, etc.  More details here.

The Junior Wet Playtime Pack is aimed for use with older children, and once again is available at a discount on the cost of purchasing individual games.  You can see the list of games and an illustration of what’s in the box here.

Of course, there are always some games that children choose as their favourites, and we’ve selected the most popular of all the wet playtime games and put them in one collection – again with a significant discount against the individual purchase price.

Finally there is our unique Playtime Value Pack which contains the four most popular board games of all: chess, ludo, snakes & ladders, and draughts.  As before there is a significant discount for buying the pack rather than individual games.  Here are the details.

What’s more, if you’re reviewing your current wet playtime policy, Edventure has written a policy document to support schools with this process. For a copy of the document, please click here.

As always, you can place an order with Edventure in a variety of ways, including:

  • on the website www.edventure.co.uk   
  • by faxing us to 01323 50 10 41
  • by calling us on 01323 50 10 40
  • by emailing us at sales@edventure.co.uk    
  • by post to Edventure Ltd, Hargreaves Business Park, Hargreaves Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6QW.

What’s more, if you quote HH0515 on your order delivery will be free. Without quoting the code the charge is £3.95.

The huge benefit of not rebooking the same photographer year after year.

When your school photographer comes to take pictures of the children in your school each year, it is quite likely that he or she will invite you to sign up for pictures to be taken the following year.

And if you were happy with the work, there will seem to be no reason not to.

Except that if you were to change photographers you could have the work done for the same price as you are now paying and get a full school photograph as well, at absolutely no extra cost.

Full school photographs make a superb memento of this year in the school – showing as they do all your colleagues plus all the children and their teachers.  And you can have just such a picture at absolutely no charge whatsoever.

All you have to do is not rebook your current school photographer (or indeed cancel the booking if you wish) and invite Fraser Portraits to undertake the work.

You’ll have your existing price guaranteed, we’ll undertake all the work your current supplier offers, and you’ll get the full school photo at absolutely no charge.

What’s more, we’ll produce the full school photo without disrupting the entire school, without taking everyone outside, without stopping lessons, without waiting for the right weather, etc, etc.

The full school photo can be placed in the school hall, in the waiting area so parents can see it, or indeed in your own room.

Apart from being a reminder of the school as it now is, it makes a clear statement about the school as a community – something that, of course, many parents value and like to see.  Have the picture taken each year and you can trace the developing history of the school.

Additional copies are also available for a small charge.  And here’s another bonus – you’ll find us particularly flexible over dates and willing to work across two days if that makes life easier for you.

If you would like to see an example of the result just click here.

To take a look at our new e-brochure please click here.

For more information or to make a booking you can:

  • Take a look at our website
  • Phone 01202 692433
  • Email roy@fraserportraits.com
  • Or write to Roy Fraser, Fraser Portraits Ltd, 206 The Broadway, Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone, Dorset, BH18 8DP

How can assembly songs provide a positive and hugely creative experience for young children?

SEALSONGS is a collection of assembly songs which aims to get children engaged through the experience of making and creating music. The lyrics were written with considerable input from Year 4 and 5 pupils, so speak from children to children, and the musical backing tracks were professionally recorded.

But the resource goes further and offers teachers detailed advice on writing new lyrics, leading singing and other ways that SEALSONGS may be used in the classroom. Thus it enables teachers to give young children the positive experience of working with others in creating new songs within the SEAL framework. There is also guidance for non-specialists in how to teach songs.

The SEAL themes are:

Song 1: New beginnings
Song 2: Getting on and falling out
Song 3: Say no to bullying
Song 4: Going for goals!
Song 5: Good to be me
Song 6: Relationships
Song 7: Changes

Two further general songs – one about writing songs and one providing a Rhyme Game – are also included in the pack.

SEALSONGS was written by David Stoll, a well-known composer of music for the concert hall, the theatre, and for television and radio. He also writes children’s songs and for school ensembles, and designs projects in creativity for schools, higher education and the corporate sector. His music is now being published by Novello & Co.

JENNY MOSLEY (Founder of Quality Circle Time) said “SEALSONGS is a wonderful gift to any adult who wants to truly help their class or school embed SEAL as a way of ‘being’ with ourselves and others. We all know that song can lift you to a different spiritual dimension – David Stoll has given us the perfect package to help even the most music-shy amongst us to engage young people in the process of creating heart-warming songs as part of a creative team….. This is an excellent resource.”

HOWARD GOODALL (National Ambassador for Singing) said “These SEALSONGS have the authentic ring of children’s ideas and feelings in every line. This, for me, makes it a valuable and empowering set of musical tools….. with excellent supporting materials and explanations.”

Purchase of SEALSONGS includes a licence for full use of all the material within the school, including recording new versions of the songs.  The complete package is split into different files so that schools may choose which elements they wish to record or print.

Sample music can be downloaded from www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/music/SEALSONGSSamples.rar

You can purchase SEALSONGS in the following ways:

1. As a download, price £10 plus VAT

2. As a copiable book plus CD, price £19.99 plus £3.95 delivery

 

Films for primary school teachers

Selected from the catalogue of films under the Concord umbrella here are some interesting and thought provoking films aimed at those involved in teaching or leading schools with primary aged children.

Valentines Day
DVD  5 Minutes

For teachers working with challenging children.

Six year old Jason is kicking, screaming and biting his way through school. Mr Valentine, his new class teacher, can’t cope at all, but one day Jason paints a picture that begins to reveal secrets that show a different side to this ‘wild child’. This resource pack is for use in training teachers and other professionals working with primary school children. It was created through drama workshops with hundreds of children and young people. It is designed to provoke debate among professionals about how to work most effectively with challenging children who may be at risk, using fictional characters.

£37.50 plus postage

Bellybuttons are Navels
DVD 12 Minutes

A simple and natural introduction to sex education for very young children.

A woman is reading at bedtime to her grandchildren, Jonathan and Megan, from a book which shows parts of the human body. As she turns the pages, she asks the two little children to identify the parts of the body……. A simple and natural introduction to sex education for very young children. USA.   

£25.00 plus postage

Constructing the Future
DVD 45 Minutes

This film studies the use of constructional toys in a primary school in East Sussex, where they are used for fostering visual-spatial experience, language development, social and personal development and play opportunities, early maths and design skills and the exploration of social issues. In this school there is a very positive equal opportunities policy, whereby the girls are encouraged in this learning as much as the boys, with rewarding results. 

£37.50 plus postage

Don’t stop at the door
DVD  27 Minutes

Parental involvement in an infants’ school.

Looks at parental involvement in one infants’ school in the Newcastle area. It highlights the underlying principles and practice which have to be considered in the process of parent-teacher collaboration in any school. 

£25.00 plus postage

In the light of Tradition
DVD  34 Minutes

This film portrays the successes and problems of an innovative community primary school in its first year. The content is a reflection of the time and commitment of a wide range of people, not least the staff, pupils and community of the school. 

Made in 1986 this film reflects the cultural attitudes and language of the time it was made. The issues raised however are timeless. 

£25.00 plus postage

Language Development
DVD 1983 20 Minutes

The study of language acquisition.

Based on studies of language acquisition, this film notes that children world wide progress through the same sequence of language stages at about the same rate. Through animation, we see how an infant proceeds in the first few months from crying through cooing, early babbling. Dr Merilee Oakes of USC describes over-generalization, resulting from a child’s novel creation of her or his own primitive grammar and finally, filmed sequences show Dr Premack’s laboratory of UCSB where chimpanzees use plastic word symbols to perform such basic language functions as word identification and answering questions. USA. 

This film is of historical interest and reflects the cultural attitudes of the country in which it was made. But the issues raised are timeless.

£25.00 plus postage

Audience  = Nursery and Primary School Teachers 

Rainbow Days
DVD  20 Minutes

A colourful multicultural festival in a London school

Nine schools in Thamesmead take part in a colourful multicultural festival. The Thamesmead Race Equality Forum was set up after racist murders of two black teenagers, and the aim is to do something constructive to overcome fear, and to celebrate the diversity of different cultures. Professional people work alongside the children and community groups in workshops and performances. Although made some years ago, the issues are still relevant today. 1997.
This programme can be rented on our Video on Demand system for £1.00. For this you can view as often as you like within a 48 hour period of your own choosing.

£24.40 plus postage

You can easily order by going to our website www.concordmedia.org.uk or you can order by e-mailing us at sales@concordmedia.org.uk Please put

A great way to start or round off The Greeks topic.

A great way to start or round off The Greeks topic.

Pupils can speed through the planning stage and write better Greek myths (in pairs) using my Greek myths writing frame

I am a children’s author who offers assemblies and creative writing workshops for all ages and abilities. Holding a writing day is a great way to start or round off The Greeks topic.

Please email workshop@spartapuss.co.uk for prices and availability. I also offer a wide range of assemblies and workshops – everything from The Celts to the Stone Age.

Thanks

Robin Price

What happens in your Greek assemblies?

Pupils take part in lots of fun and interactive things including: Meet the Monsters, Sparta vs Athens, make laws with Draco the Tyrant, Act out a Greek play using masks etc.

How does the writing element work? I follow the assembly up with ‘Accelerated Writing’ workshops where children write their own stories in pairs. This is sure to generate some epic Greek tales!

Who is this for? Sirens and Spartans are a bit too scary for Reception, (I do a special assembly for younger children)  Everyone from Y1 up is welcome to attend my assembly. I tailor the content of each workshop to suit Y1-Y6.

Who are you? I have written 14 books suitable for ages from Reception to Y6, including The Olympuss Games series (which is set in ancient Greece in a world ruled by cats.)  My latest book is called The Maze of the Minopaw. Parents in Touch said: ‘Please, do introduce them to your child; they are such fun and they will encourage an interest in ancient history!’

Check out my author profile on Lovereading.co.uk

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/author/4076/Robin-Price.html

FAO the Literacy Co-ordinator – Theatre plays an important part in British culture.

Why a trip to the theatre can inspire an interest for children’s literature.

The tradition of British Theatre stretches back to the Mystery Plays of the 10th century, and there are good arguments to suggest that it is the most enduring and popular of all the art forms in the UK.  Indeed along with Broadway in New York, London’s theatre land is one of the two pre-eminent centres of theatre in the world.

Which is perhaps the strongest reason there is for taking children to see live theatrical productions.  The only question is, which performance should one take the children to?

Perhaps top of the list will always be a theatre performance that is taken from children’s literature, and indeed with The Railway Children, we have a drama that is inspiring and endlessly engaging for children and which of course they can experience through the film and the book as well as at the theatre.

Our production is staged in a brand new 1000 seat theatre at King’s Cross, built around a real train track, with a vintage locomotive that steams into the theatre to really bring it to life.

What’s more, we offer all schools a unique experience by hosting a drama workshop after the curtain closes, which can be undertaken on a class by class basis within the school or at the King’s Cross theatre itself.

Each workshop lasts for just under an hour and is adapted to suit the age of the class attending. By bringing sections of the script to life we will enhance the children’s experience of the show, which will encourage them to write engagingly about the production and their experience.

The Railway Children drama workshops are available for all primary schools that bring 60 or more children to The Railway Children stage show. And workshops for smaller groups are available in the theatre foyer before the performance.

Additionally our Education Guide includes activities for teachers and students and behind-the-scenes interviews with the writer and the director. To download our education pack, please click here.

The ticket cost for The Railway Children production is £16.50 per person, and if you opt for the workshop too, there is a small additional cost of £3 per child (providing there is a minimum number of 60 attendees for the workshop).

To get a taste of what the show is all about, you can watch our short trailer here. 

There is more information on our website or you can contact us on 020 7420 9700 or email enquiries@groupline.com.

To book a workshops or to create your very own bespoke workshop please contact Ellen Bott, West End Creative Learning Manager at ellenbott@theambassadors.com

Assessing pupils’ progress in reading and spelling

Is it really possible to teach reading and spelling using just one resource on its own?

In an ideal world there would be one teaching resource that covers every phonic, every spelling choice, every word pattern, and every spelling rule in the English Language and is suitable for each and every one of your pupils, no matter their age or ability.

What’s more, using such a resource would naturally make it much easier to assess and track your pupils’ progress in reading and spelling.

Fortunately there is one such resource – the carefully structured Reading and Spelling Rescue Programme developed by Multi-Sensory Learning.

Literacy skills are introduced and clearly developed through a series of 20 Modules in over 1,000 imaginative structured worksheets. The Record Chart for each Module has been designed to increase motivation by showing attainable goals, revision activities and space to indicate completed tasks.

Every Module Includes 50 top quality structured worksheets, dictations to reinforce new spelling choices, structured word lists with the emphasis on key words, revision activities and a record chart, full and detailed teaching notes, and placement and progress tests in order to monitor your pupils’ progress.

Every Level has 5 Modules which are A4 ring bound copymasters. There is also an option to have the same resources on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM format makes it quick and easy to print as often as required, with the additional benefit of making individual workbooks.

You can order the Reading and Spelling Rescue Programme in any of these ways:

  • On our website
  • By phone on 01536 399017
  • By fax to 01536 399012
  • By email to msl@schools.co.uk    
  • By post to Multi-Sensory Learning, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, NN17 4HH

It’s School Dance Week

What can School Dance Week do for you, and what can you do for School Dance Week?

Dance is the second most popular physical activity within primary schools, and yet curiously in the past there has never been a School Dance Week through which schools can celebrate their involvement with dance and share with each other ideas and suggestions relating to dance in schools.

So, we’ve rectified that by setting up the first ever School Dance Week.   And even though this is our first step forwards on what we hope will be a long-running campaign to get dance in schools noticed, and help all dance teachers develop their work in schools, we’ve already found a fabulous group of partners who have shown their willingness to work with us.   The list of partners is below.

Also we have over 100 participating schools of all sizes and types from all over the country, and we’d welcome your involvement with us too.

What we are asking you to do is to sign up with School Dance Week (it’s completely free and comes with no commitment – you just show your support for the idea.)    This will give you the opportunity access free resources and opportunities from all the professional partners who have supported the very start of School Dance Week.

Also you might like to have a look at the website we have developed, which now has details of the findings from our research into the state of dance in primary schools.   

Additionally there is an article which reveals exactly why dance is not just another activity for children to enjoy, but is one of the prime activities that strengthens children both mentally and physically. 

Now that we have got going we can say that next year’s School Dance Week will be even bigger – and we will be commemorating those schools that have chosen to support us at our very start with a Honour Board of Founder Schools.   All you have to do is sign up – there is absolutely no cost and no commitment.

To start on this journey all we ask is that you visit the School Dance Week website and complete the simple form.

From here on, having established School Dance Week our work is now to establish working relationships between schools and dance professionals, creating a potential outlet for long term educational work and increasing your Arts Mark.

And if you have your own ideas as to what School Dance Week can do in the future, we’d like to hear from you.  Please click here to contact us.

Here is our list of Founding Partners – to whom we are very grateful indeed.

  • Pineapple Community
  • The Movement Factory
  • Balletboyz
  • 2 Faced Dance
  • Motionhouse
  • Tilted Productions
  • The Place
  • C-12 Dance Theatre
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance
  • Dance East
  • West End in Schools
  • Youth Dance England

I really do hope that you feel there is something for you in this new initiative, and that from this beginning we can really increase an awareness in the importance and benefit of encouraging dance in schools.