The Year of the Pig
Chinese New Year is celebrated around the world and in 2019 the festival falls on February 5th when we welcome the Year of the Pig (the twelfth zodiac animal). Jan Homden has compiled resources to use in your classroom to celebrate this colourful ‘Spring Festival’.
Time to add to the library!
New Children’s Book Releases for 2019, compiled by Jan Homden and reviewed on Amazon. Click on the book covers to follow the links: it’s time to get reading! But first a date for your diary and an update about an event not to be missed . . . . .
Extending our Duty of Care
Although new technology in schools has undoubtedly enhanced teaching and learning, Matt Harris thinks we tend to neglect our duty of care when it comes to all things digital. The answer? Digital Citizenship integratration across the whole school.
It’s so good – so why bother?
Google products are used in schools throughout the world. Google offers training for teachers, accreditation for schools and Chrome is a browser of choice for many, if not the majority. Google is convenient and low cost. However, Google is not available everywhere and Bill Hess thinks there are other good reason for schools to consider alternatives.
Growing links between Oxford University and International Schools
Dr Alex Pryce, Head of Student Recruitment at the University of Oxford, reflects on how gaining a deeper awareness of a university’s admissions process could benefit your students make the transition to Higher Education.
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.
Lots of ideas for the Early Tears to dispel those fears.
In these two PDFs collated by Jan Homden there are dark dens to create and fun ideas to explore when it is dark. There are books to read that encourage children to laugh, talk and share their feelings about the dark. Learn about nocturnal animals, plan a slumber party and end the day in a calm and mindful way with Goodnight Yoga. Lots of resources to dip into.
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.