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Beside the Seaside

As the final half term before Summer begins, our thoughts are turning towards seaside holidays! Take a look at the Beside the Seaside book list to enhance your summer term topic for KS1. This fabulous collection of fiction and non-fiction books explore coastal geography, seaside creatures and seaside holidays in the past.  ‘Rock Pool Secrets’ is a brand new release, which is perfect for this topic.  With large flaps on each page, children can lift rocks, shells, seaweed

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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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Ships & Shipwrecks!

Q. We are looking at the topic of Shipwrecks this term. We’ve already got a few books on pirates and we’re keen to find some other texts that focus on islands, ship and sunken treasure. Would you be able to recommend some fiction and non-fiction books for pupils in years 5/6? A. Thank you for your question. There’s lots of scope here for brilliant fiction books for UKS2, as well as some great non-fiction titles,

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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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Frozen Worlds

Inspired by the BBC’s recent ‘Arctic Live’ programmes, we’ve been revisiting our ‘Frozen Worlds’ booklists. So wrap up warm and take a look at the frozen regions of our planet with some wonderfully snowy books! The incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly, wilds of the Arctic and Antarctic make for a fabulous cross-curricular topic for either KS1 or 2.  The books in our book lists cover subjects from historical expeditions to wildlife habitats and environmental issues. Click on the links

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