Antony Worrall Thompson supports cooking in schools

As publishers of Get Cooking in the Classroom, a practical guide written to help school implement The School Food Plan, we were delighted to read that top TV chef, Antony Worrall Thompson is a strong supporter of the plan.  He says, “We’ve been crying out for this and I’ve often got on my soapbox about the woeful lack of cookery classes in school.”

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Achieve correct French pronunciation, using sound and action links

“Wow…. that could have been a real French speaker saying that!!!”

Wouldn’t you love to be able to say that to your French students? I’ve taken the above quote from a great blog post by Helen Myers, Chair of the London branch of the Association for Language Learning: http://helenmyers.blogspot.co.uk/ Thank you, Helen, for writing such a great review of Physical French Phonics!

 

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What’s the best way to imbed phonics into language learning?

Sue Cave will sharing her simple seven-step process for imbedding phonics into language learning on Saturday, 19 October, at 10.30am at the Language Show in Olympia.

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Come see us at the Language Show on Stand 302 – Entry is free!

We are starting to get very excited about the Language Show at Olympia in London on 17-19 October. Entry to the Show is free and in addition to the exhbition, there is a wide range of seminars,  taster classes and demonstrations.  We are very pleased to have several of our authors speaking this year:

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We are stocktaking

Next week (2nd August – 10th August) we will be counting stock.

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Why does hair turn grey?

Yesterday at the dinner table my Year 10 daughter asked, ‘Why does hair turn grey?’ This question had come up in her science class and my daughter felt it was wrong that her teacher hadn’t known the answer.

This provoked an interesting discussion on what teachers should know, what pupils needed to learn and what the purpose of education was. Given that the world is changing so rapidly, what is fact today, might not be fact in 20 years time. Therefore teaching just facts doesn’t prepare you for the future.

While pupils do need to learn some facts, it is equally important for them to learn to think and to find out for themselves – so that they want to become lifelong learners. My father was particularly good at modelling this skill when I was a child. We had a full set of the Encyclopedia Britannica sitting on the sideboard in the dining room, and it was a rare dinner table conversation when we didn’t pull at least one volume off the shelf.

So, how can we encourage pupils to learn to think creatively? As this is a pet subject of mine, Brilliant Publications has published lots of books on this subject. As an experiment, I tried typing ‘creative’ into the search book on our website (www.brilliantpublications.co.uk). I was pleased to see that 44 books came up. I then tried ‘thinking’ and got 30 titles. Why don’t you have a go typing in your own keywords and see what you come up with!

A few of my particular favourites are: Stimulate Creative Thinking, CRAMES – Creative Games to Help Children Learn to Think and Creative Homework Tasks.

Incidently, the reason hair turns grey is, as we get older, the pigment cells in our hair follicles gradually die. When there are fewer pigment cells in a hair follicle, that strand of hair will no longer contain as much melanin and will become a more transparent color — like grey, silver, or white — as it grows.

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Use World Cup fever as a learning tool

The World Cup – you know you can’t ignore it, so embrace it instead.

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