Blog & Book lists

20/09/2021
Building Fluency in Reading

Building Fluency in Reading

The new academic year has begun and one of our most important priorities as educators is to hear each child in our class read. We need to quickly get a sense of how fluently a child can decode a text…

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28/08/2021
Beyond the Book Corner: Setting up a Literary Classroom

Beyond the Book Corner: Setting up a Literary Classroom

Setting up your classroom at this point each year can be a moment of unbridled joy. Almost like moving into a new home, or redecorating a room, this is the moment where you can make your dreams a reality! ‘This…

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27/08/2021
September Literature Review

September Literature Review

Why are we here? Who am I? What’s my purpose? Whilst these might not be ponderings of a primary-aged child, most children will still think upon life’s big questions at some point. Just the other day (at bedtime, as is…

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21/07/2021
August Literature Review

August Literature Review

While writing this on July the 19th - so-called ‘freedom day’ from Covid-19 restrictions, and in the week where the vast majority of schools break-up for the summer holiday - it seemed apt to theme August’s review around freedom. As…

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19/07/2021
Using The Literary Curriculum in ARP and other SEND settings

Using The Literary Curriculum in ARP and other SEND settings

Our raison d’etre is to ensure that every child has access to quality literature and we firmly believe that this is a right; an entitlement of each and every child. This applies not just to mainstream primary settings but also to Additionally Resourced Provision classes (ARPs)/SEND settings…

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12/07/2021
Ten Holiday Reading Ideas for the Young and Not So Young

Ten Holiday Reading Ideas for the Young and Not So Young

Summer holidays are now finally appearing over the hazy horizon, ushering in the end of another very strange and discombobulating academic year. We do hope you are now getting ready for some R&R. Being literary minded as we are, we…

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30/06/2021
LGBTQ+ Book List

LGBTQ+ Book List

Representation is important and we believe it's vital that children see their realities reflected in literature and that they have the opportunity to learn about the history of significant LGBTQ+ people. Many of the LGBTQ+ children's books here have existed…

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28/06/2021
July Literature Review

July Literature Review

We often talk about the importance of literature being truly representative of the children we work with and how being able to see oneself in a text is key not only to engagement and comprehension but also to being able…

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09/06/2021
Short Story Collections

Short Story Collections

Children need a rich diet of varied literature as they grow up and collections of short stories can be an exciting part of the menu. They are ideal for the time-strapped who may struggle to get to the end of…

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27/05/2021
June Literature Review

June Literature Review

It’s sometimes suggested that as adults we should develop altruism within our children. In an Observer article published in early May of 2014, psychotherapist and author Graham Music asserts that we're likely to be born big-hearted and kind. It is later we are…

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11/05/2021
6 Ways to Develop Children’s Writing Composition

6 Ways to Develop Children’s Writing Composition

Children’s writing has been affected in several detrimental ways over the past year, especially those children that have not had access to a laptop or consistent support at home. From our consultancy visits in schools and talking to teachers from…

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30/04/2021
May Literature Review

May Literature Review

An important ‘knowing’ in the mind of the very young child is the realisation that the world is bigger than they themselves are. Helping children to develop not just self-awareness but also empathy, the ability to self-regulate and the resilience…

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15/04/2021
Celebrations Book List

Celebrations Book List

We’ve enjoyed putting together this list: so many glorious books about all-things celebratory! Each title reflects experiences and perspectives of different festivals, special occasions and life-events with the ultimate goals of sparking joy from within and allowing children to explore…

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31/03/2021
April Literature Review

April Literature Review

With spring sprung, daylight-saving clock-changes and the lockdown restrictions easing, some of us are perhaps dreaming of the outdoors: yearning for adventure, travel or just a change of scene. And we can’t help but think that adventures this spring and…

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24/03/2021
Cautionary Tales

Cautionary Tales

A year on from the first national lockdown and it would be safe to say we have all learnt a thing or two about ourselves in the last twelve months.  Some of those lessons will have been obvious (the benefits…

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11/03/2021
Supporting Recovery in the Early Years and Year 1

Supporting Recovery in the Early Years and Year 1

The topic of catch up and recovery is very much on our minds at the moment. We believe that for all children, we need to create points from which they can begin to regroup as learners, both within themselves as…

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07/03/2021
Introducing our Recover and Catch Up Curriculum

Introducing our Recover and Catch Up Curriculum

We write this on the eve of all children returning to school in England. As we have explored in previous blogs, the needs of children on return will be hugely varied depending on their experiences of home learning so far. It will be a very welcome change…

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26/02/2021
March Literature Review

March Literature Review

Mental Health Week this year was perhaps one of the most important mental health weeks we've had so far. Still in a full national lockdown, so many of us must be wondering how the children in our lives are faring:…

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