Category: Literacy

Dora’s Animation: William Shakespeare Biography

Schools can limit creativity, however, when the rigidness of the school system is softened and children are allowed to create freely, they can truly take you by surprise. By giving pupils simple guidelines, then letting them go about things in their own way, individuals will be able to experiment with their creativity and show what they are capable of. Carnival theme this year…

Free resources to teach spelling words with a ‘ce’ pattern ‘soft c’ sound

Learn how to spell words with a ‘soft c’ sound and ‘ce’ spelling pattern, with this fun engaging lesson. I used the spelling words found on the Twinkl PlanIt unit, but came up with a different way to teach the spelling words for the week. For this lesson you will need the PowerPoint to guide you. DOWNLOAD an editable copy…

Grammar practice made easy

Are you revising for a grammar test? Is your child revising for a grammar test and you don’t know how to help? Are you a teacher and are unsure if a word is a particular word class? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then this blog post is just for you!  When it comes to Grammar,…

Journalistic Writing

One of the writing genres covered in Year 6 is journalistic writing. Journalistic writing is a type of non-fiction writing where children create newspaper or magazine articles and report on real or imagined events. When teaching journalistic writing, a prompt will give your students reason to write as well as an audience. Here is an effective writing prompt for journalistic writing…

Happy Birthday, Oliver Moon – A book review

The Oliver Moon books, published by Usborne and written by Sue Mongredien are very popular amongst primary school children. They are easy to read, with fun stories children love. Read on for a book review, by Simran (age 10). It’s Oliver Moon’s birthday and Mrs. Moon invites Oliver’s not so good wizardly friends by accident. Bully Bogeywort sneaks around Oliver’s…

Robinson Crusoe Display

Historical narratives can be tough for kids to comprehend as they are written in an old-fashioned style and use vocabulary that has seized to exist. By breaking them down and analysing them bit by bit, children can be exposed to powerful pieces of writing that have shaped the world of literature. It is impressive to see how well children respond…

The Tyger: poem by William Blake

Year 6 were introduced to “The Tyger” poem by William Blake and were mesmerised by it.  There is no doubt that this piece of literature is immortal and still burns bright with today’s youth. 🐯 “The Tyger” is a poem by the English poet William Blake published in 1794 as part of the Songs of Experience collection.  Twinkl’s PowerPoint is a great resource to…

The Energy Bus for Kids is an illustrated adaptation for children of the best-selling fable, for adults, by Jon Gordon. It is a story about staying positive and overcoming challenges. Jon Gordon shows children how to overcome negativity, bullies and everyday challenges.  It’s a story that teaches children how to find their inner motivation and pass on that positive energy to others. 

Stavros (age 11) wrote a brilliant book review about this book. He loved it and would love for you all to read it! Read on for Stavros’ book review…

What is the book about? 

The story is about a boy called George who has a lot of things going wrong for him, every day at school. His bus driver, Mrs Joy, teaches him different ways of being positive all the time. She teaches him how not to be bullied and to show love and kindness to everybody. 

Who would you recommend the book to and why? 

I would recommend this to book to all the children in the world. It teaches you how to be a good child and to always think positive. 

What ages and interests is it suitable for?

 It is suitable for all children from the age of 6 years onwards. That’s when they start school and it will teach them what’s right and wrong. 

Rating:  5 Stars

Visit for additional information, free downloads, resources, and to sign up for Jon Gordon’s free Positive Tip newsletter.

You will find great teaching ideas for PSHE and building children’s positive mindset. 

Till next time…

Anne Frank

Anne Frank was a Jewish girl who was forced into hiding during World War Two, to escape from the Nazis. Together with seven others, she hid in the secret annex, in Amsterdam. Sadly, after more than two years in hiding, they were discovered and deported to concentration camps. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was the only one to survive. Anne kept a diary during this time;…

Wolf Hill is an exciting series from Roderick Hunt, illustrated by Alex Brychta, creators of the Oxford Reading Tree. It is designed to provide an easy, supportive and sustained read for those pupils who need to gain confidence and motivation in their reading. The stories will appeal to children aged, approximately, 7-11 and deal with the real-world adventures of a group of friends who live and attend school in an area called Wolf Hill. It’s a great series, highly recommended to emergent and reluctant readers.

Hidden Gold is a Level 1 book from the Wolf Hill series.  Alex (aged 10) really enjoyed reading it and gave it a rating of 4 and a half stars out of 5. Read on to see his book review. 

What can you tell us about the book ? 

Loz and some of her friends have a secret sen that they play at their grandma’s garden. One day they want to put a new carpet in the den. They hear a hollow sound from the floor – it is a secret hiding place. They find some very old coins that are very valuable. A woman who works at a collectibles store tries to trick them, but Mr. Saffrey has a plan! 

I would recommend this book to my friends. It is funny and I like how it ends and how they play a trick on the sneaky woman. 

This book is suitable for ages 7-10. I think people who like mysteries and secret plans will like the book. 


Till next time…

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