Author Archives: Alison Marshall

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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Art projects in action

Nicola at The World is Their Classroom has been trying out our Painting is a Class Act series of books with her children.

You can see how they got on in Nicola’s blog post.

https://theworldistheirclassroom.blogspot.com/2020/01/painting-is-class-act-review.html

It is great to see children gaining confidence in their artistic skills as they work through the projects.

Painting is a Class Act
Painting is a Class Act

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Free activity materials from the Grammar and Punctuation Series Pack

Take advantage of these free activity materials from the Grammar and Punctuation Series Pack

Year 1: Nouns are names

Year 2: Noisy verbs

Year 3: Preposition opposites

Year 4: The Problem of ‘me’ or ‘I’

Year 5: Hyphens

Year 6 Words that help your writing

Request your free worksheets

The Grammar and Punctuation Series Pack contains six photocopiable books (one for each year group) and teaches grammatical and punctuation concepts in a fun and memorable way which will challenge and stimulate the whole class.

The sheets are designed for the practice, reinforcement and consolidation of grammar and punctuation skills and they address the requirements laid out in the Programmes of Study in the September 2014 National Curriculum.

The books will provide you with the tools you need to teach grammar effectively, including an assessment checklist, and will complement other language and literacy schemes of work.

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“Can you see the wind?”

Free worksheet series from Brilliant Publications

On a windy day go outside with the children and watch streamers blowing. Ask the children whether they can see and feel the effects of the wind on their faces and clothes. Watch the trees and plants move in the wind. 

Can you see the wind?

This is just one of the activities that can be found in the series of worksheets that we are giving away, free of charge, from the popular volume “Science and Technology for the Early Years (2nd Edition)”. Other activities include:

  • Creating a tiny garden from the worksheet Look down
  • Creating an outdoor themed mobile and drawing or painting a picture of the sky from the worksheet Look up
  • Catching the wind in a plastic bag from the worksheet Can you see the wind?
  • Making a travel agency in the role-play area and making and writing postcards from the worksheet Where do you go for a holiday?
  • And much much more!

Request your copy of the free worksheet series.

Science and Technology for the Early Years (Edition 2) contains 120 science and technology activities for use in the Foundation stage, along with ideas for designing resource areas to stimulate purposeful play. The activities are clearly laid-out with the Purpose, Resources and Safety points given, as well as ‘Challenges’, which can be used to provide a focal point for each activity.

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The December Benefit for Primary Teachers

There is one spectacular benefit in ordering books before Christmas.

A discount of 20% on each book ordered before Christmas is not very enticing if the publisher of the books doesn’t have a big range of titles on offer.

But when the publisher offers everything from Physical French Phonics to Missing Digit Puzzles, and from Getting to Grips with English Grammar to How to Teach Art to Children, then such a discount can be really worth having.

If you visit our website https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk you will see at the top the range of Featured Titles of the Week.

Below that you will find details of our eight bestselling titles this week.

And if those links don’t offer enough, then on the right side of the page there are links to all the 22 subject areas we cover.  All you have to do is click on a subject area or an age group and you will find the list of books – all of which are available at 20% discount if ordered in December.

To obtain your discount, make sure you order reaches us before the end of term, and use the code Dec19 on our website.

https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk

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The December Benefit for Secondary Teachers

There is one spectacular benefit in ordering books before Christmas.

A discount of 20% on each book ordered before Christmas is not very enticing if the publisher of the books doesn’t have a big range of titles on offer.

But when the publisher offers everything from Radicalisation and Terrorism to Unforgettable French, and from How to Dazzle at Reading for Meaning to How to Dazzle at Algebra, then such a discount can be really worth having.

If you visit our website https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk you will see at the top the range of Featured Titles of the Week.

Below that you will find details of our eight bestselling titles this week.

And if those links don’t offer enough, then on the right side of the page there are links to all the 22 subject areas we cover.  All you have to do is click on a subject area or an age group and you will find the list of books – all of which are available at 20% discount if ordered in December.

To obtain your discount, make sure you order reaches us before the end of term, and use the code Dec19 on our website.

https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk

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