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Orange read me blog banner 13th Feb 2024

Unlocking the Power of Guided Reading in Primary Schools

In primary schools, guided reading is a valuable strategy that helps enhance pupils’ reading skills. It involves small group teaching, allowing teachers to provide personalised support to each child. Guided reading is an essential component of a comprehensive literacy program and plays a crucial role in fostering a love for reading. 

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Red pencil blog banner 11th Feb 2024

Promoting Literacy in EYFS: Tips for Teachers & Parents

Promoting literacy in EYFS is crucial for children's overall development and future success. As Dr. Seuss once said, 'The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.' Literacy opens doors, expands horizons, and empowers children to communicate, imagine, and explore the world around them. 

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light blue read me banner 9th Feb 2024

Why is Literacy Important in Key Stage One?

Literacy plays a crucial role in the educational journey of children, and Key Stage One is a critical period for developing these essential skills. In this article, we will explore why literacy is important in Key Stage One and the benefits it brings to children's learning and overall development.

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blue read me blog banner 7th Feb 2024

10 Ways to Support Your Child's Early Literacy Development

Early literacy is crucial for a child's development, laying the foundation for future academic success. As Emilie Buchwald once said, 'Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.' Reading with your child from an early age not only enhances their language and cognitive skills but also fosters a love for books and learning. In the words of Walt Disney, 'There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.' 

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Blue pencil blog banner 5th Feb 2024

Unlocking the Magic of Literacy in EYFS: A Guide for Parents and Educators

Literacy in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is crucial for a child's development. Learning to read and write doesn't happen all at once! It involves a series of stages that lead to the ability to read and write successfully. The first years of a child's life are the most important for their cognitive development. It's during these early years that their brain develops most rapidly, and they acquire the majority of their linguistic and cognitive skills. 

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red read me blog banner 3rd Feb 2024

Key Stage One Literacy: What Should A Child Know?

Key Stage One is a critical period in a child's literacy development. It covers the years of schooling between the ages of 5 and 7 and sets the foundation for their reading, writing, spelling, and grammar skills. By the end of Key Stage One, children are expected to have acquired a range of literacy skills that will support their future learning and communication. 

In this blog post, we will explore the key areas of literacy that children should know by the end of Key Stage One. We will cover reading skills, writing skills, and spelling and grammar, highlighting the important milestones and expectations. 

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Light Blue Pencil blog banner 1st Feb 2024

Demystifying the Year One Literacy Curriculum: A Guide for Educators

Understanding the literacy curriculum for Year One is essential in order for teachers and parents to support children's reading and writing development. In this blog, we will explore the key skills and knowledge pupils should acquire in Year One, as well as strategies and resources to enhance literacy learning. 

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Orange read me blog banner 30th Jan 2024

Year One Literacy Expectations: What Should Your Child Know?

Year One is an important milestone in a child's literacy journey. During this crucial stage, children build on the phonics skills they have acquired in Reception and begin to read and write more independently. Let's explore the expectations for Year One literacy and what children should know by the end of this academic year. 

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Red pencil blog banner 28th Jan 2024

How to Create Phonics Flashcards for Your KS1 Children

Create engaging phonics and sight-word flashcards for your key stage one children with this step-by-step guide. Explore classroom benefits, discover engaging activities, and cater to diverse learners for an enriched teaching environment.

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light blue read me banner 26th Jan 2024

Creating a Literacy-Rich Environment: Fostering a Love for Reading and Writing

A literacy-rich environment is crucial for fostering a love for reading and writing in children. By providing access to a diverse range of age-appropriate books, writing materials, and engaging literacy-related activities, we can create an atmosphere that nurtures their literacy skills and encourages them to explore the world of words. In this blog, we will discuss how to create a literacy-rich environment both in the classroom and at home. 

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Blue pencil blog banner 24th Jan 2024

Transforming Literacy Learning: How Mighty Writer Can Help Children

Imagine a classroom where learning to write is no longer a chore, but a fun and engaging experience. A place where children are excited to pick up their pencils and unleash their creativity. This is the world of Mighty Writer, a revolutionary resource that is transforming the way children learn literacy. 

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Orange read me blog banner 22nd Jan 2024

The Power of Phonics: Boosting Literacy Skills in Key Stage One

In this blog post, we will explore the importance of phonics instruction in Key Stage One literacy. Phonics plays a crucial role in helping young learners develop their reading and writing skills. By incorporating phonics into daily lessons, teachers can create a solid foundation for literacy achievement. 

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"The Year 1 teachers have started using the mats and, in just 2 weeks, we have already seen an improvement in the children's writing - especially the boys!"

Emma Foyle, Deputy Headteacher, Stourfield Infant School, Bournemouth

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