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 CowleyRoss 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

Learning to Read

 Featherstone Education and Early Years Foundation Stage

Bloomsbury Education is delighted to launch Bloomsbury Early Years, a subscription website for Early Years Practitioners. With over 2000 activities, written by trusted authors and linked to the EYFS and Development Matters, Bloomsbury Early Years aims to ease the burden of planning, save time and help practitioners to inspire the children in their care. The activities on Bloomsbury Early Years are easily searchable by topic, curriculum objective, age or time of year, which means that those working with children from 0-5 in settings and at home can filter the website by early learning goals or ensure that they are clearly linking to curriculum and Ofsted requirements.

How to be an Outstanding Nursery Leader (Outstanding Teaching) by Allison Lee

Allison Lee is a highly qualified childminder whose business is credited as outstanding by Ofsted. As such, she brings a slightly different and refreshing perspective to the subject. Nursery leaders have a varied and vital role to play in a successful nursery - and their role is key to that important outstanding grade from Ofsted. They are responsible for the recruitment of staff, child protection and development, health and safety, policies and following legislation. Keeping up to date can be quite a challenge, with all the demands on nursery leaders' time, so this easy to follow book will be very useful This practical book covers common everyday situations, such as staffing and potential problems, and is a useful tool for anyone enrolled on the new CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner. There are lots of useful forms to be used in common situations, and the layout, which makes good use of fact boxes and bullet points, makes the information easy to assimilate.

50 Fantastic Ideas for Early Language Development by Mary Scanlan

The 50 Fantastic Ideas books are perfect to dip into and get ideas for teaching; each idea stands on its own and can be used straight from the book. What you need, what do do, what's in it for the children and further ideas ensure everything is clear and accessible. Excellent colour photos make the ideas even more appealing and busy teachers, stuck for ideas, can flick through the book and be sure of finding something that suits and appeals; as with all the books in the series, it's easy to adapt the ideas. Supporting young children's language development is a key part of high-quality Early Years provision. Competency in language is essential in ensuring children can access learning across the whole curriculum and supports personal, social and emotional development. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that many children need additional support to meet age-related expectations in this area. These practical ideas will help practitioners deliver the best possible language teaching for their pupils.

Understanding Children's Behaviour: Learning to be with others in the Early Years by Penny Tassoni

Early Years staff face increasing challenges produced by the fact that children are spending increasing amounts of time in their Early Years settings. Practices and routines have not necessarily changed to reflect this, and can lead to the managing of behaviour, rather than looking at the underlying issues. The author explores children's behaviour from a child-centred point of view, showing how children learn to be with others and the strategies that adults can use to positively support this development. Understanding Children's Behaviour is a practical handbook that is accessible and adaptable for Early Years practitioners looking to support children's behaviour by focusing on their personal and social skills. It includes a practical A-Z problem-solving section about dealing with unwanted behaviours for analysis and to guide practice; this will be referred to frequently and is a very useful resource.

Learning and Playing Outdoors: How to create an inspiring outdoor environment (Practitioners' Guides) by Terry Gould

Outdoor play is so important for children, but sadly, the opportunities at home don't always seem to be used so schools have a really important role to play and this starts from the Early Years. Just an initial look at the book will inspire teachers as they appreciate the super photos which show children having a simply wonderful time - and developing all their key learning skills at the same time. This book is a follow up to Learning and Playing Indoors and complements it perfectly, giving a coherent teaching framework. It can be daunting to set up, develop and maintain practical outdoor environments for babies, toddlers and pre-school but this book makes planning much easier as it covers so many key issues on where and what to do. The practical planners in the appendix help ensure comprehensive coverage of planning and evaluation. Of course, all the guidance is fully in line with the requirements of the revised EYFS framework, covering aspects of all seven areas of development. What really impresses me with this book is the sheer joy the children are finding, whatever the surroundings of their outdoor space - it really is inspiring.

A Practical Guide to Nature-Based Practice by Niki Buchan

Primarily geared towards Early Years, there is nonetheless much in this book that can be carried through into early primary years, especially with the growing interest in Forest Schools and other outdoor education. In our often restricted society, children need the space and opportunity to explore and take (carefully controlled) risks and the opportunity to explore outdoor space offers these. This book provides a background to Forest School and how it links with Early Years settings, although the concept of Forest school per se is often perceived as being for older children. The content outlines the challenges and benefits of outdoor learning; explores the concept of nature-based practice; and emphasises the importance of free play. As always, it is the inclusion of case studies that really offers encouragement to teachers to try things for themselves, knowing they are proven to work. Excellent photos provide inspiration and make up a large part of the book. The layout encourages dipping in and picking up ideas as well as studying right through. This book will help adults and children alike to reconnect with their local environment - a real boon for any early years setting!

50 Fantastic Ideas for Nursery Gardens by June O'Sullivan and Clodagh Halse

The 50 Fantastic Ideas series really is excellent. Busy teachers don't have the time to plough through masses of reading material so these books with their succinct approach are invaluable. What You Need; What To Do; Top Tips; Health and Safety are all covered in easily defined sections which make the books so easy to use. It's great to encourage an interest in gardening from as young as possible and Early Years settings have super opportunities to do this, whatever the scale; this is shown by the EYFS principle of Enabling Environments. Interestingly, in a survey of schools who had improved their grounds, 65% reported an improved attitude to learning, 73% an improvement in behaviour and 64% a reduction in bullying - we can't afford to ignore these results. Simple yet exciting activities, such as making a bird feeder, herby boots and a garden treasure hunt, are at the heart of the book, and these have been trialled in an urban environment, so no excuses! There are so many benefits and this book clearly and simply shows how to make the most of outdoor space.

50 Fantastic Ideas for Circle Time by Judith Harries

Circle Time can become a little formulaic, but the ideas in this book will give all Early Years practitioners simple suggestions to revitalise and re-energise this important part of teaching. Circle time is a key part of the day,especially in promoting social skills and encouraging children to listen to each other within a caring and respectful environment. The author shows just how varied circle time can be, with opportunities to incorporate creative ideas, music, drama, phonics, memory games and so much more. The book includes circle time activities and games that cover all of the Early Learning Goals through the sharing of thoughts, feelings and experiences and has a cross-curricular approach, including helping children with literacy and mathematics through phonics and number games. The ideas can be seen in practice through the excellent use of colour photos and the clear step-by-step layout of the suggestions makes the book really easy to use.

100 Ideas for Early Years Practitioners: Observation, Assessment & Planning (100 Ideas for the Early Years) by Marianne Sargent

Teachers can feel overwhelmed by the amount of planning, observation and recording they have to do, but it is an essential part of their pupils' future, as well as showing the quality and results of teaching, helping professional development. This book demonstrates why assessment is an important formative tool to help further children's learning. It explains the cycle of observation, assessment and planning in clear terms so teachers know exactly what is required at each stage. There is advice on how to carry out different types of observation, guidance on how to make effective use of observations to assess children's knowledge and understanding, and explanations for how to use this information to inform future planning. The book also offers ideas on how to carry out summative assessments - as well as how to organise assessment information for reporting purposes. An effective and supportive book.

100 Ideas for Early Years Practitioners: Forest School by Tracey Maciver

Forest schools are currently hugely popular, and quite rightly so, as they give our children the chance to engage with nature and to explore boundaries; both things which are sadly missing from the lives of today's children. Teachers can find it hard to tackle these activities with confidence, in view of the Health and Safety issues which are ever-prevalent, so they will welcome the practical and tested ideas in this book. Mindful of budgets, many of the activities use resources which are already to hand. There is a good overview of Forest Schools and their value and the book explores how the principles develop a range of `soft skills' such as self-confidence, working with others, sharing, problem solving, empathy and respect for self, others and their environment. Each idea is set out in bullet points, which are easy to adopt into a lesson plan; there are also teaching tips, bonus ideas, involving parents and taking it further sections, all of which vastly increase the usefulness of this book. A practical and easy-to-use guide for both new and experienced practitioners of Forest Schools.

50 Fantastic Ideas for Tuff Trays by Sally Wright

Are the Tuff trays in your setting well used, as it's often the case they are not? Read this book and they will be! Tuff trays are generally octagonal trays, used on the floor, on a table or free-standing; they are perfect for group work. Using this book, teachers will discover a range of activities that can be carried out using easily obtained, low-cost yet engaging materials. Tuff trays offer the opportunity for messy play and also to enhance teaching of concepts currently taking place elsewhere in the classroom. The book shows that Tuff trays offer many learning opportunities as the sensory play approach promotes open-ended investigations and problem solving. The presentation of all the books in the 50 Fantastic Ideas series is excellent, and really encourages teachers to try out the ideas. Clear lists of what is needed, along with step-by-step instructions, tips, outcomes and other advice make the ideas easy to use. The colour photos of children enjoying the activities will encourage everyone to try the ideas. Activities are wide-ranging and include activities to support reading, outdoor activities, maths activities and water play.

50 Fantastic Ideas for Exploring Number by Alison Hutchison

Busy teachers need books that have immediate appeal, set out their content clearly, and cover what is needed for effective lessons - and the %0 Fantastic Ideas series does all that. At first glance, it's easy to find what is required, and the attractive and consistent layout means teachers can be confident of finding what they need. An understanding of maths must start in the Early Years and this book helps ensure children have a secure understanding of number. Developing a secure understanding of number in the Early Years is key to ensuring number confidence for future stages of learning. Children at this stage learn by doing, and the activities are all about doing, which stimulates the senses, encourages discussion and cooperation, and shows the relevance of number to the everyday world. These books are eminently practical, using easily obtained materials and being easy to implement. Objectives are clearly stated and there are plenty of tips and extension ideas The ideas require little preparation beforehand, can be used by practitioners without any specific expertise in teaching early number, and include easy-to-source materials. Each area of early number sense is covered. with a range of activities that can be adapted as required. To me, the best thing about these books is their attractive and approachable look which makes you keen to read the book and try out the ideas..

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 excellent 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 coordinator. 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 judgement - 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 (and parents)

How to be an Outstanding Primary Middle Leader by Zoe Paramour

Today's teachers have plenty pf opportunities to develop experience in leadership roles as their careers progress and this book is ideal for practising and aspiring middle leaders. The book brings together research, advice, anecdotes and practical tips to help middle leaders excel whilst balancing their mental and physical health. Zoë Paramour is an experienced middle leader and award-winning blogger of The Girl on the Picadilly Line, and her approach is friendly and practical, based on experience. Many topics are covered, from having difficult conversations with colleagues and parents to dealing with an Ofsted inspector and writing a school improvement plan. Middle leadership roles can include subject leadership, phase leadership or specialised roles - whatever it is, this book gives excellent practical guidance in an easily read enjoyable format with a personal approach that gives confidence that the ideas and suggestions are firmly rooted in practical experience.

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Raising Attainment in the Primary Classroom by Sonia Blandford and Catherine Knowles

Children come into schools with widely varying abilities and very different prior learning. Teachers face the challenge of narrowing this gap to ensure their pupils have the best possible foundation for future learning. The authors set out to help teachers understand the theory underpinning aspiration, access and achievement, and what can be done to close the achievement gap through increasing access and raising aspirations of pupils as a means to improving attainment. Progression of the book is clear with self-evaluation tasks and a full set of helpful, ready-to-use training plans for hours of CPD sessions so the information can be used for CPD sessions. There are two sections - teach yourself and train others. All hand-outs and presentations are provided in the book and are available as a free download from the companion website, perfect for training. It's a practical book with an initial focus on self-assessment before going on to share understanding and knowledge with others.

A Manifesto for Excellence in Schools by Rob Carpenter

The author engineered an amazing turn-around, taking a school from Special Measures to Outstanding in just 16 months, so readers can be assured that thuis book really is based on practical and successful experience. He is emphatic that the quality of teaching and leadership is fundamental to raising standards in our schools today, so that is the focus of this book. It's relevant to senior leaders who have the responsibility for guiding the change, and to all teachers who are those carrying out the changes. This book suggests new ways to ensure that all children succeed, and advocates that learning journeys are connected to a moral purpose, positive learning habits and that they help young people make sense of the world around them. Interestingly, the physical environment is given a strong emphasis - this can easily be overlooked. It's an eminently practical book and it is the all-round approach, with children at its centre, that makes it so. There's a strong emphasis on collaborative work, ensuring the concepts are embedded throughout the school. It's all about moving forward, with ever increasing expectations for pupils and an emphasis on learning mastery. An eminently practical book, with plenty of practical advice mingled with research results and personal anecdotes which make the book bery approachable - and the suggestions do-able.

Let's Perform!: Monologues, duologues and poems for children to perform by Cath Howe

Performing is such an important part of developing children's confidence, but some find it hard - and teachers will find this encouraging book is full of motivating ideas to make performing something to which children look forward. A child's lack of engagement in speaking and listening tasks can reveal wider issues of self-esteem, so it's an important issue to address. The varied content is really well chosen to guarantee to appeal to children, including 'They're Digging up my School Today' 'Dinner Lady Dog Disaster' and 'The Giant African Land Snail's Rap'. The scripts can be photocopied to use with KS2 pupils to encourage rhyming, moving and imagining through everyday dilemmas as well as surreal scenarios, ranging from funny and ridiculous to serious and emotional. Perfect for encouraging creative writing and public speaking, each monologue, duologue or performance poem is accompanied by easy-to-follow performance tips and activities that can also be used in cross-curricular subjects; this is a practical and valuable feature, widening the scope of the book. Additional creative activities for the book are also available online. This excellent collection is a must-have text to set every child's imagination alive and to instill confidence.

Getting the Little Blighters to Behave by Claire Potter

This is turning into a really practical and useful series, tackling topics close to the hearts of parents and teachers, and helping them cope with common issues. I like the subtitle, which sums up an excellent route to follow - 'The do's and don'ts of keeping your kids on your side' summarises the concept of working together. Nobody ever said bringing up children would be easy - life can be exhausting and exasperating unless we learn to cope with situations. Here, in one compact book, is everything you need to know to make your day-to-day life as a parent easier. Based on in-depth interviews with child psychologists, it gives you techniques, tactics, tips and tricks that research shows actually work. This is a really practical book, easy to use, with 30 different common scenarios covered. The approach is friendly and non-judgemental, full of practical suggestions that are simply and clearly explained. A reassuring book, perfect to have to hand when issues arise.

Let's Talk About When Someone Dies by Molly Potter

Parents and other adults can find discussing death with young children a real challenge, especially ass they are coping with their own emotions too. This is a picture book for starting conversations with children about death, bereavement and what happens after. With easy-to-understand language used to answer complex questions, it covers all manner of tricky subjects with sensitivity and honesty. It acknowledges the way children may feel and the possible impact on the child's behaviour. A supportive book for a tricky subject.

Ten Traits of Resilience: Achieving Positivity and Purpose in School Leadership by James Hilton

School leaders carry a huge load of responsibility, not only for their pupils, but significantly, for their staff too. The mental well-being of children is an issue currently very much to the fore, with strong concerns about pupils' well-being. I am sure that almost everyone concerned with education is aware of the fact that stress is on the increase amongst school pupils; we also know that stress amongst teachers is an on-going issue, leading to concerns about mental health and retention issues. This is a practical book with tried and tested activities and advice, which also draws on advice from other educational professionals for a good all-round view. Questions encourage teachers to reflect on their own practice.  Dip in when a particular problem arises, or read the book cover to cover to build up a background of useful knowledge. The friendly and supportive approach makes this an excellent resource for the staff-room library and for training sessions.

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Coding by Martin Burrett

Daunting? Not with this simple guide - the 100 ideas format really does break the topic down and make it easy to teach. Coding is an essential part of the computing curriculum, comprising half of the National Curriculum strands for computing. With one idea per page, neatly set out to include an introduction, description of the topic plus teaching tips, bonus ideas and taking it further, the succinct and practical activities are invaluable for all teachers, both new to coding and those wanting to extend their teaching repertoire. It is clear that the ideas have been carefully selected and written to be appropriate for the widest range of pupils' ages and abilities, and this makes them eminently usable for coding clubs as well as in the classroom. Whatever coding platforms and devices the school has, these ideas can be used or adapted, making the book very versatile - and excellent value, especially as users can also access and download additional free resources and templates online.

Teaching for Mastery in Writing by Mike Cain

So often, writing is a focus in school development plans, and this encouraging book takes that one step further. Teaching Writing Mastery provides a practical approach to developing mastery in writing which helps all primary children to develop their skills and inspires a love of writing. This innovative book follows an approach that integrates mastery into existing teaching sequences, rather than seeing it as a separate discipline. This approach aims to improve the writing ability of all children, not just the more able, so can be used across the whole class. It's a tricky subject, both to teach and to learn, and is often greeted with fear; this reassuring book with its plethora of ideas will instil confidence. The reflection points at the end of each chapter are valuable for confirming thoughts and suggesting ideas. With so many demands on teachers, including the National Curriculum, SPaG tests, assessment frameworks and inspections, it's hard for teachers to give the essential focus on helping children become the most effective communicators they can be through the medium of writing, but it's essential. Throughout the book, the author emphasises the importance of focused talk and reasoning, and facilitates this by providing lots of ideas for challenging children in their writing through the development of key learning dispositions and critical thinking skills. Full of thinking points, this book takes a good and very useful look at moving on with writing skills.

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Senior Leadership by Jon Tait

The skills needed to be a successful classroom teacher are very different from those needed by successful senior leaders, yet teachers are almost expected to want to make that progression. From being a leader of children to being a leader of fellow professionals is a big step. In this practical guide, Deputy Headteacher, Jon Tait, sets out to help with this transition by teaching aspiring senior leaders how to lead staff and gain vital knowledge and experience in their new role. It's an eminently practical book and one that can be used by all teachers alongside everyday practice, as they work forward through time to move their careers forward. With the cut-backs in Local Authority training offers, the full set of helpful, ready-to-use training plans for 20 hours of CPD sessions will be invaluable and the hand-outs and presentations are provided in the book or available as a free download from the companion website. It's a comprehensive and empowering book which covers all that aspiring senior leaders will need to know.

Live Well, Teach Well: A Practical Guide to Wellbeing That Works by Abigail Mann

We hear so much about the stress teachers are under; many pressures come from outside, of course, but this practical guide shows that teachers can help themselves cope with pressures by applying simple but effective well-being tips. The advice, activities and techniques can be applied by all teachers, from Early Years through to secondary school. The ideas will help teachers to stay energised, focused and positive throughout the school year, and to work more efficiently and effectively. Pupils are at the heart of the book - unstressed teachers deliver the best results for their pupils; the practical ideas can also be shared beneficially with colleagues, and perhaps used for training. There is also a section on the community which is good to see - schools should be involved with the local community. An excellent book, clearly written and full of practical help.

Educating Outside: Curriculum-linked outdoor learning ideas for primary teachers by Helen Porter

The importance of outdoor learning has come very much to the fore in recent years, and the attendant benefits are being realised. Sometimes, however, teachers need condifdence instilled in what can be a whole new way of teaching - and that's where this practical book comes in. Moreover, although outdoor learning is common in Early Years, it can drop off as children progress through their education. Lack of time in the curriculum, lack of training, lack of teacher confidence, or simply lack of inspiration all contribute. The ideas in this book enhance learning across the curriculum and therefore work with other lessons to fulfil requirements. Each lesson idea is linked to a specific programme of study and clearly outlines required resources, links to soft skills, cross-curricular opportunities, and a broad lesson plan with suggested outcomes and motivating photos. On a practical level, the ideas take place within the school grounds themselves, which means plenty of opportunities to try out new activities without lengthy risk assessments, extra time and additional expense. They could, however, also be integrated into school trips and certainly provide a bank of useful ideas. Practical and inspirational.


100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Supporting EAL Learners (100 Ideas for Teachers) by Catharine Driver and Chris Pim

2016 data from DfE shows that over 15% of secondary school students are exposed to a language other than English in their home, so this is a significant issue for already over-stretched teachers. This book, in the practical succinct format of the 100 Ideas series, provides strategies and activities to support the induction, assessment and learning of students with English as an additional language (EAL) in tutor time, in specific subjects and at whole-school level. The book is clearly laid out with a clear practical contents list, allowing immediate access to the required information. As well as practical plans for giving EAL learners general support, there are ideas linked to specific subjects, especially key problem areas such as mathematics and science. Each idea is clearly set out, in a consistent way which facilitates easy reference. A clear, practical time-saver.

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Supporting EAL Learners (100 Ideas for Teachers) by Chris Pim

This practical guide supports the induction, assessment and learning of pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), so is a comprehensive handbook covering the basics of all aspects. As the Department for Education reported in 2016 that over 20% of pupils in primary schools are exposed to a language other than English in their home, these pupils are a key part of almost every classroom. The ideas can be used in the classroom and, usefully, as a whole school approach, ensuring consistency and giving teachers the opportunity for discussion and collaboration. There is an emphasis throughout the book on using ICT ,featuring advice on where to find the best software, resources and websites. Ideas are wide-ranging and include: setting up the classroom, parent conferences, cross-cultural maths, effective questioning techniques, involvement in the wider community and running a 'Young Interpreter Scheme.' This is an eminently affordable series, even for cash-strapped teachers, and the benefits are huge in terms of amount of suggestions and resources.

Igniting Children's Writing: 50 games and activities to get children writing brilliantly by Mark McCaughan

Writing often appears high on the list in School Development Plans, showing both the importance of the subject and the fact that help and support is needed. This is an eminently practical book which focuses on ideas for teachers to implement in the classroom. Research by the Education Endowment Foundation has confirmed that developing meta-cognition (supporting pupils to think about and develop themselves as learners) is a strategy with high and proven impact - and this book supports teachers in implementing that strategy. Here we have 50 games to get children playing with words and using them naturally as part of other activities. The sections are Work on words; Investigate writing choices together; Read as a writer; Try out individual choices; Edit, perform, publish; and Review key learning. The activities are well explained for teachers, showing what pupils will learn; how to prepare and extend the lesson and a clear description of the activity. Each game has been tried and tested by the author who is currently supporting schools where performance was low in the Reading SATs, and using the activities to great effect. The pupil activities can be photocopied or printed by using the QR code; purchasers can also use the link provided to register to the members' area of Mark's website.

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Literacy by Rob Smith and Katherine Simpson

This is an excellent series for teachers - a really good value way to get lots of ideas that can be easily implemented in the classroom. All aspects of literacy in primary school are covered, with sections on word power, reading, building blocks, writing poetry and using film and image. This final section is particularly useful as it's an area less frequently covered but which has so many benefits for students, in particular boys, who may be reluctant readers and writers. Each section takes teachers from the basics through to some more complicated skills within literacy plus ideas for using fiction and non-fiction, the classics and Shakespeare. The ideas are full of interest for children, who will really enjoy the range pf activities. The series is especially useful for those asked to teach a lesson at short notice, such as supply teachers, as the ideas can be read and applied - and an excellent lesson delivered - in a short amount of time.

100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Literacy Across the Curriculum by Graham Tyrer

As Ofsted says, Literacy is a shared responsibility across the curriculum in secondary schools, so this practical guide has an application for all secondary teachers, giving them confidence in delivering that objective. The book includes contains many strategies and ideas for ensuring that pupils are developing competency in reading and writing in every subject, from maths to PE, without putting pressure on teachers' time and resources. There are sections on Assemblies and Tutor Time, Literacy in the Community, Literacy in the library, corridors, social spaces and staff-room (a great section for ideas that make the best of every space), supporting pupils with SEND and the more able, developing student leaders, training staff and lessons covered by subject. An excellent all-encompassing book. With just one page per idea, teachers can quickly prepare their lessons, knowing the format will provide all the basics. The additional Teaching Tips, Bonus Ideas and Taking It Further sections are excellent to extend the activities, with their simply presented succinct ideas. Clear, simple and straightforward - a really useful series for busy teachers.

Narrowing the Attainment Gap: A Handbook for Schools by Daniel Sobel

The attainment gap is a key issue in schools today, and one that is receiving increasing attention as the gap is apparently widening. Schools will be well aware that Ofsted will be looking closely at this, and although we must never lose sight of the individual and his/her achievement, schools are naturally concerned about their outcomes - and anything that drives improvement must be a positive. And that's where this practical and well-researched book comes in - the team draws on experience with over 1000 schools, so this book really does have something for every age and phase. Written by a leading expert in the field of inclusion, this book supports school leaders in understanding and reducing the attainment gap in the context of their setting. It examines the real issues behind the attainment gap and the barriers schools face when trying to narrow it; these need to be understood before progress can be made. The book provides a unique approach with hands-on, practical guidance to enable every school leader to develop their own bespoke solutions to meet the needs of their community, and to pass these down through the school. Case studies and examples illustrate how these interventions can be put into practice and the impact they can have, while practical and adaptable template resources help schools demonstrate to stakeholders the change they are driving at an individual, cohort and whole-school level. The final section on how to conduct an attainment review is very useful and easily implemented. A practical and well-researched book to give confidence in tackling this priority issue.

What's Worrying You by Molly Potter

This is an approachable and easy-to-use book, aimed directly at children and answering some of their most commonly held concerns. A two page spread looks at each worry - topics include finding things difficult, when parents argue and when nobody seems to listen - acknowledges how it makes us feel,and think and offers practical solutions. With friendly illustrations and colourful layout, the book is instantly appealing.  The book is excellent at putting things from a child's perspective and whilst acknowledging that the fears are very real, it puts children's minds at rest with its practical approach and easily applied solutions that can be used on an on-going basis.

The Ultimate Guide to Differentiation: Achieving Excellence for All by Sue Cowley

With today's large classes, even with the help of capable TAs, it can be hard for teachers to ensure they satisfy the needs of learners at all levels. Managers and inspectors want to see effective differentiation going on in classrooms; teachers know that they are satisfying the needs but they need to be able to articulate just how they are achieving it.That's where this book comes into its own, by empowering teachers to say this is differentiation - and demonstrate it. The author is obviously passionate about the subject and its vital place in the classroom and this enthusiasm is excellently conveyed, inspiring teachers to ensure they adopt the principles. The book demonstrates how teachers already differentiate much of the time, in subtle and creative ways - maybe even without knowing it. Sue Cowley shows that we need to understand, acknowledge and celebrate the variety of approaches that teachers already use to differentiate, as well as helping them to develop additional strategies. This book takes the form of a manual, looking at the different types, methods and approaches to differentiation in the style of a step by step guide to using each strategy. For instance, the section on extensions is written as a guide to building a lesson extension. The areas covered include: questions and questioning, timing and targets, supports and support staff, resources, group work and groupings, technology, extensions, teacher talk, vocabulary, assessment, thinking skills, scenario based learning, projects, homework. Excellently written and presented and full of inspiration.

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Using Technology in the Classroom by Jose Picardo

In a time of educational cut-backs, there is increasing pressure on schools (and local clusters of schools) providing in-house training on an on-going basis - but this can be a daunting task for already over-stretched teachers. This series from Bloomsbury is here to help. The book is in two sections, Teach Yourself and Train Others, and is suitable for anyone delivering CPD. The benefit of in-house training is the personalisation to the school and this book makes the most of that. Readers will gain an overview of how technology is used in schools and provide research-informed strategies to help improve teaching and learning by using technology effectively. It focuses on the need to train staff in the skills required to choose the right technology to have lasting impact and combines not only information about how technology can best work in the classroom, but also what makes great teaching and how technology can complement this. The good advice given will have a lasting impact. Hopefully, technology is an integral part of every classroom, but if not, the book will help teachers integrate technology seamlessly into daily practice. It also provides guidance on how to integrate this methodology and way of thinking across your school as well as training other teachers to successfully choose and use the best technology for their subject and their students. The book provides ten ready-to-use training plans, equating to a cost of just £2.30 per CPD session. These are thorough and easy to use - perfect!

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Independent Learning by John L Taylor and Bloomsbury CPD Library

Ofsted reports often comment on the need for independent learning in the classroom to be increased - but how? By sharing the ideas in this practical book with colleagues, teachers will find they are stimulated to discuss and come up with new ideas. The book provides ten training plans that enable you to easily deliver hours of CPD sessions in your school. All presentations and hand-outs are provided in the book and online, making Bloomsbury CPD Library: Independent Thinking all you need to help your students think independently; the presentations are comprehensive and perfectly planned for delivering practical sessions that will benefit everyone. With a packed timetable, teachers can be tempted to 'teach to the test', leading them to feel that they have to play safe and cannot risk giving their students genuine responsibility for their own learning, lest results suffer. Teachers need reassurance that this is not necessarily the right approach; that encouraging independent learning really does pay dividends in the long run. In this book, John L. Taylor shows how the rhetoric about independent learning can be turned into a practical reality. The book explores the foundations of effective learning and demonstrates how it is possible to implement an approach to learning which encourages students to learn to think for themselves. It shows how by teaching students to think better, teachers can ensure that they both succeed in jumping assessment hurdles and also enjoy a richer, more meaningful educational experience

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Interventions by Stephen Lockyer

Single page ideas, perfect for busy teachers. This really is an excellent series which takes a single easily applied concept, shows exactly how to work it and provides extension ideas. This book helps teachers identify when interventions are needed (academically or socially - it's good to see the social aspect included) and provides succinct focused activities that can easily be assimilated into teaching. In lour large classes, there is inevitably a vast range of abilities and difficulties and this book is the perfect 'dip in and problem solve' solution when teachers are planning their interventions. It covers letter and number transposition, one-to-one correspondence, handwriting issues, reading support and guidance, phonological breakdown skills, coin skills, patterning, sequencing, and telling the time. Offering a mixture of one-to-one interventions and small-group work, this book is the ultimate resource for planning and undertaking primary school interventions.

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 coordinator. 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 chalk face! 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.


The First King of England: The Story of Athelstan (Flashbacks) by Stuart Hill

Historical fiction is a great way to help children gain an enthusiasm for history, and to learn about the background to their school studies. Saxon King Athelstan is endeavouring to unite the kingdom of England for the first time. Helping him is his body-servant Edwin. Edwin sleeps in Athelstan's room, fights with him side-by-side in battle and, most importantly, becomes his close friend and companion. As life goes on, Edwin must protect Athelstan with his life in the fight to unite England. An exciting and fast-moving story that gives an excellent insight into life in Saxon England. The Flashbacks series offers dramatic stories set in key moments of history, perfect for introducing children to historical topics.

Misfit by Kimberly Redway

Interest age 11+ Reading age (9+)
George Turner is an outsider - he doesn't fit in at home and his brothers are determined that he won't fit in at his new school either. But changes are in store... and a girl could be the answer he needs to taking his place and asserting himself. A warm-hearted take on black identity in modern Britain by a debut author with illustrations that give added appeal and incentive to read.  Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, those with dyslexia, or those with English as an additional language. Printed on tinted paper and with a dyslexia friendly font. Produced in association with reading experts at Catch Up, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties.

Learning to Read

Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. They are packed with gorgeous colour illustrations and include inside cover notes to help adults reading with children, as well as ideas for activities related to the stories

Elvis the Squirrel (A Bloomsbury Young Reader Gold Book Band) by Tony Bradman

Elvis is a bold and adventurous squirrel but when his best friend Chuck is carried off by mean Ronnie the raven, can Elvis come to the rescue? Or will Chuck become Ronnie's dinner? With engaging illustrations by Ashley King, this is an attractive book and a thoroughly enjoyable nature story with irresistible characters. Activities at the end of the book enhance understanding. Once children have enjoyed books by top authors as they are learning to read, they are far more likely to go on to enjoy books by those authors when they see them in the library or bookshop. Gold Band books have 48 pages, approx 1250 words and are suited to phonic phase 6.

Alfie Takes Action (A Bloomsbury Young Reader White Book Band)

Children respond well to books about friendly animal creatures, so they will enjoy meeting meerkat Alfie. We know the stereotype meerkat - digging holes and standing on guard duty - but Alfie wants more. He wants adventure and excitement. So when a film crew for a nature programme arrives in the desert, Alfie decides to take action. Is this his chance to become a star? The activities at the end of the book are excellent, really extending the value of the book. All the Bloomsbury Young Readers are phonically decodable and have been book banded and reviewed by literacy experts. White Book Band books have 48 pages, approx 1500 words and are beyond phonic phase 6.

Sports Day (A Bloomsbury Young Reader White Book Band) by Jane Lawes

Sports Day is coming up at Emmie's school and everyone has to take part. There are running races, long jump, an egg-and-spoon race, and even the three-legged race. But Emmie isn't sure what to choose and she is sure that she is going to come in last... The theme picks up on an issue that often concerns children, making this book a useful read to reassure children that it will all work out. On the inside cover, parents will find 'word explorers' - here there are ideas for explaining and using phrases which help to make writing more interesting eg 'felt her heart sink'.

It Wasn't Me (A Bloomsbury Young Reader Lime Book Band) by Joanna Nadin

This lively story is great fun and will have readers giggling throughout. Just who is responsible when the microwave explodes, the cat turns orange and a goat appears in the garden shed? It's Dave, of course, the gremlin in Alfie's sock drawer... or is it? When Dave actually appears, the trouble really begins! Tips for Grown Ups and Fun Time sections (on the covers) really add value to the books and parents especially will appreciate the guidance. Lime Books Band books also have 498 pages, but with approx 1760 words, and again are for beyond phonic phase 6

Zoom to the Moon (A Bloomsbury Young Reader Lime Book Band) by Jenny McLachlan

This superbly imaginative story joins Reva and Bobby as they climb into a real rocket named Jupiter Two during a school trip to the space museum. The poor rocket has never been into space so when Reva and Bobby count down and press a big red button, Jupiter Two bursts into life. Soon Reva and Bobby are on their way to the moon! Wonderful! All the books are by top-class authors, encouraging children to go on and seek out their books. These books are really attractively produced, so they are a joy for children to read. Colourful covers, good quality paper with no seepage of print or colours; and above all, superb illustrations from a range of talented illustrators.

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