The trouble with reading …

Reading incorporates two activities. But what is the most successful way of pulling these two elements together? Most of us working in primary schools will have witnessed children who have the ability to decode texts at an appropriate level for their age, but who find it hard to grasp and Read more…

Faster French with more understanding

What are the two activities that develop pupils’ ability with French far more effectively than any other? The answer is, as you may already know, through the use of stories and through singing. Because both stories and songs put the French the children hear and vocalise into a full context, Read more…

Multi-Sensory English Literature

What is the most effective way of helping reluctant readers to study a set text? Over the past 100 years the multi-sensory learning approach pioneered by Maria Montessori has been shown to be a highly effective way of teaching – especially for students who do not respond strongly to single-sense Read more…

Free Speaking and Listening resources

Free: speaking and listening resources for Early Years And before we go any further may I stress that the resources we are offering are completely free of charge.  There is no trickery; no requirement to buy or anything like that. Our aim is simply to show you what is contained Read more…

How does work, work, these days?

Increasingly children and those in the world of work have stopped thinking in straight lines Straight-line thinking is what shop assistants used to use, in the days when we had shop assistants and, come to that, shops.  You could walk into a shop and look around wondering where a particular Read more…

How did it all start?

Why knowing the origins of human communication helps us find better methods of teaching a foreign language. There is much debate as to the way in which human language developed as our species evolved.   But many would agree that an early part of the evolution would have been the calling Read more…

Do you find logic puzzles fun?

Many children and adults are fascinated by the challenge of trying to understand the puzzle writer’s thinking and solving the puzzle in as quick a time as possible. Debbie Leadbetter has taken this one step further and has written a collection of puzzles in French as a fun and engaging Read more…