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  • How To Teach English Literature

    Jennifer Webb

    Product Code: BWVLZ
    Paperback
    A practical guide to pedagogy in the English classroom, supporting the teaching abstract, classic and challenging texts and concepts. Many teachers are struggling with the new GCSE syllabus for Literature, and this book provides useful resources, strategies and approaches for the key areas of challenge in the English classroom. Full of practical ideas for educators to use in their classrooms, it is the perfect book for any English teachers who want some fresh ideas for approaching GCSE Literature.
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  • National 5 Modern Studies Success Guide

    Patrick Carson

    Product Code: BVAQD
    Paperback 14 years +
    Exam Board: SQA Level: National 5 Subject: Modern Studies First Teaching: 2017, First Exam: 2018 National 5 Modern Studies Success Guide provides easy-to-use and value-for-money revision for all abilities and learning styles and includes guidance on the National 5 course and assessments structure. * Colourful double-page spreads aid both comprehensive and revision planning * Topics are broken down into small, easily managed sections, complemented with lots of diagrams and illustrations to aid retention * Quick Tests and Top Tips help keep students focused on the exam's precise demands * Revision checklists help students to manage and track their progress in the lead up to the exam * A glossary presents all of the key terms and definitions essential for the exam Success Guides are the number one revision brand in Scotland and all the popular features of this tried and trusted series are retained here.
  • TheDadLab: Quick, Fun and Easy Activities to do at Home

    TheDadLab

    Product Code: BQILL
    Paperback
    With more than 3 million fans, TheDadLab has quickly become an online sensation by creating a solution for parents when they hear the dreaded 'I'm bored' complaint, and now, for the first time, Sergei Urban has transferred his most popular experiments to print in this beautifully illustrated and mind-blowing book! Using everyday ingredients that you can find in your kitchen cupboard, Sergei shows experiments that are not only fun for children, but fun for adults too! With 40 wonderful activities, including 15-never-before-posted, TheDadLab includes additional information not found on his online posts: each activity will feature a detailed explanation simplifying the information that stems from the fields of Science, Technology, engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) for a parent to help explain their curious child and answer the questions 'how' and 'why.'
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  • 50 Fantastic Ideas for Seasons

    Alistair Bryce-Clegg

    Product Code: AQNEG
    Paperback
    Not only is the changing of the seasons an ideal time for children to focus on their understanding and exploration of the world around them, it is also a fantastic opportunity to encourage them to learn new skills or consolidate existing ones, using 'seasons' as a focus. The activities will support practitioners in exploring and reinforcing key learning around Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Although the ideas are linked to specific seasons, the concepts and skills are transferable to other seasons or activities. Suitable for Early Years practitioners and parents, this book is packed full of original ideas to inspire both adults and children. There are activities for both indoor and outdoor inspiration as well as some that can be done in both. Each activity also features guidance on how to extend the learning further as well as an overview of some of the things the children will be learning while they are participating. Regardless of whether you are freezing in the winter snow or melting in summer sun there will be something here to inspire!
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  • Mindset Mathematics: Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas, Grade 8

    Jo Boaler

    Product Code: CDHLV
    Paperback
    Engage students in mathematics using growth mindset techniques The most challenging parts of teaching mathematics are engaging students and helping them understand the connections between mathematics concepts. In this volume, you'll find a collection of low floor, high ceiling tasks that will help you do just that, by looking at the big ideas at the eighth-grade level through visualization, play, and investigation. During their work with tens of thousands of teachers, authors Jo Boaler, Jen Munson, and Cathy Williams heard the same message--that they want to incorporate more brain science into their math instruction, but they need guidance in the techniques that work best to get across the concepts they needed to teach. So the authors designed Mindset Mathematics around the principle of active student engagement, with tasks that reflect the latest brain science on learning. Open, creative, and visual math tasks have been shown to improve student test scores, and more importantly change their relationship with mathematics and start believing in their own potential. The tasks in Mindset Mathematics reflect the lessons from brain science that: There is no such thing as a math person - anyone can learn mathematics to high levels. Mistakes, struggle and challenge are the most important times for brain growth. Speed is unimportant in mathematics. Mathematics is a visual and beautiful subject, and our brains want to think visually about mathematics. With engaging questions, open-ended tasks, and four-color visuals that will help kids get excited about mathematics, Mindset Mathematics is organized around nine big ideas which emphasize the connections within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and can be used with any current curriculum.
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  • A Compendium Of Mathematical Methods

    Joanne Morgan

    Product Code: CCWAN
    Paperback
    Joanne Morgan's fascinating and practical book presents a selection of mathematical methods for twenty topics in the secondary maths curriculum. Some of the methods featured are used widely in schools around the world, others are only used in a small number of countries. Some have been in use for generations and others have fallen out of fashion.Some of the very best maths teachers are those who take the time to research their subject in greater depth. Exploring new methods can help us make sense of things, even if we choose not to teach those methods. Read this book with an open mind and willingness to learn!
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  • 100 Acting Exercises for 8 - 18 Year Olds

    Samantha Marsden

    Product Code: CCOTP
    Paperback
    This book offers a comprehensive guide to teaching acting exercises that will unleash the inner creativity of students aged 8-18. Theories and techniques of some of the greatest theatre practitioners including Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski, Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen provide a basis for Samantha Marsden's original exercises for students between these ages. You won't find Duck, Duck, Goose, Zap, Zap, Boing - or any other traditional drama games in this book: instead, the craft of acting technique takes the limelight. These exercises have been tried and tested in the author's own classroom, and are guaranteed to inspire, ignite imagination and encourage heartfelt performances. Focus points used in leading drama schools such as voice, movement, relaxation, character development and understanding text are recreated for a younger student. They are easy to follow and will be fun, challenging and immensely rewarding for teachers and students alike. The book features a foreword by Paul Roseby, CEO and Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre.
  • Missing Digit Puzzles

    Product Code: CCGWN
    Paperback
    Missing digit puzzles are a perfect way to challenge Key Stage 2 pupils and help them to achieve maths mastery. Use the puzzles as starter activities, whole class problem solving or for stretching the more able. The instructions for these puzzles are simple - fill in the gaps in the calculations using each digit provided only once. The puzzles are designed so that there is one solution but thousands of possibilities. They cannot be solved by simply trying all the permutations - there are far too many. Pupils will have to really think about the problems and use their knowledge and understanding of maths to decide which statements to fill in first. The puzzles will develop and consolidate children's understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as fractions, decimals, percentages and much more.
  • Living Lines

    Henrik Thaulow

    Product Code: CBXLH
    Paperback
    Form drawing, allowing children to understand the idea of a form and encouraging them to recreate it in their own way, is a key principal of Steiner-Waldorf education and its study enriches the teaching of all subjects in the curriculum. This unique book first explains form drawing and its role in Steiner-Waldorf schools, while also tackling practicalities such as advice on suitable paper and pencils. It goes on to offer a wide selection of exercises for Classes 2 to 5, with step-by-step instructions on how they can be taught, arranged both by class and by theme, drawing on examples of pupils' work and images of forms from nature and cultural heritage. Teachers can use these lessons as an inspiring starting point. This fascinating and beautiful book will allow Waldorf educators, at school and home, to confidently teach form drawing to their pupils.
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  • Whisky A Tasting Course

    Eddie Ludlow

    Product Code: CAVRY
    Hardback
    Taste your way to whisky wisdom. The best way to find out about whisky is by drinking it. Perfect for the whisky curious, this truly hands-on handbook helps you to discover your own personal whisky style, opening up a world of new whiskies to enjoy. Tailored tasting sessions steer you through the full spectrum of whisky's aromas and flavours - from the smoky tang of Islay peat to the sandalwood scents of Japanese oak. Take a tasting tour and compare whiskies from the world's finest makers, including iconic Scottish distilleries and trailblazing craft producers. Get the very best from your whisky, with insider tips on smart buying, making perfect food matches and mixing killer cocktails. With 20 step-by-step tastings, and brimming with clear infographics and jargon-busting advice - as a gorgeous gift for any fan of the dram, this book hits the spot.
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  • Charles Bargue and Jean-Leon Gerome

    Gerald M. Ackerman

    Product Code: BZHGH
    Hardback
    The Bargue-Gerome Drawing Course is a complete reprint of a famous, late nineteenth-century drawing course. It contains a set of almost two hundred masterful lithographs of subjects for copying by drawing students before they attempt drawing from life or nature. Consequently it is a book that will interest artists, art students, art historians, and lovers and collectors of drawings. It also introduces us to the work and life of a hitherto neglected master: Charles Bargue. The Drawing Course consists of three sections. The first consists of plates drawn after casts, usually of antique examples. Different parts of the body are studied in order of difficulty, until full figures are presented. The second section pays homage to the western school of painting, with lithographs after exemplary drawings by Renaissance and modern masters. The third part contains almost 60 academies, or drawings after nude male models, all original inventions by Bargue, the lithographer. With great care, the student is introduced to continually more difficult problems in the close observing and recording of nature. Charles Bargue started his career as a lithographer of drawings by hack artists for a popular market in comic, sentimental and soft-porn subjects. By working with Gerome, and in preparing the plates for the course, Bargue was transformed into a spectacular painter of single figures and intimate scenes; a master of precious details that always remain observation and never became self-conscious virtuosity, and colour schemes that unified his composition in exquisite tonal harmonies. The last part of the book is a biography of Bargue, along with a preliminary catalogue of his paintings, accompanied by reproductions of all that have been found and of many of those lost.
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  • The Ultimate Guide to Mark Making in the Early Years

    Sue Cowley

    Product Code: BXYSM
    Paperback
    In The Ultimate Guide to Mark Making in the Early Years, internationally renowned teacher trainer Sue Cowley takes practitioners on a journey: the journey young children embark upon when they learn their first words and make their first marks. Filled with practical activities and honest advice, this must-have guide presents a wide range of creative approaches to developing mark making and building language skills in the Early Years. With ideas to build finger strength and eye-to-hand coordination, activities for understanding the concept of symbols and signs and strategies for building confidence in reading and writing including talk and drama, you'll find a variety of techniques to develop children's key skills and motivation. Sue also includes full-colour photographs and examples of early marks to illustrate how young children's communication skills develop. There are tips for getting boys engaged in writing and a companion website with downloadable resources and useful links. The Ultimate Guide to Mark Making in the Early Years is an invaluable source of inspiration for all those working with children aged three to seven.
  • Foundations of Literacy

    Sue Palmer

    Product Code: BWBWO
    Paperback
    This fully revised fourth edition outlines seven strands of practice for three to six-year old children, designed to develop the skills, concepts and knowledge underpinning literacy in the early years. Accompanying each strand are clear explanations of the research and reasoning on which they are based. Practical advice on helping children transfer their learning into their own child-initiated activities, to build a genuine and solid foundation for literacy, is integral to the book.
  • Secondary Starters and Plenaries: English

    Johnnie Young

    Product Code: BWBBY
    Paperback
    Looking for time saving, creative, ready-to-use activities to kick-start and round up your lessons? Look no further! Starters and plenaries are now an essential part of all lessons and this highly practical, bestselling book provides busy English teachers with creative activities to use in the classroom. The tasks will help ensure the first five minutes of any secondary lesson are a time for motivation, energy and forward thinking and will help students to reflect on, and embed their learning at the end. Step by step instructions, teacher's tips and worksheet examples make these 25 starters and 25 plenaries ready-to-use or easy to adapt for any secondary English lesson, helping students to develop and consolidate skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. This new book also comes with online PowerPoints and printable resources, giving you everything you need not just for planning your starters and plenaries but also for delivering them to your class. The book covers the whole spectrum of topics that every English teacher needs to cover, and makes use of music, drama, maps, charts and practical props. Some ideas involve students managing and monitoring each other; some use all the senses; others involve creative thinking and where practical and appropriate, the content is embedded in the real world so that students can immediately see the wider application of their efforts. The 'teacher tips' section offers guidance on how to deliver the idea to get the best results based on years of trial and error by the author.
  • A Sense of Wonder

    Jenny Aitken

    Product Code: BVVNZ
    Paperback
    This practical book offers a scientific framework for the early years that is divided into four key areas: biological science, physical science, earth science and environmental science. Topics covered include life, nature, environmental care, sustainability, and biodiversity - with links throughout to the EYFS. A Sense of Wonder is an easy-to-read guide for educators looking to implement play-based science learning and inspire children of all ages in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Mathematical Mindsets

    Jo Boaler

    Product Code: BVUPU
    Paperback
    Banish math anxiety and give students of all ages a clear roadmap to success Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers and parents show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math. Jo Boaler Stanford researcher, professor of math education, and expert on math learning has studied why students don't like math and often fail in math classes. She's followed thousands of students through middle and high schools to study how they learn and to find the most effective ways to unleash the math potential in all students. There is a clear gap between what research has shown to work in teaching math and what happens in schools and at home. This book bridges that gap by turning research findings into practical activities and advice. Boaler translates Carol Dweck's concept of 'mindset' into math teaching and parenting strategies, showing how students can go from self-doubt to strong self-confidence, which is so important to math learning. Boaler reveals the steps that must be taken by schools and parents to improve math education for all. Mathematical Mindsets: * Explains how the brain processes mathematics learning * Reveals how to turn mistakes and struggles into valuable learning experiences * Provides examples of rich mathematical activities to replace rote learning * Explains ways to give students a positive math mindset * Gives examples of how assessment and grading policies need to change to support real understanding Scores of students hate and fear math, so they end up leaving school without an understanding of basic mathematical concepts. Their evasion and departure hinders math-related pathways and STEM career opportunities. Research has shown very clear methods to change this phenomena, but the information has been confined to research journals until now. Mathematical Mindsets provides a proven, practical roadmap to mathematics success for any student at any age.
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  • Maths is all Around You

    Marianne Knaus

    Product Code: BVTBO
    Paperback
    We encounter mathematics on a regular basis in one form or another. For some people, maths is `scary' and not something they feel confident about. Even though many educators and parents attempt to provide good mathematics experiences, there is still a high level of anxiety about the teaching and learning of mathematics. This book presents a broad range of concepts and aims to widen the narrow view that maths for young children is just about numbers and shapes. The content includes pattern (early algebra), counting, number, early operations, measurement, shape and spatial awareness (geometry), matching, sorting, data analysis and the introduction of chance (statistics and probability). This book is intended for educators and parents who would like to explore and investigate maths concepts to enrich children's experiences and extend their current thinking and learning.
  • 100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Teaching Drama

    Johnnie Young

    Product Code: BVSMC
    Paperback
    Bring your drama lessons to life and engage the most unlikely of thespians using ideas from this updated title in the popular 100 ideas series! Drama is a key subject for getting students to express themselves creatively as well as helping them to improve communication skills across the curriculum. Using his wealth of experience teaching drama in secondary schools, Johnnie Young has out together 100 tried and tested activities and strategies for implementing a full drama teaching programme in your school. Suggestions for bringing Shakespeare's plays to life, advice on improving storytelling and engaging cross-curricular activities are just a few of the areas covered. Each idea includes the learning aim of the activity so you can assess progress and map the ideas to your schemes of work, and there are practical teaching tips and taking it further ideas throughout the book. Johnnie also offers drama-specific behaviour management tips - another area he specialises in - to help you ensure you stay in control of even the most rambunctious class! The book is a must for all secondary drama teachers - and indeed anyone wanting to inject some drama into their lessons!
  • 50 Fantastic Ideas for Investigations

    Sally Featherstone

    Product Code: BVOTZ
    Paperback
    Exploring and investigating familiar objects and places gives children real experiences to think, plan and get involved in both indoors and outside. This book gives a variety of ideas for investigations, some of which will extend far beyond the simple initial starting points. Simple observations can turn into early science, technology and creative thinking. Using familiar and easily found objects, the investigations will involve and encourage children to develop these thoughts.
  • Bloomsbury Curriculum Basics: Teaching Primary Computing

    Martin Burrett

    Product Code: BVOBV
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    Computers are just for playing games, right? Many of your pupils will think so. It may be a cultural shift for both the pupils and their parents to change that perception of computing. However, the learning gained from the 'games' played on computers in the primary classroom will help to prepare children to live and work in the modern world. The teaching ideas in Teaching Primary Computing are engaging, easy to implement, and use mostly free tools that operate across the many digital platforms that primary schools use. Addressing every aspect of the National Curriculum, the book is split into year groups, and each chapter offers practitioners an essential summary of all the information and vocabulary needed to successfully implement exciting, well-structured lessons that will keep your class riveted!
  • Chapters from Ancient History

    Dorothy Harrer

    Product Code: BVBPM
    Paperback
    The contemporary culture, language and artistic sensibilities of the west originated and were shaped by the ancient cultures that are vividly explored in this book. Dorothy Harrer, a skilful storyteller, has compiled a rich collection of insights into the cultures of Ancient India, Persia, Babylon, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece. For each civilisation, she illuminates their rise and decline through pictures, biographies and poetic samplings, linking their ancient wisdom, spirituality, literature and illustrious people to our current times. This is an invaluable book for Waldorf teachers in Class 5 or Class 10, and for anyone interested in the evolution of western civilisation. It could be used as a reader for students aged thirteen and up.
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  • Topics in Mathematics for the Tenth Grade

    Robert Neumann

    Product Code: BVBCP
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    The Mathematics for the High School series has been specifically designed for maths teachers in Waldorf schools. The books offer new sources of inspiration for those who've taught maths courses many times before, as well as vital guidance and insight for those newer to maths teaching. Each book in the series offers broad and helpful historical and background perspectives on mathematics, as well as many practical, hands-on exercises, hints and teaching tips. This book covers all the lesson blocks taught in Class 10 (age 15-16), including: -- sine, cosine and tangent -- trigonometry -- surveying -- higher calculations -- logarithms and logarithmic spirals -- Pascal's triangle and related geometry -- numerical relationships in music -- resection method The book offers broad and helpful historical and background perspectives on maths in Class 10, as well as many practical, hand-on exercises, hints and teaching tips.
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  • Mindset Mathematics: Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas, Grade 6

    Jo Boaler

    Product Code: BTXHE
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    Engage students in mathematics using growth mindset techniques The most challenging parts of teaching mathematics are engaging students and helping them understand the connections between mathematics concepts. In this volume, you'll find a collection of low floor, high ceiling tasks that will help you do just that, by looking at the big ideas at the sixth-grade level through visualization, play, and investigation. During their work with tens of thousands of teachers, authors Jo Boaler, Jen Munson, and Cathy Williams heard the same message--that they want to incorporate more brain science into their math instruction, but they need guidance in the techniques that work best to get across the concepts they needed to teach. So the authors designed Mindset Mathematics around the principle of active student engagement, with tasks that reflect the latest brain science on learning. Open, creative, and visual math tasks have been shown to improve student test scores, and more importantly change their relationship with mathematics and start believing in their own potential. The tasks in Mindset Mathematics reflect the lessons from brain science that: There is no such thing as a math person - anyone can learn mathematics to high levels. Mistakes, struggle and challenge are the most important times for brain growth. Speed is unimportant in mathematics. Mathematics is a visual and beautiful subject, and our brains want to think visually about mathematics. With engaging questions, open-ended tasks, and four-color visuals that will help kids get excited about mathematics, Mindset Mathematics is organized around nine big ideas which emphasize the connections within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and can be used with any current curriculum.
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  • Maths Test - Year 5

    Paul Hollin

    Product Code: BUUWP
    Paperback
    Prepare with confidence for the end of year SATs tests with Scholastic National Curriculum Tests. Scholastic's practice tests are fully in line with the Year 2 and Year 6 SATs Tests Each book contains two complete practice tests and a guidance and mark scheme. These practice tests have a similar look to the real test, to help familiarise children with both the content and format of these tests. The guidance and mark scheme provides advice for parents and carers on how to use the tests and how to support children in preparing for them. [Content previously published as separate test papers in packsof the same name]
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