An autumn festival to celebrate in the Early Years from China
The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival, celebrated this year on September 24, is a time for family and friends to celebrate by coming together and sharing food under the full moon. Jan Homden has compiled resources in a free to download PDF to make this a special time in any Early Years classroom.
A Level Results
All UK A Level results for 2018 have now been published, and British Schools around the world will be analysing their own performance in comparison to the bigger picture.
If you are an exam coordinator or school data analyst this digest of facts and figures from UK based exam stats expert Tony Stephens will make your task a little easier.
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!
A completely revised and updated Early Years and Primary compilation
Take the classroom outside and discover the natural world of Minibeasts
‘Teaching outdoors helps encourage curiosity and stimulates all the senses in a way that indoor learning simply cannot do.’ The Woodland Trust. This Early Years and Primary resource, compiled by Jan Homden can also be used by parents who home-school their children.
Kate Shepherd reviews three novels with stories that will engage and challenge young adults. The Family with Two Front Doors is based on the author’s real family while The Big Bazoohley is written in the zany style reminiscent of Roald Dahl. Words in Deep Blue is centred around a bookshop where we are drawn into the lives of the two main characters.
Help End Plastic Pollution! The focus for this Earth Day, April 22, 2018
Jan Homden has collated resources in a free to download PDF with ideas to bring your school community together to support an end to Plastic Pollution by Earth Day 2020, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Learning about finance
Businessman, entrepreneur and, yes, accountant, Tim Hill thinks a new app developed with the support of The Electronic and Software Technologies Network for Wales, might not only help students of Business Studies, but also open up a new area for teaching more general life skills to young people.
How to avoid under-performance in IELTs
An increasing number of students in international schools, including those following IB Diploma courses are sitting the IELTS and similar examinations of language competence, but many under-perform. Chris Jay provides some useful guidance on how to avoid pitfalls and achieve success.
Sing, rhyme (and think!) like an engineer in the Early Years
A range of resources to choose from to suit the needs of the children you teach, which explores the importance of singing, rhyme and rhythm organised around the theme of construction – compiled by Jan Homden.
Designing playgrounds for small spaces
Play is fundamental to the needs of children, especially in the early years, but schools built on smaller sites have a particular problem in providing adequate space for play. Prue Walsh explains how to make the absolute best of what you have.
Starting school activities for the early years
If you are a KG or Early Years teacher with new children starting school this term/semester, why not download this free PDF and send it to your new parents? If you are a parent, with a little one about to start school, here are 10 things to think about that will help make the transition easier.
Collaborative schools project
Maree Timms describes how a group of educators in country Victoria, Australia collaborated on a project to overcome the “stigma” of STEM subjects and make them more appealing, particularly for girls. Students have dully taken up the challenge!
Dawn of the Makerspace era?
Despite widespread concerns over declining library usage, the impact of instant access technology and budgetary constraints, Uma Shankar Singh believes libraries are of vital importance and are set to remain exciting and innovative areas in school.
Third Culture Chinese
Children’s book reviewer Kate Shepherd looks at three very different stories about the experience of Chinese children. Freedom Swimmer by Wai Chim is a dramatic story for young adults, based on true events at the end of the Cultural Revolution, while two thought-provoking and beautifully illustrated picture books for younger children by Sally Rippin examine the issue of cultural identity of Chinese children living in Australia.
Planning a stimulating outside learning environment
For play specialist Prue Walsh, effective outdoor play learning in early childhood is the key to later social, emotional and cognitive development. Providing the right kind of natural and stimulating spaces in which play can progress and develop in the early years is therefore essential.