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‘Angels Welly Beat Schools Challenge’: A journey into musical creativity with CBeebies presenter Andy Day

International Children’s Charity, Angels, has teamed up with children’s TV presenter Andy Day to launch the ‘Angels Welly Beat Schools Challenge’. The aim of the campaign is to raise money to return 1,000 South African children to school.   Angels was established in 2006 with the aim of enfranchising the world’s poorest children through the power of music. Its fundraising efforts have led to the creation of a ‘Pop Up’ school within an informal settlement in South Africa where the children, all of whom are vulnerable, spend the majority of their time on the streets. (more…)

Visual Timetable Update August 2014

It’s been a little while since we updated our visual timetable and the resource has proved so popular over the years that we thought we’d give it some fresh attention. (more…)

Introducing ‘Maths Alien Adventure’ – our latest free iOS app

Things have been a little quiet on the site recently as we prepared for the launch of our latest iOS app. I’m pleased to say that the day has final arrived and we are able to welcome Maths Alien Adventure into our growing portfolio of educational apps. (more…)

Play, Progress & Achievement: Exploring Learner-Centred Practice 3-5yrs

I’d like to draw everyone’s attention to a really interesting conference organised by the national organisation Early Excellence. It is called Play, Progress & Achievement: Exploring Learner- Centred Practice 3-5yrs and it is specifically aimed at Senior leaders, co-ordinators and practitioners working with children 3-5yrs. (more…)

Preschool Swipebook: New ELHQ free iPhone and iPad app available on the App Store

We’re really excited about the launch of our 2nd iOS app: Preschool Swipebook, which is now live on the App Store. It’s something we’ve been working on for a very long time so we’re really excited to see that it’s finally available for people to download. As with our first app ‘Phonic Street’ the app is free to download so we’d really love for as many of our visitors to try it out as possible. Unlike Phonic Street it is available on both ipad and iphone. (more…)

Summer-Born School Admissions: New Report Published

Back in September Michelle Melson wrote a really interesting piece for our blog highlighting the problem that can exist for parents of summer-born children who wish their child to begin reception at compulsory school age. As she explains in the article, she managed to delay the start date for her own summer-born child. However, the process took around 6 months and required a great deal of correspondence with the local authority, her local MP and the Department for Education.  (more…)

Developing a whole-school approach to teaching multiplication, division and fractions

I thought I’d draw everyone’s attention to a really interesting workshop taking place on the 30th January 2014. It’s being run by one of our guest bloggers Barbara Carr -  a highly experienced Mathematics Consultant and an accredited Professional Development Lead for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. (more…)

A thank you to everyone who helped test the app!

I just wanted to say thanks to all the people who advised on the creation of our first app: Phonic Street. We had a lot of great advice from experienced early years professionals during the design stage and we were very fortunate to find several volunteers to help us test a working proto type of the game a couple of weeks ago. (more…)

An overview of our first app: Phonic Street

As I explained in my last post we are about to launch our first app on the 8th Dec! In preparation I thought I’d provide an overview of each of the game’s 7 levels.   The game is set on a busy high street and the aim is to help the main characters Millie and Mike (who ride a tandem bike) to complete certain tasks designed to develop phonic awareness. (more…)


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