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WAGOLL – Teaching what a good one looks like with KS1 and KS2 example texts

Use great exemplification with model texts to improve children's writing skills...

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2021 guide to home learning – Primary school resources, advice and ideas for teachers and parents

Help every Key Stage 2 student learn when away from school with these tips, activity ideas and more...

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Books for topics – Teaching ideas and resources for KS1 and KS2

With around 10,000 new children's titles published every year, how can teachers choose the best for their classroom?

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Connectives – How to teach them in KS2 SPaG

Ensure children's writing holds firm by building a deep understanding of how ideas can be joined together

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Storyboard templates – Planning techniques for KS1/KS2 writing

Discover how this simple planning technique can help children with inspiration, sequencing and more...

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Year 5 and 6 spelling words – Teacher resources and tips for KS2 SPaG

Try these smart spelling strategies to boost children's skills and confidence, every time they write

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Non-chronological reports – Teaching ideas for KS1/2 writing

Support children as they get their facts straight, with this guide to presenting information clearly and accurately

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Creative writing ideas for teaching KS2 English

Inspire sophisticated stories with these cross-curricular creative writing tips to get children's imaginations active...

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The Ofsted Deep Dive – Writing

Make sure you are fully prepared to show your best side, should the inspectors decide to investigate writing in your school...

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Oracy – Improving KS2 students’ speaking and listening skills

The ability to use speech clearly and with confidence is crucial for successful literacy outcomes

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The Ofsted Deep Dive – Reading

Waiting for 'the call'? Make sure you're ready to demonstrate intent, implementation and impact for your school's reading curriculum...

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KS2 Poems – Teaching tips for poetry writing and poetic techniques

From limericks to sonnets and everything in between - poetry has so much to offer for primary school...

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Emotive language – Teaching tips for KS2 vocabulary

Support children towards greater depth writing by teaching the responsible use of powerful language

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Diary writing – Teaching how to write a diary entry in KS1 and KS2

Revisit the features required for an effective first person recount

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Word classes – Vocabulary teaching ideas for primary

Brush up your subject knowledge with this comprehensive guide to vocabulary categories

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Setting descriptions – KS2 creative writing

Use these strategies to give children the tools they need to create powerful settings for their descriptive writing

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Explanation Texts – Teaching tips for KS2 writing

Teach children the key features and conventions of an important - but potentially tricky - writing genre

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Story Sacks – Teaching great storytelling in KS1/2 creative writing

Try this simple and effective strategy for helping young children write more powerful stories

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Teaching phonics – Improve reading skills for KS1 children

Suddenly found yourself in Year 1? This back-to-basics 'how to teach phonics' teacher guide will help you support pupils in their first...

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Poetic Techniques – How to teach them at KS1 and KS2

Try these tips for teaching children to spot rhetorical devices in others' poetry – and use them in their poems

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Story Mountain – Teaching this story structure in KS2 creative writing

Careful story planning doesn't mean children have to squash their creativity – quite the opposite, in fact...

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Handwriting Resources

Well-formed, clear handwriting doesn't just look good - it's an indicator of improved outcomes, well beyond the end of KS2...

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World Book Day ideas and activities for KS1 and KS2

Celebrate World Book Day, the annual event championing reading for pleasure, with these easy, no-stress activity ideas and resources...

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Greater Depth Writing – Teaching ideas for KS2

Follow this advice to make sure you are encouraging every pupil to produce their very best written work possible

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Teacher Assessment Framework KS1

Sound advice to make sure the KS1 Teacher Assessment Framework is working for you and your pupils – as well as those pesky Powers That...

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Conjunctions KS2 – Grammar teaching ideas for Year 3-6

Using a sophisticated range of sentence structures is an important element of greater depth writing

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7 ways to get children reading in KS1 and KS2

Few things have a more positive impact on children's outcomes than how often they read for pleasure - so here's how to encourage it...

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Formal letter writing – Teaching ideas for KS2 English

Pupils may be more used to pinging a DM than penning a missive – but they still need the skills required for the latter...

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Tricky words – Teaching tips for KS2 spelling

Nine simple strategies to support pupils in mastering CEWs, SSWs and other non-standard spelling challenges!

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Lesson plan templates for primary teachers

Take the stress out of planning with tips and resources to make life easier...

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Tarsia puzzles – Literacy games for KS1/2

Explore how a simple game can help children make leaps of literacy progress...

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Shakespeare KS2 – How to teach William Shakespeare’s plays in primary school

Can primary school children really make sense of the Bard? Absolutely...

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Spelling strategies KS2 – Teaching spelling in Year 3-6

Give every student the skills they need to become a master speller, from day one!

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KS2 reading comprehension – Teaching ideas for primary school English

Give your Key Stage 2 students the key skills they need to get the most out of any text...

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Working walls – How to make the most of your primary learning environment

With a little time and a healthy dash of creativity, your classroom walls can become invaluable learning tools...

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Effective story starters for KS1/2 creative writing

Make sure students can grab readers' attention from the start, with these powerful story prompt strategies...

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Spelling games for Key Stage 2 SPaG teaching

Just follow these tips and 'Bingo!' – learning is fun once again...

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KS2 imagery – Improve students’ poetry and creative writing

Draw on your pupils' imaginations to help them paint a picture with their words

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Persuasive writing – Teaching techniques for KS2

Can you afford to miss out? Read on to discover the best persuasive writing technique tips ever, absolutely free!

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Adverbial phrases – Top tips for teaching with confidence and creativity

Help children move towards greater depth, with this guide to understanding and teaching the key cohesive device that is the adverbial phrase

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Grammar games – SPaG activities for KS2

Every student learns best when they're really enjoying what they're doing - and that includes learning about irregular verbs, the past...

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Prepositions KS2 – Grammar teaching tips for Year 3 SPaG

Take pupils FROM confusion TO confidence in nine easy steps

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Year 6 reading comprehension – Building confidence for SATs and beyond

Ensure success in those end of KS2 assessments, with resources and strategies for better text analysis

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Determiners KS2 – definitions, teaching advice and essential resources

Help pupils in Year 4 and onwards to identify, use and understand the different ways we can modify a noun...

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Character description – Creative writing tips and resources for bringing characters to life

Successful writers know how to create convincing and memorable characters - and here's how they do it...

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Word families – Advice and worksheets for teaching root words in KS2

Improve reading comprehension skills and develop more sophisticated writing by exploring etymology with your pupils...

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The past tense – KS1 verbs to revisit now and then

A secure understanding of how to use different tenses is essential if children are to make good progress in writing

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Personification – Making KS2 writing come to life

Help children write at greater depth, with language choices that really grab readers' attention

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Writing newspaper reports KS2 – read all about it!

As non-fiction text types go, news articles provide opportunities to develop a whole range of key writing skills...

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Teaching onomatopoeia – Make your English language lessons go with a bang

It's a tough word to spell – but a hugely useful rhetorical device for the greater depth writing toolkit in KS1 and KS2

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WAGOLL: What good exemplification looks like – Model texts for Key Stage 1 and 2

Great model texts, clear success criteria and plenty of aspiration will all help primary school children produce their best work

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The subjunctive form – Year 6 worksheets and resources to make it clear

If you were hoping to improve your teaching, understanding this often perplexing verb mood would be a great place to start...

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FANBOYS – How to teach coordinating conjunctions in KS2

Understanding what makes a good compound sentence is an essential skill to help young writers make progress

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Subordinating conjunctions – Making complex sentences simple

It’s a term children first meet in Year 2 – and understanding it will take their writing to the next level...

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Year 1 and Year 2 Common exception words – How to make them stick

Tricky words are often the most useful for children's reading and writing – so here's how to make them memorable

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Bossy verbs – How to teach the imperative from Year 2 onwards

Help children get to grips with sentence types, with these top tips for identifying and using commands

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Introducing apostrophes in Year 2 – Tips to help children remember

Teach possession and contraction well from the start, and you could prevent a lifetime of punctuation mark confusion for your pupils...

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Ambitious vocabulary – The pros and cons of ‘wow’ words

Encourage children to add sophisticated shimmer to their writing, with truly thoughtful and creative vocabulary choices

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Homophones – Top tips for improving your/you’re teaching

End children’s confusion over words that sound the same but have a different meaning, with these clever strategies for Years 2-6

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Inverted commas – Getting speech punctuation right at KS2

Perfectly punctuating dialogue is something that can trip up even experienced editors – but this quick guide should help pupils get it...

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Letter writing in KS1 and KS2 – 9 tips for delivering great lessons

No matter how convenient it is to tap out a text, the epistolary art is still a valuable skill for children to learn to improve writing...

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Teaching alliteration – Top tips and pitiful pitfalls

Adding rhetorical flourishes will help children achieve greater depth writing – but only if they know why they’re doing it...

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Year 5 relative clauses – 9 useful tips that promote confident teaching

Use these smart strategies to turn a challenging grammar topic into something that’s, well, relatively simple!

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KS2 similes and metaphors – 9 ways to teach with confidence

The effective use of descriptive language is key for greater depth writing – so here's how to help pupils bring their ideas to life with...

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Year 4 fronted adverbials – 8 teaching tips to make it easy

It’s a notoriously (and perhaps surprisingly) challenging topic – but it's time to take the fear out of teaching fronted adverbials...

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KS2 modal verbs – 9 teaching tips you may/might/will want to follow

By the end of Year 5, children need to be able to identify and use modal verbs - but can you?

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5 tips for stress-free homeschooling

Just a few small changes to the daily home education routine can really help keep children engaged whilst learning away from the...

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