Questions to ask your child during reading

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

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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Old Fashion Sayings

Old Fashion Sayings

Have you ever wondered where terms such as 'don't throw the baby out with the bath water' came from? I have to say I hadn't until recently. This week while studying a comprehension on the Crimean War with my year 6 group, I found myself explaining the term 'in the...

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Should schools set homework?

Should schools set homework?

Do you agree with homework? Firstly, as a Teacher and Governor I know how much time and effort staff put into setting and marking homework. Some parents believe they do not get enough whilst others think we should give our children less, especially in primary school....

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Should children study during the summer?

Should children study during the summer?

September is here, the kids are back at school and the weather is becoming autumnal so now is a good time to reflect on the summer just gone. I listen to many parents and teachers debate the role of summer revision: “does it really help children, or should they be...

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Top questions to ask your child after school

Top questions to ask your child after school

Are you one of the minority of parents who feel that they know what goes on during their child's day at school?   In a recent survey, 19% of you feel that you do, however that leaves a staggering 81% of parents completely clueless. As a teacher I hear parents ask...

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Are we teaching our children about money?

Are we teaching our children about money?

Yesterday, while listening to the radio I heard an interesting Barclays Bank advert. They suggested that parents should pay by cash when they are out with their family. In fact, they went a step further by asking you to get your child to pay with cash. Their...

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The challenge of the 11+

We are into February and many parents are starting to think more closely about secondary school entrance exams. During this planning time, there are always a plethora of questions asked by parents, but one I am often asked is what type of questions will be in the...

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Are we hindering our summer born children?

Are we hindering our summer born children?

Recently there have been many news reports of the government looking to change the rules regarding summer born children. This suggested ruling will be that children born in the summer months could have their school year deferred, to allow for children to fully...

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