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Exploring Poetry with Young Children: Sharing and creating poems in the early years by Ann Watts

Virtually every baby hears nursery rhymes and songs right from birth - we all love to share the old favourites with babies and watch their positive response. This love for poetry doesn't stop, and as adults we must do all we can to foster it and give children a life-long love for poetry. Poetry is a wonderful way to explore language - with the increased focus on children’s language in Early Years education, poetry can be a valuable tool in enhancing speaking, listening and communication. This book provides parents and practitioners with a guide on how and where to start with using poetry with children; I would say right from the start. finding the right poems for different ages of children - the book includes a wide-ranging anthology,which is very usefully sub-divided into various categories - perfect for busy teachers. There is also advice on how to encourage children to create and develop their own poems. The book discusses the nature of poetry and why it can be such important part of our well-being; ways of using and sharing poetry with babies and toddlers; how to share poetry with children as they become confident users of language; the rhyming aspects of verse and ways in which these can be used to develop children’s phonic awareness; the importance of establishing a poetic awareness in young children. This will be an essential guide for all Early Years practitioners, students and parents who are interested in using poetry to develop the speaking, listening and communication skills of young children. There's always time for a poem - often in an Early Years setting, there are a few minutes to spare - read a poem.

Teaching Science Creatively (Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series) by Dan Davies and Deb McGregor

It can be challenging to teach science effectively and enthusiastically within the constraints of a primary school classroom, but help is at hand with the second edition of this informative book. It has been fully updated to reflect new research, initiatives and developments in the field and offers innovative starting points to enhance teaching. It helps teachers to harness children's natural curiosity, observation, exploration and enquiry, to give them a fuller understanding of science. With practical examples from the classroom and beyond, the book explores how creative teaching can enhance children's knowledge of the world. The book explores key issues including the links between scientific and creative processes; how to teach creatively, and for creativity; the role of play in early scientific learning; developing scientific understanding through drama (new); using the outdoors in science; how theories of learning relate to children’s creative development; teaching science topics in innovative and creative ways – games, drama, role play, puppets, mini-safaris and welly walks. Full of fresh new ideas, it may not be a book for every teacher to read right through, but it's excellent for science leads, who can then cascade the ideas to others.

A Handbook for Teaching Assistants: Teachers and assistants working together by Glenys Fox

TAs play a vital role in the primary classroom, but often they are learning 'on the job' and can feel rather isolated from staff training. This book gives an excellent overview and foundation for what takes place in the classroom, with its focus on teachers and TAs working together. The book explains the roles and responsibilities of the TA, as well as providing helpful advice on how to best support the teacher, the pupil, the curriculum and the school; it sets guidelines for what can be a difficult balance. Not just for new TAs; experienced TAs will be brought up to date on changes to National educational guidance, including changes in the National Curriculum, assessment, and the Special Educational Needs framework. It's essential they are aware of all this, but keeping up-to-date is time-consuming, so this books gives an excellent overview of the current situation. The book facilitates co-operative working between TA and teacher to the benefit of the class. Written in light of recent research and updates in legislation, this guide will ensure that: teaching assistants know what to expect of colleagues, and vice versa; pupils are given the best possible support by teaching assistants who understand their needs; teaching assistants and teachers are able to work together effectively to support the learning of all children, especially children who have special educational needs and disabilities; it highlights the benefit of training. A perfect textbook for both new and experienced TAs and also very valuable for teachers, helping them gain a better insight into the roles and responsibilities of their TAs.

Modernising School Governance: Corporate planning and expert handling in state education (Routledge Research in Education Policy and Politics) by Andrew Wilkins

I have to say that this is not the book I expected - I was hoping it would be addressing governors themselves, and helping them to bring their own governance in line with the present-day requirements. This is, however, a far more scholarly work, aimed at researchers and postgraduate students in disciplines of education, sociology, political science, public policy and management. That in no way detracts from the value of the book, which examines the impact of recent market-based reforms on the role of governors in the English state education system. A focus of the book concerns how government and non-government demands for ‘strong governance’ have been translated to mean improved performance management of senior school leaders and greater monitoring and disciplining of governors. Drawing on large-scale research conducted over three years, the book examines the impact of these reforms on the day to day practices of governors and the diminished role of democracy in these contexts. Wilkins also captures the economic and political rationalities shaping the conduct of governors at this time and traces these expressions to wider structural developments linked to depoliticisation, decentralisation and disintermediation. The book certainly covers the topics in depth but I will be interested, as a Clerk to Governors in several schools, to know what impact it will have on day-to-day governance in schools.

Developing Young Writers in the Classroom: I've got something to say by Gail Loane

I wonder just how many School Development Plans in primary schools have writing as an area for development? I am sure it is many, because writing often seems to be an area for improvement. Our children have so much they want to say, and this book will help teachers encourage children to write, based their own experiences. We need to look beyond writing as an exercise in ‘getting words right’ and help children to grow up knowing that writing is an important and deeply satisfying life skill. Instill this in children and they will have gained an important life skill - communicating effectively. Children's own experiences lie at the core of the book, which offers detailed guidance, supported by planning documents, poetry and prose, examples of children’s work and stimulating visuals. The examples of children's work are excellent, and often very moving, showing how important it is they are encouraged to express themselves. Topics include: creating a classroom environment which supports an independent writer; students’ lives brought into the classroom; finding significance in our experiences; the use of memoir for recording experiences; description in all kinds of writing; choosing and writing about a character; writing in all curriculum areas This is important - writing is not just for English lessons); linking reading and writing; using other authors as mentors and teachers; collaborative learning. A really valuable resource for all teachers wishing to inspire writing in the classroom, with plenty of new thoughts.

Enhancing Learning through Play: A developmental perspective for early years settings by Christine Macintyre

This book is now in its third edition - testament to how valuable practitioners have found it, and also to the fact that the book keeps up with the latest developments in education, in the curriculum and in Early Years training. We all know that children love to play - the book explains why they need to play. New chapters focus on pretend play and the impact of parenting on child development; these contain useful suggestions that can be fed back to parents as well as being used in Early Years settings. Thought-provoking, it encourages the reader to challenge their own perceptions about play and exploring why children behave as they do at different stages in their development; these will all be useful topics for staff discussion/training. Play impacts on many aspects of a child's development - social, emotional, perceptual motor and intellectual development. Case studies, activities and discussion topics are found throughout the book, and offer practical support for the topics. The book includes a clear and detailed explanation of the different kinds of play children engage in as they learn and grow; how children learn through their play in a variety of situations; the subtle but genuine differences between male and female development; the difficulties children may have when they have over or under sensitivity to any specific sense or any problems with movement; the importance of emotional well being in children and how this affects their ability to play; an introduction to senses and brain development. As you can see, the book takes into account the many differences between children, and addresses them in a supportive and inclusive way. An invaluable resource for students on early years courses and practitioners.

Adventure Education: Fun games and activities for children and young people by Linda Ritson

The outdoor education children receive in school is of immense importance in our modern society, where children are increasingly spending time indoors, because of both their own inclinations (and the temptations of modern technology) and because of the dangers the world presents. This valuable guide promotes learning through activity-centred adventure experiences, providing skill development, social education and personal development for practitioners, teachers, support staff and youth groups. The adventurous activities will promote children's self-confidence, resilience and physical and emotional health. It is an eminently practical book, with a focus on planning, setting up and running adventure education sessions with children and young people. Divided into two parts, it gives an overview of adventure education, explaining how it relates to holistic and outdoor learning and how it encourages active engagement from the learners as well as the instructors. The book covers Early Years and primary age children and will be valuable to Early Years practitioners, primary teachers, support staff and leaders of youth groups. Adventure Education provides a toolkit of various games and activities that can be used with groups of young children, including parachute games, card and musical activities, and climbing and traversing games. It's a growing area, with forest schools, the government's recent Health Improvement Grant, and the continual growth in provision outside school, so the book will appeal to a wide audience.

Learning to Teach in the Primary Classroom by Anne Proctor

This book is primarily for trainee teachers undertaking their teaching blocks although, of course, there is always something to be learnt even for experienced teachers. The key element of the book lies in the multitude of classroom examples that are included, which will give aspiring teachers confidence by providing tried and tested information. The chapters cover all the basic topics needed by student teachers - Classroom organisation, Planning for children's learning, Teaching strategies, Assessment, recording and reporting, and Self-appraisal. This is designed as an introductory book and for those wanting more detail supplementary material is found at the end of the chapters. This includes analysis of curriculum and policy documents, case studies, suggestions for further reading and activities to try out in the classroom. Throughout, teachers are encouraged to think about how the basic skills fit together in their professional development. The book is easy to use, provides plenty of reassuring advice - an excellent book for all trainee teachers.

Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher by Todd Whitaker

The first year of a teacher's career is really important - new teachers need support and reassurance to start off successfully and to cope with the pressure that year brings. The book is relevant for primary and secondary teachers as the author has worked with his daughters - Madeline, an elementary teacher, and Katherine, a secondary teacher. This means readers have the assurance that the step-by-step guidance is based on experience. Topics include: Learning classroom management skills such as building relationships and maintaining high expectations and consistency; Setting up your classroom and establishing procedures and rules; Planning effective lessons and making your instructional time an engaging experience; Managing your own emotions in the classroom and dealing effectively with misbehaviour and Working with peers, administrators, and parents to build support and foster collaboration. It is a succinct book and that's perfect for new teachers who will have plenty to do without ploughing through masses of information to find relevant points. An essential aspect of teaching is being able to make changes when things don't work and a valuable aspect if the book is learning how to make tweaks or hit the "reset" button when something isn’t going as planned. Things may not always go perfectly your first year, but the practical advice in this book will help you stay motivated on the path to success! It's a really practical book which will give much-needed reassurance to new teachers. "As you read the book, get even more out of it by discussing it with others. Free study guides for practicing teachers and student teachers are available as eResource downloads from our website ."

Descriptosaurus: Fantasy by Alison Wilcox

This series goes from strength to strength and is an invaluable resource for primary teachers, especially as creative writing is so often a focus on School Development Plans. This book builds on the excellent original Descriptosaurus book and within the context of fantasy develops the structure and use of the words and phrases to promote colourful, cinematic writing. Once teachers have used books in the series, they will be hooked on using them as they are such a superb resource, and so easy to use. The book incorporates the essential skills and creative devices that are used in other genres while extending to themes of battle, sieges, magic and mystery to unleash children’s imaginations. The outstanding feature of the books to me is the superb way in which they introduce a phenomenally wide vocabulary; a fundamental part of descriptive writing, but an area where inspiration can be sadly lacking - but not when these books are to hand! Fantasy is a hugely popular genre with young readers and the ideas in this book will really inspire them. A book not to be missed.

Working Scientifically: A guide for primary science teachers by Kevin Smith

Working Scientifically is a key element of the 'new' curriculum, so it is essential to ensure it is incorporated in all science teaching throughout primary school. Primary science teachers are most likely children's class teachers, who may not have specialist subject knowledge, so they will find this book invaluable. The approach is interesting - it uses the analogy of a journey to space as its central concept and, of course, it is essential that no part of that journey is omitted; in just the same way, scientific enquiry must form a part of learning throughout science. By using the book, teachers will discover the tools and resources that are necessary for teaching science in a fun and exploratory way; the book is so well explained that even non-scientists will be able to easily follow and understand the concepts. Focusing on individual skills, each of which is repeated several times through the course of the book to ensure it is firmly embedded. Scientific activities are shown in a number of different contexts and the book emphasises teaching through exploration, questioning and dialogue. There are plenty of activities to try out, and these are clear and easy to follow, and full of inspiration. The book also provides a large number of assessment sheets, plus guidelines and these will be very well received by teachers.

Early Childhood Playgrounds: Planning an outside learning environment by Prue Walsh

The trend is very much towards children spending as much time outside as is practicable within the constraints of the school day, and children in Early Years settings and Reception classes really benefit from this, especially when the outdoor learning environment is well designed and fulfils a range of purposes - and this practical book will really help anyone setting up or refurbishing outside areas. Amazingly, the author consulted over 2000 early childhood settings and schools internationally to gain information. The book considers all aspects of the outdoor learning environment and provides practical support on: planning procedures and ideas for designs; a wide variety of play within a playground through the inclusion of quiet, open and active play areas; stimulating and challenging play; a natural environment that will provide interest and sustainability; spaces for toddlers and babies; and playground needs for children with additional needs - I am really pleased to see that this important group is included as many mainstream settings will cater for these children. It's engrossing reading for everyone concerned with Early Years teaching, but it also reflects the needs of others who will work to set up the areas, including architects and planning professionals wanting to gain a greater understanding of play and the vital role it takes in meeting children’s needs and development. A practical and valuable book.

The Truth About Our Schools: Exposing the myths, exploring the evidence by Melissa Benn

Has there ever been a time when there has been so much controversy surrounding our schools? A time when changes have ever come as thick and fast as they are at present? In view of this, and of the controversy which surrounds all the proposed and actual changes, this book is most timely and deserves to be read by a wide audience including educators and politicians. Based on Melissa Benn and Janet Downs’ work as part of the pioneering Local Schools Network, this passionately presented book calls for us to urgently and articulately challenge unquestioned myths about state education. Benn and Downs believe fervently in the essential role that state education has and they challenge many commonly held points of view. Topics discussed include whether: Comprehensive education has failed; Local authorities control and hold back schools; Choice, competition and markets are the route to educational success; Choice will improve education in England: the free school model; Academies raise standards; Teachers need qualifications; Private schools have the magic DNA; Progressive education lowers standards. These are vital questions; each could almost fill a book in its own right, so the authors have done a sterling job of bringing the arguments together succinctly and forcefully.

Managing People and Teams in the Early Years Sector: An activity-based book (Managing in the Early Years) by Chris Ashman and Sue Stoodley

Pressure on managers of Early Years settings continues to increase, and the requirements can seem daunting. Many practitioners are working in small settings where they have to rely heavily on their own understanding, so this jargon-free practical advice will be warmly welcomed. It helps managers and aspiring managers to explore a range of ideas and approaches to aid continued development in management skills and leadership and combat the external pressures. By challenging readers to develop their own views whilst learning about management theory and practice alongside the 2015 Ofsted Common Inspection and Leadership & Management frameworks, practitioners are encouraged to think about the requirements and how they cab be applied and made to work on their own setting. The book acknowledges the vast differences in types of Early Years settings, and manages to keep the advice relevant so that the reader feels the book is for them. This hands-on book which is best used 'on the job', combines clear explanations of management and leadership theories with practical guidance. Practical scenarios and activities are ideal for CDP, and for general discussion among staff. This fully updated second edition is essential reading for those new to management or looking to develop their career into a managerial role and students working towards level 3 qualifications or a Foundation Degree.

Jumpstart! Science Outdoors: Cross-curricular games and activities for ages 5-12 by Janet Barnett

Teachers have the most amazing resource right outside their classrooms - the outdoor world - and it is especially valuab;e as a science resource, so use the inspiring ideas in this book to make good use of outdoor space. The book contains 44 engaging and simple to use activities, all of which will enhance scientific knowledge and understanding. The ideas are wide-ranging and include many cross-curricular resources - some ideas are alphabet garden, nest architects, natural weaving shadow faces and texture trail. Each activity is clearly explained, with a list of resources, an explanation of the activity, the scientific background and the cross-curricular links. This cross-curricular approach encourages teachers to develop useful links with other subjects which support and complement science - subjects include Maths, English, Computing, History, Geography, Music, Art, P.E and Design and Technology. Jumpstart! Science Outdoors is an essential teaching resource that will encourage the personal development of children by offering the freedom to put ideas into practice and to work co-cooperatively. Don't let your science lessons be circumscribed by the classroom, but make good use of outdoor space - something that is, thankfully, becoming more and more embedded in the school day.

Teaching Without Disruption in the Primary School: A practical approach to managing pupil behaviour by Roland Chaplain

Challenging behaviour is, sadly, an issue in many schools and primary schools are far from exempt. Teachers need to be able to approach troublesome classes and individuals with the confidence that they can and will manage behaviour - and this practical book will help to give that assurance, as it contains information based on a wealth of experience. It encourages teachers to reflect on what happens in their classroom through tasks, case studies, and research-based guidance. this extremely practical book reflects high quality behaviour management training and is crucially informed by empirical evidence on exactly what works in classrooms and schools. This is the second edition of a popular book and it includes two brand new chapters - one on the importance of theory in developing effective behaviour management, and the other detailing a helpful and practical toolkit for constructing effective classroom management plans. The book takes an in-depth look at the subject; it's a scholarly work which would be effective for CPD or mentoring discussions, as well as for individuals; it has relevance for both experienced and new teachers. Topics covered include effective behaviour management at the individual pupil, classroom and whole school level; professional social skills, assertiveness and coping strategies; understanding of how teachers’ thinking and behaviour can unwittingly affect pupil behaviour; a roadmap for establishing and maintaining authority; pupils’ self-control and social competence using a cognitive-behavioural approach; an appreciation of the value of adopting a research-based approach to behaviour management. Understanding what lies at the root of bad behaviour can really help teachers to develop their own effective strategies.

Planning to Teach Writing: A practical guide for primary school teachers by Emma Caulfield

Busy teachers will appreciate the easy-to-use, tried-and-tested framework which will greatly assist their planning and raise standards in writing. Using the circles planning approach, children and teachers familiarise themselves with a text type; capture the ideas for their own use and follow these with scaffolded writing experiences. This approach encourages long-term planning and provides inspiration for teachers who want to engage and enthuse their pupils, with exciting and varied hooks into writing, including picture books, short stories, novels and films. The children's needs are at the heart of the book, which models how to design units of work that will lead to high-quality writing outcomes in any primary school classroom. The formula for success is straightforward - Find the gaps in learning for your students; Choose a hook that you know will engage your students; Select a unit plan that you know will support you to get the best writing out of your students; Tailor it and Teach it! The book calls on a huge range of books for its content, ensuring there is plenty to enthuse every learner. This book is an accessible and necessary resource for any teacher planning to teach writing in their classroom, and will be a huge help in meeting the NC requirements for writing.

Inspiring Ideas to Support Early Maths and Literacy: Stories, rhymes and everyday materials by Janet Rees

Much of children's learning in the Early Years is done through play which engages them and makes learning fun right from the start. Capitalising on that, this book takes a play-based approach and uses ready available and inexpensive materials to provide a range of exciting learning opportunities. The chapters are Paperware; Bags, Boxes and Cardboard Tubes; Hair-related Items; Number LInes and Don't Throw This Away. Each of these chapters shows how learning can be reinforced and brought to life through resources made from everyday materials, providing children with an enjoyable and positive learning experience. The clear step-by-step instructions are accompanied by full colour photographs showing how to make practical and attractive resources for indoor and outdoor environments. Vocabulary lists re included for inspiration and to help teachers see the key features of each activity. There are ideas for developing a new play space or overhauling an existing space; these are practical, easy to implement and inexpensive. key questions to consider when planning and designing an indoor or outdoor play space are included and these are an excellent prompt for all practitioners to use together when discussing developments of the learning environment. Links to the Early Years Foundation Stage will guide the development of a future playground and challenge providers to enhance their practice, ensuring all the requirements are met. This practical resource will be essential reading for primary teachers, early years practitioners, students and all those interested in developing young children’s confidence in mathematics and literacy.

Exploring Outdoors Ages 3-11: A guide for schools by Helen Bilton

The great thing about this book is the way it follows a primary school throughout a whole year of outdoor exploration - it's a far cry from the idea that the outdoors is only for fine weather. This essential guide shows how to encourage children’s learning and support their development through year-round outdoor exploration; the really importance message that comes across is how much everyone involved enjoys the activities, children and adults. Of course, there are always concerns over safety and plenty of space is given to exploring the boundaries, and to the support and effective communication that will help to create a safe and happy environment. The first part of the book gives step-by-step guides on how to set up an outdoor site, either on or outside your school property, and advice on how to observe and record children’s learning and development outdoors. The second section follows the activities through the year with real-life case studies of children exploring outdoors from EYFS through to the end of Key Stage 2; all accompanied by plenty of photos showing the activities. It's a very practical book, drawing on experience and offering tips and ideas for outdoor activities throughout the year. The final section offers a bibliography plus a wide range of useful checklists, templates and pro-forma available to download. It's an inspiring book which will dispel any doubts and difficulties.

How to Make Data Work: A Guide for Educational Leaders by Jenny Grant Rankin

Whatever we think about the emphasis on data, it is an important part of the way schools and teaching are assessed. Educators throughout school are increasingly responsible for using data to improve teaching and learning in their schools. This helpful guide provides leaders with simple steps for facilitating accurate analysis and interpretation of data, while avoiding common errors and pitfalls; this knowledge can be cascaded to all staff through CPD sessions. How to Make Data Work provides clear strategies for getting data into workable shape and creating an environment that supports understanding, analysis, and successful use of data, no matter what data system or educational technology tools are in place in your school and others against which you benchmark. This accessible resource makes data easy to understand and use so that educators can better evaluate and maximize their systems to help their staff, students, and school succeed. With this tried-and-true guidance, you’ll be prepared to advocate for tools that adhere to data reporting standards, avoid misinterpretation of data, and improve the data use climate in your school. School governors will also find the book of interest as they act in their role of critical friend.

Descriptosaurus: Myths & Legends by Alison Wilcox

This is an excellent series which really has the potential to revolutionise the teaching of descriptive writing - an area with which many pupils struggle. The book builds on the vocabulary and descriptive phrases introduced in the original bestselling Descriptosaurus - a book I highly recommend for all primary schools and on into KS3. Focussing, obviously, on myths and legends, this develops the structure and use of the words and phrases to promote colourful cinematic writing. This essential guide will enable children to take their writing to the next level, combine their descriptions of setting and character and show how the two interact. Children can then experiment with heroes, gods and supernatural beings to create a legendary story. The book starts with settings, with comprehensive advice on getting the setting right, including mountains, forests and caves. The lists are invaluable, with nouns, adjectives, verbs and phrases to build on. There is then a short section on building atmosphere before the third section which focuses on creatures, again with extensive resources to use. Planning sheets are also included. This new system also provides a contextualised alternative to grammar textbooks and will assist children in acquiring, understanding and applying the grammar they will need to improve their writing, both creative and technical; working this way is far more meaningful and the impact will be seen in all aspects of written work.

A School Leader's Guide to Dealing with Difficult Parents by Todd Whitaker

If you want to avoid that feeling of dread when you hear that a certain parent 'would like a word', then you need this book. There are many challenging discussions teachers face, and this covers a variety of situations including trying to resolve a heated argument or delivering bad news. The authors bring a range of practical and effective ideas help you develop a repertoire of tools and skills for comfortable and effective interaction with parents. it is helpful in enabling teachers to see the issue from the perspective of the parent too. The principles would make an excellent basis for a CPD session or for a staff meeting discussion. The book’s features include: Tools to help you understand parents’ motivations and how to work with them rather than against them; Detailed scripts for dealing with even the most stubborn and volatile parents; New strategies for increasing parent involvement to foster student success; An all-new chapter on the role that social media can play in interacting with parents; and a new chapter on initiating contact with parents to build positive credibility. The really important thing this book does is that it engenders confidence in tackling a range of situations and that is vital.

Bringing the Steiner Waldorf Approach to your Early Years Practice by Janni Nicol

Early Years practitioners will be aware of the Steiner approach but they may not fully understand it, or may feel it has no place in their setting. This clear and easy to read book, now in its third edition, explains the origins of the approach and shows how it can be used to benefit young children in any setting. Fundamental to the philosophy is the role of play in learning and the use of what are called the 'Three Rs' of the approach - rhythm, repetition and reverence. The book make excellent use of plenty of practical examples throughout which show how the principles translate into practice with children across Early Years - these are illustrated with photographs. To aid planning and recording, clear comparisons between Steiner practice and the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements are given; the book also outlines the Steiner approach to observation and assessment. The book also takes a look at international Steiner settings. Celebrating festivals is an important part of Early Years learning, and there is a chapter on this subject; communication with parents is also covered. An interesting and well written book that will help practitioners adopt the principles they want to use from the overall philosophy.

Teaching and Learning in Diverse and Inclusive Classrooms: Key Issues for New Teachers by Gill Richards

Our classrooms now are more diverse than they have ever been and teachers must be absolutely certain that every single child in their classroom is being given equality of opportunity. This can be a challenge, especially when class sizes are growing. We know that when Ofsted come calling, they will want to see evidence of inclusion - teachers who have read this accessible text will be aware of diversity in education and will know how to ensure all children and young people share the same opportunities. It provides an introduction to policy, theory and practical strategies in relation to diversity in education for practitioners, researchers and policy makers; although the book's subtitle refers to new teachers, these issues are for ALL teachers, and all will benefit. Topics include: inclusive education; ethnic and cultural diversity; challenging behaviour; bullying; gender identity and sexuality; Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children; special educational needs; listening to parents; religious and cultural diversity; disability and human rights; and children and young people who are refugees or seeking asylum. No school will be without at least some of these, so this book is valuable reading for all teachers. Teachers can easily look at the chapters that relate to their situation and the extensive references will be valuable for those doing further research. The examples given will help understanding of pupils from a variety of backgrounds. Perfect for the staffroom library and a good trigger for a training session.

Metacognition in the Primary Classroom: A practical guide to helping children understand how they learn best by Peter Tarrant

Children today have more responsibility for their own learning than ever before - but they need to understand the whys and wherefores of learning before they can really get to grips with their own learning. "Metacognition is "cognition about cognition", "thinking about thinking", or "knowing about knowing". It can take many forms; it includes knowledge about when and how to use particular strategies for learning or for problem solving." Teachers will find this book very useful in helping them to understand how children learn and therefore how they can enhance their own learning. When children have the language skills to talk about their learning, and are given the opportunity to share ideas and strategies with others, everyone can explore and develop approaches in order to learn better. This book is a crucial read for anyone interested in ensuring that pupils take an active role in their own learning. It will make you think and it will definitely have an impact on your classroom strategies, making your pupils more able learners. The appendices contain a huge range of practical resources to use to further embed the ideas learnt from the book.

Jumpstart! Talk for Learning: Games and activities for ages 7-12 by Lyn Dawes and John Foster

Jumpstart are brilliant books, full of lively and inspiring ideas for the classroom, which are simple to implement and which add a whole new dimension to learning. Most importantly, children will love them! Language skills are essential for children's learning but are sometimes overlooked in the books available to teachers. This collection of multi-sensory games and activities addresses the issue with practical and engaging ideas - the range from brief games to extended lesson suggestions means there is something for every opportunity, whether a few minutes to supplement a lesson, or for a full lesson. Teachers will also be inspired to develop their own teaching ideas based on the inspiration this book provides. It offers a basis for creating your own spoken language activities to match topics you are teaching and individual needs of your class. The National Curriculum has a series of requirements under the heading 'Spoken Language', and this book addresses those requirements so that teachers can give pupils a firm foundation. They will be helped to: participate in group and class discussions; use exploratory talk and share a range of points of view; use talk imaginatively to develop understanding; develop individual presentational talk and take part in active drama sessions. Part 1 of the book is 'Learning through talk' and this gives the principles behind Part 2 which is 'Curriculum activities and games'. This is simply packed with ideas to use in the classroom and many of these have cross-curricular links including music, history, geography and maths. Perfect for a staffroom library, this book offers a multitude of stimulating ideas and is bound to spark off discussion among teaching staff.

Learning Primary Geography: Ideas and inspiration from classrooms by Susan Pike

Sharing good practice is an excellent way for teachers to improve their teaching, so this book which gives tried-and-tested ideas is bound to be useful. Classroom teachers and trainee teachers will find the approach of the book easy to follow and will really appreciate the fact that these are practical ideas, refined by use. Case studies abound and there are plenty of photos showing the ideas in action. Creative approaches such as enquiry learning, learning outside the classroom, and using imaginative resources work really well in primary geography - it's a subject which can be studied all around school and the local area and the book encourages teachers to make the most of this. It explores a wide variety of geographical learning, with chapters focusing on key aspects of the subject, including: primary geography through the school grounds; topical geography through issues and events; learning about places in primary geography; children’s agency and action through primary geography. Throughout the chapters, the role of primary geography in helping children develop all types of literacies, including spatial, critical and digital literacies, is explored. Geography is a fascinating subject and one which can involve many areas of the curriculum as the book so ably shows. It's a subject children enjoy as they can see its relevance to their everyday lives and by using this book, teachers can build on that. Learning Primary Geography is highly practical with a hands-on approach; using the book will give teachers confidence and help them make the most of the subject.

Using Outdoor Learning to Improve Behaviour for All by Sarah Rockliff and Pauline Chinnery

Subtitled Taking the Wellie Wednesday journey together, this is the story of the project and the way it works with the schools and families of children who find accessing learning challenging. One of the key focuses is working together - teachers, parents and carers all need to work in harmony, giving children consistent messages. The outdoor environment and the benefits it brings for children is the prime focus, but classroom and home environments are included. Based on attachment theory and research in psychology and neuroscience, this practical book will support the practitioners, parents and carers of children who find themselves in negative cycles and situations, and help them to take steps forward to a positive future. It's not just theory - real situations and the needs of individual children and their families are at the heart of the book. The main sections are: Making a difference: for individual children, their parents, carers and schools; Can I be included? Case studies, including impact on family and school, strategies used, changes noticed and key questions raised; Addressing concerns: understanding behaviour as communication; and How change happened: enriching learning to improve behaviour. Offering a wide collection of case studies and practical strategies, Using Outdoor Learning to Improve Behaviour for All will be an essential resource for all teachers, parents and carers wanting to support and guide children towards accessing education successfully.

Enhancing Classroom-based Talk: Blending practice, research and theory by Robyn M. Gillies

The National Curriculum emphasises the importance of language skills and this book will help teachers understand the theory that lies behind developing effective classroom-based talk. It provides an overview of the major research and theoretical perspectives that underpin the development of classroom-based talk, outlining specific dialogic strategies and elaborating on the key role that teachers play in promoting interactions, challenging thinking and scaffolding the learning of students. While it is important to know how different dialogic approaches can enhance students’ interactions and learning and the effects they have on students’ social, emotional and cognitive development, it is also important to understand how students’ interactions promote understanding and learning during small group discussions. Throughout the book, teachers will be shown how to embed different dialogic approaches in their classrooms to promote discourse, with chapters covering: Interest in classroom-based talk; The teacher’s role in promoting dialogue in the classroom; Dialogic approaches to teaching; Strategies to promote students’ interactions, thinking and learning; Help seeking and help giving behaviours and Creating environments that promote classroom-based talk. I found the last chapter to be the one that will really interest classroom teachers the most, with its practical ideas. Enhancing Classroom-based Talk will be a valuable asset to all those concerned with promoting classroom-based talk, as well as postgraduate students, teachers and academics who are regularly called upon to assist in developing classroom interventions that provide for the academic and social needs of students.

Jumpstart! Grammar: Games and activities for ages 6 - 14 by Pie Corbett

We all know that the English language is tricky with lots of rules to remember. The best way to learn is through use, and this engaging collection of multi-sensory games and activities gives pupils many opportunities to learn grammar in a practical, hands-on way. This second edition is fully updated to help teachers teach in line with the new 2016 Grammar Tests. It includes coverage of the subjunctive and past progressive, selecting which tense is the most definite, identifying when a word is used as a subordinating conjunction/preposition, explaining how a comma can change meaning, and an increased emphasis on the passive. Jumpstart! Grammar really helps children to love langauge, playing with words and spinning sentences to make ideas dance. And, of course, they will be able to name the parts if that is what is required. Enjoyable games focus initially on helping children hear the difference various types of grammar can make; these are followed by activities to help them understand the different effects you can create with grammar. Technical terms will only be introduced once the children have established what the various features can do, with a particular focus on those terms that really help children discuss what makes language coherent and effective. Explanations are succinct, making even complex topics easily explained to pupils; support this with the enjoyable activities and you have a book which will give children an excellent grounding in grammar and, most importantly, they will learn to enjoy words and language. Children will really look forward to lessons planned with the aid of this book - and teachers will enjoy teaching them.

Children Reading Picturebooks: Interpreting visual texts by Evelyn Arizpe

This is the second edition of a ground-breaking work which described the way children respond to contemporary picturebooks; it proved that they are sophisticated readers of visual texts and are able to make sense of complex images on literal, visual and metaphorical levels. Through this research, the authors found that children are able to understand different viewpoints, analyse moods, messages and emotions, and articulate personal responses to picture books - even when they struggle with the written word. It puts a whole new perspective on writing, reading and choosing picture books. This new edition has been published to take into account new research, with a review of the most recent theories and critical work related to picturebooks and meaning-making, it demonstrates how vital visual literacy is to children's understanding and development. The book includes three new case studies that address social issues, special needs and metafiction; summarises key finding from research with culturally diverse children; draws upon new research on response to digital picturebooks and provides guidelines for those contemplating research on response to picturebooks. This thought-provoking book will appeal to a wide range of readers, including research students, librarians, Primary and Early Years teachers, literacy co-ordinators, publishers of picture books and many more.

What Makes a Good Primary School Teacher?: Expert Classroom Strategies by Caroline Gipps and others

Bringing together fascinating, first-hand accounts of teaching, assessment and feedback strategies used by 'expert' teachers, this Routledge Classic is an indispensable guide for teachers and trainee teachers looking to extend their skills and improve their practice. This accessible and concise text illustrates good teaching practice, offering a range of rich case studies and first-hand narratives. It's potentially a huge subject, but the content has been efficiently distilled down to make a very readable book. Chapters investigate a number of key areas, including the most common lesson patterns and when to use them, how teaching strategies are varied according to subject, and how assessment and feedback can encourage pupils to learn. It is evidence-based and there are many real-life examples of good practice to be found throughout. The book will be particularly useful for those responsible for assessment in the classroom, whether experienced, looking for fresh approaches, or new to the role, looking for guidance and reassurance. Based on the experiences of skilled teachers, there is much here for trainee teachers as well as for those more experienced who are seeking to move their skills forward - hopefully to become not just good, but outstanding.

The Assertive Practitioner: How to improve early years practice through effective communication by Deborah Price and Cathy Ota

Working effectively together is especially important (not that it's not always important, of course!) in Early Years settings, because it is here that there will most likely be the highest staff/pupil ratio, meaning there are usually several adults working together. How a staff team works together and how effective and cohesive they are has a huge impact on the children that they care for as well; seeing adults functioning well as a group inevitably helps children in group settings. Cohesive working has implications for the general early years practice and the success of the business of the setting. Drawing together theory and practice, this book provides comprehensive guidance on assertive communication and offers a range of clear, practical strategies that are easy to implement in the Early Years setting. An excellent manual, full of practical ideas.

Creative Approaches to Teaching Grammar: Developing your students as writers and readers by Martin Illingworth and Nick Hall

This practical guide with its fun approach to learning spans upper primary school onto lower secondary school; usefully, the book takes a look at the problems of transition and ways to overcome them. It focuses on the fact that learning grammar is not a discrete process but works with and impacts upon developing students as writers and as readers. Interestingly, the book encourages teachers to focus on individual students' needs rather than taking the group as a whole. Creative ideas explored include: Being silly with grammar; Favourite words; Exploding sentences; Writing for real audiences; New punctuation marks and emoticons; Sorting out confusing words; Broadening active vocabulary; Top ten spelling tips; Flexing your vocabulary brain; Redundancy in language. It's a contemporary approach that acknowledges that grammar changes and that teaching needs to change too. With plenty of ideas to implement in the classroom, it helps teachers by encouraging students to take ownership of their own learning and progress.

Supporting Children with Medical Conditions (Nasen/Hull City Council) by Susan Coulter and others

This updated edition provides teachers and practitioners with a reference to medical conditions most commonly found amongst school-aged children, including asthma, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, eczema, epilepsy, head injuries, heart conditions, hydrocephalus and spina bifida; each condition has its own section for easy reference. Each condition is clearly described in terms of causes, symptoms and treatment; this is accompanied by an explanation of the educational implications – what teachers and support staff should be aware of, how they can minimise pupils’ difficulties in school and maximise access to the curriculum. Fully updated with the 2014 SEND Code of Practice and the guidance published in 2014 on ‘Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions’, this text will help professionals be more effective in supporting learners in a variety of settings. It also features useful checklists, templates and photocopiable resources. Schools have a requirement to: "develop a policy for supporting pupils with medical conditions that is reviewed regularly and is readily accessible to parents and school staff." This book will support schools and their governing bodies (who must also ensure their school supports pupils with medical conditions) in complying with that requirement. An invaluable guide, clear and comprehensive with understandable explanations so everyone can benefit; a worthy addition to any staffroom library.

Get Organized!: Time Management for School Leaders (Eye on Education) by Frank Buck

Today’s world seems to be a ceaseless round of demands and interruptions; they cannot be avoided but they can be managed, as this practical book shows. Get Organized! outlines a complete organisational system for the busy school leader (and for the rest of us!), offering simple tools and techniques to bring order and control to your personal and professional life. Practical advice allows the techniques to be implemented in small steps - the first chapter, which I found very helpful, is entitled 'Clear your desk'. The author includes easy to implement ideas, at little or no cost ― you can start right away! Each chapter contains practical tips and tools, listing exactly what to do in order to implement the strategy; well set out, with succinct and clear presentation, it's well worth taking time out of a busy schedule to benefit from the good ideas. Since the first edition of this book (2007), the pressures of managing time when bombarded with emails, social media and the sheer volume of information have intensified phenomenally; this new edition takes that into account with digital strategies and tips for thriving in the Information Age.

Researching and Teaching Reading: Developing pedagogy through critical enquiry by Gabrielle Cliff Hodges

This book studies the ways in which research and teaching are entwined both within and beyond the classroom; readers are encouraged to deepen their understanding of reading through high-quality teaching and research activities designed to engage young learners and generate rich research data, in the expectation that teachers will wish to adapt or develop them further within their own contexts. Key issues considered in this book include: Studying reading in terms of extending young people’s ability to interpret and enjoy texts; The idea of reading as a social practice; The concept of culture in relation to reading; Why historical and spatial theoretical perspectives matter when researching and teaching reading. This is a valuable resource for any student teachers or practising English teachers wishing to learn more about the connection between researching and teaching reading, how to combine them in the classroom and the positive effect bringing the two together can have on their own professional development.

Provision Mapping and the SEND Code of Practice: Making it work in primary, secondary and special schools by Anne Massey

The SEND Code of Practice came into effect in September and it places responsibility on schools to ensure that progress of SEND children is recorded and assessed. This book provides clear guidance on how to implement a simple and user-friendly system to ensure this is done without placing too much burden on teachers; one which can be used for all pupils. The book describes a tried and tested system that helps schools to successfully identify, implement and track provision for all pupils. It demonstrates how schools can implement the requirements of the new SEND Code of Practice; provides achievable solutions to the problems that schools face in trying to evidence the impact of the additional support they provide; provides photocopiable templates of tables that can be used to track progress of all pupils; contains easy to use tools that will allow a school to clearly evidence that additional funding is used efficiently. It is an excellent way to tackle what can seem an onerous burden and schools which use the system to monitor all pupils can be assured they are meeting all relevant requirements with this whole-school approach. This second edition has been fully updated to reflect the recent changes to SEN legislation, the new SEND Code of Practice (2015), the new National Curriculum and new assessment requirements and the new Common Inspection Framework. Additional material has been added to provide a resource for secondary and special schools. Headteachers, senior managers, leadership teams, SENCOs and other educational professionals will find the guidance and support provided by this book invaluable.

The Really Useful Book of Science Experiments: 100 easy ideas for primary school teachers by Tracy-ann Aston

It can be a challenge to offer really good hands-on science provision in the primary school, but with the aid of this simple to use book, all children can be offered the chance to observe and try a fascinating range of experiments. The book includes experiments on It’s alive: experiments that explore our living world, including the human body, plants, ecology and disease; A material world: experiments that explore the materials that make up our world and their properties, including metals, acids and alkalis, water and elements; Let’s get physical: experiments that explore physics concepts and their applications in our world, including electricity, space, engineering and construction; Something a bit different: experiments that explore interesting and unusual science areas, including forensic science, marine biology and volcanology. It's a shame that the book isn't actually split into sections, though - that would make it even easier to use. Each experiment is accompanied by a ‘subject knowledge guide’, filling teachers in on the key science concepts behind the experiment. There are also suggestions for how to adapt each experiment to increase or decrease the challenge, and useful questions to ask the children.

Outstanding Differentiation for Learning in the Classroom by Jayne Bartlett

For lessons to be outstanding, whether for internal moderation, external advisors or Ofsted inspectors, all learners must demonstrably make progress. To ensure this happens, teachers must differentiate according to the individual pupil and their individual learning needs and they must evidence this in their planning, delivery and outcomes. This book shows class teachers and their mentors how differentiation can be used to enhance and support all aspects of the learning process. It includes chapters on embedding differentiation during each phase of the lesson as well as assessment and questioning techniques. The practical guidance includes: what differentiation actually means and why it should be applied in the classroom; sequencing and planning for learning with an overview of the learning cycle; practical teaching strategies and effective techniques to use in the classroom; how to structure and apply differentiation practices in your classroom, department and school. It's not a particularly appealing text visually, but the examples, diagrams and summaries do help to break up the concentrated text. A vital starting point and effective guide for outstanding differentiation, this book is packed full of practical exercises that are easy to implement in the classroom and it is essential reading for newly qualified and experienced teachers alike.

Stop, Think, Act: Integrating Self-Regulation in the Early Childhood Classroom by Megan M McClelland and Shauna L Tominey

This book gives early years teachers an insight into the latest research and a wide variety of hands-on activities to help children learn and practice self-regulation techniques. A child who has self-regulatory skills can focus his attention, control his emotions and manage his thinking, behaviour and feelings - a tall order for a young child! The book postulates that self-regulation in early childhood leads to strong academic performance, helps students form healthy friendships, and gives them the social and emotional resources they need to face high-stress situations throughout life. The book takes you through everything you need to know about using self-regulation principles during circle time, in literacy and math instruction, and during gross motor and outdoor play. Each chapter includes a solid research base as well as practical, developmentally-appropriate games, songs, and strategies that you can easily incorporate in your own classroom. With Stop, Think, Act, you’ll be prepared to integrate self-regulation into every aspect of the school day.

Improving School Governance: How better governors make better schools by Nigel Gann

The role of governors has taken on more and more significance in recent years, with governors bearing a heavy burden of responsibility for school improvement. It focuses strongly on partnership, between people with little or no education experience working together with highly experienced education professionals. Topics include: How school governors got to be where they are today; How governing boards do their jobs; How individual governors can best contribute to their schools; Governors’ accountability; The nature of governors’ meetings; The rights that governors have; The relationships between governors and the headteacher; The role of governing boards in school inspection; Governors’ relationships with parents and the wider community; How to evaluate the performance and impact of governing boards; What the future might hold for state-funded schools and their governance; and what national strategic issues will need to be addressed by governing boards in the next five to ten years. It's wide ranging, with clear sections allowing governors to focus on their key area of interest - an essential addition to a governing body library. Written in straightforward language and drawing on a wide range of experiences, it's a book which will encourage governors to take stock of where they are and how they can move their school forward. This essential guide tackles all aspects of the work governors undertake and, although perhaps not a book for new governors, who are already inundated with information, it will be of great value to experienced governors looking for practical guidelines, clearly presented. A small point - as a Clerk to Governors, I was disappointed to see that the book gives very little attention to the vital role that clerks play in improving school governance.

Stimulating Emerging Story Writing!: Inspiring children aged 3-7 by Simon Brownhill

It's excellent to see that this book addresses the needs of teachers of children as young as three. There are plenty of books on story writing for older children, so this one really fills a gap in the market. Enthuse children from a young age and they will learn to love story writing - the innovative and exciting ideas in this book will facilitate that. With comprehensive and informed support for professionals, this practical guide will give both new and experienced teachers confidence to engage their pupils. Packed full of story ideas, resource suggestions and practical activities, the book explores the various ways professionals can help young children to develop the six key elements of story - character, setting, plot, conflict, resolution and ending. All of the ideas in the book are designed to support a setting’s daily writing provision such as mark making opportunities, role play and using simple open ended play resources. The ideas are easy to apply and can be readily used in any Early Years setting, regardless of the experience of the practitioner - the book clearly defines the ideas for FS and KS1, with reference to the EYFS and Key Stage 1 curricula. Chapters include: Creating Characters; The Plot Thickens; Inspired Ideas; Resourcing the Story Stimulation and Getting Started. Extensive references allow teachers to do further research and will stimulate even more ideas. Perfect for new and experienced teachers, this will become a go-to resource, perfect to have to hand when planning lessons.

Stimulating Story Writing!: Inspiring children aged 7-11 by Simon Brownhill

Following on from the previous book, this equally practical guide has all the positive and practical features of the first. Teachers looking for story ideas will find it is full of inspiration, resource suggestions and practical activities. Beyond that, and in such a way as to have a real impact on future teaching, the book explores various ways professionals can help children to develop the six key elements of story. The book builds on existing provision, rather than asking teachers to take a completely new approach. It goes beyond simply putting pen to paper, using strategies such as role play, the use of different technologies, and using simple open ended resources as story stimuli. Separated into two sections and making reference to the Key Stage 2 curricula to facilitate planning, this timely new text provides professionals with tried and tested strategies and ideas that can be used with immediate effect. Chapters include: Creating characters, Colourful conflict, Inspired ideas and Openly stimulating the story. Easy to read, easy to implement, the book will give teachers a solid foundation for developing good story writing skills in pupils.

Challenging Learning: Theory, effective practice and lesson ideas to create optimal learning in the classroom by James Nottingham

Teachers are constantly striving to improve their teaching; good teaching produces good learners and this book is crammed with advice and techniques for helping children of all ages develop into confident, thoughtful and independent learners. Based around the acronym ASK (Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge), this essential guide explores attitudes, skills and knowledge to learning. It considers the strategies that can help teachers to challenge their pupils to think more skilfully and logically and how to develop these techniques more effectively. Clear layout makes the huge amount of information easy to assimilate; the book makes good use of bullet points and headers to make the information accessible and not daunting - it may seem a small point but it does impact on ease of use. The book brings together current thinking from renowned experts, and encourages independent thinking and a spirit of inquiry in pupils of all ages. Through the use of rich examples of classroom interactions, this book offers strategies that will help pupils to produce their own thoughtful conclusions, develop their own concepts, examine logic and remain open to alternatives. Highlights include: effective teaching strategies including FACTS, the Teaching Target Model and the Learning Pit Models; up-to-date research and theory from leading experts; practical suggestions and principles to help you design and develop your own lessons. Not simply for teachers, this book has relevance for all those who work with children. Jargon-free and accessible, it will be relevant and valuable for all.

Strategies to Support Children with Autism and Other Complex Needs: Resources for teachers, support staff and parents (Essential Guides for Early Years Practitioners) by Christine Macintyre

This book both what autism is and offers ways to interact through having a balance of play activities interspersed with more formal teaching of skills of everyday living. It is therefore suitable for student teachers and others new to the teaching of children with complex needs. It gives a good understanding of how to interact with these children on a day-to-day basis. Professionally endorsed, the highly practical text provides a bank of strategies that are specially designed to be matched to the developmental status of each child. It's wide-ranging as shown by just some of the contents - The importance of play for enhancing learning for children with autism and other complex needs; Evaluating different ways of developing communication; Transferring learning from one environment to another to aid memorising; Understanding the impact of sensory hypo and hyperactivity on children’s learning; Developing a ‘Theory of Mind’ and The importance of movement, music and having fun. The emphasis on fun and play is a key element of the book, especially suited to the age and ability of these children. On a practical note, observation and assessment schedules are provided, along with clear and helpful evaluation forms which show staff in primary and early years settings how children on the autistic spectrum can be helped to make meaningful and encouraging progress. This text is an vital read for any practitioners working with children on the autistic spectrum or with complex learning difficulties Increasingly, children with autism are in mainstream education; this book offers practical strategies to help practitioners manage their learning, enabling them to give these children the best possible start in life.

Children as Readers in Children's Literature: The power of texts and the importance of reading edited by Evelyn Arizpe and Vivienne Smith

The editors have brought together a group of distinguished children’s literature scholars, literacy and media specialists to bring us a varied and yet cohesive approach to encouraging reading. With all the current changes in technology and the increasing use of electronic devices for reading, we want to know what, how and why children read. The answers to these questions will help all of us connected with children's reading to ensure we provide what they want. The book looks at the literature that is written for children and young people to see what it tells us about them as readers and thereby helps us give them what they want. The varied aspects covered include: How books shape the readers we become; Cognitive and affective responses to representation of books and reading; The relationship between love-stories and reading as a cultural activity; Reading as ‘Protection and Enlightenment’; Picture books as stage sets for acts of reading and Readers’ perceptions of a writer. This portrayal of books and reading also reveals adults’ beliefs about childhood and literacy and how they are changing. It is a theme of crucial significance in the shaping of future generations of readers given these beliefs influence not only ideas about the teaching of literature but also about the role of digital technologies. This text is a must-read for any individual interested in the importance of keeping literature alive through reading. Teachers, librarians and all those who love literature and want to share that joy with children will appreciate this timely book, with its thought-provoking look at what children read and how we can have an impact on that.

Creating Communities in Early Years Settings: Supporting children and families by Debbie Chalmers

Engaging parents from the early stages of their child's education gets everyone off to a good start which will pay dividends, both at the time and in the future. The book is full of down-to-earth advice, ideas and strategies for developing an early learning community, and the examples of good practice given will facilitate the provision of an excellent, inclusive service to meet the needs of young children and their families and help them to thrive. Just as important is developing a cohesive community within the setting, and this aspect is given plenty of coverage. It's not always a straightforward activity, and the author is realistic enough to outline potential pitfalls. Chapters cover key topics such as: the legal responsibilities of a setting; inclusion; parental participation and parent managed settings; roles and duties of different staff within a setting; effective and sensitive communication with colleagues and caregivers and managing transitions. Creating Communities in Early Years Settings is designed to support early years practitioners, teachers, teaching assistants, nannies and childminders working with babies and children within the Early Years Foundation Stage. The book will also be of interest to students on early years childcare and education courses from level 2 upwards. The book will give all these practitioners practical ideas to help and will increase confidence when working with parents and carers.

Radicalisation and Terrorism: A Teacher's Handbook for Addressing Extremism by Alison Jamieson and Jane Flint

From September 2015, schools have had a duty to implement measures to implement anti-radicalisation measures to help prevent young people from being drawn into extremism. We are all concerned by the frequent press stories of school children being radicalised and teachers urgently need a resource that enables them to recognise, debate and disrupt extremist narratives within the context of the classroom. This is a practical handbook which covers issues of citizenship, human rights and respect, civil and political engagement, the nature of identity and how we identify with others. It examines different forms of violence from bullying to the most recent examples of 21st century terrorism ann looks at the historical background - the problems are not new. The handbook considers the causes and consequences of terrorism and helps teachers to explain to children what terrorists do and why they do it; how to differentiate between the reasons, goals and methods of terrorists; why the media and terrorism are inextricably linked; what makes terrorism start and, crucially, what factors bring a cycle of terrorism to an end. Pupils are invited to reflect on the destructiveness of terrorism for both victims and aggressors and considers the process of reconciliation. This timely book will be valued by all schools, with its comprehensive background material and practical advice.

Promoting Early Career Teacher Resilience (Teacher Quality and School Development) by Bruce Johnson

Subtitled 'A socio-cultural and critical guide to action this book addresses an important and worrying issue - the retention of newly trained teachers. It includes the stories of 60 graduate teachers as they take their first steps into the world of teaching. The engaging narratives clearly reveal the feelings of frustration, disillusionment and even outrage as they come to terms with all that is expected of them. There's a positive side too - exhilarating experiences, documenting the wonder, joy and excitement of working with young people for the first time. This book gives a real insight into the views of new teachers, showing clearly the pressures placed on them as well as the joys they find. With a wide and varied cross-section, the book provides a wealth of experiences to inform more experienced teachers and managers, many of whom will be far advanced along their career path and who may have forgotten the feelings they used to have. The book endorses an alternative socio-cultural and critical approach to understanding teacher resilience and to promoting resilience promoting policies and practices. A valuable book which should inform teaching at all levels, from students, through to practising teachers and up to administrators.

Your Teacher Training Companion: Essential skills and knowledge for very busy trainees by Jim McGrath

Acknowledging from the very start that trainee teachers can find the expectations and workload overwhelming, this intensely practical and accessible guide makes it all seem much more manageable. It succeeds admirably in its aim of being a one-stop-shop for the essential knowledge and skills students need to pass their course with confidence. Both practical teaching skills and academic skills are covered, making this a true all-rounder. The practical advice on balancing the workload is particularly well-handled. The book is illustrated throughout with the case study of a trainee teacher, focusing on developing best practice and ways in which students can pass on key skills to learners. Essential topics covered include: classroom management; effective lesson planning; teaching methods; learning theory; assessment and feedback; delivering a highly successful lesson; making time and space for your studies; improving your writing skills; writing assignments and building your teaching portfolio and planning and delivering an effective presentation. A friendly book which will reassure new students.

Meeting Special Educational Needs in Secondary Classrooms: Inclusion and how to do it by Sue Briggs

The number of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) attending mainstream schools is on the rise, meaning teachers are highly likely to find SEND students in their classroom. The author is an experienced teacher, adviser and SEN consultant with an in-depth understanding of the challenges that these children face, and a very clear way of communicating that to her readership. This practical guide is full of guidance for teachers and teaching assistants who support children with SEND in mainstream secondary classrooms. This updated version includes the requirements of the 2014 Children and Families Act and SEND Code of Practice. Communication is high on the agenda of the book, with plenty of guidance on ensuring successful communication between teachers, parents and students. It also focuses strongly on teachers and TAs working together - an absolutely vital element, as TAs play an essential role in ensuring SEND pupils' needs are met in the classroom. Covering all aspects of teaching children with SEND, including planning, teaching and learning, this is a really good book, reassuring, practical and encouraging thereby helping to ensure the best possible outcomes. Also available - Meeting Special Educational Needs in Primary Classrooms: Inclusion and how to do it

Infusing Grammar Into the Writer's Workshop: A Guide for K-6 Teachers by Amy Benjamin

So often, when schools are looking at areas for improvement within the curriculum, writing comes to the fore - it's something many students find challenging and teachers are always looking for strategies for improvement. Help your students improve their language skills and become stronger readers and writers. Here, the authors suggest best practices for fortifying the writer’s workshop model with meaningful, relevant instruction in grammar; a fundamental element in writing. If you have asked any of the following questions, then you need this book to gain the answers. What does a writer’s workshop look like and how does it fit into balanced literacy models? How does grammar fit into a writer’s workshop? How can you use natural language acquisition to transition children from non-Standard to Standard English patterns? How can you teach students to identify a complete sentence? What are effective ways to teach parts of speech? How can you build on nouns and verbs to teach adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases, and dependent clauses? Each chapter clearly demonstrates what teaching the targeted concept looks like in a workshop classroom, with examples for different grade levels which can be adapted as necessary. Clear and understandable, and eminently practical, the book clearly achieves the objective of showing how to teach grammar in the context of the workshop model.

Engaging in Mathematics in the Classroom: Symbols and experiences by Alf Coles

The preface to this book poses some very interesting questions: What comes first, class management or student engagement? How can the ‘real world’ be used to engage learners? What is the role of technology in engaging students? And is ‘understanding’ or ‘exam success’ more engaging? We all know that maths is critical in determining what the future holds for today's students; a good grasp of numeracy opens so many doors so teachers must engage children right from the very start. Making Mathematics Engaging in the Classroom brings together the debates concerning mathematical engagement and draws on first-hand experience and key research to promote successful classroom practice. It covers all ages, even into adulthood, in an accessible and practical manner, packed with suggestions and activities to capture and retain students' interest. The book includes Planning and managing engagement in learning; Mathematical understandings and meanings; Early Primary and the number system; Primary/Secondary Transition and geometrical thinking; Secondary school: Adolescence and algebraic activity; Post-16 and infinity; and Learning across the lifespan

Working with Parents, Carers and Families in the Early Years: The essential guide by Teresa Wilson

Engaging parents with their children's learning is a vital element in their success at school. Establish good practice right from the start with this practical handbook by involving parents and carers during the Early Years Foundation Stage. Getting it right involves time, reflective practice, skill and a genuine understanding of the barriers that can impede forming effective working relationships with parents. Based on current research, this book offers an informed and comprehensive framework for working with parents, drawing on the latest evidence and containing practical advice from practitioners and parents, to support sound partnership practice. Packed with practical examples and activities for training as well as resources to support practice across a wide range of settings, this comprehensive look at the topic will be valuable to both new and experienced teachers. Topics discussed include: Working with parents of different aged children; The development of strategies to support the relationship; The barriers to partnership working, including cultural differences and working with hard to reach families; Setting up home and setting visits; and creating parent-friendly environments. The ideas are straightforward to implement and the case studies show how well they work in practice. What appears initially to be a slim volume packs in a vast amount of valuable information.

A Practical Guide to Transforming Primary Mathematics: Activities and tasks that really work by Mike Askew

Start by giving children a love for maths by involving them in engaging activities, and they will learn to enjoy and appreciate the subject. It offers inspiration and ideas for all training and practising teachers committed to making mathematics enjoyable, inclusive, engaging and successful. The companion to Mike Askew’s bestselling book, Transforming Primary Mathematics , this practical guide focuses on showing you how to unlock the powerful potential of a small set of consistent principles and practices, known as the teaching tripod, to develop a coherent approach to teaching mathematics. Organised around the major strands of the curriculum - number, calculations, shape and space, measures, and data handling – it offers an accessible introduction to the teaching tripod, a careful choice of tasks, supported by a range of tools that extend our natural abilities and held together by careful attention to classroom talk. A range of classroom tasks, each including key learning outcomes, clear links to the framework, links to relevant research, and suggestions for making the tasks easier or harder, are offered for every topic, helping you plan units of work for meaningful learning. Practical, full of examples and very interesting - it really will transform teaching.

Descriptosaurus: Action & Adventure by Alison Wilcox

Descriptosaurus is a hugely popular and highly successful book which helps teachers encourage their pupils' creative writing. Building on that success are these two new titles. Descriptosaurus: Action and Adventure takes a subject which will really excite and engage children and builds on the vocabulary and descriptive phrases introduced in the original bestselling book. Always keeping closely to the theme, it develops the structure and use of the words and phrases to promote colourful cinematic writing. The book opens with an outline of favourite adventure stories and describes the key features they contain; these features are then expanded on through the book. The first part of the book is The Race and this gets the book off to a good start with hooks to build interest and tension. Moving on, we come to The Chase, The Villain and Survival. Each section is packed with examples, including sentences, phrases and words. This is a huge library of ideas and will give teachers an almost unlimited resource to inspire their pupils. It's very simple to use and newly qualified teachers and teachers in training will find the book accessible; experienced teachers will find the range of ideas quite superb. A wonderful resource. You can get 20% off the Descriptosaurus books here - 

Descriptosaurus: Ghost Stories by Alison Wilcox

This essential guide will enable children to take their writing to the next level, combine their descriptions of setting and character and show how the two interact. Children can then experiment with their own ghost stories (a genre which really makes the best use of extensive vocabulary and descriptive phrases), armed with the skills, techniques and vocabulary necessary to describe their scenes in a way that allows the reader to feel the fear. Both the books are exceptionally easy to use; it's easy to find what you need - and if you are just looking for inspiration but don't quite know where to start, just dip in - you will be amazed. Teachers looking for ideas for displays to encourage writing and to extend vocabulary will find the book brimful of ideas. Using these two inspiring books will help their pupils produce exceptional stories. Creative writing can be a challenge for some children, but with these books to hand, teachers can really enthuse their children and get some great results.

Reading Fundamentals: Grade 1: Nonfiction Activities to Build Reading Comprehension Skills (Flash Kids) by Aileen Weintraub

This colourful and clear to use book takes a variety of interesting topics and combines them with eye-catching photographs, and a bright, appealing design to encourage children to read and extend knowledge and comprehension. The book is written for the US market, so although the ideas are just as applicable to British schools, you should be aware that US spelling and language (eg fall for autumn) is used. The book, which makes much better use of colour and photos than many, presents young readers with nonfiction passages that cover a range of topics, including science, history, and geography. After each passage, there are a range of questions--fill-in-the-blank, short answer, true/false, multiple choice, and matching--test key comprehension skills. It's unusual to find a book which has so many short non-fiction passages; they are perfect for short classroom activities. Published by Flash Kids, ISBN 9781411471993.

Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories by Trisha Lee

This engrossing book is subtitled 'Storytelling and story acting in the early years' which tells you exactly what it is all about. Young children are highly imaginative and we need to capitalise on this before they become self-conscious about their thinking - this book will help all Early Years practitioners to draw the best out of children as they use stories and fantasy play to make connections and make sense of the world. MakeBelieve Arts Helicopter Stories are based on the storytelling and story acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley and have been shown to have a significant impact on children’s literacy and communication skills, their confidence and social and emotional development. this book provides a practical, step-by-step guide to using this approach with young children. It shows how to introduce Helicopter Stories to children. The friendly and accessible approach is full of anecdotes and practical examples from a wide range of settings, ensuring it is relevant to any Early Years setting. The book sets out easy to follow guidelines and rules for scribing children’s stories, creating a stage and acting out stories. Understanding that not all needs are the same, the author sympathetically addresses taboos and sensitive issues in children’s stories; shows how to encourage reluctant participants and supports children with English as an Additional Language. This is a really interesting approach to engaging young children, clearly explained in a way that makes the reader really want to try it out.

The SENCo Handbook: Leading and Managing a Whole School Approach by Elizabeth Cowne

This essential handbook is now in its 6th edition - testament to how popular it is, and to the publisher's determination to ensure the information is always up-to-date. The key change in this edition is to take account of the 2014 SEND Code of Practice (2014). Also updated are recent research and implications for policy and practice in schools overall and for SENCos in particular. The book is aimed at SENCOs in all settings, from early years settings to colleges. Students and those studying for the National Award for SEN Co-ordination, whether or not they are committed to teaching in a particular age group, will therefore find the book gives an essential overview. It is valuable for both SENCOs and school leaders; the latter will find the book gives them a greater understanding of how the SENCo role has changed and will change, thus facilitating the implementation of an effective whole-school policy. Key topics include: leading and managing change in SEN policy and practice; building the capacity of class and subject teachers to meet the needs of pupils; managing the graduated response for those with identified additional needs; tracking and recording progress; developing whole-school approaches to policy and practice for those with SEND; the deployment and management of support staff; working with children, young people and their parents; working in partnership with a range of outside agencies and services. The demands of current legislation makes the last point extremely helpful. Photocopiable training materials are included, as well as source lists for further reading and information. All-in-all, a comprehensive and straightforward approach.

Flip the System: Changing Education from the Ground Up by Jelmer Evers

This book takes a scholarly look at a world-wide issue. Education is threatened on a global scale by forces of neoliberalism, through high stakes accountability, privatisation and a destructive language of learning. In all respects, a GERM (Global Education Reform Movement) has erupted from international benchmark rankings such as PISA, TIMMS and PIRL, causing inequity, narrowing of the curriculum and teacher deprofessionalisation on a truly global scale. In this book, teachers from around the world and other educational experts, make the case to move away from this uneducational economic approach, to instead embrace a more humane, more democratic approach to education. This approach is called ‘flipping the system’, a move that places teachers exactly where they need to be - at the steering wheel of educational systems worldwide. It's not a book to be tackled by the faint-hearted, but once you become engrossed in the book, it is a fascinating read and a reassuring look at where teachers really should be - at the very centre of education systems, driving them forward.

Developing Memory Skills in the Primary Classroom: A complete programme for all by Gill Davies

Today's classrooms are busy places and children are expected to remember vast amounts of information and instruction. This practical book contains guidance and resources that will help teachers boost their pupils’ working memory. This method has been tested in schools and is proven to have a positive impact on pupils. The resources include a variety of photocopiable games and activities; extensive teaching notes; a range of sample letters to parents/carers; essential information sheets; bespoke baseline assessment tools; a detailed programme that can be run by a teaching assistant under the guidance of the SENCo. I think the theory which lies behind the book and the excellent presentation make this an excellent basis for INSET days. Importantly, the book provides a clear link between working in the classroom and with parents in the home - this is emphasised by the advice and information sheets for parents.The techniques used are wide-ranging, meaning there is plenty for every type of learner; they can be easily adapted for use throughout the curriculum and for learners of all abilities. I think this interesting book has plenty of value beyond the classroom too - we can all apply some of the ideas and techniques.

The ICT Handbook for Primary Teachers: A Guide for Students and Professionals by David Hall

Of all subjects in the primary curriculum, keeping up-to-date with changes in ICT (now Computing) can be the most challenging, so it's good to see this second edition of the book. The curriculum was completely overhauled in 2014, so this new edition is an essential. It includes a new section on the Computing curriculum and an overview of the reorganisation of those online agencies that serve to support ICT - again, an area in which there have been many changes. Covering theory and practice the book explores and outlines the usefulness of a wide range of up to date ICT resources - there is so much out there that it can be well-nigh impossible to look at everything so this guidance is very welcome. There are many really useful references to supplementary online resources, providing activities, multimedia resources and further reading and all these supplement the book excellently. Topics include the requirements of the new Computing curriculum, the place for ICT in enhancing teaching and learning across the curriculum, using ICT in core curriculum subjects and in cross-curricular contexts, different models of e-learning (interactive whiteboards, tablet PCs, mobile devices, the Internet etc), how ICT can be used to help pupils with special educational needs and using ICT for planning, delivery, assessment and recording. Whether you are a student, an experienced teacher, SENCO or ICT coordinator/manager you will find this book invaluable, with a vast amount of information well presented.

The School I'd Like: Revisited: Children and young people's reflections on an education for the future by Catherine Burke

Strongly focusing on the voice of the consumer - the pupil - this fascinating book revisits The Guardian competition of 2001 in which young people were asked to imagine their ideal school. Following on from that, in 2011, The Guardian re-launched the competition; this book presents the views of the children who responded to that competition. It's a fascinating insight into how school pupils view their schools and all concerned with education need to pay heed if pupils are to be fully engaged with their education. Throughout the book, children's essays, stories, poems, pictures and plans give a unique perspective on exactly how pupils view schools. The changes in perceptions since the 2001 edition can be clearly seen and make for interesting reading. The book identifies consistencies in children's expressions of how they wish to learn and highlights particular sites of 'disease' in the education system today; illustrates how the built environment is experienced by today's children and poses questions about the reconstruction of teaching and learning for the twenty-first century. The book makes for excellent reading and the perception of the children will amaze, astonish and sometimes sadden you. It's a powerful book and all those concerned with education, whether policy-makers or classroom teachers, should read and note the vital messages it conveys.

Teaching in a Networked Classroom by Jonathan Savage

Technology changes at an astounding rate and none of us can predict what the future might hold. Teachers can only imagine the world for which they are preparing their students. Creativity is one way of addressing this uncertainty. In this book, the authors argue that creativity is a social and collaborative process that can be enhanced through online and digital technologies. The book is full of valuable case studies and practical tasks, showing teachers how they can develop an approach to teaching and learning with digital technologies that is inherently social, collaborative and creative. Topics covered are - Learning in a networked society - An examination of sharing practices and how knowledge can be shared more effectively - Potential pitfalls of virtual learning environments and public social networking sites - Using digital media to plan schemes of work and lessons - How to facilitate meaningful collaboration and discussion through digital media - Creating online environments to enable students to share their understandings and learning. It collects in one place key ideas about creativity, collaborative learning and ICT in the classroom to engender discussion and planning for the future..

Teaching Art to Young Children by Rob Barnes

Reaching a third edition is always testament to the value and reception of a book and this is a tried and tested text that teachers have valued. Both practising teachers and student teachers will find the range of ideas will give inspiration for the classroom and the clear presentation will help even the less-artistic to have confidence in their teaching. Based on first-hand experience, the book lays heavy emphasis on the inclusion of examples from early years and primary school contexts; an extensive centre section of colour images of a wide range of work will really inspire the reader; black and white illustrations appear through the book. Topics covered include developing skills through using media; how children draw; encouraging artistic confidence in children and producing original artwork and making use of digital imagery. It's a positive and encouraging approach which will really instill confidence and show how art links to all other areas of the curriculum, holding a vital position in teaching.

Understanding School Transition: What happens to children and how to help them by Jennifer Symonds

It's excellent to see the efforts that schools go to to help children through what can be a tough phase in their education. It's a time of huge upheaval with personal and social changes to face. Handling this transition wisely is fundamental to helping children settle and get the most out of their new environment and that's where this invaluable book comes in. These underpin the immediate and longer term wellbeing of children, peer groups, teachers and schools. Understanding School Transition provides a most comprehensive, international review of this important area, complete with practical advice on what practitioners can do to support children’s wellbeing, motivation and achievement. Topics include Understanding stress and anxiety; Children’s hopes, fears and myths at transition; Parents’ and teachers’ influence and role; Children’s relationships with peers as they change schools; Children’s personal and collective identities; Motivation, engagement and achievement and Supporting the most vulnerable children. The extensive references both give authority and open up avenues for further research. Whatever your role in the transition process - teacher, parent, educator - you need to read this book to help students get the very best from their chances. It really gets to the heart of the matter and the in-depth discussion will help all concerned to really understand what goes on during this process.

Writing Strategies That Work: Do This--Not That! by Lori G. Wilfong

This book contains ten effective strategies that will improve students' writing and help teachers to find out about the best practices around. The author takes you through today’s best practices for teaching writing and how to implement them in the classroom. The book includes a wealth of practical examples and strategies to apply in the classroom, all clearly explained and straightforward to apply. As well as advising what to do, the author also makes suggestions of techniques to avoid, based on years of experience. Learn how to: make sure students have enough work in a genre before you assign writing; develop thoughtful, short writing prompts that are "infinite" and not finite; have students read and learn from master authors in the genre they are writing; create a writing community so that writing is not an isolated activity; use anchor charts and minilessons, along with rubrics and checklists; implement revising strategies, not just editing strategies, taught in context; use conferencing to grow students as thoughtful, reflective writers; let narratives be personal and creative, focusing on details and imagery; let informational writing explore a topic creatively and in depth; and let argument writing be situated in real-world application and not be limited to one-sided, "what-if" debates. Every chapter begins with an engaging scenario, includes the "why" behind the practice; based on the Common Core, the techniques can be applied to the UK curriculum. The book also contains many templates that teachers can reproduce and use in their own classrooms.

Challenging and Controversial Picturebooks: Creative and critical responses to visual texts by Janet Evans

As a reviewer of children's books, I found this book fascinating. I am sometimes perturbed by the content of some so-called picture books with the assumption that they are for young readers, but they can be far from suitable for young children. The intended age may well be far beyond the expected audience. These are picturebooks whose controversial subject matter and unconventional, often unsettling style of illustration challenge the reader, pushing them to question and probe deeper to understand what the book is about - this is not the conventional expectation of picture books. These increasingly popular picturebooks work on many different levels; they are truly polysemic and worthy of in-depth analysis. They push the reader to ask questions and in many instances are intrinsically philosophical, often dealing with fundamental life issues; by giving them to young children, the author/illustrators' point is lost. The book examines these unconventional, non-conformist picturebooks, considering what they are, their audience and their purpose. It brings to our attention the fact that we must always look beyond the picture book format and make sure we read the text and look at the illustrations carefully before sharing them with children. This book takes an international viewpoint, so readers may well not encounter many of the books but it certainly gives teachers and librarians food for thought.

Transforming Reading Skills in the Secondary School: Simple strategies for improving literacy by Pat Guy

This practical and commonsense book is designed to help practitioners working in a mainstream context, and it does include a section on giving effective support in withdrawal lessons. The book suggests ways to develop the underlying skills necessary for good reading through multiple pathways such as mainstream subject lessons, individual and small group support sessions, whole school initiatives, the use of reading mentors and home-school liaison opportunities. Brimming with ideas and activities, Pat Guy explores a variety of different aspects of reading which include the role of the School Librarian - as a school librarian myself, I think more could be made of the role and the part librarians can play in promoting literacy. The best part of this book, to my mind, comes in the form of the advice sheets which are crammed with practical suggestions. They include a series of engaging games, comprehension help and advice for parents including a varied list of reading resources which reflect students' interests. Teachers and librarians wanting to develop the reading skills of secondary pupils who struggle will find this a resource they return to time and time again.

Teacher-Made Assessments: How to Connect Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Learning (Eye on Education) by Christopher Gareis

Assessment is, of course, a measure of student learning but, as this book shows, there is much more to it than that. This new edition of a best-selling book gives guidance on constructing and using classroom assessments through a variety of means including tests, quizzes, essays, and rubrics to improve student achievement. Main sections are why assess student learning; what makes a good assessment; how to create a good assessment; how to create good select response and constructed response items; connecting assessment to learning; influencing practice in school. I would just say that, although the principles are largely the same, this is basically a US publication so some elements may not be applicable to the situation in the UK. However, this clearly written book is a very useful guide to an essential element of classroom practice.

The Routledge Companion to Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (Routledge Companions) by Penny Lacey and others

This in-depth scholarly look at the topic features contributions from writing teams of acknowledged experts providing a balance of both academic and practitioner perspectives; this means that each aspect is excellently covered by real experts, giving the reader confidence. Each chapter contains careful presentations and analysis of the findings from influential research and its practical applications and the book is a treasure chest of experiences, suggestions and ideas from practitioners that will be invaluable for many years to come. The contributors cover topics related to the rights and needs of children and young adults from 0-25 years, this fitting perfectly with the new Education and Health Care Plans, and ensuring progress is maintained after leaving formal education. Careful attention is paid to understanding the needs of carers and of the young people. The chapters are: Provision for learners with SLD/PMLD; Involving stakeholders; Priorities for meeting the personal and social needs of learners; Developing the curriculum; Strategies for supporting teaching and learning; Towards a new understanding of education for learners with SLD/PMLD. This text is an essential read for students on courses and staff working in and with the whole range of educational settings catering for children and young adults with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, not just for teachers but also for support staff, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and other specialists. An authoritative work which makes an excellent reference guide for all aspects of helping children and young people with severe learning difficulties.

Empowering Families: Practical Ways to Involve Parents in Boosting Literacy, Grades Pre-K-5 by Judy Bradbury and Susan E Busch

Parents and carers have a vital role to play in encouraging literacy in their children - it is not just the responsibility of schools. With so many pressures on teachers' time, finding time to develop and implement literacy programmes to keep families engaged and involved can be hard to schedule. That's where this invaluable book comes in, with its step-by-step planning for literacy booster sessions; the book includes ready-to-use handouts for events, such as announcement sheets, follow-up evaluations, and tipsheets that describe ways parents can reinforce literacy at home. These handouts are photocopiable and the tipsheets are also available for easy download from the Routledge website. Key features that will be helped through the programme are; reading aloud to children at home; minimising the 'summer slide'; encouraging boys to enjoy reading; helping children cope with homework and much, much more. There are many useful book lists included, although I must warn you that the book has a US bias; this does not detract from the overall value of the book - the valuable principles explained are equally relevant wherever you live. It's a comprehensive look at a vital area of learning which will give the best results when applied throughout the school - and this book makes doing so easy and achievable - and provides great encouragement.

How to be Inventive When Teaching Primary Mathematics: Developing outstanding learners by Steve Humble

Maths is all around us and this inspiring book shows teachers how they can engender a love for maths in their pupils by making good use of the world around us. The author is known as Dr Maths for his passionate approach to teaching and developing a love for maths. This highly readable and motivating book is packed with exciting and creative ideas, many of them quite unexpected. It empowers teachers to not only use the ideas in the book but to develop their own ideas by giving them the confidence to know that thinking creatively really works. Take your pupils on a maths walk, meet dinosaurs, visit art galleries, learn your destiny number, create your first human graph in the playground and learn how to be an algebra magician  - what inspiring ideas.  Centred on five key mathematical topics - number, geometry, measurement, statistics and algebra – the book takes a journey, introducing historical facts, ideas for innovative and inventive classroom activities and explorations of the key misconceptions for each topic. The author's enthusiasm is clear to see and the book is a fascinating read.

Jumpstart! PSHE: Games and activities for ages 7-13 by John Foster

Children and young people can sometimes be reluctant to discuss the issues that arise in PSHE, so this book of practical activities will be really valued by teachers, as it provides a springboard for activities and discussion. Full of practical activities which are well explained and easy to implement, the book covers class and group discussions and formal debates. It moves on to a range of activities to encourage further participation, including games, role plays, hot seating and thought tracking. The nature of the activities make it easy for children to express themselves on issues that concern them such as bullying and sexual issues; these can be hard topics for teachers to address so they,too, will gain confidence in expressing themselves. Major issues including drugs, relationships and discrimination are made easier and more meaningful to handle. Each chapter is divided into smaller sections which are clearly labelled with the appropriate age, so teachers can use just the right level of material for the age of the children - this is a really useful feature and makes the book easy to use throughout the recommended age range, especially as many teachers are not specialists in the subject. PSHE is a vital subject and can have a huge impact on pupils' lives, so use this excellent book to help it to be a positive impact.

Speak, Listen and Learn: Teaching resources for ages 7-13 by Tony Wood

This valuable book contains a series of graduated lesson plans aimed at improving children’s speaking and listening skills, their self-confidence and their motivation to learn. These are key skills, sometimes overlooked but essential both in leading to better school performance and helping future prospects. Teachers using the scheme as set out in the book can be assured that it is well proven, having been developed and tested in schools over a four year period. The skills taught fulfil the criteria of the new National Curriculum and make the principles easy to apply throughout the curriculum, making a whole-school approach emm=inently possible. Each lesson worksheet is comprehensively thought out, with learning objectives, guidance on preparation and organisation, an activity guide, and follow-up suggestions. Whatever the level of the children being taught, the four levels of difficulty combine to develop a powerful range of abilities associated with persuasive and presentational speech, dialogue and debate, as well as developing the children’s command, use, and articulation of English. Each level consists of twelve starter lessons suitable for class-based group work, with sections preparing pupils for a variety of class competitions including public speaking, poetry reading and debating. The activities link naturally with other areas of the curriculum, and topics already being studied can easily be incorporated. Children will readily engage with the activities and as their confidence grows, there are plenty more ideas to work through to enhance learning.

The Nursery Year in Action: Following children's interests through the year by Anna Ephgrave

The key to this book lies in the title - following children's interests, and this child-centred book does just that. The first thing that struck me about this book was the extensive use of colour photography; simply flicking through the book will inspire Early Years practitioners. You will find a month-by-month view covering all aspects of teaching in nursery settings which can be applied if you are teaching a few children or responsible for a large setting. Children's awareness of the world around them is heightened by this approach and parental involvement facilitated. Clearly explained outcomes show the benefits of applying the principles. Much of the book reports on practical examples and the way the ideas actually work in practice, giving confidence in the methods and ideas. Planning is assisted by photocopiable sheets, letters and lists of resources available for download - a real boon for busy teachers. A very practical book that puts the child at the centre of planning and provides inspiration throughout the year. The author's Early Years department has achieved four 'Outstanding' Ofsted judgements - testament to the efficacy of her methods.

Teaching Mathematics Creatively (Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series) by Linda Pound and Trisha Lee

This second edition offers new and experienced teachers a fascinating and inspiring range of strategies to offer an innovative and appealing approach to teaching mathematics. It explains the role of play in bringing mathematics, making the subject far more interesting than children expect - using these ideas, they will really look forward to their maths lessons. It uses the power of story-telling; encourages learning maths outdoors; links maths and music and even introduces giant maths (how much food do you include on a giant shopping list?). These approaches integrate maths across the curriculum and help children see the part it plays in every area of life and learning. Well written with practical examples included as well as useful lists of further reading and (this appeals to me as a librarian) very good lists of children's books to use. An inspiring book with an approach that really engages children with their learning, making excellent use of children's love for and response to story telling. The strengths of the authors - Linda Pound is an Early Years Education Consultant and Trisha Lee is Founder and Artistic Director of MakeBelieve Arts - have been brought together to bring us an excellent teaching resource.

Outstanding Assessment for Learning in the Classroom by Jayne Bartlett

This book demonstrates how assessment for learning can be used to enhance and support all aspects of the learning process. Including chapters on embedding assessment during each phase of the lesson, using assessment data to inform planning, questioning techniques and feedback, the book will help teachers to use assessment effectively to produce outstanding results. Packed full of practical strategies, this book shows you how you can make assessment meaningful in the classroom, directly impacting your students and creating a more autonomous learning environment. It is written specifically with the class teacher in mind and draws on a range of different examples across many subjects to deliver ideas that can be translated with ease to everyday teaching practices. From the time the bell goes right up to making and assessing completed homework, the book covers every aspect of lessons and will greatly aid teachers in ensuring assessment is a fundamental and integral part of their planning. This innovative approach, with its practical advice and wide range of activities will be equally valuable to new and to experienced teachers; newer teachers especially will appreciate the confidence the approach will give them. Using this practical book across the school can help teachers ensure a consistency in approaching and reporting, giving results which are consistent across the whole school thereby increasing their value and reliability. Aimed at secondary teachers, this is an excellent staffroom resource which will stimulate discussion and improve practice.

Dialogic Readers: Children talking and thinking together about visual texts by Fiona Maine

It can be fascinating to listen to the discussions that primary-aged children can have as they talk together about what they have read; here we have a book which harnesses the potential of those discussions, highlighting the potential for talk between readers as a tool for critical and creative thinking. Dialogic reading basically uses picture books and images to enhance and improve literacy and language skills and is therefore a principle that can be applied from an early age. The book emphasises talk as a tool for learning and shows how it can form an integral part of primary classroom learning and teaching. It explores the language of co-construction; children’s critical and creative responses to text; the dialogic transaction between text and readers; the use of language as a tool for creating a social cohesion between readers. Aimed at educational lecturers, researchers and students who want to explore an expanded notion it is a book which repays thoughtful reading and facilitates discussion around the concepts, bringing them to an awareness of a wider audience. It's a fascinating look at how opportunities for children thinking creatively together might transform the potential for learning in the classroom. A very interesting approach which offers a good deal of food for thought and could lead to a different approach across the curriculum.

Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up by Ken Robinson

When I first saw this book, I thought it might be a dull, dry read - far from it. It's written engagingly and wittily. The author is the internationally recognized leader on creativity and human potential and here he turns his attention to how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system. He argues for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposes a highly personalised, organic approach that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students, develop their love of learning, and enable them to face the real challenges of the twenty-first century. Filled with anecdotes and practical examples, this is an inspiring book which focuses on the individual. The very best thing about the book is the very real hope it offers for the future of our schools and for our children - if only the powers-that-be will pay heed.

Understanding and Managing Children's Behaviour through Group Work Ages 5-7: A child-centred programme by Cath Hunter

Understand what and how children communicate and how to respond in a way that provides positive messages, is key to managing and improving behaviour. The book introduces the concept of reflective language and other tools, equipping staff with new skills - skills that can be used in any aspect of education. The first section explains the factors that influence children’s behaviour. The second section of the book focuses on using group work programmes, and demonstrates their impact. The activities in the group work programmes explore the concept of using reflective language as a behaviour management tool and are designed to motivate and build confidence, self-esteem and resilience. The book includes practitioner and classroom management tips and reflective tasks; strategies and practical ideas for staff to use to help them engage more deeply with the contents of the book; flexible, tried and tested group work programmes designed to promote inclusion rather than exclusion; clear step-by-step instructions for delivering the group work programmes; case studies showing behaviour examples with detailed explanations for the behaviour and strategies to respond to it. It's a clear and well thought out approach which will allow teachers to use the principles with confidence to improve classroom behaviour.

Supporting Change in Autism Services: Bridging the gap between theory and practice by Jackie Ravet

This book explores the theoretical and practical dimensions of improving service provision for children, young people and adults with autism. All those concerned with this area will find the book valuable and the fact that it is addressing all practitioners across the board means that a joined-up approach will be adopted, providing unity between the various organisations - a practice implicit in new legislation. Theory is all very well but guidance on applying theory is essential to ensure the best possible outcomes and, as this book shows, it's not only children affected. core aim of the book is to identify and critically examine some of the key factors that either facilitate or inhibit the implementation of good autism practice at both practitioner level and workplace level. The practical applications shown through the range of practitioner case studies will be extremely useful to show the ideas in the real world. Topics explored include: controversies and ambiguities in autism policy, theory and discourse; understanding autism in an inclusive context; enabling participation; making sense of behaviour; autism and interprofessionalism; strategic planning for autism friendly services; bridging the implementation gap. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in improving services for people with autism in the education, social care, health and voluntary sectors. The extensive use of references both gives confidence in the book and gives sources for further reading.

Teaching and Learning in the Early Years ed by David Whitebread and Penny Coltman

This comprehensive text gives a well-balanced approach to the Early Years curriculum, giving equal weight to all aspects of learning. Working from the fundamental fact that an effective early years curriculum must start with the children, their needs and their potential, the contributors acknowledge that learning must have a strong element of fun, wonder and excitement. The book draws on a wide range of expertise, ensuring that every chapter is packed with input from experienced specialists. Fully revised and updated to reflect recent changes to the curriculum, there are new chapters on assessment, communication, writing, creativity and diversity. The book includes an analysis of research into how children learn; and discussions of issues such as classroom organisation, curriculum management, and assessment; a detailed section on play and language and chapters covering individual curriculum areas, including new chapters on music and PSHE. Each chapter combines a review of important principles with practical and inspiring classroom examples to inspire teaching. This practical aspect makes the book easy to relate to and shows the value in a classroom setting; the black and white photos extend this. The fact that the book is now in its fourth edition speaks for itself, showing the value placed on the book by practitioners. Full of good ideas, this is a highly readable book which merits a place in every Early Years setting and will also be a valuable resource for students.

Engaging Learners with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities: A resource book for teachers and teaching assistants by Barry Carpenter and others

Children and young people with CLDD have a range of conditions and combinations of conditions which can often be unfamiliar to educators. It can be challenging to engage them with learning, so there is a very real need for approaches and resources to engage this group of children in learning. The Engagement for Learning Framework has been developed and trialled by over 100 educational settings (both special and mainstream) with learners from early years to post-16, so educators can be confident that the methods are well tried. It gives practitioners from a range of disciplines a shared means of assessing, recording and developing personalized learning pathways and demonstrating progression for these children. The focus on inquiry means that however complex a young person’s needs, educators will be able to apply the approach. Clearly presented, despite the complexity of the material, the book gives an in-depth view of using the Engagement for Learning Framework effectively; the case studies show the impact of the system. I like the fact the book specifically includes Teaching Assistants, who play a vital role in any classroom and especially with students with complex issues, where they are frequently providing essential one-to-one support. The impressive qualifications of the authors makes this an authoritative book that will be highly valued by all involved in the teaching of CLDD young people.

Cross-Curricular Teaching in the Primary School: Planning and facilitating imaginative lessons edited by Trevor Kerry

Cross-curricular teaching provides an engaging way to teach but it must be carefully structured to offer the maximum benefits to pupils. Done well, it provides an exciting way of teaching that enhances each individual subject - and using this book will help teachers to recognise when it works well and how to use it to the best advantage. This is the second edition of this practical and accessible book, which has been fully updated in light of the new curriculum. It shows how cross-curricular work can contribute to deeper subject knowledge, giving children a clear perspective of how all learning intermeshes. With many examples of effective topic work to reassure teachers that the approach really works, this book provides guidance on the underpinning theory and strategies to facilitate cross-curricular work with young children. The theory behind the strategy is explained with information on how children learn, how to improve learning skills, and the theory and rationale behind the cross-curricular approach. Other topics include developing the curriculum and lesson planning; teaching and learning in an integrated way at KS1 and KS2 and cross-curricular approaches for maths. To be really effective, whole school approaches and team teaching for cross-curricular teaching are needed and this is covered, along with the role of support staff in cross-curricular teaching. Supporting children with special needs is not forgotten either. Finally, the all-important issue of assessment is covered. Overall, this is an excellent and reassuring book, giving all school staff the confidence to embed the approach.

Working in Teaching: A guide to qualifying and starting a successful career in teaching by Alan Newland

For young people thinking about a career in teaching, there is much to consider. This book makes an excellent starting point and will be a valuable addition to a careers library. It covers every stage of becoming a teacher from routes into teaching to securing a teaching role as an NQT. Part 1 is Heading into teaching; Part 2 Routes to qualifying; Part 3 Your first year as a teacher and Part 4 is Career development - so as you can see, this book really is valuable to have to hand from choosing teaching as a profession up to and beyond the first year of teaching. Topics include Different routes into teaching; The PGCE and other teaching courses; Placements and observation; Finding teaching roles to apply for; Applications and interviews; Support for NQT year; Secondary and primary school teacher salary; and Career direction and development - truly a comprehensive look at all the questions aspiring teachers have. A particular point to note are the case studies from teachers at all stages of their career, so readers know this is what happens in real life, not an idealised picture. Down-to-earth questions, such as can I afford it, and what support will there be are answered.It's an approachable book, clear and easy to use, whether you just want to dip in and out, or read it right through. Excellent for all aspiring teachers.

Lessons in Teaching Computing in Primary Schools by James Bird

The changes that have taken place in the new curriculum to in ICT are immense - in fact, ICT is now computing and this change reflects the different approach that must now be taught. This can be a daunting prospect for teachers, who are faced with a complete change. And that's where this book comes in - this book provides subject knowledge, takes a look at effective teaching of computing in primary schools and provides high quality exemplar lessons. The lessons are accompanied by analysis of what makes them good and this useful approach gives teachers a springboard for preparing their own computing lessons, armed with the confidence that what they are doing really works. The book includes algorithms , programming and digital content for KS1 and programming, physical computing, networks, digital information and technology for KS2. Written by highly experienced authors, the book encourages thinking through its lesson plans, discussions and activities. The book is one of the Lessons in Teaching series, a series "that takes exemplar lessons as a starting point for developing subject knowledge and exploring the theory behind them. The lessons can be adapted to suit different year groups and schools."

Teaching Synthetic Phonics (Teaching Handbooks Series) by Rhona Johnston and Joyce Watson

The synthetic phonics approach is used in all primary schools in England so it is essential that teachers, whether already in the classroom or still training, have a thorough understanding of its principles and why it is the chosen system. This comprehensive and up-to-date guide helps in understanding the theory behind phonics - without that knowledge, teaching loses its meaning. It shows how children's learning of reading develops and helps in understanding the process, whether it is going smoothly or if problems are encountered. The systematic coverage means teachers can ensure every aspect is covered fully before moving on; there is a plethora of information here to inform and thus improve teaching. This new edition has been updated to include new chapters on the new Phonics Check in year 1 and overviews of popular phonics schemes used in England and Scotland.

Creativity in Primary Education (Achieving QTS Series) ed by Anthony Wilson

Written for primary trainees, this book is equally valuable for experienced classroom teachers - it can be easy to overlook the value of creativity in the classroom and let teaching become stale. Not only do teachers need to be creative themselves - they need to develop the skill in their pupils and what better way than by example? The point that really struck me is that creativity is not restricted to a limited number of subjects but embraces the whole curriculum and gives an excellent basis for cross-curricular teaching. The success of the book is proven by the fact this is the third edition; it retains key material and has been updated and revised to include two new chapters - the theme of the creative curriculum and supporting trainees to see how effective curriculum design can enhance creative teaching. An excellent way to refresh established teaching and bring in new ideas which will delight children. With plenty of good examples, this gives lots of food for thought and motivation to extend creativity.

Teaching Religious Education Creatively (Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series) edited by Sally Elton-Chalcraft

This fresh approach to the teaching of RE is full of creative ideas to make RE a lively and relevant subject for primary school pupils. We know how vital it is for all of us to understand and accept that there are many different beliefs in our world and that we need to accept and respect people's faiths. RE teaching has the potential to change viewpoints and lives and this thoughtful book shows how effective teaching can encourage discernment, strengthen individual faith and help answer questions. Chapters are written by specialists and give an in-depth view, including detailed references to supporting research. Teaching today goes far beyond learning by rote - it encourages children to make their own decisions and what better subject than RE to do that? Stimulated by the innovative and clear ideas in this book, teachers will be enabled to make the most of this important subject.

Brilliant Ideas for Using ICT in the Inclusive Classroom by Sally McKeown and Angela McGlashon

The world of ICT is so fast-moving that it can seem a daunting task for teachers to try and keep up to date. This practical guide contains 50 Brilliant Ideas plus 20 Brilliant Starters to help teachers unlock the enormous potential of new technology. There is a particular focus on young people with additional needs and I found this particularly interesting as ICT can offer so many additional opportunities for anyone who struggles to learn, for whatever reason; this approach also helps integration in the classroom. The book is written by two of the UK’s leading technology experts, and it makes the subject approachable and not in the least daunting. The clear guidelines given for each activity, including invaluable tips, make the most of the marvels of modern technology. The contacts and information boxes for each topic give links for further information and application. The book has been specifically designed to help develop pupils’ key skills, including problem solving, developing concepts and communicating to different audiences. In each activity, the authors show why and how a particular resource was used and show how similar techniques can be implemented right across the curriculum. A range of technologies are covered, including many free to access right up to sophisticated packages. An excellent book which will stimulate discussion and innovative teaching ideas.

Bringing German to Life: Creative activities for 5-11 by Catherine Watts

This excellent cross-curricular approach to language teaching puts language just where it should be - at the heart of a range of activities; that is, after all, the way we learn our first language. There are 14 sections, each beginning with a story in German about two children; the stories develop through the book to tell all about their day. Following each story, you will find ideas on using the vocabulary plus a range of activities, including finger puppets, handmade crafts and exciting games, all of which offer opportunities to practise the language. A wide range of further activities follows, consisting of lively games, songs and opportunities to communicate simple ideas. Cross curricular links include Literacy, Numeracy, PE and ICT; this approach really integrates language learning into the curriculum. The book allows use in many different ways, leaving teachers free to use the ideas in the way that will best fit with their teaching - great displays can be created with the craft suggestions and these provide a good way to keep languages at the forefront of pupil's awareness. It's an excellent approach which guides teachers whilst giving plenty of scope for individual adaptation.

Descriptosaurus: Supporting Creative Writing for Ages 8-14 by Alison Wilcox

No more pupils sitting with blank pages (and blank expressions!) during creative writing sessions with this inspiring book to hand. The book is 'a thematic expansion of a dictionary and a thesaurus'. Teachers will find it invaluable to encourage children to expand their descriptive vocabulary, experiment with language and sentence structure and build up narratives. Following a comprehensive introduction explaining how to use the book, there are three main sections - settings, characters and creatures. Each is sub-divided, for example settings includes landscapes which is further divided into specific landscapes each with an incredible range of words, phrases and sentences to use in association. The book includes a CD-ROM containing all the main elements of the book plus additional resources - don't miss these! Constructive and easy to use, I can see this book being in constant use. There is just so much in this phenomenal book that I can't do it justice here - you need to take a look for yourself - creative writing lessons will be transformed and pupil confidence and ability extended. It's equally valuable for parents who want to support their child's writing at home, and also for home educators and PGCE students.

Circle Time for Young Children (Essential Guides for Early Years Practitioners) by Jenny Mosley

Make the most of circle time with this practical and inspiring book, written by a leading exponent in the area. This new edition of a well trusted book is fully compliant with the new curriculum. Circle time is a key part of the Early Years curriculum and provides an excellent way to embed confidence which will support children throughout their school years. The opportunity given for sharing and talking is fundamental to teaching relationship skills, enhancing self-esteem and building a positive behaviour management and anti-bullying policy. Circle time enhances every aspect of the curriculum but has a key role to play in PSE and this is emphasised through this book with its 'why? what? how?' format. Plans include the suggested number of children, resources needed and 'what to do' ideas; all these stimulate discussion and act as a springboard for further activities. Clear, practical and rewarding to use, this is an excellent tool to maximise value of this all-important part of the Early Years classroom.

Teaching Physical Education Creatively (Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series) by Angela Pickard

We all appreciate the importance of encouraging children to participate in and, most importantly enjoy, physical activities to set a good pattern for life. By using this practical and creative book, teachers will be setting good habits in a positive environment. The book has a wide range of ideas for developing the teaching of dance, games, gymnastics and outdoor and adventurous activities and it helps teachers to see the value of each aspect. Children are inquisitive and active by nature and the ideas capitalise on that with its exciting and innovative approaches to teaching physical education. It goes into great detail - it's not a quick fix book but one which merits careful consideration before embarking on lesson planning. A practical guide, it takes account of the many different situations faced by primary teachers. This is an excellent resource for both practising and aspiring teachers and will be a very welcome addition to the staffroom library, where it will generate discussion and inspire planning throughout the primary years.

Jumpstart! History: Engaging activities for ages 7-12 by Sarah Whitehouse

These engaging activities focus on the new curriculum for history and will be welcomed by teachers who are looking for a fresh approach to the subject. We need to do more than teach facts - we need to encourage pupils to delve beneath the surface so they know why events took place. Understanding the historical skills of chronology, enquiry, historical inference and knowledge and understanding of people, places and time is an essential part of this and these areas are addressed by this book. These skills transfer readily to all areas of learning. By learning how to find out for themselves, children take ownership of and pride in their learning and this approach will stand them in good stead. Each key area of KS2 history is covered - eg Victorians and local history - with plenty of activities to encourage learning. The approach really does take children right inside history and the book is an excellent resource.

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