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Help with English Language

Laying the Foundations

Children's reading, writing, spelling, grammar and possibly speech can all give parents headaches and sleepless nights. Ideally, the foundations - an interest in oral communication and story-telling - can be laid in infancy, before the niceties of literacy begin to intrude!

Two talkative glove puppets, one worked by a child.
Picture book character Fred proudly reading his well-worded sign.

As a globally-published author of fiction and literacy materials for children and teens I'm sometimes asked to give private lessons. Youngsters like being taught by an author and often respond creatively! 

Key Stage One

My picture book Fisherman Fred is the sort of thing that gets young children reading - and drawing and writing! After much experiment, Fred has found the best words for his sign - a lesson in careful use of language!

Key Stage 2

To keep pupils inspired though the junior years, there's my gruesome novella The Gibleteers - see the cover design! - which I've often read as guest author in schools. I've also read it in pupils' homes in Sheringham, Cromer, Norwich and Broadland - and in my own home near North Walsham, where I welcome all ages and stages for personal help with literature and literacy.

A scene from 'The Gibleteers' by children's author Tony D Triggs
A scene from a play script by Tony D Triggs

Key Stages 3 and 4

I've also produced a range of lively materials for older pupils, much of it (as the picture shows) with boy appeal. (This is my nativity play The Travellers' Delight being acted in Australia.)

Boys and girls alike enjoy my oral and activity-based approach, tailored to their individual needs. This is true when I'm coaching high-flyers and also when I'm helping youngsters who've dropped behind. 

Please click to see my publications & qualifications.

Tony D Triggs 

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Here's a tip to help youngsters with spelling:

Don't present them with 'bogey' pairs like 'there' and 'their.' That's ok for testing, not teaching.

Instead, look at pairs like 'here' and 'there' or families of words like ear, hear and heard.

The pictures in Fisherman Fred are byToni Goffe