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Free webinar – Physical French Phonics

Sue Cave will be giving a webinar on using Physical French Phonics in language learning and teaching.

Sue Cave Physical French Phonics Brilliant Publications

Sue Cave – author of Physical French Phonics

The webinar is being organised by the Association of Language Learning (ALL) London Branch. It is free to register and attend. It takes place on Wednesday, 15th November 8.30-9.30pm. Hope to see you there.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/physical-french-phonics-a-webinar-with-sue-cave-registration-38171520044?aff=erelpanelorg

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Can you learn maths by playing card games?

We asked some children what they thought of Deck Ahoy. Here are just a few of the things they had to say:

Deck Ahoy Brilliant Publications maths with a deck of cards Deck Ahoy Brilliant Publications maths with a deck of cards Deck Ahoy Brilliant Publications maths with a deck of cards“Deck Ahoy is much better than watching TV and cartoon shows because it shows different ways of how to do maths.” Angelica, age 8

“I like Deck Ahoy because it helps me with my maths and number bonds to 10 and 100. It can help you with your maths a lot.” Hadi, age 11

“I like Deck Ahoy because it helps me to learn maths and it helps me to add and subtract.” Sasha, age 8

“I can now partitiion and double 2-digit numbers.” Hersi

“I like Deck Ahoy because it helps me with maths and it’s so much fun!” Bilal, age 8

“It’s easy to learn time with Deck Ahoy.” Abed, age 7

“Deck Ahoy is fun and it is easy to learn maths.” Naomi, age 7

“Deck Ahoy will help everyone with maths and fractions. It’s awesome!” Cameron, age 10

“Deck Ahoy is very fun because every day I learn new stuff.” Ashley, age 7

Deck Ahoy Brilliant Publications maths with a deck of cards“I like Deck Ahoy because it’s fun and it helps us to do our maths.” Charlotte, age 9

“Deck Ahoy is very fun and you can learn from it.” Gilbert, age 10

Deck Ahoy Brilliant Publications 9781783171781

Deck Ahoy: Primary Mathematics Activities and Games Using Just a Deck of Cards

Deck Ahoy contains over 100 activities and games to teach primary maths skills with a just deck of cards – no need to buy expensive resources!

Deck Ahoy covers not only the main operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – but also fractions, statistics, time, ratios, squares and cubes and graphs.

The ideas are great for homework as there are no worksheets needed (or marking to do!) and the whole family can get involved, any where, any time.

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German word books for primary schools

Are you looking for a simple way of encouraging pupils to access the German vocabulary they need (without resorting to online translation packages)?

Mein Kleines Wörterbuch (My little German dictionary) Brilliant Publications

Mein Kleines Wörterbuch (My little German dictionary)

Sample page from Mein Kleines Wörterbuch (My little German dictionary) Brilliant Publications

Sample page from Mein Kleines Wörterbuch (My little German dictionary)

Primary school children need to be able to access vocabulary to encourage them to speak, listen and write in German. But when they are just beginning to learn German, even the simplest bilingual German-English dictionaries can be overwhelming. It is understandable that some students feel the temptation to go online.

If you find this is the case, we have a solution for you. We publish Mein kleines Wörterbuch– mini (A6) German word books containing German vocabulary sheets for 33 popular primary school topics. Each page features 9-10 illustrations labelled with their German names. The booklets are colourful, fun to use  and support all German teaching schemes in use in primary schools.

Mein kleines Wörterbuch covers the following topics:

  • Begrüßungen (Greetings)
  • Die Zahlen (Numbers 1 – 20)
  • die Zahlen von 20 bis 100 (Numbers 20 – 100)
  • Die Farben (Colours)
  • Die Wochentage (Days of the week)
  • Die Monate (Months of the year)
  • Die Jahreszeiten (Seasons)
  • Feste (Festivals)
  • Weihnachten (Christmas)
  • Früchte (Fruit)
  • Gemüse (Vegetables)
  • Das Restaurant (Restaurant)
  • Das Picnick (Picnic)
  • Getränke (Drinks)
  • Das Wetter (Weather)
  • Die Bekleidung (Clothes)
  • Zubehör (accessories)
  • Die Körperteile (Parts of the body)
  • meine Familie (My family)
  • Haustiere (Pets)
  • Insekten und kleine Lebewesen (Insects and mini-beasts)
  • Wilde Tiere (Wild animals)
  • Tiere auf dem Bauernhof (Farm animals)
  • Tiere des Waldes (Woodland animals)
  • Das Sonnensystem (the solar system)
  • Die Schulsachen (Classroom objects)
  • Sport (Sport)
  • Was spielst du? Ich spiele… (Musical instruments)
  • Formen (Shapes)
  • das Haus (The house)
  • der Tisch (The table)
  • der Zirkus (The circus)
  • Das Alphabet (The German alphabet)

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Addysg Gyfrwng Cymraeg (Welsh Medium Education)

I hope, if you are Welsh, that the headline caught your eye – especially if you are in one of the 22.7% of Welsh primary schools that teaches through the medium of Welsh.

At Brilliant Publications we realise that it is sometimes difficult to find resources to teach maths through the Welsh medium.

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 2 Maths Problem Solving Year 2 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 2 (Maths Problem Solving Year 2)

 

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 3 Maths Problem Solving Year 3 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 3 2 (Maths Problem Solving Year 3)

 

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 4 Maths Problem Solving Year 4 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 4 (Maths Problem Solving Year 4)

 

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 1 Maths Problem Solving Year 1 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 1 (Maths Problem Solving Year 1)

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 5 Maths Problem Solving Year 5 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 5 (Maths Problem Solving Year 5)

 

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 6 Maths Problem Solving Year 6 Welsh edition - Brilliant Pubications

Datrys Problemau Mathemateg, Blwyddyn 6 (Maths Problem Solving Year 6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is why we decided to translate our highly successful maths series, Maths Problem Solving, into Welsh. The Welsh books are linked to the Welsh National Curriculum, making it easy to integrate the activities into your planning.

The books contain differentiated worksheets, making it easy to use the book in a mixed-ability classroom.

The length of the problems are varied with short, medium and more extended problems for children to solve. The problems on each page are mixed so the children do not assume that the solution process is the same each time, but have to understand the problem. They are varied in their complexity and are presented in a meaningful, age-appropriate manner with topics the children will find relevant.

And for our Welsh  readers…

Mae chwe llyfr yn y gyfres Datrys Problemau Mathemateg. Ysgrifennwyd y llyfrau i athrawon eu defnyddio mewn gwersi mathemateg. Anelir y cynnwys at ddatblygu sgiliau datrys problemau. Anogir plant i ddewis a defnyddio ffeithiau rhif a strategaethau meddwl perthnasol i ddatrys problem fel a nodir yn y Fframwaith Rhifedd Cenedlaethol.

Mae’r llyfr hwn wedi’i rannu’n dair pennod; Datblygu ymresymu rhifyddol, Datblygu ymresymu rhifyddol: Adnabod prosesau a chysylltiadau a Defnyddio sgiliau rhif.

Cynlluniwyd y llyfrau fel bod gan pob adran chwe cham o gwestiynau i’w hateb. Rhennir pob cam yn dair lefel, er enghraifft 1a, 1b neu 1c, yn seiliedig ar gyrhaeddiad. Mae pob cwestiwn cyfatebol o’r lefelau hyn yn dilyn yr un llinell o gwestiynu, felly pan mae’r athro yn siarad am gwestiwn penodol mae’r broses o ddatrys yr un fath i bob lefel ond mae’r cymhlethdod yn amrywio.

 

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Do your maths lessons need a superhero (or two)?

The Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables series uses superheroes to motivate primary school children to practise all the skills needed to solve multiplication, division and word-based times table problems. Superheroes appeal to even the most reluctant of learners and instil a positive and competitive attitude towards learning. Your pupils will be eager and motivated to want to learn and practise their times tables.

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 3 - Brilliant Publications

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 3

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 2 - Brilliant Publications

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 2

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 1 - Brilliant Publications

Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables, Book 1

There are three books in the Mighty Fun Activities for Practising Times Tables series:
Book 1: 2, 5 and 10 times tables
Book 2: 3, 4, 6 and 8 times tables
Book 3: 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables

The books contain reproducible sheets and are designed to be used as flexible teaching aids, which teachers can dip in and out of in any order to support the learning of any times table. They work equally well as stand alone 5 to 20 minute lesson reinforcements or as regular times table learning.

We recognise that all children learn in different ways and that they need to have opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills. For each times table there is a mixture of practical activities to develop their understanding and written activities to consolidate their knowledge.

The mixed times table sheets at the back of the book allow children to apply the skills gained in learning individual tables, working out for themselves which multiple facts and methods they need to use.

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Start your day with a brainteaser!

Here are five great brainteasers taken from Brilliant Activities for Gifted and Talented Children to stretch the more able pupils in your primary school class and get their brain cells working.

Brilliant Activities for Gifted and Talented Children - Brilliant Publications

Brilliant Activities for Gifted and Talented Children

  1. Two mothers and two daughters were quilting in the living room. They all quilted busily all day, and discussed memories they had shared with each other. Each one completed a quilt. However, at the end of the day there were only three completed quilts. How is this possible? (Answer: They were a grandmother, mother and a daughter)
  2. A man was sitting at home watching the news. All of a sudden, he stood up, switched on the light, and began to sob uncontrollably. Why did the man switch on the light and begin to cry? Ask as many questions as you would like, but the teacher can only answer yes or no. (Answer: The man is a lighthouse keeper, and he saw on the news that a ship is headed for his point but can see no light. It is inevitable that the ship will crash, which is the man’s fault.)
  3. Two Australians got on a bus. One of the Australians was the father of the other Australian’s son. How was this possible? (Answer: One was the mother)
  4. Robert and William Parry were both born just before noon on 7th May 2001. They had the same parents, Andrew and Diana Parry. You see Robert and William in the nursery and say to Diana, “Your twins are lovely!’ Diana looks at you and replies, “They are not twins!” You are very confused. They were born on exactly the same day with the same parents! How is this possible? (Answer: they are not twins, but triplets!)
  5. Two men walk into a restaurant. They both order exactly the same drink. One man drinks it fast and one man drinks it slowly. The one who drinks it fast lives. The one who drinks it slowly dies. WHY? (Answer: There was poison in the ice.)

These brainteasers have been taken from Brilliant Activities for Gifted and Talented Children by Ashley McCabe Mowat, which contains tasks that will develop all primary school children’s cognitive abilities, whilst stretching the more able pupils in you class.

 

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Spanish word books for primary schools

Are you looking for a simple way of encouraging pupils to access the Spanish vocabulary they need (without resorting to online translation packages)?

Mi Pequeño diccionario – My little Spanish dictionary Brilliant Publications

Mi Pequeño diccionario (My little Spanish dictionary)

Sample page from Mi pequeño diccionario (My little Spanish dictionary) Brilliant Publications

Sample page from Mi pequeño diccionario (My little Spanish dictionary)

Primary school children need to be able to access vocabulary to encourage them to speak, listen and write in Spanish. But when they are just beginning to learn Spanish, even the simplest bilingual Spanish-English dictionaries can be overwhelming. It is understandable that some students feel the temptation to go online.

If you find this is the case, we have a solution for you. We publish Mi Pequeño diccionario – mini (A6) Spanish word books containing Spanish vocabulary sheets for 33 popular primary school topics. Each page features 9-10 illustrations labelled with their Spanish names. The booklets are colourful, fun to use  and support all Spanish teaching schemes in use in primary schools.

Mi pequeño diccionario covers the following topics:

  • Los saludos (Greetings)
  • Los números (Numbers 1 to 20)
  • Los números del 20 al 100 (Numbers 20 to 100)
  • Los colores (Colours)
  • Los días de la semana (Days of the week)
  • Los meses del año (Months)
  • Las estaciones (Seasons)
  • Las fiestas (Festivals)
  • La Navidad (Christmas)
  • Las frutas (Fruit)
  • Las verduras (Vegetables)
  • El restaurante (Restaurant)
  • El picnic (Picnic)
  • Las bebidas (Drinks)
  • El tiempo (Weather)
  • La ropa (Clothing)
  • Los complementos (Accessories)
  • Las partes del cuerpo (Parts of the body)
  • Mi familia (My family)
  • Las mascotas (Pets)
  • Los animalitos pequeños (Insects and mini-beasts)
  • Los animales salvajes (Wild animals)
  • Los animales de la granja (Farm animals)
  • Los animales del bosque (Woodland animals)
  • El sistema solar (The Solar System)
  • Objetos de la clase (Classroom objects)
  • Las asignaturas (School subjects)
  • Los deportes – Yo juego….. (Sports – I play…)
  • Los deportes – Yo practico ….. (Sports – I do ….)
  • ¿Qué tocas? Toco … (Musical instruments – What do you play?)
  • Las formas – (Shapes)
  • El transporte – (Transport)
  • El abecedario español – (The Spanish alphabet)

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