“The most difficult thing about writing; is writing the first line.” - Amit Kalantri.Read more
Despite its difficulties, teaching is a great job. However, there are some aspects to the role that simply aren’t designed to be fun – and testing is one of them.Read more
“Don’t you know who I am?”
“Yes. I just don’t care.”
Nope, it’s not the first ten seconds of your lesson from hell – but one of many creative writing prompts that you may uncover with a little basic Googling.Read more
“The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world.” – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson.
The very first line in a book can almost tell a story in itself.Read more
Whether we read them ourselves or have them read to us, enjoying a story is one of life’s simple pleasures. However, when it comes to writing one, it can seem very complicated indeed.Read more
As essential as the morning bell, registration and lunch break, we all need structure in order for life to make sense.
… And our literacy studies are no different.Read more
We love teaching, but few would deny that it’s a tough gig. With classes of up to 30 children to educate, spanning a variety of backgrounds and ability levels, we often need to be 30 different teachers at once.
This includes being a teacher of SEN children, whether you chose to specialise or not.Read more
Do your pupils lack the confidence to write independently? Do they daydream and distract each other, instead of getting their heads down to devise their first masterpiece?Read more
Even for the most passionate of teachers, grammar doesn’t make for the most thrilling of dinner party conversations. If your KS1 class is starting to snooze over syntax, simply throw these grammar slammers into the mix and turn dull lessons into dazzlers!Read more
“I am what I am! That’s a great thing to be! If I say so myself, happy birthday to me!”Read more
Complex sentences… They’re easy when you know how.Read more