Teaching Tips

We’ve loved the process of writing articles and blogs. Here is a selection we’ve written for Teach Primary, Collins, OUP and Pearson. Click on the links below to find our practical ideas on the teaching of English.

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You will find a wealth of articles on key reading skills, teaching grammar, using theatre to write more excessively. Teachwire Articles.

Dice Games

With these dice games, children will understand how changing a single preposition can make a powerful impact on the reader. Improve Children’s Grammar with Dice Games Teach Reading & Writing | Pdf

Treasure House
Dice Games – Improving Children’s Grammar with Christine Chen


Teachwire – Graphic Novels

If children are word-reading but not understanding, graphic texts will help make them masters of meaning and inference. How Comics Boost Reading Comprehension

How Comics Boost Reading Comprehension


If you’re feeling concerned about the grammar and spelling emphasis in the curriculum, check out this series of articles They’ve got plenty of tips to help you embed grammar, punctuation and spelling more deeply in your English Literacy teaching while still making lessons lively and fun. Practical Tips for Teaching Grammar


Teaching vocabulary, grammar and punctuation for better performance in the VGP key stage tests is important for league tables and inspections, but, for many children, it does little to improve spoken and written language. It’s possible, however, to teach VGP in such a way that it leads to high quality writing, while simultaneously preparing for good grammar test results. Freedom to Teach – Applying Grammar & Punctuation | Pdf


Oxford Education Blog

Language is acquired through imitation. Different children have different levels of vocabulary and grammar because of the language they have been immersed in over the length of their lives. So what are we giving them to imitate? Oxford Education Blog

What is the English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS/SPaG) Test?

Grammar, punctuation and spelling are some of the building blocks of good writing. Your child’s writing, including their use of grammar, punctuation and spelling, is assessed throughout the year by their teacher. These three essential areas are also formally tested in a separate SATs test in May of Year 6. This SATs test is known as the SPaG test. What is the English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS/SPaG) Test?


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Discovery Education

We’ve loved working with Discovery Education, developing strategies for the use of high quality audio-visuals to bring English across the curriculum to life.

Improving Literacy with Discovery Education