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Take One Book: Christmas Special!

It might feel a little early still, but Penny Slater has some – somewhat untypical – “festive” ideas based on ‘The Santa Trap’ by Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by Poly Bernatene. We wanted to give sufficient notice in case you decide that you would like to invest in this darkly charming book. 

Christmas is coming, and it is time to dig out the usual array of Christmassy texts to inspire a seasonal unit of reading and writing.

If it is a charming, heart-warming and whimsical Christmas tale that you are after, you may have come to the wrong blog!

This year, we urge you to try something a bit different: something a bit edgier; a bit darker….

Our recommendation for a fresh and feisty festive treat is ‘The Santa Trap’ by Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by Poly Bernatene.

Welcome Bradley Bartleby…

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Everything that you need to know about this charmless character is conveyed on the first double-page spread:

‘Bradley Bartleby was bad.

He’d been born bad….

And the older Bradley got, the badder he became.’

The tale goes on to outline Bradley’s rapid descent from spoilt child to revenge-seeking Santa hunter!

Beyond its obvious anarchic appeal, this text provides so many opportunities for children to improve their writing skills. In the resource linked here – Santa Trap Planning Ideas  – you will find our suggestions for how this text could be used creatively to develop children’s writing skills in line with the Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation Programme of Study for each year group.

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We hope that this fun and feisty text will help to spread a little Christmas cheer throughout your classroom this year. The question is: who will be brave enough to present each of their children with a lovely end of term Christmas gift this year?

A nice new pair of socks should do it!

Jonathan Emmett will be joining us for our spring writing conference: Write Here, Write Now.

Please join us if you can to discover more of Jonathan’s great texts, and to hear his thoughts about how to inspire young readers and writers.

Click on the link below to book your place at the conference:

17ENG/076P Write Here, Right Now – HfL Annual Primary English Conference BOOK 25 Jan 2018

 

Find out more about Jonathan and his work here: http://www.scribblestreet.co.uk/

With special thanks to Poly Bernatene for giving permission to use his images in this blog. Explore more of Poly’s work here: https://www.polybernatene.com/

 

New Year, New You.

Michelle Nicholson is an English adviser at Herts for Learning.

The new term is underway, the children are hard at work again and the possibility of snow is on everyone’s lips; it must be January.  But if your promise of a dry January has already begun to look decidedly soggy, or if your purchase of a gym membership is yet to be inducted, maybe it’s the illusive resolution of a work/ life balance that is really the root cause of the sliding good intentions.

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HfL Primary English newsletter Spring 2017

Here we are again.   A new term.  A new year.  We hope that you have had a lovely Christmas break and that the new term has begun as smoothly as possible for you all.   With this in mind, we thought we’d share our latest-hfl-primary-english-newsletter-spring-2017as swiftly as possible, especially as it is such a short half term.

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Preview: autumn 2016 English newsletter

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As I type, it is hotter than a rehearsal hall hosting a two-form KS2 summer production.  Trust me – that’s hot.  Sometimes lacking in freshness too. This – however – is box-fresh.  Our English newsletter autumn 2016 (2).  We hope you are continuing to enjoy your well-earned summer break, but thought some of you might appreciate a preview of this before we publish it on our main website  in September.

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