Book Review: How to Catch a Witch

How to Catch a Witch Written by Abie Longstaff 240 pages Published by: Scholastic UK Publication date: 6th October 2016 Age range: 10+ Summary (from Goodreads): Charlie and her family have moved from the big city to a small country village, and everything feels wrong. Their cottage is old and creepy. Anxiety about her new…

Book Review: Do You Speak Chocolate?

Do You Speak Chocolate? Written by Cas Lester 288 pages Published by: Piccadlly Press Publication date: 24th August 2017 Age range: 8+ Summary (from Goodreads): A story of friendship, laughter … and more than a little chocolate ‘Do you speak chocolate?’ Jaz has found the best way to make friends with new girl Nadima, who…

6 things I’m doing differently in school this year

Teaching is a profession that has had to deal with a multitude of changes over the years and it can sometimes feel like playing catch-up. Something that was once accepted practice becomes a joke, while new government policies and research constantly provide new ideas and methods. I enjoy learning more about cognitive psychology, neurology and…

Book Review: Robin and the White Rabbit

Robin and the White Rabbit By Åse Brunnström and Emma Lindström Illustrated by Emma Lindström 42 pages Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers Publication Date: 21st June 2017 Age range: 6+ Summary (from Goodreads): In this tale we meet a child sitting alone, feeling unable to join in with the other schoolchildren having fun in the…

Book Review: Violet

Violet Written by Tania Duprey Stehlik Illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic Published by Second Story Press 32 pages Age range: KS1+ / 5+ Summary (from Goodreads): Violet is happy that her father has come to pick her up after her first day at a new school. But as she races over to meet him, one…

Book Review: A Different Pond

A Different Pond Written by Bao Phi Illustrated by Thi Bui 34 pages Published by Capstone (Picture Window Books) Publication date: 1st August 2017 Age range: All ages Summary: (from Goodreads) Acclaimed poet Bao Phi delivers a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son and between cultures, old and new. A Different…

Autism

What is autism? Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. (National Autistic Society) Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. (NHS) The National Autistic Society estimates that 11 in…

Lifelong Learning: Upcoming courses for educators

There are a plethora of free courses available online teaching everything from marketing to underwater basket weaving (okay, not this one – this was an April Fool’s joke by Coursera last year) I have been a massive fan of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) since they first started to become popular and have completed quite…