2021 May Newsletter

Recently the CEO of a major UK publishing house said in a radio interview that his company published a broad selection of views and it wasn’t their role to espouse a particular view.

The same can’t be said for Brilliant Publications, at least when it comes to education. We have very firm ideas about how children learn. Our mission statement says that we create easy to use resources, with engaging approaches to learning, so as to inspire and motivate pupils across a wide range of curriculum areas. These values underpin everything that we do.

Our recent title

Our most recent title, How to Achieve Outstanding Writers in EYFS and Key Stage 1 is an excellent example of how we put our mission statement into practice. The National Curriculum puts great emphasis on phonics, grammar and punctuation in the early years and Key Stage 1. While these are, of course, important, in order for children to become good writers it is also essential that they are given opportunities to write creatively and to learn about characters, plot, setting and tone. In How to Achieve Outstanding Writers in EYFS and Key Stage 1, Rowena Woods provides hundreds of practical ideas and activities that can be easily integrated into your lesson plans straight away. These will ensure that pupils not only achieve high standards, but also become confident, able and motivated writers at an early age.

Looking for resources for teaching English?

Click here to download our new English catalogue. We are particularly excited to be publishing the first two books in our Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series, written by Kate Heap.

But don’t just take our word for it.

Here is what one reviewer said about the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills, Years 5 and 6: Classic Children’s Literature book:

Unlike some comprehension books, the author's passion for reading and books shines through. Coverage of relevant skills is thorough and this book has been excellent for introducing pupils to classics, particularly those with English as an additional language.

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills, Years 5 and 6: Classic Poetry has received equally positive comments:

I would highly recommend this. I am a key stage 2 leader and have searched for similar resources for a number of years without any luck. Finally a reading resource that is user friendly, high quality and supports progress in classic poetry and fiction. I particularly like how the author has organised the key questions and activities according to reading comprehension skill, this has helped in whole class and small group interventions.

What about the foundation subjects?

At Brilliant Publications we believe in the importance of teaching all curriculum areas, not just the core subjects.  A good place to get a feel for the variety of subjects we cover is our blog page, with recent blogs covering such diverse topics as the benefits of teaching art, cooking safety, using a multi-sensory approach to teaching foreign languages and how super heroes can help to teach the times tables.

Free resources!

The free resources page on our website that we set up to help teachers and parents during the Covid-19 pandemic has proven to be so popular, we’ve decided to keep it live. On it you will find resources for children aged 3-16, across a range of topics.

We’d love to hear from you

We love hearing from you. If you have any comments on our books – both good and bad – please do let us know.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Priscilla Hannaford

Managing Director