Supporting reluctant writers in school

Most children by the age of eight, when they are in key stage two, are able to read confidently for their age but some children struggle with writing. There may be a number of reasons for this reluctance to write perhaps the child has problems with their fine motor skills that make it physically difficult to write resulting in aching hands and wrists or they struggle for ideas, whatever the reason it is the teacher’s job to help and support these children so that they can become confident and willing writers. The stimulus that is provided to start off the... Read More »

Keeping children motivated during online learning.

Teachers are having to face a steep learning curve at the present time as they try to get to grips with the technology necessary to enable them to communicate with their pupils, upload tasks for them to attempt and comment on work submitted. This may be alongside teaching critical workers children in the classroom and trying to maintain social distancing. Teachers are adept at motivating children in normal circumstances but how is this working in the current situation? Praise is a great motivator as many teachers know and so this is a strategy that teachers are using as they communicate... Read More »

Reading and books are as important as ever

As the use of mobile devices increases amongst children it is important that they are still given the chance to immerse themselves in real books and encouraged to read. In our primary schools, children are expected to reach a certain level of reading ability by the time they enter key stage two at the age of seven, but this is an enormous challenge for some children who may be reluctant to read not only books, but any printed material. Parents and teachers may need to look for ways to inspire and encourage reading for these children. Learning to read can... Read More »

Keeping things normal at school

There has been so much disruption this year for everyone and this has hit some children very hard as they have had an unprecedented amount of time off school and even though they are now back, are finding day to day life very different. Life as a teacher is very different at the moment and you may be finding it hard to get everything you need to taught as it should be whilst adhere to strict rules around social distancing and keeping everyone safe. All of this on top of the extra work loads that many are finding themselves under... Read More »

How are parents’ evenings going to be carried out following on from Covid?

Many schools are starting to approach the time when they would usually start to hold parents’ evenings. Parents evenings are important as they allow the teacher to communicate back to the parents or carers as to how that particular student is getting on. Often parents’ evenings discuss all aspects of school life not just academic. For example, many teachers may well comment on how they work with other children, if they have good friendship groups and their behaviour. Although this does not come under your typical subjects, they do form part of the RSHE area which all children have to... Read More »