Not only do we all love books but we also love baking here at Pandora Books!
To celebrate the new series of The Great British Bake Off we have decided to have some fun with our own Staff Bake Off. View
The ever-brilliant Children’s 500 words 2017 competition has been and gone! Every year I catch the event listening to Radio 2, and I never fail to be inspired by the children and the stories I hear.
This year has more significance for me as working in the education sector I now have a professional interest in children’s learning development. I have learnt much more about children’s reading and writing which has led me to download the Oxford Children’s Corpus Language Report..View
World book day is just around the corner (2nd March 2017) and is a fantastic celebration of books and a superb opportunity to encourage children and young adults to pick up a book.As an avid reader, I cannot imagine life without a book even in this electronic age. We all read for different reasons, to learn, to escape, to entertain or to reduce stress. It’s an important way for me to step out of the fast lane even if just for a few minutes, it keeps me sane if nothing else!View
A complete stranger in Tesco’s gave me a derisive snort this week….my son was asking if we could have some ordinary butter and I was trying to persuade him of the merits of the award winning goats butter that I favour, so I do understand the snort. The thing is that I spend a lot of my time sourcing the very best books for schools and it is my job to be particular.View
I was educated in the 1980’s and it is fair to say that my Geography education was patchy; a traffic survey here (I accurately recorded 1 car after 2 hours in Tittleshall Village High Street and was told off for not doing my homework properly), some map reading there and a bit of population density thrown in for good measure. Perhaps I was ill the day we did volcanoes but what was certain was that I struggled to engage with the subject and even the colouring of maps and keys lost their appeal after a while. That was until I realised that Geography is packed full of the most amazing stories.View
‘Everybody was colour book banding
Turning those pages fast as lightning
In fact it was a little bit frightening
But they levelled with expert timing’
It makes perfect sense for schools to extend book band levels into KS2 as a response to the removal of NC Levels but this leaves a whole heap of books in the library that need to be levelled, no time to do this and very little in the way of guidance to work by. Having spent our whole summer book band levelling the new Pandora Books collections we have some top tips.View
You have a paltry book budget and limited shelf space so how do you know that this book will be worth every penny and each millimetre? You want to be able to look at your shelves in a year’s time and see books that have inspired, excited and motivated readers; you need books that are going to make a difference to your pupils.View
I will admit to not being the biggest fan of the chronological approach to teaching history but the Stone Age is turning out to be as exciting as the Egyptians and can definitely be the start of a lifelong love of History. Ok so the Egyptians had mummification, the pyramids, hieroglyphics and Anubis but the Stone Age had trepanning, Stonehenge, cave paintings and mammoths!View
For me science is the most exciting area of the core curriculum and there are few more exhilarating events in the classroom than observing the children developing their own hypotheses or designing their own fair tests. This is so much more than a test of memory, this is a way of seeing children’s thought processes in action and it is a joy. It is the application of knowledge, an opportunity for children to develop confidence in their ability to think for themselves and what they learn from the process can be applied to countless other problems.View
A huge advocate of literacy, Riddell has stated he believes it “bizarre” that libraries are not compulsory for every school and is fighting for more funding. He feels that librarians play a huge role in shaping readers and that they bring ‘a magical alchemy’ to books that inspire children to read. Throughout his tenure Chris will constantly be encouraging visual literacy and the importance of drawing through his twitter account where he posts his Laureates log, an online illustrative diary of his role. He has also brought out a book to encourage children to follow his lead to doodle everyday which involves activities such as ‘draw a family member being attacked by a household appliance’. How’s that for inspiration?!View
There cannot be a teacher standing, sitting or lying down that is the least bit surprised that children who choose to read in their own time for pleasure are stronger readers; however, some of the other benefits of recreational reading are more intriguing.View
I was excited to see the study of Literary Themes highlighted as a tool to help children develop their understanding of literature in the new English curriculum. Reading a variety of texts which explore a common theme or idea is a powerful way to identify the different styles and techniques used by authors and to compare and contrast the responses of different characters. View
When I was ten I wanted to be an Archaeologist. History was awesome, Ancient Egypt fascinated me and I had read my Usborne Book of Archaeology from cover to cover, over and over again. I had been inspired by a teacher and it has left its mark. Now, whenever I see a new book that is just perfect for a KS2 Anglo-Saxon project, or that brings the Iron Age alive, I cannot resist sharing the fascinating artefacts or astonishing details with anyone who will let me.View
This year Pandora Books were proud to sponsor the Primary School of the Year award and we wanted to reward the winning school with a selection of books for their library. Brancaster Primary, with a pupil roll of just 45, was the school very much deserving of this accolade with their innovative and inspiring projects, extra-curricular outings and community work.View
An 11 year old girl’s quest to save her local library, and that of others across Liverpool, speaks volumes about the power of books and the importance of reading for pleasure in an often technology-focused society.View
From time to time, things need adapting and updating in order to progress and work within an ever changing world. We have taken steps to evolve our website in order to improve the customer experience for both our UK and International customers.View
The School Library Association’s 2012 study paints a picture of the importance of school libraries in the lives of school goers and other school staff. Not only do libraries and their employees inspire pupils whilst in their school career, but this study found that library staff and library resources continue to inspire people once they leave the education system and move into a career and growing family.View
A new app which aims to offer children around the world increased access to education is being backed by prominent UK authors. John Boyne, the author of the international bestseller The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is one such author and is joined by fellow authors from Random House Children's Publishers, Dee Shulman and Louise Yates among others.View
A new survey, carried out by YouGov, has revealed that a third of UK parents only read a bedtime story to their children once a week or less, with one in ten of the 2,000 parents adding that they haven’t read to their children more than once in six months.View
It has long been said that girls do better academically than boys but official figures now show that boys are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with learning impairments, behaviour problems or communication difficulties as girls.View
Many prominent children’s authors, among them Michael Rosen and Harriet Goodwin, have come out strongly in support against new proposed legislation that promotes strict spelling, grammar and phonics testing for school children in the UK. The authors argue that such strict guidelines pose a real threat to the enjoyment of reading purely for pleasure and that recommendations to develop a more structured framework for reading and writing for the sake of it have been ignored.View
Get your Oversized Storytellers Chair absolutely free!! We have teamed up with Timberline, the UK's leading provider of outdoor play equipment and seating to bring you this exclusive offer. Guaranteed for 10 years this excellent resource is manufactured from high quality Scandinavian Redwood Pine and is sure to become a focal point in your school for years to come.View
A new study claims that teaching toddlers to pay attention will benefit them in the long run, especially when it comes to academic success.
The study which tracked 430 kids from early years age to 21 year olds makes the recommendation that pressure should be taken off children to learn maths and their ABCs, and instead the attention should be focused on helping them persist in difficult tasks and build perseverance.
The study by Oregon State University showed that the children most likely to go on to further education were the ones who persisted in tasks and paid the most attention in early years sessions not the ones who were attending piano lessons and being forced to read books.View