NEW Re-think Reading!
This resource is a collection of reading plans based on high quality texts for teaching reading from Y1 to Y6. Although the texts are not included, many are well-known books that will be in school libraries and some are freely available online. Re-think Reading! is organised in phases of Y1, Y2, Y3/4 and Y5/6 with at least 12 sets of plans per phase. Click here for an overview of all the texts and focuses.
Re-think Reading! covers many aspects of the National Curriculum for reading but is not totally comprehensive. Some elements will need to be taught through teaching sequences, other curriculum areas or story times. Each set of plans consists of up to three consecutive lessons, usually based around a single text.
National Curriculum Objectives
Each set of session plans focuses on objectives from the National Curriculum for reading for the relevant year group or phase. The plans are independent of one another and there is no particular pathway or progression through them as this will be determined based on the developing needs of the children.
The sessions are written primarily for small group guided reading. However, most are easily adaptable to whole class reading contexts. Additionally, all the plans can be adjusted to meet the needs of children.
Organisation of session plans
Each plan includes the following elements:
- The title and publisher’s details
- A brief synopsis of the book
- A list of other books by the same author and a list of other related texts
- National Curriculum objectives that are a focus in the sessions and how these are contextualised in the plans
- Up to three session plans with a structure of Book Introduction, Strategy Check, Independent Reading, Respond to Text
- Pre-reading and post-reading tasks where relevant for the teaching sessions
- Other independent activities (optional)
- Resources for the teaching sessions
Take a look at our free samples here.
Plans can be purchased individually for £3 (+VAT) each, by phase for £30 (+VAT) or for the whole school for just £100 (+VAT) - available here from our digital store.
No Nonsense Spelling
No Nonsense Spelling is a complete spelling programme designed to cover the needs of the 2014 National Curriculum in a manageable way. Written by the Babcock LDP Primary Literacy team, the programme is easy to use, flexible and comprehensive, providing sufficient guidance to implement an effective spelling teaching programme from Year 2 to Year 6. The programme consists of one book for each year group which contains a pathway through the year term by term as well as activities and resources for each session.
Included in the package is a USB stick with the whole programme in Word format so that schools can put it on their servers and teachers can download the sessions and make changes when required.
All of this for £299
No Nonsense Grammar
No Nonsense Grammar is a new complete grammar programme designed to meet the needs of the 2014 National Curriculum in a manageable way. Written by the Babcock LDP Primary Literacy team, the programme is easy to use, flexible and comprehensive, providing sufficient guidance to implement an effective grammar teaching programme from Year 1 to Year 6. Each box includes the following: two copies of each book of lessons and resources (KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2); a copy of Babcock's unique Sentence Toolkit to help your students get to grips with the building blocks of grammar; a USB stick containing editable versions of all the activities and resources, video guidance from the lead author on how to use the programme in your school, and 26 Raintree PDF eBooks for use as exemplar texts in your grammar teaching.
Each book contains progression charts for the elements of grammar included in the curriculum, a subject knowledge section, lessons and resources to teach the grammar plus assessment points and ways of exploring what children know.
We also provide training in how to make the most out of the resource as well as the necessary grammar subject knowledge needed to deliver the curriculum effectively. We can offer training in-school or via WebEx.
No Nonsense Literacy
No Nonsense Literacy is an innovative support package containing both teaching sequences for planning in English and assessment of writing.
The teaching sequences follow a three-part plan: Learning about the text, Practising writing and Independent writing. Each sequence is based on quality children's literature and has reading activities and grammar taught in context included. There are over 150 sequences, all of which are available in Word format, as well as PDF, so that teachers can make their own adaptations to suit their class. These sequences are a core element in raising standards in writing. See further information about teaching sequences here and the texts we have written the sequences around.
Assessment of Writing is an innovative set of resources providing support and guidance to help teachers make accurate, evidence-based assessments of writing across KS1 and KS2 and establish appropriate expectations for each year group. These are used by schools to support teachers who are moving year groups, to raise and set expectations and to support standardisation, assessment and moderation procedures in school. There are examples of writing from Y1 to Y6 all of which have been assessed using the Babcock LDP Evidence Gathering Sheets and statutory criteria for Y2 and Y6. The writing has been annotated, much like an exemplification file, to show how the judgements have been made. Much of the writing is outcomes from the teaching sequences so it is also used to show what can be expected from the planning.
The annual subscription to the full package is £349 +VAT, which includes at least 18 new teaching sequences each year and one update to the Assessment of Writing. This year the update is complete samples of writing from each year group, assessed and annotated for Expected (EXS) or Greater Depth (GDS). See samples of the resources here.
Assessment of Writing
This is an innovative package of support for assessment. It consists of samples of writing from Year 1 to Year 6, all of which have been assessed and annotated to show what the assessment criteria look like in children's writing. Alongside the annotated examples of writing are unannotated versions which makes this a very flexible resource.
Schools are currently using this resource to support teachers in making accurate judgements through standardisation and moderation. It is also being used to support teachers who have moved year groups and to help those who are using our teaching sequences to show the quality of work that can be expected from the children.
This package is an annual subscription so each year new resources will be added. The most recent addition is complete samples of childrens' writing assessed at Expected (EXS) and Greater Depth (GDS) for all year groups from Y1 to Y6. Visit our assessment page to see the Y3 example of EXS and to see our range of assessment tools for reading and writing.
The cost for the annual subscription is £180+VAT.
Click here to purchase a subscription. (This can be combined with the puchase of a teaching sequence subscription as part of our full No Nonsense Literacy package.)
We offer a range of resources to support assessment on our Assessment page and can provide training and support in assessment of writing, standardisation and moderation. Visit our School support and Training pages to see the full range of support we can offer.
Our annual Teaching Sequence subscription consists of over 160 teaching sequences written for KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 based on quality children's literature: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We call these books 'Texts That Teach' and you can see the texts we have written sequences around here.
Each sequence is based on a three-part structure which includes Learning about the text, Practising writing and Independent writing. Built into the sequences are reading activities and grammar taught in the context of the book using a range of techniques. A suggested elicitation task is provided as a way of measuring progress across the unit of work. Click here to see an example.
Each year at least 18 new sequences will be added, 6 for each key stage. These new sequences will be shared on our Texts That Teach pages so that you can see what is up and coming.
Individual Teaching Sequences
For those who do not wish to subscribe to all of our teaching sequences, we do offer a service where you can purchase an individual teaching sequence at our estore.
Wand Spelling is an interactive online resource to supplement the teaching of spelling from Y2 to Y6. It is designed for children to use as home learning activities or independent activities in school. The resource enables children to practise spelling content learnt in lessons, and it allows teachers to monitor and assess the children’s success.
Wand Spelling has been written by the Babcock LDP Primary English Team, authors of No Nonsense Spelling: Rebecca Cosgrave, Alison Jones, Rebecca New, Jenny Core.
All the activities are linked to the teaching content of No Nonsense Spelling and provide purpose written activities for independent practice and learning. The activities are all matched to the National Curriculum Programme of Study for each year group, making them ideal to supplement any spelling resource. Activities include practising homophones, spelling patterns, prefixes and suffixes, Common Exception words in Year 2, and the Statutory Word Lists at Year 3/4 and Year 5/6.
- Written by the authors of No Nonsense Spelling
- Fully aligned to the National Curriculum and No Nonsense Spelling Years 2-6
- Online platform providing pupil practice in class or for homework
- Comprehensive Assessment to inform teacher of children’s knowledge and understanding
- Automatically generated reports produced at learning objective level
- Fully editable to personalise spelling practice
- Compatible with any device
- Audio included
Purchase for £99 + VAT at: https://shop.babcock-education-services.com/?cat=Spelling
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