education


Little Man’s First Parents Evening

Last week we went along to parents evening at the kids’ school. I was really looking forward to meeting with Little Man’s teacher. He tells me very little about his days, but what has delighted me is how happy he has been to go every single day since he started. He never really took to nursery, and though he settled there over time, he’d always prefer to be home and there were still wobbles on drop offs all the way up to his last day there. That being the case, I was unsure how he would get on at school, Read more >


Exciting New Look for Letts Key Stage 2 Revision Success

My children are both in primary school now, so of course, those SATs tests do lurk around corners for them. Boo completed her KS1 SATs in May and remains unaware that she did so. Her school handled them really well, with no stress or pressure put on any of the children, as should be the case for 6 and 7 year olds. I know that the KS2 Year 6 SATs are more formal and the kids are aware that they are taking those. When that time comes around, I’ll do all I can to reassure and keep any stress at Read more >


12 Reasons To Pick Up a Book Right Now

I am passionate about reading. I am passionate about its value, its entertainment factor and in passing my love of books onto my children, as well as inspiring others to do so. So today I am sharing with you 12 reasons to pick up a book right now… To reduce stress. A 2009 study by Sussex University researchers showed that reading may reduce stress by as much as 68 percent, even six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two thirds. To entertain. And the bonus? There are few hobbies cheaper than reading. Books are inexpensive Read more >

12 Reasons to Pick up a Book Right Now

5 Tips for GCSE Students

My younger nephew is now doing his GCSE’s. Like many parents, his have been invited into school to listen to the new structure, grading systems and also to hear ways in which they can offer support to their children. We have been chatting about it, so I thought it might be helpful to share what they’ve been told here, in 5 tips for GCSE students… OK, first up, this is something of a pre-GCSE tip. Choose the subjects that you enjoy. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing or the best timetable options (though I know these can restrict Read more >


Word of the Week 27/1/17

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >


Whose Homework is it Anyway?

Ah, the joys of homework. That playground chat stalwart for us parents, along with other firm favourites such as kids party etiquette, the bugs and germs going around, the merits of private tuition and desperately trying to help each other remember all that the children need to take in on any given day. You can be sure that these topics will come up most weeks! So back to homework. My daughter is 7 years old, in Year 2 at school. So of course, she gets homework. It seems from chatting to friends that the amount of homework that each school Read more >


Life in Year 2 So Far….

Boo’s now been in Year 2 for half a term and the time has absolutely flown by. She settled really quickly with her new teachers and seems happy there. One of the first things I noticed was the increased responsibility that they are encouraging. Many of the children have ‘jobs’ this year that they could put themselves forward for. Boo was desperate to be a classroom monitor and was fortunate to be selected as one. This means that she has exciting tasks such as checking there are no coats on the floor and that everywhere is tidy – seriously, she is Read more >


Have You Discovered School Reviewer?

Have you discovered School Reviewer? I have to say, I hadn’t heard of it until they got in touch with me, so today I’m introducing it to you as I’ve a feeling it could be really helpful to so many of you. School Reviewer is the only site in the UK that not only gives parents the invaluable stats and knowledge about every UK school at every level, it also lets them know which homes fall into which catchment areas. It also allows parents to talk with other parents on school forums, both individually as single schools and nationally. It’s Read more >


Pipe Cleaner Learning for Pre-Schoolers

Last week I stumbled upon the idea of using pipe cleaners for a variety of pre-school learning activities totally by accident, and then I was so pleased with how it worked out that I thought I’d best share! Little Man and I are currently having fun learning about shapes, so we were decorating a card that he’d made for his sister with little shaped gemstones and in doing so had the craft supplies scattered all over the table. Amongst them were some brightly coloured pipe cleaners so we decided to use them to make some shapes, too… As you’d expect, Read more >


School, Homework and Education

I stand on the school playground daily and chat to the other mums. I’m very fortunate in that they are a lovely group of people, so the conversation flows as we all talk about our children. There are often birthday parties to look forward to over the weekends, then there are the chats over missing items from PE kits, who plays with who and what toys they are all enjoying. Then invariably, the talk turns to school, homework and education. It stands to reason, doesn’t it? Boo’s in Year 1 and I am now very used to the levels of Read more >


Word of the Week 12/2/16

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >


A Passion for Learning

I believe that I have a passion for learning. I liked school and now at my advanced age, I’m back there again by choice studying with the Open University. Now that I’m doing my history degree, I’ve been surprised by the amount of people that I’ve spoken to who have said that they wish they’d done the same, too. It’s an interest that’s come to them later in life, when it has meant more than it did in the classroom. I can understand that. With a subject such as history, living in a country richly surrounded with it, it can seep Read more >


Thinking About Secondary Schools

Boo has just turned 6, is in Year 1 at school. Little Man starts school in two years time, and I’ve the hurdle of getting him settled in to nursery before that. You might think that secondary schools haven’t even crossed my mind at this stage, but oh no, you’d be wrong. It’s already a topic for discussion at the school gate and amongst my friends. We are very fortunate to live in an area with seven good secondary schools, of which 1 is a Catholic school and 2 are grammar schools. Beyond that, there are also several grammar schools a Read more >


Mathseeds – Review & Offer Code

We were recently contacted and offered the chance to review Mathseeds. I jumped at the opportunity, as Boo uses and enjoys the sister programme, Reading Eggs, which I reviewed here. So, on hopping over to their website, it tells us that Mathseeds: ‘Discover the fun way to grow your child’s maths skills! Mathseeds teaches kids aged 3-6 the core maths and problem solving skills needed to be successful at school with fun, highly interactive and rewarding lessons. Mathseeds combines highly structured lessons with fun motivational elements that keep children engaged and keen to learn. Your kids can start learning with Read more >


Choosing A School

Boo is now 4, so I have just embarked upon the exciting journey of choosing a primary school for her. And I think it needs to be exciting, as this is a huge milestone. Now, I say I’ve just embarked, which means I’ve been to the school I was very much leaning towards most before the round of visits commenced, and the truth is that along with just embarking, I’ve also just completed this part of the journey! Yep, application was submitted last night, as I did love the school that much – phew! I’m not one to hang around! Read more >

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