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Don’t Just DO Maths, LIVE Maths

I felt empowered…triumphant. For years I had believed I couldn’t do maths and now, as a woman in my 40s, I had successfully worked my way through a maths problem during a school INSET day. This was my significant mathematical moment…until the trainer asked us to talk to those around us and share how we had worked it out. (more…)

How to Motivate Pupils to Learn at the KS1 Level

Just like motivated adults in the workplace, motivated children in the classroom achieve better results. A motivated pupil will be more likely to push themselves and take on new learning challenges without being prompted, they will demonstrate concentration and effort in everything they do and they will be more likely to stick with a task until the very end. Motivated pupils also have a positive outlook on education and are a teacher’s dream because their enthusiasm tends to rub off onto the other pupils. (more…)

Jungle Themed Activity Ideas

The jungle is always a very popular early years topic and there are lots of different crafts activities, songs, games and recipes that you can incorporate into this theme. Below are a few ideas to get you started from the ELHQ site and also from Pintrest, please let me know if you can think of any more! -    Start by decorating your setting with this colourful display banner and poster, and then try making some jungle animals to really complete the theme. You could try making a hungry crocodile puppet or an elephant pen holder. There are also lots of brilliant ideas on Pintrest to try.                           -    Once you’ve decorated the room, why not try some role-play with these jungle masks. You can imagine what would happen if different animals met each other in the jungle and what they would say, would they be friendly? Or would they be frightened and run away? -    There is always lots of noise in the jungle, so see how many different animal sounds you can make and who can do the best impression. You can listen to all the sounds of the jungle here for free. You could also try learning these poems about monkeys and elephants and learn all the actions. -    You might get hungry on your journey through the jungle, so try making some jungle themed party food to have as a snack.                     -    Take a look at our jungle and elephant themed book lists for ideas for story time, and our jungle topic plan to help you carry on the theme!   If you have any other jungle themed activity ideas or recipes then please do not hesitate to get in touch.  

Space Themed Activity Ideas

Outer space is always a very popular topic in the early years and there are lots of fun craft ideas and recipes out there to help you turn your classroom into an alien planet! Below are a few ideas from ELHQ and Pintrest that should help you to decorate your settings appropriately and really explore the topic of space with your class. (more…)

Winning the Tidying Battle with Child-Friendly Storage

Family life can be very hectic at times (/all the time!) and sometimes your days can feel like an endless round of cleaning and tidying up. As soon as you’ve put away the Lego, the Playmobil has been tipped out. You think you’ve finally found the last cuddly toy from the teddy bear’s picnic yesterday, only to discover that the bears have been playing hide and seek and are now scattered around the house. And without Mary Poppins can-do attitude and sunny disposition, it feels like it never ends. (more…)

Is My Child Dyslexic?

‘I think my child may be dyslexic’. This is what many parents say to me. When I was at school in the 50s and 60s I was called stupid by many of my teachers who gave up on me. Now ‘dyslexia’ is the ‘in’ word. If a child gets his or her ‘bs’ and ‘ds’ the wrong way round, parents wonder if they might be dyslexic. No, this doesn’t mean a child is dyslexic, many children do it. (more…)

Sensory Play Ideas from Pintrest

Following on from my very popular blog post about Sensory Play Activity Ideas, I thought it might be a good idea to have a look through Pintrest and see what other fun ideas the online community had. Sensory play is a very important part of the early years as it allows children to be exposed to a variety of different sensations, like squishy mud and slippery spaghetti, and helps them to improve their fine motor skills. (more…)

Preparing for your Ofsted Inspection – Areas of Focus for EYFS Providers

The current Ofsted inspection framework for providers of the EYFS in all early years’ settings (with the exceptions of schools which follow a different inspection framework) has a number of key features. If you are aware of what these are, reflect on how well you promote them and have strong evidence at the ready to prove this, you stand a better chance of doing well in your inspection. So take a few moments to think about how effective your practice is in these key areas: (more…)

ELHQ’s Favourite Inspirational Quotes

Over the last few months our designers have been putting together a really nice collection of quotes written in beautiful typography, which you can print out and use in your classrooms. Below are five of my favourites. (more…)

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