‘Mansions in the head’: images, words, and the memories they conjure.

  'Seeing comes before words... ...It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding land; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it.' 'Images were first made to conjure up the appearance of something that was absent'. Ways of Seeing John Berger 'Memory … Continue reading ‘Mansions in the head’: images, words, and the memories they conjure.

I know where I am going: writing fantastical, personal recounts.

This blog, much like my last post on picturebook biographies, is another complement to a blog I wrote for my employers @HertsEnglish.   In that blog I explore statutory writing assessment but will also refer to some ideas for writing in the primary classroom.  The blogs on this site serve to go into greater detail around … Continue reading I know where I am going: writing fantastical, personal recounts.

Bringing Life to Words (and Pictures): picturebook biographies for children

This blog complements another written for my employer's site (visit us on Twitter: @Herts English).  In that blog, I offer up some advice on helping children to demonstrate a particular standard in statutory writing assessments. I won't get caught up in further detail here, other than to say that the other blog includes a section … Continue reading Bringing Life to Words (and Pictures): picturebook biographies for children

Pick ‘n’ mix: other blogs and articles on reading and writing.

My personal blog was looking a little (very) sparse, and I keep meaning to add to it.  Hopefully I will in the summer.  Busy times though, eh? . For the sake of avoiding the 'one track record' label, I've gathered some links to some of my other bits and bobs written across the past couple … Continue reading Pick ‘n’ mix: other blogs and articles on reading and writing.

Written from the heart: Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale

Rather than mark the end of book week with a book list, or some passing suggestions, I’d rather tell you about one very special book. Perfect is a big word, isn’t it?  Completed.  Everything in the right place.  I think it applies to Raymie Nightingale – the most satisfyingly ‘complete’ children’s book that I read … Continue reading Written from the heart: Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale