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We are giving away ‘Bonjour, ca va?’ to anyone who requests it!

Request your FREE copy of the Bonjour, ça va? Worksheet Collection

« Includes song lyrics, an embedded audio track, a music sheet and teacher’s notes

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We are GIVING AWAY a handy reference booklet for developing writing skills!

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Request your FREE PowerPoint: Practise using the Spanish verb ‘tener’

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
  1. Buenos días
  2. Me llamo Sofía
  3. ¿Cuántas galletas?
  4. Tengo seis años
  5. Tengo un hermano
  6. Muchos caramelos
  7. Un caramelo rojo
  8. Tengo un gato
  9. A Luis le encantan las serpientes
  10. El domingo es mi cumpleaños
  11. Treinta y un invitados
  12. ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?
  13. Me duele
  14. ¿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.
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FREE reading comprehension activities for Year One and Year Four

Take advantage of these free activity materials
from the Reading Comprehension Series Pack:


The Farmyard: story and activities (Year 1)


Lions in the Garden: poem and activities (Year 4)

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

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What problems do you want to solve when you grow up?

“Don’t ask children what they want to be when they grow up but what problems they want to solve. This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for, to what do I need to learn to be able to do that. ” Jaime Casap, Google Global Education Evangelist

Help children to think outside the box with Will Hussey’s amazing Where Can an Elephant Hide? Challenges to Kick-start Learning in Key Stage 1 and Where Can an Elephant Roost? Chalnnege to Ignite Learning in Key Stage 2.

9780857475329 Where Can an Elephant Hide? Brilliant Publications

Where Can an Elephant Hide? Challenges to Kick-start Learning in Key Stage 1

Where Can an Elephant Roost? Challenges to Ignite Learning at Key Stage 2

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Answering children’s questions about terrorism

What do terrorists want? When will terrorism end?

Children’s questions about terrorism can be penetrating and hard to answer. Many teachers (and parents) will be caught unawares by such questions, uncertain themselves about terrorist motivation and goals and torn between the instinct to reassure and the awareness that Britain is on continuous terrorist alert.

Brilliant Publications has just produced a book  to answer these difficult questions. Talking about Terrorism: Responding to Children’s Questions by Alison Jamieson and Jane Flint is structured around 40 questions that children may ask:

  • What do terrorists want?
  • How can we stop someone becoming a terrorist?
  • Who is keeping us safe in Britain?
  • Why are terrorists so angry and full of hate?
  • When will terrorism end?
Talking about Terrorism - Brilliant Publications

Talking about Terrorism

The authors answer the questions in clear, easy-to-understand language – providing simple, objective explanations and reassurance where possible – while being careful not to raise unrealistic expectations.

As Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC, points out in the Foreword to Talking about Terrorism:

“If we are to reassure our young people, encourage their tolerance of others, and prevent them from being groomed into acts that could hurt themselves or others, we must talk with them and educate them. This book sets out to help teachers do just that.  The Internet and 24-hour news cycle means that it is impossible to shield children from the reality of terrorist attacks. But, with open conversation and clear explanations, we can help them feel safe and know that the world is still a good place.”

The text is interspersed with activities that primary school teachers can use to stimulate critical thinking and encourage creative investigation of key themes. These range from discussions and debates, the use of circle time and hot-seating through to role-play, poetry and music composition, singing and artwork.

Despite the focus on terrorism the authors never lose sight of a core belief in human goodness. They make it a priority to focus on positive actions that children can perform, singly or collectively, to make the world more peaceful. Each section has inspiring stories of peacemaking and reconciliation, about the power of love over hate, of non-violence over violence and the importance of tolerance and respect.

As Iona Lawrence, Director of the Jo Cox Foundation, says in an introductory message to the book:

“Jo [Cox] really did live by the conviction that we have ‘more in common than that which divides us.’ As this book also shows, it is this phrase that can and should guide conversations with children about extremism in all its forms.”


Written by Alison Jamieson, a former consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and Jane Flint, a teacher, whose work in a multicultural school in Beeston, Leeds, at the time of the 2005 London bombings provided the inspiration for the book. Their book, Radicalisation and Terrorism: A Handbook for Addressing Extremism, was published by Brilliant Publications in 2015.

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Using the Two-spoon Method in Cooking

Once you know how to use two spoons to get your cookie or biscuit mixture onto a baking tray, it is easy to do. But what is the best way to teach children this essential cooking skill?

Kate Morris and Sally Brown, authors of Get Cooking in the Classroom, have created a great video to help teach children the two-spoon method.

9781783171194 Get Cooking in the Classroom Brilliant Publications

Get Cooking in the Classroom

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