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Welcome to our Essential Resources blog

Explore and find inspiration from these blogs by experienced author-educators and other members of our team. Here they share their insights and ideas on teaching, learning and development to support you and learners in your education setting.

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A to Z of Essential Resources

The A to Z of Essential Resources

To celebrate 2023, here is the A to Z of Essential Resources. We’re highlighting our top new releases, some long-time favourites, and the unique service we provide. Enjoy!

A to Z of Essential Resources

How to use SOLO Taxonomy in the classroom

It may be baby steps at first, but soon it will be strides. First Steps with SOLO Taxonomy shows primary and secondary school teachers how to implement this powerful model of learning.

Aotearoa New Zealand Histories resources from Essential Resources

Aotearoa New Zealand Histories primary resources

Aotearoa New Zealand and You and Discovering Aotearoa New Zealand – two series of engaging Aotearoa New Zealand Histories resources that align with the refreshed curriculum and create meaningful learning.

Narrative Writing

Inspiring ideas to help students with narrative writing

Dawn McMillan is an internationally recognised writer of picture books and educational texts. Her background is primary school teaching, with a special interest in writing and reading processes. She offers an insider’s guide to narrative writing.

Explicit Teaching works

Explicit teaching works

Dr Helen Walls, The Writing Teacher, explains why we should move away from constructivism and towards explicit teaching.

Music resources in Primary school

How to teach music using music resources in primary schools

Including music as a meaningful part of the curriculum can be challenging, particularly for those teachers unfamiliar with the subject. We draw on our primary school music resources to bring you easy and engaging activities to incorporate music into your classroom.

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How to Teach Writing, Spelling and Grammar

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Building Social and Emotional Skills and Wellbeing

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Cultural and Social Inclusion

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Foundations of Communication, Language and Literacy