Back to primary school checklist

What’s your back to school style? It seems that most of us are either last minute wonders or super organised. My preference is to buy uniform at the start of the holidays to avoid the early September rush. That said, it’s often sensible to leave it to the last minute to buy shoes. If you buy those early, you can almost guarantee they’ll grow during the school summer holidays. Here’s my checklist for what to buy before they go back to school. What have I forgotten?? School uniform I always buy uniform a little on the large side and either…

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Gift ideas for teachers

As the summer holidays approach, our thoughts turn to gifts for teachers. It has become traditional to buy something to thank them for their hard work throughout the year. The problem is though, what do you buy for someone you barely know? Sometimes children have a great idea of what they think their teacher will like. After all, they know them better than you do. Failing that though, here are a few gift ideas for teachers that might give you some inspiration. Something the children have made Every now and then, I take the girls to paint a pot or…

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[AD] Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition winners

Throughout England and Wales, over 25,000 primary school children entered the Premier League Writing Stars poetry competition. Each child wrote a poem with the theme of diversity. They were asked to think about what makes people “beautifully different and wonderfully the same” with a little help from a poem written by Joseph Coelho.  The Winners Two national winners were selected in the competition, one from key stage one and one from key stage two. Judges included Lauren Child, the Children’s Laureate, footballer Rio Ferdinand, poet Joseph Coelho and singer Olly Murs. The judges had the tough job of deciding which…

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Good things and bad things

Is it a struggle to find out anything about your child’s day? When my eldest started preschool, we’d have the same conversation with her day in, day out. “What did you to today?” “Sing songs, play toys.” We never got much more out of her than that. Some days, her teachers would tell us that she’d ridden the pony, or made a new friend. She never mentioned it. Other days, she’d be a bit subdued when she came home, and we had no idea why. Talking over dinner One thing we’ve always insisted on with our children is that we…

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Finding the joy in reading

Society puts a huge pressure on young children to learn to read. Very early on in school, they start recognising letters, piecing together words and eventually reading them out loud with the correct expression and punctuation. Books come home and it’s a parent’s job to listen to their child read. Encourage them when they’re right, work through errors and help the child to learn. Learning to read Every day, Libby would bring home her reading book. We’d plough through it. She’d get frustrated that it was difficult and I’d be left questioning how she could get totally stuck on a…

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100 ideas to prevent boredom in the Summer holidays

As parents, we spend most of the year looking forward to the Summer holidays. And yet, dreading them in equal measure. The positive is six weeks spending time with our beloved offspring. The negative is six weeks spending time with our beloved offspring. So, with the help of my four and six year old, here are 100 ideas to keep children busy this Summer. We might write each one on a piece of paper and pick one at random when the girls are bored. They’ll enjoy some more than others! At home – indoor summer holidays play 1. Make Christmas…

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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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