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How to Foster a Love of Writing in KS1 Children with Fun Writing Ideas

In this blog, we will share some fun and effective writing ideas that can help you foster a love of writing in your KS1 children, while also saving you time and keeping them motivated.

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blue read me blog banner 8th Aug 2023

Teaching Key Stage One Story Writing

By teaching children how to construct a story, you're not only enhancing their writing abilities but also fostering their ability to express themselves and communicate effectively. In this blog we will explore the importance of story-writing, planning engaging lessons, utilising technology and more!

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Orange read me blog banner 6th Aug 2023

Grammar Made Easy: Simple Tips for Teaching KS1 Writing Skills

Discover practical insights and effective strategies to simplify grammar instruction in your classrooms within this blog. Let's unlock the secrets to making grammar engaging and accessible for young minds! 

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Light Blue Pencil blog banner 4th Aug 2023

5 Summer Themed Writing Activities for Key Stage One Children

Summer is finally here, and what better way to celebrate than with some fun and engaging writing activities for your Key Stage One students! Not only will these activities help improve their literacy skills, but they will also get them excited about the season and all the adventures it brings. So, let's dive in! 

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red read me blog banner 2nd Aug 2023

Using Creative Writing Prompts to Combat Writer's Block in KS1

We understand the challenges that children face when it comes to writing creatively, and how it can be especially difficult for younger children who are just learning how to write, especially when writers block comes around. The good news is that there are many creative writing prompts that can be used to inspire and motivate children to write. By using these prompts, children can overcome writer’s block and discover a passion for writing that will stay with them for years to come. 

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blue read me blog banner 31st Jul 2023

The Importance of Visual Aids in Teaching Writing Skills

Visual aids can enhance the learning experience in a number of ways. For one, they can help children better understand complex concepts by breaking them down into simpler, more easily digestible parts. This is particularly important when teaching writing skills, as writing can be a complex and nuanced process. 

Visual aids can also help children stay engaged and focused on the task at hand. By incorporating images, videos, and other multimedia elements into your lessons, you can make learning more interactive and dynamic. This can help grab and hold children's attention, which is essential for effective learning. 

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orange pencil blog banner 28th Jul 2023

The Importance of Early Writing Development in KS1

Mastering writing skills in KS1 is vital as it builds the groundwork for future academic achievements. In this blog, we will delve into why early writing development is crucial and share creative writing ideas to support your pupils in enhancing their abilities.

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Light Blue Pencil blog banner 26th Jul 2023

Unlocking Imagination: Character Description Tips for Creative Writing in KS1

As a teacher, you play a vital role in helping your KS1 pupils develop their creative writing skills. One important aspect of creative writing is character description – the ability to create vivid and memorable characters that can captivate your readers. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips and tricks for helping your pupils unlock their imagination and create compelling character descriptions. 

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10 Exciting Story Starters for Key Stage Two Pupils

As teachers, we all know how important it is to encourage our pupils to write. Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with ideas that inspire them to put pen to paper. That's why we have put together this list of 10 exciting story starters for key stage two pupils. 

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Red pencil blog banner 10th Jul 2023

10 Simple Writing Ideas to Get Key Stage One Children Writing

As a teacher, you know that helping young children develop their writing skills is critical to their success in later years. However, getting them interested and engaged in writing can be a challenge.  

Here are 10 simple writing ideas that you can use to get your Key Stage One pupils to write with enthusiasm and joy! 

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blue read me blog banner 12th Jun 2023

Why Using Sensory Tools is Important in KS1 Classrooms

You may be wondering why sensory tools are becoming increasingly popular in the classroom. Sensory tools offer a wide range of benefits to children, particularly those who struggle with traditional learning methods. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of sensory tools for key stage one pupils and how they can help improve learning outcomes.

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light blue read me banner 13th Mar 2023

Empowering Children as Writers

We must remember from the outset, even the youngest child is already a writer in the making.  They are writers from the word go. Writers on a journey. They have everything they need within them to become highly skilful and capable writers.  We provide the environment.

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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