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Spanish story to teach parts of the body

In Me duele, it’s Luis’s birthday party and he shows off his new bike to his friends. ¡Ay! he cries. Mamá and Papá come rushing outside. Is Luis OK? Will the party go ahead as planned?

The story is a fabulous way of introducing the Spanish names for parts of the body and describing what hurts.

Me duele - Learn Spanish with Luis y Sofía

Me duele – Learn Spanish with Luis y Sofía 

As with all Luis y Sofía stories, there’s a twist at the end. Barbara Scanes, the author, says that she used her own children (who are now in their 20s!) as role models when thinking of what Luis and Sofía would do.

Written entirely in Spanish this original, fun story uses repetitive phrases and simple sentences to embed vocabulary and language structures, making it ideal for Spanish beginners.

With engaging, full colour pictures and simple language on every page, this book can be read to, by and with children of any age.

Children with early Spanish language skills will gain confidence, and develop their language skills, when they realise they are able to read and understand a storybook in Spanish.

An audio enhanced e-storybook of this story is available exclusively as part of  the Learn Spanish with Luis y Sofía 1a Parte Starter Pack.

 

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From Outstanding, is the only way to go down?

‘Nobody wants to lead an outstanding school. There is nowhere to go other than down!’ So said an erudite colleague to me when I mentioned that I was looking to move on to lead another school. It was not without a small degree of trepidation therefore that I was appointed to my second headship a short while later – this time to lead an outstanding school. Two years in we were re-inspected and again achieved outstanding. The relief was palpable. When I had taken on the school, I felt it was no longer excellent – good, yes but outstanding no. In the space of two years we managed to get the data back to excellent – without it you won’t achieve the outstanding label. Although, perversely, having the data is by no means a guarantee of getting the accolade. What inspectors see in the classroom must reflect what the data suggests – excellent practice.

How to be a Brilliant Primary School Head Teacher by Gary Nott

How to be a Brilliant Primary School Head Teacher by Gary Nott

In my new book, How To be A Brilliant Primary School Head Teacher, I outline some of the facets of an outstanding school, whilst trying to describe some of the features that people attribute to outstanding leaders.

Two of these school features spring to mind in writing this blog entry.

Firstly, we coined the term Mentoring Mondays to describe our approach to supporting colleagues to develop their practice. I nabbed the idea from McDonald’s Fruit Fridays when sharing a snack with my son. On each Monday morning, we would release a teacher to observe a colleague teach an outstanding lesson. Then on the Monday afternoon, the released teacher would team teach a lesson to their own class alongside that outstanding colleague. The end of the day would be spent sharing key lessons learned during the day. Colleagues appreciated this investment in them. The cost of releasing colleagues from class responsibilities to benefit from such an exercise on the one day was easily offset by money saved from the external courses budget.

Secondly, we devised a simple way of tracking children’s progress in the school that was bespoke to our children. We took an aircraft flight as our analogy. We quantified progress and attainment using a points systems we devised and from this could calculate a class’s progress – which we called ‘speed’ – and their attainment – which we called ‘altitude’ – which we then brought together in what we called a cockpit summary. A class could be flying high and fast or low and slow. The visual representation of this on a cockpit dashboard led us to create flight plans for each class – showing where we wanted them to be (their destination) and when we expected their flight to land. Was their flight on time or likely to be delayed? Inspectors liked the idea and suggested that we go further and devise a flight plan summary for each child.

The difficult thing of course is maintaining the outstanding label. It can itself become somewhat of a cross to bear. Some staff feel that to maintain the high standard is not achievable if they are to maintain a healthy work-life balance. As the new Head of OFTSED considers dropping it from her armoury, there will be many in the profession keen to see it go. I have found that my own school has seen significant changes in the past five years. The percentage of children entering the school at below levels that are typical for age has doubled. This has brought new challenges – and opportunities to grow too. In such circumstances, to hold on to the outstanding label is a big ask. You have to keep reinventing yourself; if you stand still there is indeed only one way to go, as my former colleague said to me.

Guest blog by Gary Nott.

Gary Nott author of How to be a Brilliant Primary School Head Teacher

Gary Nott author of How to be a Brilliant Primary School Head Teacher

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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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Getting to Grips with French Grammar in Primary Schools

The Key Stage 2 Programme of Study for Languages states that primary school pupils should be taught to ‘understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied.’

9781783172825 Getting to Grips with French Grammar at Key Stage 2 Brilliant Publications

Getting to Grips with French Grammar at Key Stage 2

But it doesn’t give much specifics in terms of what grammar should be taught, to what level, and, crucially, how to ensure progression across all four years of Key Stage 2.

This is why Lara Townsend and Tracy Davies have written Getting to Grips with French Grammar at Key Stage 2.

Getting to Grips with French Grammar at Key Stage 2 breaks the French language into the key elements of gender, verbs and sentence buiding and forming questions, and provides a model of progression for each one.

Detailed assessment activities demonstrate how grammar can be assessed within a variety of contexts, alongside other aspects for the Language Programme of Study.

For more information and to see sample pages, visit our website. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone on 01449 766629 or by email at orders@tradecounter.co.uk.

You can order Getting to Grips with French Grammar on our website either in PDF for £10.99 or as a hardcopy book for £15.99. There is also the option to buy both the hardcopy and PDF together at a discounted price of £19.29.

 

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Free Giveaway – French Play

9781783172450 | Fun French Fairy Tale Plays | Brilliant Publications

Fun French Fairy Tale Plays

Which sport do you think Snow White was good at?

‘Blanche-Neige et les nains sportifs’ is one of 10 humorous French plays written for primary school and lower secondary school children to help them improve their French. For this week only, we are giving you a free giveaway ebook of ‘Blanche-Neige et les nains sportifs’ (Snow White and the Sporty Dwarves). Why not try it with your children? We would like to hear their views of it.

Just in case you are wondering, the answer is that Snow White likes …………….. golf. If you want to know why, download the free giveaway!

These 10 short plays, specially written for teaching French in primary schools, are adaptations of well-known stories using characters which are already known to your children. Each story is given a humorous twist to capture the imagination of your children. For example, Rapunzel lives at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Your children will enjoy the challenge of learning a French play and will gain confidence performing it to an audience of adults and/or fellow pupils. Children will probably need several weeks to rehearse and prepare for the performances which usually last 5–10 minutes.

The stage directions are detailed as some of the story and humour is conveyed through the characters’ actions. Most of the lines are short simple phrases that pupils are likely to know already or are easy to learn.

Each play has a specific language focus, making it easy to link the plays to topics the pupils are studying. For example Cendrillon gives children practice at expressing opinions and uses language useful for home activities. It uses simple phrases in the present tense. Another play, la Petite Poule Rousse, uses simple phrases containing verbs with ‘je’. It allows children to practise language useful for mealtimes.

The book contains 10 reproducible scripts, English translations and suggestions for performing the plays. The CD-Rom included with the book contains audio files of native French speakers performing the plays as well as a pdf version of the book which can be used on interactive white boards. There are sample pages on our website.

Download our free giveaway play – ‘Blanche-Neige et les nains sportifs’
Find out more about this book on our website.

You can order the ‘Fun French Fairy Tale Plays’ in any of these ways:
• On our website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk
• By phone on 01449 766629
• By fax on 01449 768047
• By email to orders@tradecounter.co.uk

 

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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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