Through reading, students can be
transported through time and space, and the beauty of books is often in the imagination of the reader. Author James Hartley shows us how to use creative writing activities to encourage to students to imagine and invent new stories and worlds.
Being able to read, write and speak well underpins a child’s chances of success at school, at work and in life. But how do we begin to inspire children to pick up a book or a pen when it is often the last thing they want to do? Jim Sells from the National Literacy Trust shares some ideas and resources for connecting reading to sport for motivating students.
In our ongoing series discussing the new national curriculum, our English expert, Wendy Morton discusses some of the aspects of the writing composition requirements for the Key Stage 1 & 2 English curriculum.
Teaching students to write by hand is about much more than developing fine motor skills. Dr Jane Medwell shows how handwriting helps students to tap into their creativity and develop self-expression.
The power of language extends beyond the world of syntax. Erika Lusky shows how using the Cultures of Thinking framework is transforming the learning culture and offering students the ability to truly think for themselves.
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t.” So reads the line from Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet, and as Luke Hollowell-Williams from the Primary Shakespeare Company shows, dramatic methods can help unpack the ‘madness’ and create brilliant young learners.
Revitalise your Shakespeare teaching with these websites and online resources that help bring the Bard to life for students and teachers alike.
Although Shakespeare’s language can be difficult, his insights and words still have importance and relevance to today’s students. Through participation in dramatic productions of the Bard, Joanne Skapinker shows how students develop confidence that allows them to succeed in all areas.
Creating thoughtful, articulate and knowledgeable students is at the heart of a new initiative to balance out the more narrowly focused A Level curriculum. Head Teacher Roland Martin outlines his Free Minds programme.