Engaging pupils’ fluid intelligence

The important link between fluid intelligence and learning times tables It has been argued that “crystallized intelligence has become disproportionately valued over fluid intelligence”, yet it is fluid intelligence that is closely linked to working memory and which is responsible for the ability to recognise patterns. It is therefore important Read more…

Why do we teach children how to read?

And how can we use this knowledge to improve our pupils’ level of reading? Too often it is thought that a fluent reader is a good reader but if your pupils have no or very little understanding of what they are reading, their ability to read (fluently or not) is Read more…

How many of your pupils will keep their faith?

 It is unlikely that reading ancient religious scriptures to your pupils will result in them forming a lifelong relationship with religion. But this might. It could be argued that the reason for young people of today being less religious than their forefathers is because there is an increasing disconnect between Read more…

Knowing is one thing, understanding is another

Knowing good grammar is one thing but understanding grammar is something else entirely. The single most powerful way that one can express oneself is by using one’s own words. And whilst it may appear that young people can express themselves orally or in writing when explicitly asked to do so, Read more…

It’s springtime – gardening activities are a great teaching resource

Gardening – Activities for 3 to 5 year olds For example, ask the children to fill several plant pots with potting compost and plant seeds or cuttings. Water them and place transparent, colourless plastic bottles which you have cut in half over some of the pots to form mini greenhouses. Read more…

A comprehensive French resource with cross-curricular links

Petites Étoiles – 2nd edition  Introduce French to Young Children through Rhymes, Songs and Activities ★      Introduce young children to French language learning ★      Easy integration into your lesson planning ★      Accessible for specialist and non-specialist teachers alike ★      Comprehensive resource with cross-curricular links ★      Improves Read more…