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Overview

Inspire children’s creativity with exciting topics with these ERA award nominated topic books..

  • Favourites topics linked closely to the curriculum.
  • Activities provided at three different levels, providing ready-made opportunities for extension and support – ideal for mixed age classes.
  • Focus and inspire your children with practical photocopiables that include templates for model making and other interactive resources.
  • Resources can be created from the book – no expensive shopping list required!
  • Guidance provided on how to stage a project day that can be enjoyed by the whole school!

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In this series

  • Dinosaurs

    Hot Topics: Dinosaurs

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  • Football

    Hot Topics: Football

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  • Habitats

    Hot Topics: Habitats

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  • Inventions

    Hot Topics: Inventions

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  • Myths and Legends

    Hot Topics: Myths and Legends

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  • Olympics

    Hot Topics: Olympics

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  • Pirates

    Hot Topics: Pirates

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  • Rainforests

    Hot Topics: Rainforests

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  • Weather and Climate

    Hot Topics: Weather and Climate

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Case study

Teacher, Sarah Sumner takes a look at Hot Topics: Olympics for us.

Why is the product innovative?

I liked the fact that you had lots of key facts/information, all about the topic, but in one resource. The book provides tiered lesson plans for both KS1 and KS2, so has its own built in differentiation e.g. you could adapt a lesson aimed at younger children for older and vice versa.

There’s a real wealth of different ideas, that are creative and practical, but easy to implement in a classroom situation.

I spend hours, researching a new topic, collecting ideas for displays and activities, but the ‘Hot Topics’ book, is a time saving device, that presents everything you need to know and how to present it in an interesting, but creative way.

How does this book enhance your everyday life?

I waste lots of time looking for appropriate pictures and sources of information. The way the book is organised provides sequences of lessons, that build and develop key history skills. The resource, presents everything you need to know and appropriate ways to teach each area of the topic. It also provides ideas, to incorporate ‘Topic’ activities in a thoroughly cross-curricular way e.g. through geography, PE/Games, history and literacy , amongst others. Pupil’s.

The ideas are refreshing and provide a new approach to a topic that could be cautiously taught in a dry and unimaginative way. There is something for everyone.

I have planned to use the outdoor and indoor Olympics (Themes 6& 7), with my Year 6 children. They are excited about designing their own games and trying to compete with each other, in their own version of the games.

How cost effective is this resource?

This is a well priced and a real value for money resource. It’s colourful and very visual with a super range of support materials and key information about each topic.

Authors

Peter Riley

Peter Riley is a former teacher with many years’ experience. He is now a full-time writer and won the TES/ EYA School Book of the Year 2000 for ‘Physics Now’ (Murray)and was shortlisted for the Aventis Science Prize 2004 for ‘Survival Science in the Rainforest’ videos.

Sally Scott

Sally Scott provides specialist advice on promoting music in the early years.

Free stuff

Try before you buy with free sample pages and first chapters, and download free classroom resources, activity sheets, quizzes and much more.