Say Yes

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

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?

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

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

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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