Monthly Archives: September 2010

In your night time garden

For a quite magical treat, read your child’s bedtime story to them in your garden. On top of your child’s pyjamas, add as much outdoor clothing and footwear as necessary, according to the weather.  To add to the excitement you … Continue reading

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Role play – the key to learning

Have you ever been astonished by the accuracy of young children imitating adults? Ever seen the facial contortions of a little boy as he uses a comb to ‘shave’ his chin, or a little girl as she applies imaginary make-up? … Continue reading

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What’s the story? Evening Glory

Bring back the Bedtime Story!  Fewer and fewer parents today are telling their children bedtime stories, and children are being deprived of a wonderful opportunity for emotional and linguistic nurturing. Children’s brains are hard-wired for narrative, an incredibly powerful tool … Continue reading

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Teaching is for women?

The General Teaching Council reports today that 75% of teachers are women, and that only 1 in 8 Primary teachers are men. Perhaps the Government’s new initiative to offer teacher training  to retiring military personnel will help address this?

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Using a Learning Platform to welcome Reception children

Have any Reception teachers used a Learning Platform to welcome children to Big School before they start? Just before a child starts, they can be given their own child-friendly icon log-in and view, from home with their families, a special … Continue reading

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