Renaissance Blog

Reading for all children: Reflecting on our favourite books from WKAR 2022

By Denisha Polin

“Reading for pleasure is the single biggest factor in success later in life outside of education. Study after study has shown that those children who read for pleasure are the ones most likely to fulfil their ambitions” – Bali Rai Books are a pathway to escapism. They can take you to any time, place, or […]

Fantasy books featuring Asian Characters

By Lisa Heller

Check out this month’s booklist, which features children’s books of all Interest Levels that have an Asian main character or characters. There are many stories to choose from and no matter if you’re into adventure and disguise books, something more family or romance focused, magic, saving the world trials or the mysteries of tigers, dragons […]

The Librarian Files: Wrapping up the year

By Denisha Polin

by Sharan Kaur Sharan Kaur, a secondary school librarian, has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading for over a decade to help keep students engaged and on track with reading development.  As the sole librarian in her school, the high-accountability role can be isolating and intense. That’s why we’ve invited Sharan to write a blog series for Renaissance covering […]

Children’s Books with Muslim Main Characters

By Kerry McGuire

Check out this month’s booklist, which features children’s books of all Interest Levels that have a Muslim main character or characters. There are stories from many genres to choose from: adorable picture books, inspiring nonfiction, romance and hard-hitting contemporary. They all celebrate Muslim culture in their own way. We are currently updating our topics and […]

Write it. Level it. Teach it – Assessing pupils reading levels with Matt Beighton

By Denisha Polin

After nearly a decade long juggling a career as both a teacher and writer, children’s author, Matt Beighton decided to pursue his writing career full-time. One thing he did take away from his time spent in the classroom is the value and importance of teacher time. In his latest book Write it. Level It. Teach […]

Survive the ‘September slump’: Encourage reading engagement all summer long with myON

By Denisha Polin

September is often a bittersweet month for many educators across the UK and Ireland. Teachers and students are back in the classroom after six (well deserved) weeks of summer. Vacations, picnics, trips to the beach, no striking alarm to wake you up at the crack of dawn… the perks are endless. So, it’s no surprise […]

The Librarian Files: Praise and Raise! Recognising student achievement outside of the classroom

By Denisha Polin

by Sharan Kaur Sharan Kaur, a secondary school librarian, has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading for over a decade to help keep students engaged and on track with reading development.  As the sole librarian in her school, the high-accountability role can be isolating and intense. That’s why we’ve invited Sharan to write a blog series for Renaissance covering […]

Delving into Mental Health in Children’s Books

By Kerry McGuire

This month’s books cover topics such as anxiety, depression, worry, and bullying, all things that many children can experience at a young age. The titles were hand-picked by our team of quiz writers and have a particular focus on books for younger pupils. Illustrated and simple picture books are often a great way to begin discussions […]

The Librarian Files: How do we keep our reading buzz going to the end of the year?

By Denisha Polin

by Sharan Kaur Sharan Kaur, a secondary school librarian, has been using Accelerated Reader and Star Reading for over a decade to help keep students engaged and on track with reading development.  As the sole librarian in her school, the high-accountability role can be isolating and intense. That’s why we’ve invited Sharan to write a blog series for Renaissance covering […]

Freckle Spots: Freckle, an “Online Onion”

By Denisha Polin

by Catherine Magee Freckle Spots! In the third instalment of our four-part series we’re breaking down our latest primary maths practice programme, Freckle. You may be wondering how it works, how it can engage pupils in the classroom whilst nurturing their numeracy skills, and lastly how it can support teachers. Catherine Magee, Senior Lead Teacher […]

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