The Promise - Nicola Davies & Laura Carlin Walker Books, 2013 Following my last blog I received a number of requests for the planning ideas that I mentioned, based on Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin's powerful fable The Promise. Before reading on, you may want to watch Nicola Davies talk about the book, the process … Continue reading The Promise: KS2(+) teaching suggestions
This is a drive by blog. Or rather a train-ride home blog. Whichever. It’s going to be brief. It has to be. Today is one of those days that was packed from beginning to end, where you get up at stupidly dark o’clock so that the things that you won’t get around to doing are … Continue reading Three great books, one autumn Thursday
'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.
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.
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
I shan't beat about the bush. This is not how it was supposed to be. I have just spent most of the afternoon writing a blog on the use of short stories in KS2 and lost all of it just before publishing. This is take 2 with some of the heart removed. Apologies. Out of … Continue reading A short blog about short stories…