CLPE's Growing Our Future: Free Back to School Unit for September 2021

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To support primary schools with the back to school transition in September 2021, our expert teaching team created a FREE whole school teaching unit focusing on three high quality children's books to involve whole school communities in a ‘learning together, growing together’ focus.

This year the campaign focused on 3 books and you can download the associated Growing our Future FREE Whole School Teaching Notes via the book pages: 
  • Errol's Garden by Gillian Hibbs targeted at pupils in EYFS
  • The Secret Sky Garden by Linda Sarah and Fiona Lumbers targeted at pupils in Key Stage 1
  • The Promise by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin targeted at pupils in Key Stage 2

This unit uses high quality children’s literature to engage children in high quality talk, reading and writing activities designed for them as they return to a new school year after a year where learning has been disrupted by the continued impact of COVID. It also involves the whole school community in a project which focuses on a wide range of creative and outdoor activities that are designed to impact positively on social skills and emotional well-being. The end of the unit involves the whole school community taking part in a project that results in positive action for change in their local community, through planting in the local area. The planning is set out across 10 sessions and our suggestion is that this sequence of work is spread over a two-week period at the beginning of the school year.

On 30th September we had an amazing number of schools who shared their work while using our back to school teaching unit. We are delighted to report over 6000 schools downloaded our resource. Check out all the #CLPEGrowingOurFuture work done by children, teachers, authors, illustrators and others .

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    We're delighted to announce that we have partnered with Peters to give schools 35% off their copies of Errol's Garden, The Secret Sky Garden and The Promise throughout the summer and autumn term. Order your copies from Peters website.



    Announcing CLPE's 2021 Back to School Campaign - Free Teaching Unit #CLPEGrowingOurFuture


    Gillian Hibbs introduces #CLPEGrowingOurFuture free back to school campaign


    Fiona Lumbers introduces #CLPEGrowingOurFuture free back to school campaign


    Nicola Davies introduces #CLPEGrowingOurFuture free back to school campaign