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  • Top tips to encourage teenagers into libraries

    03 December 2018 By Alexandra Wainwright – Furniture and Design Project Manager

    Having spent several years planning and designing school and public libraries, one of the issues mentioned in design consolation meetings is how to encourage teenagers to read more. A recent study conducted by The Reading Agency states that 44% of young people in England don’t read for pleasure. This is becoming ever increasing with the availability of digital and social media in teenagers’ lives, whether it be through e-books, online articles, smart phones or tablets.

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  • Stay active during the winter months

    22 November 2018 By Gemma Maw, Category Buyer for Sports and SEN

    As we come into the long, dark and cold winter days it is very easy to want to just hibernate on the sofa under a warm cosy blanket, watch television or play video games. Staying active over the winter months is important to keep children’s fitness and activity levels high which further helps to instil healthy habits.

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  • Making connections in art, craft and design

    Making connections in art, craft and design

    26 October 2018 By Susan Coles - Creativity, arts and educational consultant and artist

    One of the best things about teaching art, craft and design is that there is so much choice. It is also important to remember that we teach art AND craft AND design and that a successful art curriculum will involve all of these. We should build assessment through four different skills.

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  • School sign

    Diary of a head teacher

    19 September 2018 By Sash Hamidi - Head teacher, Priestmead Primary School

    We're pleased to welcome Sash Hamidi from Priestmead Primary School, who gives an insight into cross-curricular learning in his school.

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    Why do we teach science?

    19 September 2018 By Hester Binge - Education consultant and trainer, specialising in science and wellbeing

    Why do we teach science? Ok so it’s on the national curriculum but we teach it because it helps us understand and connect to the world we inhabit. We have, at some point in our busy lives wondered about the world that surrounds us. Why does the sea come in and out? How do the trees know when to lose their leaves? How come we lose our sense of taste when we get a cold? That’s why science can be truly cross–curricular. It can be the language we use to access other learning. Many other subjects need science to help them be understood.

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  • National Fitness Day

    13 September 2018 By Gemma Maw, Buyer for Sports and SEN

    A sedentary lifestyle is becoming ever increasing in children’s everyday life. We’re told that children and teenagers should get a minimum of 60 minutes physical activity every day, but we all know that it’s sometimes easier said than done - especially when phones, TV and games consoles are so easily accessible. This, along with the growing obesity rate in the UK, getting children moving and being aware of the importance of fitness is so important now more than ever.

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  • The Sheephouse Way

    03 September 2018 By Gail Farquhar - Manager at Sheephouse Nursery

    We’re pleased to welcome Gail Farquhar, manager at Sheephouse Nursery as our guest blogger.

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  • Early years computing

    An introduction to computational thinking

    21 August 2018 By Amy Shelley, Buyer - Educational ICT

    Starting primary school presents children with many new challenges and skills to learn – including computer programming.

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  • Quick money saving tips for your school's energy

    05 July 2018 By Steve Sefton, Category Buyer for Energy

    Teachers and school business managers across the country are all constantly facing pressures to save money and be more efficient. But have you thought about how you can save money by lowering your energy bills?

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  • sports day

    Making Sports Day fun

    25 June 2018 By Gemma Maw, Category Buyer for Sports and SEN

    Its National Sports Week this week and many schools will be incorporating their annual sports day as part of their fun, engaging and lively activities.

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