Reading with fluency and expression

Reading is an essential skill for everyone. By the end of 1st class most children should be able to recognise the majority of Dolch Word lists (download here) and read short stories, retell them and answer questions based on the story. A key skill which a lot of children need to practice is expression. Often a […]


Spelling is something that nearly every primary school child does on a daily basis with a weekly test on a Friday. Many schools follow the Prim- Ed; My Spelling Workbook where children complete around 20 spellings a week along with activities from crosswords to wordsearches, anagram puzzles and completing sentences. I have noticed however that […]

Halloween Lesson- Writing instructions

As Halloween is just around the corner, I decided to get the children to write a spell using instructional writing. Today we planned what ingredients we would use and how instructions are written (use bossy words (verbs) and time connectives, order etc.) We spent the first 5 minutes thinking about what our spell would be […]