Sing your way through isolation with J’aime Chanter

All the songs from J’aime Chanter are now available to download for FREE from our website (see Sample audio files). We hope you enjoy singing your way through your isolation.

https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/jaime-chanter-207

If you have a spare moment (unlikely we know) we’d love to see how you use the songs. Perhaps you could set-up a singalong through social media.

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Physical Spanish Phonics has been published

You have been asking for a Spanish version of our popular Physical French Phonics for ages and we have been working tirelessly on it for you.

Well, the good news is it has now arrived!

Physical Spanish Phonics is a multisensory approach to teaching Spanish phonics. Interactive video and audio files are used to teach Spanish phonics by getting physical with sounds and actions.

Find out more on our website: https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/physical-spanish-phonics-888

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FREE Creative Homework Tasks for Year 5 and Year 6

Follow this link to get a FREE 84-page e-book, Creative Homework Tasks for 9-11 Year Olds.

The activities are ideal for English or maths homework as they reinforce literacy and numeracy skills. The tasks link to other subject areas including science and technology, art and design and PSHE

But more than that, the imaginative, open-ended activities are sure to spark enthusiasm.

The tasks have been designed so that they can be given out with little or no input from the teacher if need be.

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FREE Creative Homework Tasks

Follow this link to get a FREE 84-page e-book, Creative Homework Tasks for 7-9 Year Olds.

The activities are ideal for English or maths homework as they reinforce literacy and numeracy skills. The tasks link to other subject areas including science and technology, art and design and PSHE

But more than that, the imaginative, open-ended activities are sure to spark enthusiasm.

The tasks have been designed so that they can be given out with little or no input from the teacher if need be.

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Request a FREE copy of the Tips for Writing reference booklet!

How much support should you give your pupils for creative writing tasks?

Supporting pupils with creative writing tasks is something of a balancing act. Too much support and it affects pupils’ creativity. Too little support and it affects pupils’ writing. To add to this, each pupil is likely to need a different level of support – more so if you are teaching a group of pupils with mixed abilities.

Boost Creative Writing is a series packed with planning sheets to support primary school pupils with their creative writing tasks. They are particularly helpful for slower learners since they provide additional reinforcement of key skills and non-prescriptive writing scaffolds. The structured sheets cover a range of writing genres, from stories and poems to book reviews and newspaper reports.

Boost Creative Writing for Years 5-6 also includes a handy Tips for Writing section which can be copied and bound to make a useful reference booklet for each child. In fact, we are giving Tips for Writing away for FREE as a pdf – click here to request your free reference booklet.

We hope your pupils enjoy using their booklets.

It's fun to write - tip sheets

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Speaking and Listening Activities for the Early Years

When children learn to express themselves clearly and to listen to others, they benefit from improved social skills and greater self-confidence.

Not only do children’s speaking and listening skills differ tremendously when they start preschool, but children also develop these skills at differing rates.  Fortunately, preschool provides an opportunity to reduce any deficits that a child may have with these skills (the earlier the better!), so that children of all backgrounds and learning abilities can succeed in the next stage of their educational careers.

With this in mind, we have developed a resource containing no fewer than 70 speaking and listening activities – so that you don’t run out of activity ideas before everyone has mastered the developmental stepping stones linked to Speaking and Listening for the EYFS Statutory Framework.

These enjoyable and productive play activities help children to develop the skills needed to listen, understand, express themselves, and enjoy language. The vital communication skills covered in this book will not only provide children with the language skills they will need to succeed at school, but they will also enable them to develop friendships and the ability to work cooperatively.

Click here to see sample pages

You can find out more about Speaking and Listening Activities for the Early Years on our website.

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Why do we have creative writing?

The imaginative use of words within a story goes back to the earliest days of humanity.  And it still serves a purpose today.

Humankind has always told stories.  Everything from cave pictures to monuments like Stonehenge, from tales told around the flickering fire to the greatest cathedrals tell us about events, locations, and people that we cannot see.

Indeed it appears to be fundamental to our human psyches to want to hear stories, and as a result there is every reason for all of us to want to tell them too. 

For the ability to appreciate and explore this basic human instinct comes from our own experiences of making up stories of our own.   Indeed such invention allows us to share our experiences and entertain others as we seek to make sense of the mysterious world around us.

But, of course, storytelling does not come naturally to us all, and many children – especially those with special needs – require additional support if the skill is to be nurtured and developed.

For the storyteller needs to consider key issues such as where the story takes place, who or what is in this place, are there animals here that have human characteristics.  Or could it be an object that has feelings?

And in worlds where everything is possible, how can we express ourselves?  What new words and expressions do we need?  How does the story evolve?  What is happening around our central event or person?  What happens next?

Most children – irrespective of their needs and abilities – only come to understand the exploration of such issues through being prompted via their own story writing, which is why the “Boost Creative Writing” series exists. 

The activities here provide the support and help that children of differing abilities need, and you can see how we achieve this through the examples from the series on our website where you will also find details of how to order.

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