Ten Teaching Resource Websites To Check Out This Week

  1. Twinkl – www.twinkl.co.uk
    We are big fans of Twinkl with its free resources packs, bright layout and easy to follow navigation.
  2. Guardian – Teaching Resources – teachers.theguardian.com
    Lesson plans, schemes of work, presentations, student activities and assessments from the guardian teacher network. Check in each week for Resource of the Week.
  3. Plan Bee – www.planbee.com
    A “hive” of primary teaching resources aiming to take the “sting out of planning.”
  4. Royal Shakespeare Company – www.rsc.org.uk
    Bring Shakespeare in to the classroom with teaching resources from the Royal Shakespeare Company, including interactive whiteboard activities and teacher packs.
  5. Storytime – www.storytimeforschools.com
    Try the free storytelling and poetry resources in your classroom.
  6. Poetry Society – poetrysociety.org.uk
    A range of flexible resources which allow you to adapt them to your classroom setting.
  7. Comedy Classroom – www.bbc.co.uk
    A  different way to build vocabulary, teach pupils how language structure and presentation contribute to meaning and help them identify themes and conventions in a range of texts.
  8. World Book Day – www.worldbookday.com
    Not just for one day of the year!
  9. Roald Dahl  – www.roalddahl.com
    Inspire the budding writers in your class with the amazing world of Roald Dahl.
  10. Teach It Primary – www.teachitprimary.co.uk
    Don’t forget to follow these guys on Twitter for more tips and links.

Books we’re looking forward to in 2018…

  1. Sky Song
    An adventure story inspired by the Scottish landscapes from the author’s childhood.
  2. Flamingo Boy
    Michael Morpurgo’s next book is not to be missed if his previous
  3. Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2
    Addressing gender stereotypes one story at a time.
  4. Dr Seuss’ Book of Animals
    A great introduction to reading, and to the world of Dr Seuss.
  5. The Squirrels Who Squabbled
    We loved the Lion Inside – here’s another one from the brilliant Rachel Bright.

Secret Santa Gifts for Book Lovers

Are you taking part in a Secret Santa exchange this year? We’ve rounded up some top gifts for under £10.00 for your literacy loving friends and colleagues…

  1. Pencil and Lined Paper Socks
    £7.99, Literary Gift Company
    For the book lover with everything…except matching socks.
  2. Tequila Mockingbird book
    £7.49, Waterstones.com
    The ultimate cocktail recipe book for book lovers – pairing great drinks with great books.
  3. Quotable Chocolate Bar
    £4.50, Literary Gift Company
    Belgian chocolate with a literary twist.
  4. Famous Five at the Office Christmas Party
    £7.99, Firebox.com
    The latest book from Enid Blyton for Grown-ups!
  5. Reading Rubberduck
    £3.95, Literary Gift Company
    A stocking filler – or ideal for Secret Santa budgets under £5.00.
  6. Hamlet Temporary Tattoos
    £7.99, Literary Gift Company
    To thine own self be true. Or try out a new self with some temp tattoos.
  7. Shhhhh Happens Enamel Pin
    £4.99, Literary Gift Company
    For those on the naughty list.
  8. Personalised Favourite Books Print
    £7.95, notonthehighstreet.com
    Show them you know them with a personalised gift.
  9. Book Lover Mug
    £9.99, Literary Gift Company
    Your gift sorted in one go!
  10. 100 Books Scratch Off Poster
    £12.99, Literary Gift Company
    A little over budget but perfect for a good friend if you don’t mind putting in the extra pounds.


Writing Assessment Grids: How To Use

APLiteracy’s Writing Assessment Grids are designed to gather evidence of what children can do across a range of writing. The principle behind them is that each year group’s grid features key learning from previous year groups so that  all learning is constantly reinforced and re-taught.

This will ensure that children reach the end of  Y6 with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve age related expectations. They have recently been updated to include key learning from the composition strand of the curriculum to reflect new assessment guidelines from The Standards & Testing Agency.

The grids can be used formatively alongside a school’s tracking system. with information from the grids being fed into the tracker. As a picture of the child as a writer is gradually built up across the year, gaps in learning can clearly be seen and addressed.

A large amount of evidence can be gathered from one piece of writing or just one piece of key evidence spotted in a piece.

Any questions? Feel free to get in touch.