Book Review: The Snow Lion

The Snow Lion Written by Jim Helmore Illustrated by Richard Jones 32 pages Published by Simon Schuster Publication date: 21st September 2017 Age range: 4+ Summary (from Goodreads): From the fabulous partnership of award-winning author Jim Helmoreand the brilliant Richard Jones comes a stunning book about friendship. When Caro and her mum move to a new house, Caro…

Multilingual flashcard: Skeleton

Multilingual flashcard 119 – Skeleton in 10 languages Did you know that the human skeleton has 206 bones (300 when you are born!)? The longest bone is the thigh bone (femur) and the smallest is in your inner ear (the staples or stirrup bone). The only bone without joints is the hyoid bone in your…

Book Review: Turtle Island

Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People By Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger Published by Annick Press 120 pages Publication Date: 12th September 2017 Age range: 12 + independently, could be used earlier as teaching aid Summary (from Goodreads): Unlike most books that chronicle the history of Native peoples beginning with the arrival…

Multilingual flashcard: Bat

Have you spotted any bats swooping around? The only flying mammal in the world (at least, that we know of so far!) I like how different the translations in various countries are – I am guessing it might be because bats are ss widely distributed so each country came up with their own word, rather…

Multilingual flashcard: Barn Owl

Did you know that barn owls are the most widely distributed bird and one of the most widely distributed birds? They are found almost everywhere in the world apart from the poles and deserts. Earlier this year, our school took the entire Year Group (Year 3 = 7-8 year olds) camping. On the night we…

Multilingual flashcard: Spider

Spider in 10 languages. Aren’t you seeing tonnes of spiders about at the moment? Apparently, it’s spider breeding season in the U.K! How do you feel about them – love them? Indifferent? Terrified?

Multilingual flashcard: Wolf

Wolf in 10 languages – these fascinating animals have been around since more than 700, 000 years ago and feature predominantly in the collective memory of mankind. More books have been written about wolves than any other animal! (Source: Wikipedia) Only humans and tigers present a serious threat to a wolf, in all other situations…

Multilingual flashcard: Tiger

Tiger in 10 languages – the largest cat species, beautiful and majestic. Tigers tend to be solitary with a large territory – their natural habitat overlaps with some of the most-populated areas of the globe which has led to many conflicts with humans in the past. Recent estimates put the number of tigers (including all…

Multilingual flashcard: Hammerhead Shark

Hammerhead Shark in 10 languages – my favourite shark! The hammer shape of the shark’s head is called a cephalofoil – nobody is quite sure why the shark has evolved this shape of head, but it could offer some advantages in perception or manoeuvering. Hammerhead sharks are found worldwide and often move as part of…

Multilingual flashcard: Jellyfish

Jellyfish in 10 languages – useful to understand shouted warnings at the beach (that’s how I learnt it in Italian!) or marvel at their beauty in an aquarium (that’s how I learnt it in Japanese!) More multilingual flashcards with a faintly seaside theme – continuing with some fascinating underwater creatures, jellyfish. Did you know that…

Multilingual flashcard: Seagull

Seagull in 10 languages! These birds can now often be spotted far away from the sea, but no matter where they are they have proved themselves capable of swooping and procuring food from anywhere. In Brighton, where I did my PGCE, you can place the game, Seagull Dash. It involves buying some chips, putting the…

Book Review: Max and Bird

Max and Bird Written and illustrated by Ed Vere Published by Puffin 32 pages Publication date: 1st September 2017 Age range: 2 + Summary (from Goodreads): Meet Max – the mighty kitten and New York Times bestseller. When Max meets Bird, Max thinks he’d like to be friends with Bird. He would also like to…