Children have opinions!

What is the best way to ensure that KS2 understand that there are many different types of fiction? There is a very old and rather sad joke about a man who, when asked about his taste in literature, said that he didn’t read books.   Seeing the look of dismay on Read more…

What’s new at Brilliant Publications? (14 Apr 2022)

Here is what has been happening in the office recently. Developing Reading Comprehension Skills Years 3-4: Contemporary Children’s Literature I’m delighted to let you know that the Years 3-4 book for Contemporary Children’s Literature has gone to the printers and will be on sale from 30 April. I’m really looking Read more…

What’s new at Brilliant Publications? (31 Jan 2022)

Here is what was happening in the Brilliant Publications’ office last week. We have the final cover for Contemporary Children’s Literature for Years 5-6! This has been such an enjoyable book to work on. Kate Heap has selected extracts from some really wonderful contemporary books. Can you work out which Read more…

Why stories?

… because stories are a good starting point for learning a foreign language. We are delighted to say we have managed to interview Barbara Scanes, the author of Learn French with Luc et Sophie a story-based approach to learning a language. In the interview Barbara explains why including stories is Read more…

Here is something you have all been waiting for …

… there is a new Berthe the Witch French story book out now! And guess what? The Berthe stories now come with access to an audio recording of the story. So now your pupils can listen and follow the story with you or for themselves. You can order a copy Read more…

“Hope is the thing with Feathers”

Find out why kids get Emily Dickinson. Are you a teacher who loves classic poetry or do you shy away from it? According to primary English consultant, Kate Heap, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers is the perfect poem to discuss with pupils. Each child will take a different meaning Read more…

Why classics?

What is the most effective way of helping children understand and value classic literature? Classic children’s literature has stayed the test of time because it contains concepts and stories which appeal to children irrespective of the changes that affect the world in which they live.  Such stories are quite simply, Read more…

A dramatic approach to teaching French

Make a drama out of teaching French in the primary classroom. It is imperative that a diverse range of teaching and learning methods are used in the primary classroom, not least because one child will have a very different preferred learning style to the next. Yet there are very few Read more…

Learning French with Berthe stories

How can you ensure that your pupils are as confident with their written understanding as they are with their verbal understanding of French? It is highly important that French children read regularly if they are to learn written French, not least because the way that French is spoken is very Read more…