Premier League Primary Stars – One Year On

A year ago, Premier League Primary Stars was launched. It is an education programme accessible for all schools throughout England and Wales. They hoped to engage 10,000 schools by 2019 but the programme has been more successful than anyone could have hoped for. In 12 months, 15,442 schools have become involved, working alongside 101 professional football clubs. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Celebrating the Premier League Primary Stars On Thursday night, I joined some fabulous bloggers at an event to celebrate the achievements of Premier League Primary Stars. I hadn’t heard much about the programme before, and…

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8 benefits of mindfulness for children

What’s mindfulness? Asked my energetic five year old, whilst swinging from the door, chewing a pen and holding her sister in a headlock. “It’s about living in the moment and doing one thing at a time.” I replied, quietly drinking in the irony of the situation. Doing too much is symptomatic of the times we live in. We push ourselves to have it all, hurry our children to be on time and struggle to say no. As one of the worst culprits of taking on more than I can cope with, I’m sad to say I’ve passed on my affliction…

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Celebrating learning achievements with Reading Eggs

Since Libby started school, reading has become part of our morning routine. She brings a book home every day and we sit together to read it. There was a stage where it was a bit of a chore. She’d moved on from the simple books she used to read to ones with a more exciting story. But they were also longer and more difficult to read. The turning point Before Easter, we saw Libby’s teacher for a parents evening. Libby had slipped from being in an advanced reading group, to being slightly behind where she should be. So, I decided…

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How to teach handwriting without destroying self esteem

This is a collaborative post. Isn’t it amazing what an impact a seemingly insignificant moment can have on your life? For me, it was a decision taken by a primary school teacher. When all my friends moved up into the next class after the summer, I was to go into a different class with children a year older than me. Handwriting and self-esteem I went into that class as a confident child with lots of friends who was doing well academically. I could read well for my age and my writing and drawing were fine. But that was the problem.…

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Making a back to school organiser to teach independence

School mornings are chaos in this house. Missing shoes, dirty socks and chewed reading books. Uneaten breakfast, spilt drinks and needy children. But I’ve realised I’m getting it all wrong. The girls are craving independence, so for this month’s Bostik Blogger craft, they’ve created a storage device to give them just that. Upcycling a storage unit into a back to school organiser We’ve had an old storage unit gathering dust for a while now. I didn’t want to throw it away because if there’s one thing we do need, it’s storage. And over the last few days, I’ve been doing…

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The first goodbye

We strolled into the school playground, my eldest daughter laden up with bags. The only bags I carried were the ones under my eyes from sleepless nights, worrying about letting my little girl go. The first goodbye It is easy to think of the beginning of school as the end of an era. The pre-school days are over. The late starts, afternoon naps and lazy mornings at home. But more than that, it is a glimpse of a time when you will no longer be needed. We walked together to her line in the playground. Parents were milling around, waiting…

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The lessons children will never learn from homework

I’ve never really known how I felt about young children having homework. It’s a subject I’ve read a lot about and in principle, I’m not against it. Libby has been bringing a reading book home each day since starting school. We read those in the mornings before school because she can’t concentrate by the evening when she’s tired. And our 10 minutes together each morning has definitely improved her reading. But I think that’s enough. The problem with homework Libby has recently started to have a little bit more homework. Usually some basic maths or writing, always based on the…

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