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Bloomsbury Education have provided QA Education with a books package worth over £80 to give away to one lucky winner – and there really is something for everyone in there! From early years to dyslexia-friendly stories and teacher well-being, we’re sure this package will be greatly appreciated by teachers and pupils alike.
The package consists of:
100 Ideas for Early Years Practitioners: Observation, Assessment and Planning
by Marianne Sargent (£14.99)
100 Ideas for Early Years Practitioners: Observation, Assessment & Planning is not only filled with easy to implement and practical ideas for the early years classroom, but it also demonstrates why assessment is an important formative tool to help further children's learning.
Marianne Sargent currently works as a full-time writer specialising in early years education. She has a PGCE in Primary Education with English specialism and an MA in Early Years Education. She has worked as a teaching assistant in key stages 3 and 4 (including SATS preparation in year 9), taught nursery and reception children and lectured on BA Education and Primary PGCE courses at university level.
Igniting Children’s Writing: 50 games and activities to get children writing brilliantly
by Mark McCaughan (£19.99)
Research by the Education Endowment Foundation has confirmed that developing metacognition (supporting pupils to think about and develop themselves as learners) is a strategy with high and proven impact. From Snakes and Ladders to Countdown Conundrums, this book provides 50 games to get children playing with and being comfortable around words by encouraging them to independently think and talk about their writing and reading choices. Igniting Children’s Writing is the perfect resource for any teacher looking to develop literacy skills across the curriculum, and help their pupils gain confidence in reading, writing, thinking, spelling and talking.
These 50 activities are not only extremely effective for Reading SATs preparation, but they are also fun, creative and can be easily adapted by teachers. Each game has been tried and tested by author Mark McCaughan, who is currently supporting schools where performance was low in the Reading SATs, and using the activities to great effect. This book also includes links to additional resources to be accessed via download.
Live Well, Teach Well: A practical approach to wellbeing that works
by Abigail Mann (£16.99)
Stressed? Overworked? Drowning in marking? This book has it covered. In order to secure the best possible outcomes for your pupils, you must look after your own wellbeing, and Live Well, Teach Well is jam-packed with 90 practical ideas and strategies to help you do just that.
#Teacher5aday advocate Abigail Mann provides advice, activities and techniques that any primary or secondary teacher can use to support their own mindfulness, wellbeing, and physical and mental health, and that of their colleagues too.
The ideas will help you to stay energised, focused and positive throughout the school year, and to work more efficiently and effectively, so you can maintain a healthy work-life balance. There are also tips on building constructive, fulfilling relationships with the community you are serving, on supporting pupil wellbeing (because a happy class means a happy teacher!) and on making wellbeing a focus at a whole-school level.
by Helen Porter (£19.99)
Educating Outside is a toolkit of outdoor learning ideas to inspire primary school teachers to head outside with their pupils and enrich their learning experiences across the curriculum.
Although the benefits of learning outside are well documented, outdoor activities often decline as children progress through their education. There are many reasons for this: lack of time in the curriculum, lack of training, lack of teacher confidence, or simply lack of inspiration. Educating Outside contains
a bank of outdoor learning ideas that can be used to enhance and enrich your classes’ learning experiences across the curriculum; including in science, history, geography, art and design, English and maths.
Each lesson idea is linked to a specific programme of study and outlines required resources, links to soft skills, cross‐curricular opportunities, and a broad lesson plan with suggested outcomes and photos. All the ideas take place within the school grounds themselves, which means plenty of opportunities to try out new activities without lengthy risk assessments, extra time and additional expense.
Helen Porter is Outdoor Learning Teacher at Anstey Junior School and an Outdoor Learning Consultant. She runs training courses based on the work she does. These have been endorsed by Hampshire County Council and she is working with the authority to develop more courses for them, in addition to her independent work. She is a visiting lecturer at Winchester University, speaking to their B.Ed. students about the benefits of and approaches to outside learning. She also visits schools to advise them on how to develop their outside learning.
The Football Trials: All Out Attack and Game Changer
by John Hickman (£5.99 each)
These exciting coming of age stories follows a boy from a tower block as he joins a premier league football academy.
In All Out Attack, Jackson’s granddad is taken to hospital and Jackson’s football suffers. When he loses his temper on the pitch, he puts his position on United’s team at risk. Join Jackson as he struggles with the trials of football and family.
In Game Changer, Jackson is surprised when he gets a call-up to play with United’s under-18 team, and when everyone starts raving about his playing. But he’s in for an even bigger shock when his dad turns up on his doorstep for the first time in years. Can they repair their relationship? Or is his dad out for what he can get?
Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, those with dyslexia, or those with English as an additional language. Printed on tinted paper and with a dyslexia friendly font and illustrations, The Football Trials is aimed at readers aged 12+ and has a manageable length (80 pages) and reading age (9+). Produced in association with reading experts at Catch Up, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties.
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