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This FREE PowerPoint introducing our new Learn Spanish with Luis y Sofía resource is a sentence builder activity to practise the Spanish verb ‘tener’. You can request your copy here.
Learn Spanish with Luis y Sofía, 1a Parte (Part 1) for Years 3–4, a Story-based Scheme for Teaching Spanish at KS2, contains:
- 1 copy each of the 14 storybooks written entirely in Spanish using simple sentences and introducing key vocabulary and language structures
- Buenos días
- Me llamo Sofía
- ¿Cuántas galletas?
- Tengo seis años
- Tengo un hermano
- Muchos caramelos
- Un caramelo rojo
- Tengo un gato
- A Luis le encantan las serpientes
- El domingo es mi cumpleaños
- Treinta y un invitados
- ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?
- Me duele
- ¿Dónde está mi estuche?
- Audio-enhanced e-book versions of all the stories acted out by native Spanish speakers bringing the stories to life when shared with the class using an interactive whiteboard, read individually or in small groups.
- Vocabulary and sentence building activities for use on an IWB enable students to try out the language structures introduced in the stories
- Audio CD of stories acted out by native Spanish speakers, along with the vocabulary introduced and listening exercises to aid correct pronunciation
- A comprehensive, easy-to-use teacherʼs guide containing lesson plans based on the stories with ideas for developing all four language learning skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening
- Translations, vocabulary lists and grammar boxes are included to support the non-specialist.
- For more information, simply visit http://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/learn-spanish-with-luis-y-sofia-1a-parte-starter-pack-years-34-758
Take advantage of these free activity materials
from the Reading Comprehension Series Pack:
With the Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension Pack for Years 1 to Years 6 you can support your pupils on the journey from decoding texts to comprehending and thinking critically about texts.
The specially written passages in the Reading Comprehension Pack provide children with a variety of engaging texts, ranging from newspaper articles and dialogues, to plays, stories, and poems.
Activities range from simple factual recall and vocabulary work to open-ended questions – enabling the reader to provide a more personal response. There are also detailed suggestions for integrating writing, speaking and other literacy tasks with the passages.
The texts and activities gradually increase in difficulty as your pupils progress through the book (and through the series), encouraging children to develop their ability to read for meaning and use a range of strategies to engage with the text.
You can order the Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension series for just £95 at https://www.brilliantpublications.co.uk/book/brilliant-activities-for-reading-comprehension-series-pack-2nd-edition-518.
According to a report on the BBC website today, the Education Endowment Foundation has found that calculators can help students become better at problem solving. Rather than hindering children, calculators can actually help to develop children’s arithmetic skills, when taught properly.
This is very pleasing news to me as, since ministers banned the use of calculators in national maths tests for 11-year-olds in England from 2014, sales of our book How to be Brilliant at Using a Calculator have been sluggish, to say the least. Since then I have considered many times making the book go out of print. However, every time I’ve looked at the book I’ve been impressed again at the excellent activities in it – so the book has stayed in print. Maybe sales will now pick up!
To celebrate World Poetry Day (#WorldPoetryDay), here is a poem by Brenda Williams from Fun with Action Rhymes and Poems.
Sit on the carpet
And close your eyes
For this carpet is magic
And soon we will rise
We’ll float far away
Where no-one has been
To see rivers of honey
And fields of ice-cream
And chocolate trees
Whipped cream clouds
And lemonade rain
Then we open our eyes
And are back home again.
|It is vital that children develop their emotional intelligence, for this guides their thinking and behaviour. Yet emotional intelligence can be incredibly difficult to teach to children, which is why Brilliant Publications has produced 5 resources to help you. We don’t like singing our own praises, but they have been very well received by teachers.
The stories can be used at specific times of the year, or when issues arise, or whenever you are suddenly called upon to do an assembly.
50 Fantastic Assembly Stories for KS2 are set in Mill Lane Junior School – a fictional school. Each provides a moral dilemma for the character(s) to consider or tackle. Your pupils will relate to the character and the character’s dilemma.
The author, Adrian Martin, has been a headteacher for many years. His pupils have loved getting to know the different characters at Mill Lane Junior School, and have remembered the stories long after they first heard them.
Teaching Values through PSHE and Citizenship provides teachers with 38 activities for children aged 9 to 13 years old which promote the fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faith and beliefs.
The book is divided into three sections:
Modern Christian Assembly Stories is a collection of 50 contemporary stories written by Gary Nott who deploys the very best techniques of storytelling. Using modern situations and idioms, which are familiar to children, Gary communicates the wisdom found in Jesus’ parables, making the stories ideal for schools wishing to ensure that their collective worship is, in the main, Christian.
Are you running out of ideas for assemblies? Brilliant Class-led Assemblies, will provide you with 10 easy-to-use, stress-free assemblies linked to the National Curriculum for science, history and geography. All these tried-and-tested assembly scripts can be easily modified to suit your class and can be as elaborate or as straightforward as you wish.
Your pupils can participate as narrators, evacuees, water droplets or investigators, even the River Nile! The assemblies are constructed so that all the class can be involved in some way. All can be introduced and done within one week.
More Brilliant Stories for Assemblies contains over 50 stories for use in primary schools. The stories range from those dealing with specific issues, such as bullying, falling out with friends, racism and disability, to historical and religious stories.
Sample material from each book is available on our website. A link to an example is shown below:
These books are available in printed form and as an e-book which enables the pages to be displayed on an interactive whiteboard.
You can order these books in any of these ways:
Our new MFL catalogue is now available! Click here to download your copy.