We’re Not in the Dark!

Jumping into the unknown We are all probably familiar with the fear of the blank page when writing: we know that many children experience it; we may even feel it ourselves sometimes. It’s possible that something similar happens when insecure, struggling, or simply young readers look at a previously-unseen text: a daunting fear of the […]

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Freeing up time for reading for pleasure would benefit those who need the most support

Yesterday Oxford released the findings of a survey that sheds some concerning light on teachers’ perceptions of enjoying, and having conversations about stories in the classroom. The survey of nearly 350 primary school teachers revealed that more than half those polled don’t have enough time to share and talk about books in the classroom – despite the importance they […]

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Now the tests are over …

Well that’s that over for another year. But what now? Amongst the class trips, leavers’ plays and special assemblies, here are some ideas for making the last few weeks as enjoyable and valuable as possible for everyone involved. With the children: Get the class outside – extra PE sessions, studying the natural world, drawing plants […]

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