What makes a good teacher?

If you are training to be a teacher, you will probably constantly be looking for ways to be the best teacher you can be. Teachers need a certain set of skills to be able to effectively teach pupils and gain their trust and respect. Often you need a quite different approach to teaching primary school children to that of secondary school. Reception teachers often teach very differently to those that teach year 6 but their training has been the same. As a reception teacher, you may need to have more compassion and understanding. You will need to be very approachable... Read More »

Practising spellings with your child

Spelling is a very important part of a child’s education. Spelling is taught at school but if you can help your child with their spelling at home as well, they will pick it up a lot quicker. Spelling is not only useful when a child is learning to write but also aids their reading ability. Children often get sent home from school with spellings from a very young. They may just have to practise them for a spelling test or they may also be given homework around them. Although it is very easy to send your child off to do... Read More »

Getting your child involved in after school clubs

When your child is at school you may find, especially after the first year or so, they are asked if they would like to join any afterschool clubs. These clubs often range from sports to crafts to cookery and can be a great way for your child to learn in a different way to what they would in a classroom. After school clubs are often less formal and relaxed than a normal school day. Often the issue with after-school clubs is the cost, especially if you have more than one child to send. These clubs can often be around five... Read More »

Making reading fun

As a parent, the school your child attends will probably want you to try and listen to your child read most nights. If you have a child that does not particularly enjoy reading then this can be a challenge and often turn in to a bit of a battle. You need to be able to make reading fun so that they want to do it. There are a number of ways in which you can do this, and if you are stuck for ideas, then we have given you a few below: Make a game out of it – rather... Read More »

Getting ready to go back to school

Most teachers look forward to the six week holidays all year. It is there chance to have a good few weeks where they do not have to think about work and really can switch off. Often teachers go on holiday in the six week school break as they can afford to have a few weeks away and still have time to do planning etc ready for their return. During the last few weeks of the six week school holiday teachers may need to start getting back in to work. They will often have to go in to school on a... Read More »