SATs Week

Next week children in Year 6 will be taking their SAT's. This can be a stressful week for pupils, parents and schools but it does not need to be. Each morning the children will take one test so a good start to the day is really important. Monday 13th May English -...

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SATS

In the next month pupils in year 2 and 6 will be taking the SATs (Standard Attainment Tests). This blog holds off the information that you will need to know.   When are the SATs?   In May 2019 children who are in Year 2 and 6 will be taking their SATs. For...

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Home Schooling

This week home schooling has been in the media. Those in Education can see that it is a growing area with many parents opting to remove their children from standarised schooling and educate them at home. However, is this safe and best for the child? There are a number...

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Say Yes

As a parent do you always feel like you are saying no, not now or just ask me later? Well you are not alone. Yet one parent decided to only say yes to every request for a week. This experiment was a brave choice in my opinion. Not only because you never know what...

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Connections in learning

At Growing Young Minds we believe in making links with the real world. During each lesson we try and link the skills to real life situations and use. Often without this 'real life' link children wonder why they are learning something. Furthermore, they do not see any...

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The old ways – are they the best?

Education has changed considerably since I was a pupil and even more so since my parents were at school; yet the debate rages on about what is the best method to help children to learn. Over the years there have been two main methods, 'the teacher centered technique'...

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A New Year 4 Assessment – The Times Tables Check

We all know that our times tables are a vital skill in life. They are used to calculate multiplication and division facts as well as understanding ratio, proportion and fractions. I know that both schools and parents spend a lot of time teaching and reinforcing...

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Questions to ask your child during reading

Do you read with your child most days? Do you ever ask them questions about the story? As a teacher I find children are generally confident readers but find the comprehension of the text harder. Furthermore, parents often admit that they listen to their children read...

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Improving Handwriting

Do you ever look at your child's handwriting and think it needs improving, but have no idea how you can help? This is a conversation that I have had many a time with parents. Evidence shows that children are ready to use the traditional dynamic tripod grip (the ideal...

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