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One Day In Oradour

One Day in Oradour coverA historical fiction novel for older readers by Helen Watts, published by A&C Black (May 2013)

"A profound WW2 book not to be missed...One Day In Oradour by Helen Watts will leave any 11+ surprised, inspired and profoundly moved. Definitely one for the grown-ups as well." Selected by Julia Eccleshare - June Book of the Month

"On a hot summer afternoon in 1944, SS troops wiped out an entire French village. 644 men, women and children died that day. Just one child managed to escape - a seven-year-old boy. This book tells the story of what happened in Oradour, and imagines what drove both the SS officer who ordered the massacre, and the child who escaped it. Powerful, moving and almost unbearably tense, this book weaves the truth about what happened to the people in Oradour into a powerful fictional story centred on two characters: the plucky, inspirational seven-year-old Alfred Fournier, refugee and resident of Oradour, and the hot-headed, power-hungry SS commander who shattered his world and changed his life for ever, Major Gustav Dietrich. As their two worlds collide, we gain a fascinating insight into the extremes and contradictions of human behaviour and emotion. With a twist in the tale, this is a story which leaves the reader surprised, inspired and profoundly moved."

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FREE Teachers' Resources now available:

Watch a short introduction to the novel, filmed by author, Helen Watts, in Oradour-sur-Glane.

View a slide-show of the Oradour-sur-Glane Memorial Village.

Discuss the novel with your class, using these helpful Talking Points.

Find out more about the true story behind the novel with this helpful Fact sheet.

Read some of the reviews so far.

Go to the author's new website where you can find many more great resources linked to One Day In Oradour and find out more about Helen's other books.


Make Phonics Fun

Make Phonics Fun group covers"As featured on the National LIteracy Association's Guide to Literacy Resources".

by Helen Watts, Bev Long and Kathy Garnett (published by LCP).

Make Phonics Fun: Play, Practise, Test is designed to compliment schools' existing phonics schemes and make preparation for the new Year 1 Phonics Screening Check both effective and fun. Practical activity ideas are based around 18 popular themes, enabling pupils to apply their phonics knowledge across the curriculum and to develop their reading skills in an enjoyable and meaningful context.

Make Phonics Fun provides all the resources teachers need to get started straight away – including photocopiable fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts, picture prompts and activity sheets, all accompanied by practical, easy-to-use teachers’ notes. To provide revision and practice for the Year 1 phonics screening check, 20 real and 20 pseudo words, linked to each theme covered, are provided as test cards, along with a photocopiable answer sheet.

Book 1 covers topics for the summer term: Holidays, Pets, Transport, Minibeasts, Fairytales and All about me.

Topics for the Autumn term (Book 2) include: Starting School, Weather, Celebrations, Magic, Rhythm and Rhyme and Night time.

Finally, Book 3, for the Spring term, covers: Spring, Colour, Food, Monsters, Homes and Dinosaurs.

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Building Blocks: 
Themed activities for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Building Blocks 2-3 yearsby Helen Watts, Kay Clifford and Sue Waters (published by LCP).

A comprehensive series of resources for the new Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, comprising ten separate units building into two resources files - three units for children age 2 to 3 years (24-48 months) and seven for children age 4 to 5 years (48-60 months). 

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Building Blocks 4-5 years

Building Blocks offers fresh, fun activities exploring inspirational, child-centred themes and covering aspects of the Early Learning Goals. Each unit covers one of the Areas of Learning.

Each set of themed activity ideas is accompanied by a sample pupil profile, ideas for progression, activities to take home and a time-saving recommended resources list.

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The Olympic Games Resource Pack

The Olympic Gamesby Helen Watts (published by LCP as part of their Karascope series)

This fantastic downloadable resource provides all the tools you need for a cross-curricular classroom project on the Olympic Games. There are colour posters, picture cards, lesson plans, a comprehensive set of photocopiable activity sheets, fact files, stories, poems and teachers' planning charts (highlighting learning objectives and key skills, subject by subject) - all supporting work right across the curriculum, – from history and geography, English and maths through to ICT, music, art, design technology, PHSE, Citizenship and PE.

Endorsed by David Moorcroft, former Olympian and 5,000 metre World Record holder, the pack offers six individual units for each of three age groups: Years 1 and 2 (KS1), Years 3 and 4 (Lower KS2) and Years 5 and 6 (Upper KS2).

For more information, to download free samples or to order a copy, visit the publisher's website.

Royal Weddings Resource Pack

Royal Weddings - William and Kateby Helen Watts (published by LCP as part of their Karascope series)

This downloadable, cross-curricular resource enables primary school teachers to bring the buzz and excitement surrounding the recent marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton into the classroom, through a colourful range of resources, lesson plans and activity ideas that support work right across the curriculum – from history, literacy and ICT to maths, music, art and design and RE.

The pack has lesson plans with six units for each of the three year groups: KS1 (Years 1 and 2), Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4) and Upper KS2 (Years 5 and 6) and offers planning charts with national curriculum links, posters, photocopiables and activity ideas.

For more information, to download free samples or to order a copy, visit the publisher's website.