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  • nursery children with teacher on Easter egg hunt

    Exciting activities to help you celebrate Easter

    12 March 2020 By Mel Godley - Category Buyer for Arts and Crafts at YPO

    As the Easter holidays approach, activities and crafts are the perfect way to encourage celebrations as well as keep children occupied. We've got you covered with these easy Easter activities to incorporate in your classroom or to celebrate at home!

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  • young boy holding football

    Top of the Sports - most loved products of 2019

    02 March 2020 By Matthew Pinder - Assistant Buyer of Sports at YPO

    Keeping up with the latest school sports trends is a vital way to engage students in your physical education lessons. Check out our countdown of the top 10 most loved sports equipment and products from 2019 to inspire your next class!

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  • teenage girl in engineering class

    Inspiring our secondary school science students

    27 February 2020 By Deborah Roberts - International education consultant, author and trainer

    We need to entertain, inspire and enthuse our future scientists. Our world wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have modern medicine, technology and of course the latest mobile phone. But how do we engage all secondary school students in science?

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    Celebrate our diverse planet in secondary science

    26 February 2020 By Deborah Roberts - International education consultant, author and trainer

    This year’s chosen theme for British Science Week 2020 is the diversity of our planet. We've compiled a few simple science activities surrounding the theme to help you celebrate at your secondary school.

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  • young children playing with loose parts

    How to encourage sensory play with loose parts

    26 February 2020 By Emily Hatfield - Digital Marketing Apprentice at YPO

    Taste, touch, smell, sight and sound - the early years of childhood is a valuable time to engage in sensory play. Engaging the senses from a young age can help with developments and learning. Introducing loose parts is the ideal way to encourage this!

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  • woman using camera to show artwork in class

    Visualisers more than just a presentation tool

    21 February 2020 By Ed Fairfield - Head of Education at Elementary Technology

    A visualiser is a lot more than a presentation tool – it can be used to reduce workload, to improve marking and assessment, to share ideas and to encourage inclusion for all. This blog covers the basics of visualisers and explores more complex ways they can be used to have a real impact on teaching and learning.

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  • balloon powered car

    Useful activities to make STEM teaching fun!

    17 February 2020 By Rachael Lythe - Category Buyer for Curriculum at YPO

    Science, technology, engineering and maths: STEM projects and activities are proving to be a great way to encourage teamwork, problem-solving and creative based learning in the classroom. We have put together some easy activities using recycled materials to help get you started.

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  • children meditating in gymnasium

    Meditation and mindfulness for children

    23 January 2020 By Suzanne Shenderey - Hypnotherapist and mindfulness teacher

    Mindfulness allows children to cultivate a greater awareness of others, the world and themselves. All children need to learn how to pay attention, focus and concentrate, listen and learn and to be wise in relationships with themselves (their thoughts and emotions) and others.

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  • mother and daughter reading

    The benefits of reading in early years

    23 January 2020 By Linsey Boyle - Campaign Manager at YPO

    Parents are a key role model for their children and their influence is a great way to encourage reading in early years. Finding time to spend enjoying books and stories is important because there are plenty of natural benefits to reading.

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  • young girl playing with paint and glitter

    Celebrating Chinese New Year with arts and crafts

    15 January 2020 By Melanie Godley - Category Buyer for Arts, Crafts and Creative Textiles at YPO

    Full of bright and lively celebrations, 2020's Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Help your youngsters understand the importance of discovering Chinese culture and mythology as well as bringing good luck into the new year!

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