Category Archives: literacy

Playing with ebooks

Just stumbled upon this interesting post about ebooks for children on  (  Really just using this post to park the information until I have time to play. Story Bird widely used story maker website. It has great templates picture bank. … Continue reading

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Because the barbarians are coming today.

This afternoon, while grazing lessons across a school recently judged to be ‘Outstanding’ I came across a Yr 7 English class where students were reciting, or declaiming, the poem by C. P. Cavafy ‘Waiting for the Barbarians‘. ¬†They knew the … Continue reading

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A taste for teaching

> Everything I write here seems to be retrospective these days. Its about old chords being struck – again. This time by a post from Ian Usher about a Teachers as Writers programme led by Simon Wrigley. What intrigued me … Continue reading

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Artists and Illustrators: a wasted resource?

> Spent a couple of days in a primary school last week – based in the school library. Apart from the fact that it was good to be back in a primary classroom (even sitting on the floor with year … Continue reading

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Writing in art – why, who for?

>Recently I was involved in a whole school training day about literacy across the curriculum in Key Stages 3 and 4. More explicitly it was about writing. This is sometimes a contentious subject in art and design, especially where teachers’ … Continue reading

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