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…

Are your children watching the Europa League Final tonight in Baku?

Football is fun for so many children and it provides rich resources for reluctant readers. No matter who wins tonight, Arsenal or Chelsea, for many people it will the source of fun, discussion and disagreement. Sheila Blackburn has written a series of stories about football specifically designed for reluctant readers Read more…