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Essential Truths for Teachers​ by Danny Steele and Todd Whitaker

It can seem to teachers that, no sooner have they taken one new idea on board, that the new new thing comes along. This can be just one more pressure to add to the challenges teachers face. This practical book aims to show teachers what really matters; the principles at the core of teaching that remain constant and that have the biggest impact on student achievement. The authors, who are widely experienced, reveal essential truths that will make more effective educators in areas such as student relationships, classroom management and classroom culture - the fundamentals that are so essential to get right. The strategies are presented in digestible chunks, often just a single page, perfect in-service training, mentoring, peer review and more. aIt's an approachable read, with inspiring anecdotes and insights that show how well the authors relate to classroom life. A book with the pupil at its heart.

Meet the Parents by Dorothy Lepkowska and Julie Nightingale

It can be hard to engage parents with their children's learning but we all know the importance of building strong and effective home-school partnerships, and that's the aim of this timely and practical book. The busier all our lives get, the harder it is for parents and teachers to build those relationships but this book uses more than 40 years of experience to explain techniques for uniting families with a range of backgrounds and a variety of circumstances. Through enlightening case studies, it demonstrates proven approaches to develop this partnership and shows the valuable impact this has on learning. By unpicking the issues that cause parents to be demotivated from engaging with schools, the authors show how to overcome barriers. It's a wide-ranging approach which includes making the most of parents' evening, SEND, bereavement, divorce and loss, raising aspirations and the influence of the media and online safety. The book is practically presented with relevant information easily located and case studies highlighted.

Stimulating Non-fiction Writing by Emma Hughes-Evans and Simon Brownhill

Just as some children prefer to read non-fiction, some prefer to write it. Whether or not that's the case, non-fiction writing requires a different approach, as this book clearly shows. It can be an excellent way to build fluency in writing, especially for the less imaginative child. The book is a treasure trove of interesting ideas, resource suggestions and practical activities, clearly presented to support lesson planning and delivery. Tried-and-tested resources, ‘Gold star!’ tips and practical suggestions are underpinned by research-informed teaching strategies and academic information to strengthen professional practice associated with the teaching of non-fiction writing. The book offers differentiated advice for working with children in Lower and Upper Key stage 2. The book includes a variety of text types, including instructions, persuasive texts, non-chronological reports, correspondence texts and discussion texts It's a valuable range of text types that will have a useful impact across the curriculum, making the book excellent for use in training and support. To enthuse children, teachers themselves need to be enthusiastic and this valuable book will give them the confidence they need to impart that enthusiasm to their pupils.

The Big Book of Primary Club Resources: Science and Outdoor Learning by F E Luton and Lian Jacobs

There is an expectation that all teachers will 'volunteer' to run lunchtime and after school clubs and this can seem a heavy burden on top of a busy timetable. However, this book encourages teachers to see this as a real positive, with its multitude of ideas to extend learning beyond the classroom, free from the constraints of the curriculum whilst enriching it. The book provides a simple and clear week-by-week outline for science and outdoor learning clubs over a two-year cycle, simplifying planning and delivery. It's a really easy to use book, clearly laid out and well illustrated with photos to show the ideas in action. The learning purpose is established, and instructions and resources clearly written. Activities include the human body, weather, chemistry and special effects science, the environment, mathematics of the natural world and outdoor survival skills. All the activities are adapted for three age groups (4–7 years; 7–9 years and 9–11 years) and offer highly satisfying outcomes for pupils - and teachers. Taking the strain out of club planning, this book is an invaluable resource for teachers and teaching assistants running clubs for children aged 4–11.

Mapping SEN: Routes through Identification to Intervention​ by Amanda Kirby

The aim of this book is to give Teachers, TAs and SENCOs the resources they need to identify and meet pupils' special educational needs. Children may well have more than one area of difficulty and the book shows how to create tailored approaches for these pupils.The book comes with a CD which is an integral part of the resource. Together, the book and CD provide an analysis tool for mapping individual needs; photocopiable record and assessment sheets; immediate access to straightforward information about a variety of special needs; plus approaches and strategies to help teachers to develop personalised support for their pupils. The program shows how children can be observed in a number of ways to understand their behaviour, and the needed support given, seeking further help if that is indicated. Facilitating inclusion in a mainstream setting, this is an excellent practical guide.

Messy Play in the Early Years: Supporting Learning Through Material Engagements by Sue Gascoyne

Messy Play is a fundamental part of early learning and it offers so many opportunities for learning and development that it really does need a central place in the classroom - and that's what this book encourages. Combining theory and practice, the book shows the problem-solving, scientific thinking, creativity, self-regulation and self-expression skills enhanced through messy play. The reflective questions found throughout the book really encourage thinking about the benefits and they are valuable to stimulate discussion and learning amongst practitioners. Messy Play can sometimes seem a lot of trouble but it's definitely worthwhile and the book highlights a variety of approaches to meeting differing time, space and budgetary needs, simplifies preparation and planning to make the most of this resource. I particularly like the layout of this book which makes it really easy to find the information you want, through the excellent use made of coloured feature boxes as well as plenty of bullet points and lots of photos - these really show the fun aspect of messy play! With its wealth of personal experience, this is a book which will encourage practitioners and parents to make good use of this superb teaching opportunity.

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