Visiting Schools – head vs heart!

Visiting Schools – head vs heart!

So you're getting organised and thinking about applying for your child's Primary School place for September and you're feeling smug about booking in some visits. Well done! But now what? If you're worried about the impending 'wander' around a building full of small...

Applying for a school place!

Applying for a school place!

It seems like only yesterday they were tiny babies in our arms and now somehow, in what feels like a parallel universe where everything runs at super speed, we're expected to apply for them to start school. SCHOOL.....Holy Moly where did that time go?! I'm totally...

Making Sense of Reports

Making Sense of Reports

As we are edging closer to the end of the academic year, we thought it would be a wise idea to talk about reports. Reports, do exactly what they say on the tin, tell you (report to you) what your child has achieved (attained) throughout the year. Every school has a...

Trigraphs

Trigraphs

So we are back to the world of phonics this week and delving into the concept of trigraphs. If you have already read our blog post on digraphs (see here) you will know that they are simply two letters that make one sound. So, yes, you've got it trigraphs are three...

Place Value

Place Value

Place Value is a vital part of maths learning for children. It can also include the prase 'partitioning' which I will explain briefly too. Simply: Place value is the value of a digit (single number) depending on it's place or position in a number. This involves...

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting takes a very long time to develop and as with lots of other learning how quickly children pick it up and how 'easy' they find it to learn is dependent on their strengths and interests. Children aren't expected to develop their own style of handwriting...

Blending and Segmenting

Blending and Segmenting

Simply...... Breaking down words into their sounds (segmenting) Combining sounds to read words (blending)Blending is a technical term used by teachers when they are teaching your child early reading skills. During a phonics session, your child will initially learn...

Getting Ready For School – HELP!

Getting Ready For School – HELP!

OK, so if you're reading this blog I'm guessing you have a child who will be starting their education journey soon, maybe even this year. If I could see you in person I would ask how you are doing. As a teacher and mother I know from both sides of the school gate that...