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  • Featherstone blog

    Introducing coding and ICT at a early age

    26 June 2019 By Featherstone All Saints C of E Academy

    Here at Featherstone All Saints C of E Academy, we acknowledge that ICT and Coding are fundamental to every child’s development. Due to the evolving importance of ICT in today’s society, it is key to introduce computing and ICT to children from an early age.

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  • The evolution of SPIRAL PE

    11 June 2019 By Nick Powell - PE Partners

    In this Blog, PE Partner director Nick Powell looks at how SPIRALPE has developed over the last five years to become a best practice sharing community for schools across the UK.

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  • Why netball is rising to the top!

    11 June 2019 By Matthew Pinder - Assistant Buyer for Sports and SEN

    Netball is a sport which evokes memories for a lot of us, mainly from our school days where it would often be a go-to choice for PE or as part of the school team. However, netball spent many years in the shadow of other mainstream sports which often left it overlooked, with rounders, football and tennis all seemingly being the untouchable trio of sport choices. In recent years though, netball has become hugely popular and offers many benefits to all.

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  • maths

    Why is mathematical fluency important?

    07 June 2019 By Polly Church - Eastpoint Ltd

    The National Curriculum aims for pupils to ‘become fluent in the basics of mathematics. This should be done through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex maths problems, so that pupils develop understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

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  • A new era for PSHE

    05 June 2019 By Jonathan Baggaley - Chief Executive - PSHE Association

    In this blog, PSHE Association Chief Executive Jonathan Baggaley writes about government commitment to improving the status of PSHE education from 2020 and the implications for schools.

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  • Top tips for practical science lessons

    15 May 2019 By Debbie Roberts – International education consultant, author and trainer

    Schools are under a great deal of pressure to invest in an array of new curricula and programmes of study. At the same time budget constraints impact negatively on the provision for practical subjects such as science. Exam boards are assessing students on specified practical investigations, where students have a hands-on experience. In my experience most schools and academies are preparing for this by ‘practicing’ these from as early as year 7. This is an expensive strategy to ensure that students get the best grade possible in assessments.

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  • Nature at play

    09 May 2019 By Cosy

    The natural world offers many opportunities for learning. Here are a few specific outdoor learning activity ideas created to encourage and develop children’s fine motor skills. These ideas also work well in settings with limited access to outdoor space.

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  • Spark creativity in your school with Calligraphy

    30 April 2019 By Manuscript

    Creativity is within all of us; whether it’s song lyrics, novels or artistry – everyone has the skill to evoke emotion, design a beautiful piece of artwork or write a story. Writing, despite what people keep saying, is still a key life skill for children and adults alike; improving fine motor skills and increasing brain stimulation.

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  • Five school playground safety points to consider

    09 April 2019 By Temi Kucuk, Business Development Manager, Evergreens UK Group

    With winter coming to a brisk end here in the UK, we can now look forward to enjoying some warmer days ahead. However, nicer weather could bring with it some unpleasant consequences for schools. With children heading outside to play, the likelihood of trips, falls and skids in the playground could rise.

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  • Yellow Door blog

    Mud kitchen activity ideas

    29 March 2019 By Corin Redsell , Yellow Door

    When children are outdoors they connect with mother nature and learn a lot from her. It will help them develop self-esteem, enhances confidence and paves the way for more role-play, creativity, communication and team-work. You’ll always find a contented and happy child in a mud kitchen.

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