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Picture Books Stories about War & Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”  What better topic for a classroom discussion or assembly than what this means and how we can all work towards making peace… Continue reading

Shining a Light on the Dark Ages: Anglo-Saxons and Vikings for years 3/4

The period after the Romans left Britain in 410 to the crowning of our first Norman king, William the Conqueror, in 1066 is an important and fascinating part of British history.  As part of the history curriculum for key stage 2, more children than ever are now learning about the so-called ‘Dark Ages’ (something to debate with your pupils! How dark were the ‘Dark Ages’ really?). The history of the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings in Britain are…

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Girl Power! 50(ish) Books to Empower Girls

Last weekend we saw millions of women (and men and children!) around the world take to the streets and march for gender equality.  Mr Trump’s election was the catalyst for the Washington march, but the protests in the UK and elsewhere also served to highlight the fundamental rights and freedoms of women, which continue to feel threatened in our 21st century society. Feeling inspired by friends and family attending marches around the world, I have put…

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Reading Around the World

Q. Hello. Our whole school is going to be participating in a ‘Reading Around the World’ theme next term.  Each class is going to read a book set in a different country, and will be finding out about that country. Please could you recommend some fiction set in different countries, which include plenty of detail about that country’s people and culture? We also need some non-fiction books to help the children with their own research. A.   There…

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