Pure Imagination Let’s imagine. Close your eyes and take yourself to a calm place, a place where you feel happy and content. Where did you go? A tropical paradise… A fruitful meadow… Outer space?? Wherever you went you used a combination of previous knowledge and a handful of imagination. These two key concepts go hand… Continue reading Pure Imagination
Real World Maths
Do you remember being at school at the methods used back then being totally different to those being taught now? Have you sat down with your child over the past year and thought… hang on what?! Well you are not alone. The English National Curriculum has undergone many changes in its history and has ‘evolved’… Continue reading Real World Maths
Well, we officially have two weeks of the new normal behind us and two weeks of a new holiday normal ahead of us. As a teacher, as a mother, as a person during this pandemic it has taken some adjustments to find our new routine. We are a community of forward planners; what we will… Continue reading Family School
“Does she ever stop talking?” Is a sentence I’ve heard about my daughter since she began the back and forth dance of conversation. Talking is one of, if not the most, important component of literacy and begins before a child has seen a book or picked up a pencil. Without the bank of vocabulary that… Continue reading Chatterbox
Fine Motor Fun
Pencil control, fine motor skills, precise positioning. These skills that children develop from as young as 10 months have become something of a focus in the Early Years setting at Primary school. The ability to grip, manoeuvre and place seem like skills that children will gain instinctively but without opportunities they can become overlooked. Studies… Continue reading Fine Motor Fun
Lately I've had quite a few messages asking my opinion on childcare options. Having a profession within the education setting sees me inundated with questions, queries, reassurances and general musings (which I love, honestly, ask away!). The play school/ nursery/ childminder/ pre-school debate is always something I see on the internet and now social media… Continue reading Childcare Conundrum
Ok, let's talk about how we can help our little offspring with reading. The English language is one of the most complex languages in the world. We have words that are spelt the same but with different meanings, spelt differently but sound the same and rules that don't apply most of the time (yes I'm… Continue reading Let’s Read
Father’s Day Art!
It's Father's Day on Sunday and I have no idea what to buy Adam. It's his first Father's Day so I want it to be something meaningful and special. I trawled Pinterest to find some inspiration and I decided on a combination of 'Evelyn artwork' and pictures. I also managed to create something mess less!!! … Continue reading Father’s Day Art!
Top 10 Books to Read to Young Children
Teacher mode! I recently wrote a post on the importance of reading from a young age, For the Love of Reading. Books are massively important to me and I hope that they will be to Evelyn too. I will make sure she knows which were my favourite, which my mum read to me and which… Continue reading Top 10 Books to Read to Young Children
Just Keep Swimming!!
From the moment Evelyn was born I couldn't wait to take her into the swimming pool. I used to love going swimming as a child and would beg my Dad to take me to the pools with the big slides and inflatable toys! I learned to swim from an early age and have never been… Continue reading Just Keep Swimming!!