Book Review: Bookshop Girl

The Bookshop Girl Written by Sylvia Bishop Illustrated by Ashley King 176 pages Published by Scholastic Publication date: 2nd March 2017 Age range: 8+ Summary (from Goodreads): This story is about a little girl named Property Jones, so-called because she was left in the lost property cupboard of a bookshop when she was five years…

Book Review: Do You Speak Chocolate?

Written by Cas Lester 288 pages Published by: Piccadlly Press Publication date: 24th August 2017 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 doesn’t speak any English – by offering…

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: On the Spectrum

On the Spectrum Written by Jennifer Gold Published by Second Story Press Age range: 13 + Summary (from Goodreads): Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to…

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…

Down Syndrome

What is it? Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder where the body has more copies of chromonsone 21 than usual. There are three main types: Trisomy 21 is the most common type, affecting around 94% of people with Down’s syndrome. Every cell in the body has an extra copy of chromosome 21. Translocation is where…

Sotos Syndrome

What is it? I had never heard of this before this year but have since met two children with Sotos Syndrome in my local area. It is quite a rare genetic disease caused by mutations in the NSD1 gene and occurs in 1 in 10,000-14,000 of births. Some features of Sotos Syndrome can also be…

Inclusion in Education

Inclusion is an important issue in education as there is a growing recognition that a teacher’s job is to educate all children. It is also important that our children grow up understanding and celebrating the diversity of our society so inclusive education allows for our schools to reflect the reality of our communities, rather than…