Dragon on my Shoulder – collection of poems for children

Long awaited collection of poems for children which I am so pleased is finally finished! Here is one of my favourites that inspired the title:

Dragon on my shoulder

I need some coffee to start me on my day

Sugar sweet and thrice time stirred

My pet curled up within my hair

Breathes warm into my ear

 

I smile

It warms my neck

So close its gurgle no-one else can hear

 

Some take sandwiches, a bit of cold rice

Their tin of caffeine or a flagon of hot tea

But I am a smuggler of dreams into work

With my little pet dragon in my briefcase

 

And when the day is done

And the in-tray war is won

We will ride the metal dragon home

 

We’ll snuggle up in front of the magic box

                                …I’ll toss the corn kernels into the air

                                …and my pet dragon will make us popcorn

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Teaching Resource Book

My aim is to enable children to enrich their experience of the deeper themes from the main novel Arty Tardy.

The activities and workshops are easily adaptable for use both in KS1 and KS2 and employ a cross-curricular approach which combines Literacy, PHSE and A.R.T.S.

The Arty Tardy Pilot Scheme was first introduced in East London with participating schools in Newham, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge.

I hope this teaching resource will inspire many more people to have lively and meaningful interactions and that the outcomes will be positive and enlightening.Teaching Resource cover.png

Exhausted…

First week back onbutterfly kit my final teaching placement in Early Years. Haven’t even finished planning next week yet….numeracy, literacy, phonics….exhausted.

If one more person says “All reception do is play all day” I will happily stuff their heads in my caterpillar jar.

ARTY TARDY Photo Shoot Success

What a bArty Tardyusy week it has been! I visited the three schools participating in my pilot scheme. Each class read ARTY TARDY and we analysed it together. I got some really good constructive feedback and they told how much they are enjoying it. I’m so pleased that it has already helped so many adults and children alike to understand life from the perspective of a child with autism for that was the aim of the book. It’s good that it has provoked so much thinking and already it is the favourite book of two autistic children in the schools I am working in. I am truly humbled – and delighted.

My son, the budding photographer and also the book cover designer was on hand to take photographs and did a great job. The story will be going to press shortly.

There has also been interest in the book from educational press and establishments and the book itself is going to be offered in various competitions – I will keep you posted!

If anyone wants a taster – pop along to my website and listed to the first two chapters! I hope you enjoy!

Developing Writing for Different Purposes: Teaching about Genre in the Early Years by Jean Baudrillard, David Reedy

This AAAAAis a book that charts young children’s early attempts to write as they struggle to communicate meaning for a variety of purposes. Each section deals with the appropriate research evidence on the development of children’s competence in literacy, and their growing awareness of genre, and uniquely, with a clear approach to teaching children from three to seven years. The text combines the necessary theoretical underpinning plus the day-to-day practical experience of working with young children in order to develop their understanding of the different forms and language of texts.

Teaching Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling in Primary Schools by David Waugh, Claire Warner, Rosemary Waugh

teachimg graHow do you teach grammar, punctuation and spelling in primary schools in a way that sparks children’s interest? Trainee and beginning teachers often find the teaching of grammar, punctuation and spelling especially challenging as they are not confident in their own knowledge. This book explores and provides the subject knowledge you will need to teach grammar, punctuation and spelling and gives guidance on how to teach it. It helps you to build confidence in your own knowledge, opening up the subject and enabling them to approach teaching with ease. Examples of effective lessons show you how to engage children’s interest in some of the more formal aspects of writing and throughout, activities and practical examples demonstrate how you can translate this learning into the classroom.

London Picture Book – Reading For Pleasure

kittyclairmont · March 27, 2013
(Not a new post just re-edited)

I recently presented my book review on Paddington at the Palace by Michael Bond, illus R.W for inclusion in the virtual collection of picture books by University of East London Primary PGCE trainee teachers….fantastic learning opportunity.

It was a wonderful experience, even though it was nerve racking! A real privilege to be part of it.

http://londonpicturebook.wordpress.com/

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Literature search on improving boys’ writing by Daly

Literature search on improving boys’ writing by Daly, Caroline, Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED)Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED), corp creators. (2002) Literature search on improving boys’ writing.

This review considers the findings of recent literature on boys’ writing in Key Stages 1–4 in England, and refers to related literature from other parts of the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and North America. It also includes some reference to the Reception year of the Foundation Stage.
(I have highlighted text for my own use)

Godwin School Author Visit

Today I visited Godwin Primary School in Dagenham

I met parents who are writing a book of short stories  – messages for their children – my kind of stuff!

We talked about what inspires me, the challenges and fun of writing.

There were tears, laughter and hugs and plenty of refreshments! Thanks Alison!!!

Met so many wonderful members of staff – what a great school and I look forward to visiting again soon!

Thanks to everyone!