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Category Archives: Maddy Barnes

Who are You?

Celebrating differences by sharing high-quality texts Over the past few months I have been fortunate to hear a number of speakers talking about ‘Celebrating Differences’ and the importance of equality in primary schools. As Andrew Moffat states in his book, … Continue reading

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Teaching all pupils about strong female role models -using high quality texts that empower women

The theme of International Women’s Day (IWD) this year was to inspire change and the need for further action to embed gender equality across the globe. IWD raises awareness for this theme and celebrates success stories and achievements made by … Continue reading

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The many uses of ‘You Choose’ by Nick Sharratt

 ‘You Choose’ has always been a firm favourite for pre-school children. Many teachers have read it (and loved it!) as a bedtime read to their own children. Young babies delight at the colourful pictures, spotting something new every time a … Continue reading

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Mr John Burningham

John Burningham For those of you familiar with the Madeleine Lindley book centre, you will be aware that one of their best features is their commitment to stocking THE most up to date books. Books that are being launched that … Continue reading

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Are things always as scary as they seem?

Are things always as scary as they seem? Once again, picture book author, Steve Antony has blown us away! This time he tells a cautionary tale with a monster twist! Whatever training session I am delivering, I find that my … Continue reading

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Clever Pencils… Clever Teachers … Clever Pupils

Whilst Christmas shopping, I came across some ‘Clever Pencils.’ Initially I bought them as a gift for my great friend (Dawn Robertson) but as I wrapped them, I realised that I NEEDED them too.   Sloane Stationery describes them as, … Continue reading

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Skim and Scan

Preparing for the KS1 Reading test, how do we teach children to find and copy? Our primary role in English lessons is to provide children with engaging stimuli so that they are motivated to produce their very best work. We … Continue reading

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Reading for pleasure and challenging the most able readers in year 6 (including a special treat from Annabel Pitcher)

In the Spring term 2015, I was asked to work with a group of able readers at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Crumpsall, Manchester.  All six pupils were top level 5 readers and their class teacher wanted to ensure … Continue reading

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Teaching grammar and punctuation through a picture book

     Oi Frog, by Kes Gray and Jim Field is a hilarious rhyming tale about a frog who discovers that all animals have their special places to sit. All year groups will love this award-winning book and the following … Continue reading

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