Spelling…it doesn’t have to be a chore…Post 2

Welcome back to my mini blog post series on spellings. In this second post I’m going to be sharing some ideas on how to improve the spelling skills of your child. Breaking words down into syllables: For example: to-ge-ther (you can even clap as you chant or say each syllable) Making this into a  game […]

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Easter Revision classes…key to exam success

For many students studying for their GCSEs this year, the Easter holidays represent one of the last chances they have to cram in some focused, uninterrupted revision before their exams. Too many students leave their revision too late, meaning they are cramming in too much, staying up late and not eating properly as the nerves […]

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The story of Alice in Wonderland…

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, author of the children’s classics “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass.” The story was written in 1865 and the sequel in 1871, as a result of its huge popularity. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is one of those stories which conjures up a topsy-turvy, […]

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I remember reading this as a young girl and marvelling at how independent and unafraid Mary Lennox, the main character of the book was. Not only was she determined and brave and looking for the good in all around her but she let her inner belief shine bright and impact on those around her. For […]

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The Little Prince…all men have stars

One of my favourite reads is The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, with its moral allegory and spiritual autobiography. It is the most translated book in the French language. For those not familiar with it, it has a timeless charm and is the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his […]

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Wind in the Willows…the great outdoors

The Wind in the Willows, just the title of the book reminds me of carefree days chasing and tumbling around in People’s Park, in Halifax, when I was younger. I used to spend a lot of time outdoors; collecting twigs and leaves and pebbles, lying in the grass in the summer with the sun warming […]

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Meg and Mog

The MEG & MOG stories, written by Helen Nicoll and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski, have become classics, thanks to exuberant illustrations and crazy storylines. They follow the antics of Meg, the witch whose spells usually end in disaster, and Mog, her long-suffering cat. As an educator, I love using these books with my younger pupils; […]

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