Two Sides Books for Teenage Reluctant Readers

I am proud to have written three books for the Two Sides series published by Badger Learning. These short books  are suitable for teenagers who are reluctant readers. The books explore challenging experiences such as racism, homelessness and mental health from two different perspectives. They are available from

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Classic Poetry about Landscapes Bundle

 Ks2 resources for three classic poems about landscapes:The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W.B.Yeats, My Heart’s in the Highlands by Robert Burns and Daffodils by William Wordsworth. Includes PPTs. differentiated worksheets and copies of the poems. Available for purchase  from the Primary Texts shop on TES, Visit Shop

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New SPAG Resources for Year 4

I have now added a range of PPTs to aid teaching of the National Curriculum year 4 vocabulary, grammar and punctuation objectives to my TES shop. Some of these objectives are quite tricky and controversial! Nevertheless, regardless of our opinions on ‘fronted adverbials’, or the necessity of requiring pupils to recognise determiners, the expectation that this content is taught is explicit.  The content is labelled as statutory and pupils will be required to demonstrate understanding of such terms when they take their SPAG test in year 6.  View shop

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Fun Halloween Resources for Key Stage 1!

Two great poems suitable for Key Stage 1 are ‘In the Dark, Dark Woods’ and ‘The Hairy Toe’. These fun scary poems are great to use all year round, but are particularly good for Halloween themed work. I have created resource packs containing the poems, PPTs, worksheets and follow up activities. These packs are available for purchase in my TES shop. Visit shop

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Young Adult Reluctant Readers

I generally write and create resources for the primary sector, but I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to write a book for Badger Learning’s YA Reads. The aim of this series of books is to provide young adults who struggle with reading, or who are reluctant readers, with engaging materials which are appropriate for them in terms of level and content.

My book is part of the visually stunning Badger Learning’s YA Reads II series which is featured below:

My book ‘Wasted’ is about perils of teenage drinking, friendship and change. The main character Layla finds that her relationship with her best friend Jade begins to change after Jade discovers alcohol.


Visit  Badger Learning’s YA Reads II website page  if you’d like to find out more about my book or the YA Reads series.


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New SPAG resources!

The National Curriculum for English sets out specific statuatory content which is required to be introduced in each year group to teach vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. I have found it quite tricky to find resources which explain the objectives to primary pupils in a simple easy to understand way.  I have created a set of resources which match the objectives for year 3 and year 5. I plan to produce resources for other year groups later. I have tried to produce resources which are quite straightforward to use and require very little teacher preparation. The PPTs contain explanations, examples and exercises forming complete lessons. The lessons are available for purchase individually or as a set for years 3 and 5 from my Primary Texts shop on TES. Visit Shop 

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New EAL Resources!

Throughout my teaching career, there have been several occassions when a child has arrived in my class who speaks little or no English. It’s important that these pupils learn basic vocabulary as soon as possible in  order to feel comfortable in the classroom, grow in confidence and make progress.

Previously, I have scoured the web searching in vain for an EAL starter pack which I could use to help them learn new vocabulary. I also wanted something new EAL starters could work on independently within the classroom situation when needed. Obviously pupils do begin to pick up some new vocabulary naturally, but I’ve found direct teaching and assessing their recognition of vocabulary is important to ensure they are making progress.

I created an EAL Starter pack with vocabulary related to school as I couldn’t find what I was looking for on the internet. I did find various websites and worksheets. However, I found it was time-consuming to search, download and combine different worksheets in an effort to create packs. I also felt this approach was not structured enough. I have since created two more packs with vocabulary related to home and the environment. These packs are now available to purchase as a bundle on my Primary Texts shop at TES. They are also available to purchase separately. See below:

EAL Starter Pack Bundle

A three pack bundle containing over 120 worksheeets suitable for newly arrived EAL pupils. Designed to help familiarise pupils with vocabulary related to school, home and the environment. Available for purchase from the Primary Texts Shop on TES. Visit Shop



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Using Visual Literacy to Teach Classic Poetry

The importance of studying poetry is frequently emphasised in the National Curriculum for English programme of study for Key Stage 2. Pupils are expected to read and discuss a wide range of poems.

When studying poetry, it may sometimes be appropriate for pupils to read or listen to a poem and use their imagination to visualise what the poet is aiming to portray.  However, there are occassions when pupils need additional support to aid their understanding.

I have found that providing visual images to help explain and clarify difficult words, phrases, ideas and concepts is a good way of aiding comprehension of more complex poetry. Providing a visual element to poetry helps to stimulate the pupil’s interest too.

I have produced a variety of poetry lessons based on a section of classic poems which include PPTs with poems and supporting visual images. In addition, the lessons  include worksheets, a copy of the poem and suggestions for follow up activities.

You can view these resources at the Primary Texts TES shop. Visit Shop

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