The Antlered Ship: A Voyage Into Whole Class Reading

This year, in June and July, my final six whole class reading sessions with my Year 2 class focused on a profoundly moving, exciting picture book called ‘The Antlered Ship’, written by Dashka Slater and illustrated by The Fan Brothers. It’s published by Beach Lane Books. I had read Rob Smith’s review and blog about…

Workshop Feedback, September 2018

“Workshops led by Ian are guaranteed to be insightful, innovative and inspirational. His flamboyant personality and exuberant, well-paced delivery ensure that every member of his audience will take something valuable from his sessions, which in turn will add value to children’s learning and school results. His dedication to educational research and his ability to translate…

Some more CPD training feedback: Moulsham Junior School

“The sign of a good staff meeting: the staff leave abuzz with ideas and enthusiasm. After Ian’s staff meeting on whole class reading, I saw instant impact; just the next day teachers were eagerly planning to use the strategies shown and were putting Ian’s ideas into practice. Ian is clearly passionate about what he does…

CPD and staff training feedback: Moulsham Junior School

“Working with Ian has been engaging and enriching; having the chance to pore over carefully selected texts to suit so many tastes and stimulate so many learning opportunities was wonderful. Ian has a delightful way of holding the audience (in our case, thirty KS2 teachers) through humour, passion for books and giving away those little…

Book Review: On Sudden Hill by Linda Sarah and Benji Davies

Synopsis: Birt and Etho spend their days playing on Sudden Hill. They use their cardboard boxes to imagine different worlds – they fight dragons, journey into space and dance on top of skyscrapers. But one day, Shu arrives. He has finally plucked up the courage to ask them if he can join in too. The three…

Book Review: Prince Cinders by Babette Cole

Synopsis: Poor, poor Prince Cinders! Not only is he spotty and skinny, but he’s also  forced to cook, clean, mop, sew and tidy up after his awful, hairy, horrible brothers. One night, a dirty fairy falls down his chimney and grants him a wish. What could possibly go wrong? Themes: Fairy tales, bullying, dreams, magic. Why you…

Book Review: Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley and Neal Layton

Watch Simon Pegg read Stanley’s Stick here! Synopsis: Stanley takes his special stick everywhere with him. It can be anything he desires: a banana, a dinosaur and even a rocket. Themes: Creativity, imagination, the outdoors, play. Why you should read it: A touching, lyrical, spirited story about creativity and imagination. It’s quirky, funny and inspiring. Cross-curricular links: Forest Schools…