Rainbow Hues

Rainbow Hues By Ian Eagleton  First of all, let me say, I am not professing to be a writer or poet at all! However, I took some time off over Christmas and  wrote a poem to try and encapsulate and make sense of my experiences as a young gay man and the homophobic bullying I endured…

The Tale of Bubbles the Missing Hamster: a celebration of diary writing

  Dear Diary…. A few days before our wedding in August, I stumbled across my old diaries whilst desperately (and rather frantically) searching for my Granddad’s cuff links. In a last ditch attempt to find the cufflinks for our special day, I ventured into the shed, where most unwanted items have ended up when we…

Creating a community of readers – some practical ideas

Creating a community of readers: some practical ideas by Ian Eagleton When I read A.F Harrold’s article in TeachPrimary entitled ‘I met books and I met books and I met books…’ I was encouraged to reflect upon my own reading journey. As a child, I hated reading. That should probably read…HATED reading. Reading for me involved…

The joys and benefits of reading aloud to your class

For many years I have tried to read to my class and never quite got it right, which seems like an odd thing to say. Surely, you just sit or stand and read to them! But actually, getting it right has taken quite a lot of practise. What sort of book should I read to…