John has recently written three books in the Jumpstart! series published by Routledge.


Jumpstart! Study Skills

Jumpstart! Study Skills presents a range of activities that enable children to learn how to work independently and with others, and to develop the study skills necessary to succeed in their schoolwork.

The activities provide opportunities for the children to learn:

It includes a range of classroom activities that can be used by the class teacher to develop active learning in Key Stage 2.

This resource will enable children to develop the essential skills required to plan and carry out projects, researching and reporting their findings and consequently to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.


Jumpstart! Talk for Learning by Lyn Dawes and John Foster

Jumpstart! Talk for Learning offers games and activities for 7-12 year olds to promote children’s effective use of talk. Specifically written to help teachers with the direct teaching of talk skills required by the National Curriculum, it contains activities that can be used in literacy lessons and across the curriculum.

Children are encouraged to:

The book helps teachers to develop children’s ability to use talk so that they will understand one another and learn to work co-operatively to get things done.


Jumpstart! PSHE

Jumpstart! PSHE offers a wealth of practical activities for 7-12 year olds that will help teachers to deliver effective and imaginative PSHE lessons, encouraging children to:

‘ No PSHE lesson should be prepared without first looking through this book.’ -  Amazon book review.