Helping your children with their homework

Different schools and year groups send out differing amounts of homework. There is no law to state how much or how little homework a pupil should receive so it is very much up to the individual school and often teachers to decide. Some schools have decided that reading is more important at the early stages than home work so have decided to stop giving out home work but to ask the pupils to read to their parents or family members each night. IF your child is set home work then make sure that they allow themselves enough time to complete... Read More »

Looking for a new career for 2018?

If you have decided that you fancy a new challenge next year then why not consider teaching. Although no one can tell you teaching is an easy job or extremely well paid, but it is very rewarding and there are some perks. If you have children that are of school age then you may find that it is nice to know that during the school holidays you will be able to spend time with them as you will most likely have time off too. You do need to have a degree to land a teaching job but the PGCE course... Read More »

Teach a group of children with mixed abilities

As a teacher it is your responsibility to be able to cater the work for all levels of abilities within the class. If you have a range of ages then you may especially find that there is a vast range of abilities too. You need to be able to create one lesson that allows children to interact at different levels. If the work is too easy then the children will get bored and start to play up, if the work is too hard they may give up trying.  Teaching mixed abilities can make lesson planning a little bit more difficult... Read More »

Helping a child learn to read

Reading is a very important skill for adults and children and is something that we all use daily within our lives. If your child attends a nursery, they will start to be taught the basics of reading often by helping them to recognise certain letters and the sounds they make. This is sometimes done using “jolly phonics” which is a fun song all about letters and the sounds they make. When your child starts school they will very quickly progress to starting to be able to put these sounds together to read words. Often the first books they are given... Read More »

How to make your lessons engaging

Research has shown that lessons which engage children are often more effective and allowing children to get involved in a task can help aid their learning. Obviously it is not possible to get children actively involved in everything you teach them, but most lessons can include a certain amount of practical time. When it comes to teaching maths, some children can find it quite boring and can easily get distracted. Try setting them work where they work in groups or pairs to solve a problem and try and make it fun. Often by using items for them to count with... Read More »