What's New?

This page describes the most recent work that we are engaged with and how we will share it with schools.

Devon Developing Vocabulary Project: Universal Offer

Many of you will be aware that we are very excited to be offering all schools in Devon access to a project to support the development of systematic, school based approaches to vocabulary teaching as part of the mainstream provision. The project includes:

  • Launch events to train CPD leaders in each school (head teacher + 1)
  • A copy of ‘Developing Vocabulary: CPD materials’ produced by Babcock LDP: a package of six CPD sessions to deliver in school which will include:
    • Detailed notes for CPD leader
    • PowerPoints
    • Resources for activities

We have written six new teaching sequences for Summer 2019! Take a look at our Texts that Teach page to find out more.

Our team completely fell in love with Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris' book, The Lost Words, when it was first published; we've even written a teaching sequence around it! Deliciously evocative words and sumptuous paintings weave magic to recall gems of nature - the bluebell, otter, lark... - which are, sadly, becoming forgotten by children. 

We are delighted to have been able to pledge our support, together with Dartmoor National Park Authority, Devon County Council, Federation of Children's Book Groups; Literature Works, Sustainable Outdoor Learning in Devon, Sustainable South Brent and other organisations, to 'The Lost Words in Devon' Campaign.

Across the country, a number of crowdfunding campaigns successfully reached their targets to enable a copy of this wonderful book to be gifted to every primary school. Now, Devon has joined them and copies should be arriving in schools.


Explore further!
Jackie Morris explains how the idea for this book came about.
Author and illustrator discuss 'The making of a modern 'spell-book''.
The John Muir Trust offers free resources, including posters.

The Lost Words flyer

Discover more about 'The Lost Words in Devon' Campaign.

Reading Publication

We are excited to announce a new publication that consists of reading sessions for all primary phases -Y1, Y2, Y3/4 and Y5/6 - which can be delivered as guided or whole class sessions.  There are a minimum of 12 plans for each phase based on quality children's literature, including some books that schools are likely to have copies of.

To find out more, visit our Reading and Publications pages.

Re-think Reading! can now be purchased HERE from our digital store.

No Nonsense Literacy - Assessment for Writing

Each year we publish a new update for our No Nonsense Literacy Assessment for Writing subscription.  This year we have produced samples of writing for each year group - Yr1 to Yr6 - assessed at the 'expected' standard and at 'greater depth' within the expected standard.  They include the children's writing annotated to show the assessment, a commentary of the assessment and the Evidence Gathering Grid (EGG) which provides a quick overview of the criteria achieved. See a Yr3 sample of writing assessed at the expected standard here.


Action research into vocabulary instruction

We have recently finished projects with schools, run over two terms, exploring the impact of vocabulary instruction on reading and writing. We have gathered outcomes from the schools involved and will publish our findings soon.

There have been several books that provided significant research and ideas:

We regularly write new teaching sequences to add to our collection. Take a look at our Texts that Teach page to read about our latest titles.

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