The trouble with reading …

Reading incorporates two activities. But what is the most successful way of pulling these two elements together? Most of us working in primary schools will have witnessed children who have the ability to decode texts at an appropriate level for their age, but who find it hard to grasp and Read more…

A story about jealousy for anti-bullying week

Katherine’s Story How do people react to others’ successes? Some people are pleased for others; others are jealous – in their mind, the success that they see others enjoying, should be theirs. Download your free copy of ‘Katherine’s Story’ to find out if Katherine finds the courage to be Head Read more…

Practical Foundation Stage science and technology

What is the simplest way of organising and undertaking regular practical science and technology at Foundation Stage? The answer must be to have available a multiplicity of activities in which the children can participate. For it is only through participating in science and technology, while being guided by adults, that Read more…

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…