OUR CHARACTERS

FANTASTICs

Young writers are often abuzz with amazing story ideas. Yet the act of committing those concepts to paper can cause very real anxiety. For children who don’t know where to start, the FANTASTICs always save the day…

Each letter represents a key lens for classifying writing ideas and arranging them into cohesive wholes. With child-friendly icons for the five senses, imaginings, feelings, action and dialogue, the FANTASTICs put pupils back in the driving seat and turbo-charge writing outcomes every time. Thousands of primary schools agree.

Where the FANTASTICs have been adopted, children successfully navigate their way through the melting pot of language choices. Would any teacher say no to sparkling sentences, polished paragraphs and – most importantly – high quality, finished assignments?

GRAMMARISTICs

Injecting much-needed colour into the teaching of grammar, the GRAMMARISTICs are a cheerful troupe of eye-catching jigsaw pieces. They neatly summarise the nuts and bolts of sentence-building in an empowering way, so children learn they don’t have to be afraid of manipulating and experimenting with language rules.

With such a heavy-going grammar curriculum, the GRAMMARISTICs are visually appealing and keep pupils out of the fog. They’re also a reminder that the whys and wherefores of sentence structure shouldn’t be taught in a vacuum.

Thanks to these child-friendly chaps, pupils are no longer intimidated by boring technical jargon they must learn. Instead, they begin to wake up to the positive potential of grammar – seeing the endless possibilities and choices available to them as writers.

BOOMTASTICs

These brilliant brothers pour the pizazz into children’s writing. They’re all about personal style, sophistication and creating those BOOM! moments that really lift writing off the page.
Covering everything from alliteration to pathetic fallacy, the BOOMTASTICs encourage pupils to dive in, take chances and develop their own writerly voices.

We heartily recommend seeking out BOOMTASTICs in real authors’ work, so children can appreciate the indelible impact of a perfect metaphor or some cleverly-crafted internal rhyme within a sentence.

In these times of grammar-laden statutory requirements, the BOOMTASTICs ignite children’s passions for writing and alert them to the infinite possibilities for exploring, moulding and making an impact with word

STYLISTICs

The STYLISTICs swiftly boost children’s confidence in reading comprehension. When these guys get to work, you’ll soon have a class full of experts, busily interrogating and understanding texts. Bringing greater clarity to the component layers in a piece of writing, the STYLISTICs make reading more efficient and purposeful.
Covering everything from setting descriptions to the often-complex relationships between characters, the STYLISTICs bring clarity and motivation to the act of reading comprehension.
Instead of being swamped in words they don’t really understand, pupils have a bank of lenses through which to read for meaning and respond appropriately.

ANALYTICS

As every teacher knows, children bring a vast range of prior knowledge (or not) to the act of reading comprehension. The ANALYTICS aren’t cowed by the tougher 2014 English curriculum – levelling out the playing field and helping every child (regardless of background) to become a mature and confident reader.

The ANALYTICS make the higher order skills of reading, such as inferring, deducing and predicting, a breeze.

Eye-catching icons empower children to search for deeper meaning and reach their own conclusions about an author’s intentions.

With this visual structure to rely on, they understand exactly WHAT is being asked of them, and can use learned strategies to extract and interpret the relevant information. Thanks to the ANALYTICS, you’ll see more children moving towards higher level reading mastery.

Resources to support

We have a range of resources and class room tools that lift the National Curriculum ‘off the page’. Our long standing credibility with our English sources is currently being updated with Maths resources.

Writing– We have planning documents targets for pupils linked to age expectations, assessment tools and systems to use in the classroom to improve writing skills and competencies.

Reading– Our national ‘Book Talk’ materials are popular across the whole of the UK and used daily in thousands of classrooms.