Book reviews - Bloomsbury Education (page 2)

We have brought together on these pages books published by Bloomsbury Education, to help teachers become aware of these valuable classroom -  resources. Many will also be useful for parents (especially Home Educators) and other professional users, such as childminders. 

Whether you're looking for great classroom resources, amazing poetry, fiction and non-fiction for your library or inspirational professional development ideas we have the books for you!

From award winning practitioner's guides to dyslexia-friendly fiction for struggling readers, our wide range of resources spans from our early years Featherstone range to CPD for secondary teachers. Featuring high quality authors like Andrew Brodie, Alistair Bryce-Clegg, Sue Cowley,Ross Morrison McGill and Terry Deary, Bloomsbury Education provides fantastic ideas, practical help and inspiration for every teacher from student to senior leader. Highlights include Teacher Toolkit, Best Practice in the Early Years and the Lottie Lipton Adventures

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Books for teachers

Books for teachers - Early Years

Andrew Brodie

Books for children

Reluctant and Struggling Readers

 Featherstone Education and Early Years Foundation Stage

50 Fantastic Ideas for things to do with Mud and Clay by Judit Horvath

All Early Years settings should have a collection of this excellent and good value series - succinctly presented, the practical ideas ensure good lesson planning and effective delivery, in line with Early Years' requirements. Soil, clay and mud - children instinctively love to explore these and with a little guidance, they offer all manner of learning opportunities. Easy and inexpensive, mud and clay offer almost unlimited possibilities, either on their own or, as this book shows, used with other materials. They give a rich sensory experience via visual texture, deep colour, rich smell and tactile feel. 50 ingenious ideas, some for indoor use and others for outdoors, will give teachers a wealth of resources to draw on to make the most of these simple materials. It's fascinating to see how many different ways to use mud and clay the author has found.

50 Fantastic Ideas for Small World Provocations by Judit Horvath

All the books in this series have the ideas presented on a single page, with What You Need, What To Do, What's in it for the Children?, Taking it Forward and Observation Questions - these are all complemented by photos showing the ideas in action. The layout is simple and easy to use and the consistency makes planning easy.Small world play offers a wide range of learning opportunities for young children, and they enjoy familiar or unusual settings. Acting out life in a miniature world helps children to respond to their environment and play becomes representative of real-life situations. Small world play gives children the opportunity to express their own feelings and act out scenarios. It can be used to cover many areas of the curriculum and the ideas in the book are many and varied including Creepy Crawlies, Rainy Play, Big Cities, Arctic World and Alien Landing.

Teaching Primary Geography (Bloomsbury Curriculum Basics) by Stephen Scoffham

This is one in an axcellent series that covers all that primary school teachers need to know to deliver the geography curriculum through primary school. Teaching Primary Geography is structured around the requirements of the latest version of the UK national curriculum. The book is arranged by topic, for examples oceans and continents. The sections start with an outline of the topic, followed by a series of three lesson plans. It is very easy to use, practically laid out and very supportive and accessible even for the non-specialist. By providing a succinct and accessible overview to over 30 geographical topics, it meets the needs of practitioners across the country and provides a single reference point for informed and creative geography teaching, for use either by teachers in their own classroom or across the whole school in the role of subject co-ordinator. The book includes very practical and useful features such as key vocabulary, useful links and cross-curricular activities. Comprehensive and engaging, this book will really help teachers engage their pupils with the subject.

An Anthology of Educational Thinkers by Sally Featherstone

Early Years practitioners will be familiar with the names of many of those who have influenced the teaching of early years, but they may be less familiar with who took the various approaches. This book provides an excellent introduction to the major groups of educational thinkers, and it is very interesting to see the thinking that lies behind much of today's teaching. Each thinker's views and theories are explained in detail in a format that is accessible to those currently practising and those who are still in training. Understanding why the theories were developed into practice helps practitioners understand the reasoning and therefore to apply the principles effectively. It's not just theory - it is full of practical advice on putting theory into practice; the explanations of how theories are linked to the EYFS are especially valuable, examples of how these figures worked and, most importantly, demonstrates the way they influenced how most early years practitioners work today. Particularly useful are the brief summaries that are found at the start of each person's discussion, and the links to UK documents of relevance. An interesting and highly informative book that covers a lot of ground.

How to be an Outstanding Early Years Practitioner by Louise Burnham

The pressure on schools, and on individual teachers, to achieve 'Outstanding' in terms of Ofsted is immense, but there is far more to being outstanding than an inspection judgment - it should be at the heart of all teaching. All practitioners should aspire to deliver outstanding practice on a daily basis, and this book will help them achieve that objective. Coherent chapters look at individual aspects of outstanding practice, including dealing with parents, areas of learning, transition and - that key issue - safeguarding. The book identifies the particular importance of each key area, with practical and easily achieved advice that will help practitioners, whatever the type of setting, to adapt these key areas into their planning. There are plenty of practical examples that will support them with a number of scenarios that could arise in the classroom, as well as useful tips. Broken down into plenty of sub-headings, practitioners will find it easy to locate the information they require, whether they read the book cover to cover, or just dip in when in need of inspiration and perhaps some much-needed reassurance and encouragement.

50 Fantastic Ideas for Investigations by Sally and Phill Featherstone

Busy teachers welcome books that have a familiar layout and reliable tried-and-tested ideas that they know will work - and the 50 Ideas series fulfils those criteria; the success of the series is evidenced by the huge range of titles now available. Grounded in real classroom experiences, the book demonstrates how exploring and investigating familiar objects and places gives children real opportunities to think, plan and get involved in both indoors and outside. There are a variety of ideas for investigations, some of which will extend far beyond the simple initial starting points' giving teachers the opportunity to develop the experience in accordance with the needs and abilities of their children. Simple observations are the foundation for early science, technology and creative thinking; giving a good foundation from the Early Years will really pay dividends later on, and children's future teachers will be grateful for that foundation. There is nothing in the book that is hard or costly to implement - familiar and easily found objects are the basis for the investigations will involve and encourage children to develop their investigative abilities. The activities are laid out in clearly numbered sections and there are lots of photos to inspire practitioners.

Books for teachers

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Numeracy Difficulties and Dyscalculia (100 Ideas for Teachers) by Patricia Babtie

These succinct books are ideal for busy teachers to dip into and pull out simple yet effective ideas; teaching tips, taking it further and bonus ideas all extend the value of the suggestions and offer extension work. Children with dyscalculia have difficulties acquiring basic numeracy skills; these skills are essential through life so teachers will welcome these ideas to address the issue, though 100 specially-designed games and activities to help build firm foundations in basic number concepts. All the games and activities have been tried-and-tested in specialist and mainstream schools and the excellent approach puts numbers into everyday contexts, removing the fear. Simple, straightforward and effective.

Bloomsbury Curriculum Basics: Teaching Primary PE by Jazz Rose

Whether a specialist PE teacher or not, this book is packed with ideas to address PE lessons with the confidence that they will be effective. This is a very practical and easy to apply programme for teaching PE either in your own classroom, or to implement across the school in the role of a co-ordinator. It is closely tied to the new curriculum, with extracts from the curriculum itself and lesson plans and teaching ideas for every area. This book will equip non-specialists to confidently deliver engaging and well-informed lessons, that account for the changes in the National Curriculum. The author is highly qualified in his field, so you can be sure these lessons will be effective. The book addresses KS1 and KS2 separately, covering invasion games, gymnastics and athletics and net/wall and striking/fielding games. The lesson plans are clear and include cross- curricular links and differentiation. An excellent resource.

100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Supporting Students with Autism by Claire Bullock

Teachers in mainstream schools are increasingly supporting pupils with a range of learning needs, and autism is one such. These teachers may not have been trained to manage autism, so they need succinct, practical support - which this books supplies concisely and informatively. Secondary school students have to contend with a wide range of pressures and an environment that can be very confusing and pressurised, especially at the start of secondary education with the change from the more proscribed atmosphere of a primary school. This is particularly hard for students with autism; teachers are helped to develop subtle learning strategies to help create an inclusive, quality teaching environment where pupils with autism can be supported during this time of change. It breaks down the key areas of potential difficulty and offers step-by-step strategies, ideas, case studies and links to resources in a style that is easy and accessible; the succinct nature of the book means that even the busiest teacher can find time to read it and adopt the strategies. Key topics include transition, assessment, anxiety support, behaviour, social skills and communication, and teasing and bullying. A valuable book for all teachers, and student teachers.

Teach. Reflect. Doodle... by Paul Wright

The subtitle for this unique and engrossing book is: Tips for survival, best practice advice and activities that will get you through another year at the chalkface! We all know how relaxing and stress-busting it can be to doodle - this book actively encourages the reader to add to it, doodle in it, document their thoughts in it and make it their very own personal manual. It's a fun way to keep a record of a personal journey to becoming the best teacher possible. Reflection doesn't have to be about typing up essays on the subject, it can simply be a series of jottings, encouraged by this book which gives information and poses questions that will help you reflect quickly, easily and smartly on your practice, as well as some silly, fun activities to help you relax! This highly visual book includes lots of useful information as well as including mini tasks, activities and challenges. It will also make a fascinating record of a year of teaching which will be interesting to revisit after a few years - especially when used by teachers in their first year in a school. It would make a lovely gift for any teacher, but especially for newly qualified teachers. Brilliant!

Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (Bloomsbury CPD Library by Cherryl Drabble

Current school financing and the uncertainty over special needs provision has meant that, increasingly, teachers in mainstream schools are teaching children with an ever-increasing and complex range of needs. According to the most recent SEND Code of Practice, every teacher is a teacher of children with special educational needs and disabilities. Many of these teachers have little or no training or experience in special needs, especially as the needs are so wide-ranging, so however well-intentioned, they may find it hard to give these children the full support they need. This comprehensive book will equip primary and secondary teachers and SENDCos with the training and skills they need to fully support children with SEND in mainstream classrooms; they can pass on those skills to TAs and INAs working one-to-one with SEND children to ensure they, too, have the fullest possible knowledge. Cherryl Drabble draws on her vast experience as a CPD leader, NQT mentor and her many years of working with working with SEND to provide guidance, practical activities and strategies for evaluating and strengthening practice. This book really does go into the subject in depth, helping teachers to teach themselves and then train others.

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Secondary Curriculum and Assessment Design by Summer Turner

Teachers have had to take a new approach to assessment since the removal of assessment by levels, and this has led to an upsurge of interest. This goes along with an increased requirement to develop a rigorous curriculum, so schools and school leaders are challenged to take curriculum and assessment design seriously. Many teachers feel ill-equipped for these challenges, and one of the best ways to overcome this is through CPD and sharing of knowledge. The nature of CPD has been reinvigorated in the digital age with teachers inspired by online resources, Twitter and educational blogs; all these are really valuable in increasing knowledge and with educational cut-backs and schools taking responsibility for their own training needs, they will become even more important. This very topical book brings together these two movements, and gives comprehensive guidance to help teachers understand what curriculum and curriculum-driven assessment means. Understanding is only part of the battle, and the book shows how to tackle the task of curriculum and assessment design at subject and whole-school level. Taking on some of the key arguments, philosophies and theories alongside strong practical examples from schools, Summer Turner offers advice and provides examples of how to design a system that works for your pupils. School leaders and middle management will find the book particularly valuable, but all teachers need to understand these key issues, so the book has a whole-school impact.

Andrew Brodie


More books from Bloomsbury Education - non fiction

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