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  1. When is Poisson d’avril, and what should we do about it?
    04
    Mar

    When is Poisson d’avril, and what should we do about it?

    Europe has festivals and traditions, lots of them. Many of these play a significant part in the lives of people across France, Germany and Spain.

    We’ve developed a series of books for KS2 pupils about the major festivals and traditions that can be used to develop discussions on cultural similarities and differences, and can be used as a basis for language teaching.

    But that’s only the start.  The books also include background information with key vocabulary and teaching activities for each event.  The activities range from making cards and writing poems, to playing games and cooking traditional recipes.

    We have found that focusing on festivals and traditions is an ideal way to get children interested, engaged and motivated about different cultures, as well as learning key vocabulary.

    Let’s take for instance Poisson d’avril.

    On this day in the UK we play practical jokes on each other, but only in t

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  2. How to create a whole-school Grammar and Punctuation Programme
    24
    Feb

    How to create a whole-school Grammar and Punctuation Programme

    What is the most effective way of creating a whole-school Grammar and Punctuation programme?

    Schools that adopt a whole-school Grammar and Punctuation Programme typically find it easier to respond to the demands of the English Programmes of Study. For not only does it make it easier to have a unified approach to tracking pupils’ progress, but it also ensures that everyone knows what has gone before and what comes next.

    However, what can be challenging when creating a whole-school Grammar and Punctuation Programme is knowing which resources will be most suitable. For the resources need to, for example:

    • meet the requirements of the English Programmes of Study
    • be consistent throughout the programme
    • exercise differentiation
    • be age-appropriate and highly engag
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  3. Music is the food of knowledge
    22
    Feb

    Music is the food of knowledge

    What is the most efficient way of teaching French words and phrases?

    Just as there is an inbuilt propensity for young children to learn the language they hear around them in infancy, so there is a similar inborn inclination to respond to music.

    The technical reason for this is that music activates the limbic and paralimbic areas of the brain which are connected to the reward response systems. And quite simply when those areas are activated, we feel good.  That’s all there is to it!

    Children of course realise that they feel good when music comes their way, and so they respond through movement as a way of expressing their pleasure – which in turn is the origin of dance.

    All of which explains why we generally see children re

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  4. La Chandeleur, Pancake day: free French teaching resource
    08
    Feb

    La Chandeleur, Pancake day: free French teaching resource

    What are the differences between Pancake Day in Britain and La Chandeleur? Let your pupils explore the different traditions with this worksheet.

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  5. Saint-Valentin wordsearch: free French teaching resource
    08
    Feb

    Saint-Valentin wordsearch: free French teaching resource

    It snowed at about this time last year. Does anyone remember? It was at a time when we could all just go out and have snowball fights without worrying about masks or social distancing. So, as we start to dream about warmth and spring, perhaps we should also think about love - well actually Valentine's Day!

    Why not practise the French vocabulary below and then try to find the words in our wordsearch?

    Joyeuse Saint-Valentin (Happy Valentine’s Day)
    Je t’aime (I love you)
    Veux-tu m’épouser? (Will you marry me?)
    Sors avec moi! (Go out with me!)
    mon petit copain (my boyfriend)
    ma petite copine (my girlfriend)
    un bisou (a kiss)
    un coeur (a heart)
    un cadeau (a present)
    une carte (a card)
    des fleurs (flowers)
    de

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  6. Make an electric quiz board - free creative teaching resource
    29
    Jul

    Make an electric quiz board - free creative teaching resource

    We love quizzes, especially if they come with bells and whistles.

    Click here to download a worksheet showing how to make an electric circuit quiz board with a light that comes on when the right answer is chosen. The question lists are interchangeable so everyone can set tests on their favourite subjects for others to enjoy solving.

    This activity is drawn from How to be Brilliant at Electricity, Light and Sound, a book of practical activities that will help children to acquire knowledge and understanding of electrical circuits, the everyday effects of light and how we see, and how sounds are made.

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  7. Calculators can help children become better at problem solving
    29
    Jul

    Calculators can help children become better at problem solving

    According to a recent report on the BBC, the Education Endowment Foundation has found that calculators can help students become better at problem solving. Rather than hindering children, calculators can actually help to develop children's arithmetic skills, when taught properly.

    This is very pleasing news to me as, since ministers banned the use of calculators in national maths tests for 11-year-olds in England from 2014, sales of our book How to be Brilliant at Using a Calculator have been sluggish, to say the least. Since then I have considered many times making the book go out of print. However, every time I've looked at the book I've been impressed again at the excellent activities in it – so the book has stayed in print. Maybe sales will now pick up!

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  8. A story about jealousy for anti-bullying week
    25
    Feb

    A story about jealousy for anti-bullying week

    Katherine’s Story

    How do people react to others’ successes? Some people are pleased for others; others are jealous – in their mind, the success that they see others enjoying, should be theirs.

    Download your free copy of ‘Katherine’s Story’ to find out if Katherine finds the courage to be Head Girl after some jealous pupils are nasty to her.

    This story is taken from Modern Christian Assembly Stories, a contemporary collection of 50 school stories all having a Christian theme.

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  9. Have you seen our apps for Luc et Sophie?
    25
    Feb

    Have you seen our apps for Luc et Sophie?

    Our new series for teaching French to primary children (7-11 years old) comes with apps which work on computers, interactive whiteboards and on most tablets. We have deliberately written software which is generic, which should work on every type of computer regardless of age and model. You don’t need to be a computer expert or a French expert to use the software!

    Learn French with Luc et Sophie is a story-based approach to teaching French. There are 14 specially written French stories in each part. Each story is available as an illustrated book, and as an app (interactive pdf with audio), and as an audio track on a cd. If you’re not confident at speaking French, you can use the pre-recorded audio in the app, or on the audio cd. The audio tracks are acted out by native French speakers.

    There are also songs, listening exercises, vocabulary lists, interactive sentence building activities for use on smartboards and laptops, reading passages and games. All of this is explained in much more detail in the comprehensive teacher’s book which accompanies each part. The stories are available on their own, or bundled with the apps and Teacher’s Book.

    Why not TRY before you BUY? Download SAMPLE PAGES from our website: www.brilliantpublications.co.uk

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  10. Art projects in action
    08
    Jan

    Art projects in action

    Nicola at The World is Their Classroom has been trying out our Painting is a Class Act series of books with her children.

    You can see how they got on in Nicola’s blog post.

    https://theworldistheirclassroom.blogspot.com/2020/01/painting-is-class-act-review.html

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