Celebrate Diwali

Celebrate Diwali 2018 on 7th November.

‘Diwali (or Deepavali, the “festival of lights”) is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) every year. Spiritually, the festival signifies the victory of light over darkness.’

In this free to download PDF Jan Homden has put together fun ideas to celebrate the festival in an Early Years or Primary classroom.

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Values and philosophy

Uncovering submerged values with P4C

There is a lot of talk about “Values Education”, but what values will be relevant for an interconnected, mobile world, in which our two to six year olds will be living and working. Stephen Walshe looks at the role Philosophy for Children (P4C) can play in uncovering their “submerged” values.

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Teaching equality

An authentic East meets West approach in the classroom

International schools in China, especially Preschools or Kindergartens, have, over the past couple of years, began to rethink their approach to delivering their curriculum.  Stephen Walshe emphasises the importance of a school structure in which school leaders and teachers are visible models of cross-cultural understanding, cooperation and communication.

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First day at big school

Preparing your child for their first day at school
 Jan Homden gives us 10 things to think about in the weeks leading up to your child starting school. Included are recommended books to share, based around the theme of ‘starting school’, nursery and counting rhymes to recite and sing, suggestions for healthy, creative lunch boxes and the evening before the first day!
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Visible Learning

Janice Ireland looks at Shaping the International Early Years Curriculum to Make Learning Visible in Primary 1 at PDO School: 
An Interview with Laurence Burgess (Deputy Head Teacher) and Sarah Josefsen (Early Years Milepost Leader) from PDO School, Muscat, Oman.
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