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One Day in Oradour coverONE DAY IN ORADOUR - a historical fiction novel by Helen Watts for children age 12 and over, published by A&C Black (May 2013)

"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."

Order your copy now, directly from the publisher or order on Amazon.

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.

Click here for details on a special Historical Fiction Writing Workshop for schools linked to One Day in Oradour

Tales and Trails

Helen Watts has produced an exciting new title for storyteller, Taffy Thomas, published as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project. Tales and Trails from the Storyteller's Garden, Grasmere presents five folktales to delight readers young and old, all of which are inspired by locations in and around the Cumbrian village of Grasmere. Each tale is accompanied by a walking map and walking route trail, so you can visit many of the places you hear about in the stories.

Tales and Trails is being published by Tales in Trust (May 2013), price £7.99, ISBN 978-0954106812) and will be available on Amazon.

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Make Phonics Fun

Complete series now available

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

Helen Watts is co-author on a brand new, three-book series which she has developed for 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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Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Building Blocks 2-3 years

Building Blocks: Themed activities for the Early Years Foundation Stage

All modules now available

Also for LCP, Helen Watts has devised a series of resources for the new Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum: Building Blocks. Helen is Series Editor and Co-author on the publication, which comprises ten separate units building into two comprehensive 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 resources list.

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