Encouraging reading by exploring the traditions

The requirement that pupils should develop pleasure in reading by becoming familiar with, among other things, fairy stories and traditional tales has long been with us.

Fairy tales and traditions feature in the KS1 English Programmes of Study which is why we have published Understanding Traditional Stories: a photocopiable teacher resource book containing a range of fairy tales, fables and folk stories from around the world. Continue reading

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Games to make your sports day outstanding

Does your sports day include the same games every year? Are you in need of some new ideas? Try these easy-to-follow activities that require minimal equipment.

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Counter-extremism lessons should be part of National Curriculum

Today on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme Dr Muhammed Tahir Al Qadri, a Pakistani politician and Islamic scholar, called for British Muslims to be taught ‘peace’ in school to tackle radicalisation.

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Helping schools to tackle extremism

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (February 2015) makes it compulsory for schools to implement anti-radicalisation measures to help prevent young people from being drawn into terrorism. As the increasingly frequent press stories of school children being radicalised show, teachers urgently need a resource that enables them to recognise, debate and disrupt extremist narratives within the context of the classroom.

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Creative language activities to stretch more able KS2 pupils

The new curriculum places increased emphasis on grammar, punctuation and spelling. But how can you make learning these concepts fun? Rekindle your pupils enthusiasm for language by encouraging them to play with words to extend vocabulary, improve spelling and develop language skills. Try these activities:

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7 reasons why you should teach French through stories

Stories are an ideal way to get children excited about learning French. A good French story will:

1.    Provide an enjoyable, stress-free way to learn the rhythm of the language, intonation and pronunciation

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Get active to learn French

Tests show we all remember 20% of what we hear, 70% of what we see and 90% of what we do. It follows that to enhance learning, we all need to get doing. Using a whole body approach to learning languages really works.

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