Based on work in Holland, this listening and speaking teaching resource for children in reception and key stage 1 has been trialled in 34 Devon schools. The book offers a structured range of teacher-led activities followed by others which children work through independently or in small groups. It aims to develop auditory discrimination and phonological awareness and to introduce vocabulary to do with sounds. It comes with audio-tape recordings of songs and sound effects. Pounds 11.50. Devon Learning Resources, 21 Old Mill Lane, Torquay TQ2 6AU. Tel: 01803 605531.
Activities and games on 2D and 3D shapes are contained in this book, which also includes recording sheets, extensions and adaptations, useful questions to promote children's thinking and maths background information. Pounds 19. 50. BEAM, Barnsbury Complex, Offord Road, London N1 1QH. Tel: 0171 457 5535.
Professor Pharmaceutical Investigates
This photocopiable activity pack for science and design and technology describes activities related to the industrial processes of manufacturing medicine. The children are set a number of challenges by the professor and his assistants from the Medicine Factory. Pounds 10 (free in County Durham). Durham Business and Education Executive, Broom Cottages Primary School, Ferryhill, County Durham DL17 8AN. Tel: 01740 652681.