Courses

Language and Grammar in a Rich Reading Curriculum

Monday, 3 February 2020 - 10:00am

This in-depth four day course focuses on developing a whole school, progressive English curriculum which contextualises the teaching of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary across Key Stage 1 and 2. Participants will learn how to develop language competency through rich talk and reading provision and how this leads to children’s knowledge, understanding and application of grammatical concepts and terminology in their own writing.
 

What you will learn:

This four day course has been designed by our team of expert teachers and will focus on:

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Developing Early Readers in Key Stage 2

Tuesday, 4 February 2020 - 10:00am

This two day course will develop an understanding of how to teach and apply phonics in KS2 to ensure progress in reading and writing. Participants will deepen their subject knowledge in teaching the basic and complex phonic codes and will learn how to identify the gaps for individual learners, leading them to reading fluency. They will explore a range of strategies and resources for closing the gaps, using quality children’s literature and a range of practical activities.

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Developing Historical Enquiry through Quality Fiction - World War II

Thursday, 13 February 2020 - 1:30pm

Taught in collaboration with established children’s author, Tony Bradman, this half-day course explores how to use historical fiction to develop a cross-curricular unit of work. Inspired by Bali Ray’s, Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story and the associated historical era, this course will offer creative teaching approaches to support improved attainment in literacy and to teach history and other subject areas, effectively.

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Supporting Transition - Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1

Monday, 24 February 2020 - 10:00am

This two day training will guide teachers to manage children’s transition through the Early Years into Key Stage 1. It is designed to strengthen practitioner understanding of children’s literacy development and progress through a rich, text-based curriculum, in line with Early Years Foundation Stage 2014 and National Curriculum 2014, and how this supports school readiness, involvement and well-being.

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Developing Language Learning in the Primary Years with Queen Mary University of London

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - 10:00am

This, specially developed training, in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London, gives participants a deeper understanding of the underlying principles of how language works, in specific relation to the English language system. The course will be taught by three linguistics specialists from Queen Mary University of London, alongside two of our own expert teaching team.

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Let's Write! Improving Reading and Writing Using Poetry

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 - 10:00am
Explore how poetry can be used in cross curricular ways to develop effective writing and increase children's comprehension of language with poet A.F. Harrold
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Early Phonological Awareness through Rhyme and Song with Steve Grocott

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 - 10:00am
This fun and highly practical day will offer ideas to develop children’s early phonological awareness through singing, reciting chants and rhymes and following beats and rhythms, laying the foundation for reading readiness and the success of systematic phonics teaching.
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Developing Historical Enquiry through Quality Texts - Romans

Thursday, 21 May 2020 - 1:30pm

Taught in collaboration with established children’s author, Tony Bradman, this half-day course explores how to use historical fiction to develop a cross-curricular unit of work. Inspired by Tony Bradman’s, Queen of Darkness: Boudica's Army Will Rise and the associated historical era, this course will offer creative teaching approaches to support improved attainment in literacy and to teach history and other subject areas, effectively.

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Raising Writing Standards through Book Making - Foundation to Year 8

Monday, 22 June 2020 - 10:00am
Explore how to inspire children’s writing through book making with pioneering book artist, Paul Johnson. In this hands-on and enjoyable workshop, participants will learn practical book making techniques that can be used in the classroom.
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