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Frankenstiltskin Teachers' Notes
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Frankenstiltskin Teachers' Notes

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Teachers’ notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) for Joseph Coelho’s deliciously dark new book,Frankenstiltskin! Joining the family business, animal-lover Bryony proves to be an extraordinary taxidermist, whose tender fingers create displays which comfort, educate and astound. But when Byrony’s proud father boasts of her skill, who should come calling but the secretive King of all Mythica. Locking her away, he gives her three horrible tasks … three impossible tasks! It’s only then that a strange, sinister creature emerges from the shadows of the castle, offering Bryony a helping hand… But at what cost? Frankenstein meets Rumpelstiltkin in this expertly-stitched story about a powerful king, a girl unafraid to stand up for her beliefs, and a monstrous little creature with magic – and greed – in his bones.
Anglo-Saxon Boy Teachers' Notes
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Anglo-Saxon Boy Teachers' Notes

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An in depth classroom resource written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education to accompany Tony Bradman’s ‘Anglo-Saxon Boy’. The story of one Anglo-Saxon boy’s journey to the Battle of Hastings in 1066: Key Stage 2 History brought to life as battle-packed adventure.
Viking Boy Teachers' Notes
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Viking Boy Teachers' Notes

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In depth teachers’ notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education to accompany Tony Bradman’s ‘Viking Boy’. An action-packed blend of historical adventure and fantasy for junior readers; a blast of uncensored Viking adventure. Perfect for a Vikings history unit!
Guess How Much I Love You Activity Sheets
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Guess How Much I Love You Activity Sheets

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Fun and engaging activity sheets to accompany the enchanting international bestseller, Guess How Much I Love You. “I love you right up to the moon – AND BACK!” Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing just how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure! Since its publication in 1994, children and parents worldwide have cherished the heartwarming tale of Little Nutbrown and Big Nutbrown Hare so much that it has become one of the most enduring bedtime classics of our time.
A First Book of the Sea Teachers' Notes
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A First Book of the Sea Teachers' Notes

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Clearly structured, detailed and beautifully designed teahers’ notes to accompany the stunning and wonderfully informative A First Book of the Sea by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton. From Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton, the multi award-winning team behind Tiny and Lots, comes a spellbinding collection of poems about the oceans of the world and their shores. With this book, children can swim alongside dolphins and flying fish, pore over rockpools and sail from pole to pole and back, learning about everything from phosphorescence and plankton to manta rays and puffins – all in the comfort of their bedroom. Emily Sutton’s exquisite watercolours capture the breathless excitement of a child’s first glimpse of the sea, the majesty of ancient trading ships and the sheer, staggering wonder of the humpback whale. The perfect companion to international bestsellers A First Book of Nature and A First Book of Animals, this book is sure to enthral and inspire readers of all ages.
Handa's Surprise Teachers' Notes
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Handa's Surprise Teachers' Notes

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A simple and beautiful step-by-step teaching resource! A modern classic named one of the best culturally diverse picture books in the UK, this is the story of Handa, who’s part of the Luo tribe in south-west Kenya. Handa decides to take seven pieces of delicious fruit to her friend, Akeyo, who lives in the neighbouring village. But as Handa wonders, I wonder what fruit Akeyo will like best?, a series of sneaky animals steal something from Handa’s basket, which she’s carrying on her head… When Handa reaches Akeyo, will she have anything left to offer her friend? Richly-illustrated, brimming with luscious fruit and cheeky wild animals, this mouth-watering story is for the youngest of readers. In the best pantomime spirit, children will long to tell Handa what’s happening right behind her!
The Teenage Guide to Life Online - Teachers' Notes
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The Teenage Guide to Life Online - Teachers' Notes

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A useful resource to help generate discussion about internet usage amongst teenagers and the impact this can have on health. Particularly helpful for PSHE lessons. From the award-winning author of Blame My Brain, The Teenage Guide to Stress and The Teenage Guide to Friends comes The Teenage Guide to Life Online, a balanced look at what happens to us all – young and old – when we spend time on the internet. Nicola Morgan explores the pros and cons of life in the Digital Age, from the information explosion to the growth of social media. Opening with a brief history of the web she then explores hot topics like fake news and online privacy, and draws on fascinating, cutting-edge research into how the internet and screen-use affect our ability to concentrate, our mood and sleep patterns. This is a book for families to share: a way for teenagers, their parents and carers to inform themselves about the many advantages and risks of life online.
Alex Rider Teachers' Notes
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Alex Rider Teachers' Notes

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A great resource to engage even the most unwilling readers in one of the most exciting spy adventure series… ever! Encourage pupils to become reading spies and to take their writing to the next level with the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz – suitable for children ages 9+. The lesson ideas in this Teachers’ Pack include free extracts that have been taken directly from the books, corresponding discussion questions and cross-curricular activities that stimulate ideas around important themes in the series. The material included is aimed at developing descriptive and creative writing at KS2/3, including exploring different genres, writing strong lead characters, devising mission files, developing settings, and creating pacey stories.
Rain Before Rainbows Teachers' Notes
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Rain Before Rainbows Teachers' Notes

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An engaging and in-depth classroom resource to accompany an uplifting picture book. A girl and her companion fox travel together from a place of loss and despair, through uncertain times, towards the hope of colour, light and life. Along the way, they find friends to guide and support them. Together, they build a glorious future and discover there is a way out of the darkness, into the light of the rainbow. A book with immense hope at its heart, this is a positive message for anyone who’s ever gone through a tough time.
Game Changer Discussion Guide
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Game Changer Discussion Guide

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A thoughtful discussion guide perfect for book clubs and classroom discussions. Ash is used to taking hits on the field for his high school football team – until he takes one that doesn’t just impact his body, but his whole reality. It starts with one small shift, but with every game, every hit, Ash finds himself pushed through a succession of universes almost-but-not-really like his own, until the small shifts in reality become significant shifts in Ash’s own identity. As Ash experiences life from other perspectives, he starts to question the world he thought he knew, as well as the ones he finds himself catapulted into. For better or worse, the one thing Ash knows is that he’s got to find a way to put things back. A searing exploration of race, gender, sexuality and the nature of privilege from New York Times bestselling author, Neal Shusterman.
Viking Boy: The Real Story Teachers' Notes
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Viking Boy: The Real Story Teachers' Notes

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In-depth teachers’ notes written by the CLPE to accompany A sparky non-fiction guide to the Viking world, told by the hero of Tony Bradman’s bestselling novel Viking Boy! Take a real-life tour of the everyday world of Gunnar, a teenage Viking boy: find out how the Vikings lived, what they believed, how they travelled and fought, and gained their legendary reputation as warriors. Gunnar tells us the real story of growing up as a Viking in an exciting first-hand account, introducing us to family and friends, famous warriors, sea-raiders and even a Norse god! Packed with historical facts, figures and anecdotes, with illustrated information panels on topics from Viking poetry to battle and bloodlust, this is a brilliant new read for Viking fanatics, both at home and in the classroom.
Green Rising Discussion Guide
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Green Rising Discussion Guide

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An engaging discussion guide for a gripping new novel by bestselling YA author, Lauren James! Gabrielle is a climate-change activist who shoots to fame when she becomes the first teenager to display a supernatural ability to grow plants from her skin. Hester is the millionaire daughter of an oil tycoon and the face of the family business. Theo comes from a long line of fishermen, but his parents are struggling to make ends meet. On the face of it, the three have very little in common. Yet when Hester and Theo join Gabrielle and legions of other teenagers around the world in developing the strange new “Greenfingers” power, it becomes clear that to use their ability for good, they’ll need to learn to work together. But in a time of widespread corruption and greed, there are plenty of profit-hungry organizations who want to use the Greenfingers for their own ends. And not everyone would like to see the Earth saved… As they navigate first love and family expectations, can the three teenagers pull off the ultimate heist and bring about a green rising?
On the Move Teachers' Notes
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On the Move Teachers' Notes

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Enagaging and in-depth teachers’ notes to accompany Michael Rosen’s powerful new poetry book. Michael Rosen and Sir Quentin Blake join forces for a landmark new collection, focusing on migration and displacement. Michael’s poems are divided into four: in the first series, he draws on his childhood as part of a first-generation Polish family living in London; in the second, on his perception of the War as a young boy; in the third, on his “missing” relatives and the Holocaust; and in the fourth, and final, on global experiences of migration. By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is an anthology with a story to tell and a powerful point to make: “You can only do something now.”
Malamander Teachers' Notes
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Malamander Teachers' Notes

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An accessible and creative teaching and learning resource for Malamander, a wonderfully written, adventurous and witty middle grade novel! Extracts of the novel are provided so even if you don’t have a copy of Malamander with you, no need to fret! (Although we’re certain you’ll want to read the whole novel once you’ve had a taste!). Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, knows that returning lost things to their rightful owners is not easy – especially when the lost thing is not a thing at all, but a girl. No one knows what happened to Violet Parma’s parents twelve years ago, and when she engages Herbie to help her find them, the pair discover that their disappearance might have something to do with the legendary sea-monster, the Malamander. Eerie-on-Sea has always been a mysteriously chilling place, where strange stories seem to wash up. And it just got stranger…
We're Going on a Bear Hunt Teachers' Notes
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt Teachers' Notes

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An engaging and educational teaching resource for one of our favourite children’s books! A fun and interactive way to help teach younger students a few key English lessons. We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For thirty years, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family’s excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river, squelch through the mud and brave their way through the swirling, whirling snowstorm in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!
Football School Teachers' Notes
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Football School Teachers' Notes

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Struggling to engage reluctant readers? We have the answer to your problems! Our Football School series is hugely popular with young readers of all abilities and these teachers’ notes are a great way for teachers and parents to push the discussion further. A groundbreaking new series from two bestselling writers that teaches you about the world through football. The first book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads. When do footballers poo? Can you play football on Mars? What is a magic sponge? You will find the answers to these questions and more in chapters on subjects such as history, geography, biology and maths. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football. Your coaches at Football School, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, are journalists, broadcasters and award-winning science and sports writers. Their knowledge, enthusiasm and engaging writing make them the perfect team to teach you how to score with your head.
Bunnies on the Bus Activity Sheets
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Bunnies on the Bus Activity Sheets

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Playful and colourful activity sheets to accompany one of our favourite picture books… Bunnies on the Bus! Watch out! Move out of the way! Hold onto your tails! There are … BUNNIES ON THE BUS! And they aren’t stopping for ANYONE! The bunnies have taken over the bus and they’re on a wild ride across the streets of Sunnytown! They whizz past the bus stop, swerve around corners and zoom over crossings on a non-stop roller coaster adventure! There are bunnies on the roof! Bunnies in the aisle! DO sit down, bunnies, or you’ll end up in a pile! Eventually, they come to a stop … at the train station. And what’s that they’ve spotted? A TRAIN! Uh-oh, here we go again… A hilarious romp of a book, with a fantastic read-aloud rhyming text and spectacular illustrations.
Nevertell Teachers' Notes
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Nevertell Teachers' Notes

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Nevertell by Katharine Orton is a gorgeous, snowy adventure, set in the wilds of Siberia, full of magic and wonder, for junior readers. Our Nevertell teachers’ notes are incredibly thorough, detailed and engage not only the fiction aspects of the novel, but also the non-fiction context! A perfect teaching and learning resource for middle grade readers. Born in a Soviet prison camp, Lina has never seen the world outside until the night she escapes with her best friend, Bogdan. As the pair journey across a snowy wilderness, they are pursued by a vengeful sorceress and her pack of shadow wolves. The children will need every ounce of courage – and a whisper of magic – if they are to survive…
The Missing - Teachers' Notes
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The Missing - Teachers' Notes

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An in depth teaching guide with questions, discussion points and additional resources to accompany Michael Rosen’s non-fiction title, The Missing. “Rosen shows children every shade of life – dark and gloomy or bright and dazzling.” Guardian By turns charming, shocking and heart-breaking, this is the true story of Michael Rosen’s search for his relatives who “went missing” during the Second World War - told through prose and poetry. When Michael was growing up, stories often hung in the air about his great-uncles: one was a clock-mender and the other a dentist. They were there before the war, his dad would say, and weren’t after. Over many years, Michael tried to find out exactly what happened: he interviewed family members, scoured the internet, pored over books and travelled to America and France. The story he uncovered was one of terrible persecution – and it has inspired his poetry for years since. Here, poems old and new are balanced against an immensely readable narrative; both an extraordinary account and a powerful tool for talking to children about the Holocaust.