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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…)

Storytelling: Banishing the Nightmares

Image courtesy of San Jose Library on FlickrWith World Book Day coming up in just over a month on March 6th, it’s a good time to take a fresh look at how you go about sharing books and stories with children. Maybe you’re a story-reader. Maybe you’re a story-teller. Perhaps you feel good at it. Perhaps you feel rubbish. But for me, a key question is what you think about getting the children involved. (more…)

Old School: rediscovering classic children’s entertainment

We’re living in the past and we are very happy about it. I remember being at playgroup and the teacher had called my Mum to collect me early as I had a headache.  However, I was well enough to stick around and hear the end of Jill Murphy’s ‘Peace at last’ and finish my little bottle of milk.  (Yes I am 37 and those were the days). (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…)

Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves

Photo courtesy of zsoltika on flickrThis old proverb struck a chord as I designed this activity to play at home. ‘School maths’ might be at risk of feeling more like a 1950s classroom under the new curriculum (September 2014). We must take action as parents and teachers to constantly make links with real life contexts, especially when our children are younger. (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 Life of Influence

Author: Library-of-the-London-School-of-Economics-and-Political-ScienceThe world is mourning the loss of one of the greatest statesmen of our time, a man that is forever imprinted in the history of the world. Some are calling him a “black Jesus”, a saint and a saviour, titles he would have been very uncomfortable with as he recognised his own weakness and human frailty and the contribution that all his comrades made to the liberation of the nation. (more…)

Interactive advent calendar

This form of advent calendar is easy to create and enables children to see how many days are left before Christmas. It's a really fun, festive activity for young children!   You will need: A length of ribbon ( 2.5 metres) 24 miniature pegs 4 sheets of A4 card- metallic/ glitter card if possible 24 small envelopes 24/ 48 Christmas stickers 24 pictures or an assortment of recycled Christmas card / wrapping paper/ children's own drawings of Christmas objects/ characters from the nativity story. (more…)


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