Mind Your Language

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. (N.Mandela) Our children’s world revolves around using huge amounts of highly advanced accessible technology. Surrounded by computers and social media, children “chat” more than ever, but spend less […]

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Securing comprehension in reading – 3 steps to success

Good reading comprehension is a critical skill, fundamental to learning across the curriculum, to reading for pleasure and for success in life. Helping children to develop this skill can feel like a challenging process. However, a strong body of research evidence, including a recently published report from the  Education Endowment Foundation , reveals three identifiable aspects that underpin […]

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What have we learnt from the new assessment and accountability arrangements? Practical next steps

The first few weeks of a new school year usually involves both looking forward and looking back. The summer of 2016 saw an almost completely new set of national assessment and accountability arrangements and schools are analysing how they’ve done and pondering the implications for the years ahead. We don’t have all the results yet […]

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Making Handwriting Fun!

Children are expected to learn to write from a young age and there are many activities we can do that will not only prepare them to write but will also make handwriting fun. From the beginning children should be involved in a range of pre-writing activities which will help them to develop their fine muscle […]

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Printing versus Joined Writing

Teaching the formation of letters and how to join remains as important today as it was back in 1958 when Marion Richardson and Dr. Fletcher, in the manual ‘Quick and legible handwriting’ made the following comment: “Basic letter shapes used in print script do not lend themselves to speed and legibility. By making use of […]

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Now the tests are over …

Well that’s that over for another year. But what now? Amongst the class trips, leavers’ plays and special assemblies, here are some ideas for making the last few weeks as enjoyable and valuable as possible for everyone involved. With the children: Get the class outside – extra PE sessions, studying the natural world, drawing plants […]

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