Essential Resources produces innovative, high-quality classroom resources that build and extend students’ knowledge and skills for the 21st century.
Their practical resources support teachers to teach effectively and in a way that challenges students to develop critical thinking skills and strong problem-solving strategies, equipping them for today’s fast-paced, changing world.
Resources for early childhood settings are strongly grounded in what research shows works, giving educators the tools and strategies they need to make a difference. The ongoing success of Essential Resources reflects their ability and flexibility to continually produce market-specific educational resources that both support educators and inspire students.
Planning with and for Children
Planning with and for Children by Dr Claire Warden offers clear guidance on how to make adult interaction, including questioning skills, part of good practice. It incorporates key features of a Floorbook and sets out step-by-step guides to using 3D mapping. Designed to encourage a greater emphasis on inquiry-based thinking/project approach, the book shows how learning tracks can link play and learning inside, outside and beyond in case studies. Ideal for 3 to 7 year-olds, it also supports the use of Talking Tubs to engage all children in child-led planning. Feedback from educators so far says that it brings joy back to the planning and documentation process.
Age range: 3–7 years
Exploring Fake News
Exploring Fake News by Dale Sutherland is a topical, well-timed resource that puts the spotlight on fake news, misinformation and conspiracy theories. Considering them to be forms of “information” that work against reliable, logical thinking, it sets out the facts and credible theories on big issues in an engaging, relatable way, and equips students with tools they need to analyse all kinds of information for its accuracy and respond accordingly. This resource also provides a real-world context for building key English curriculum skills from research, reading and writing to listening, speaking and presenting.
Age range: 12–15 years
Story Seekers series
Story Seekers is a compelling series of high-interest texts that are designed to make literacy cool and lift the skills of reluctant readers and ELL students. Written at a 7- to 8-year-old reading level, these books will appeal to 8- to 12-year-old students. Each story is divided into short chapters ensuring content is manageable and achievable. As students work through each chapter there is a corresponding language task, providing ample opportunities for new vocabulary and grammatical patterns to be repeated and reinforced. The series also includes an activity book to extend students’ literacy skills in a range of areas while catering to diverse learning styles.
Age range: 8–12 years