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  • Pumpkin craft for kids

    Let's make Halloween together

    21 October 2021 By The YPO Team

    We’re helping you plan your festivities for the rest of the year with unique Halloween crafts for kids that are easy to follow but fun to make together! Each Halloween activity uses only a handful of products, making them both affordable and simple to recreate.

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  • Staff room

    The benefits of a well designed staff room

    21 September 2021 By Sam Watling – Project Manager, Furniture and Design Team at YPO

    Having worked with many different schools over the years, the YPO design team have project managed the supply and installation of furniture within a whole host of different staff rooms.

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  • Children meditating

    Benefits of meditation and yoga in schools

    15 September 2021 By Judith Nelson, Certified Heartfulness Trainer, Edinburgh

    Calm kids are healthy, happy, and confident. For many years, we have focused a lot on healthy bodies, but we also need healthy minds. This can be a challenge in today’s world due to sensory overload, and feelings of stress and anxiety which have emerged particularly during the past year due to lockdowns, changes to schools, and to society in general. Anxiety related disorders in children are on the rise, and it can be difficult for them to find peaceful moments in their lives, and to feel good about themselves.

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  • Child making shape outdoors

    Taking maths outdoors in Key Stage 1

    13 August 2021 By The Cosy Team

    The great outdoors can provide exciting and real maths learning opportunities. It’s a way to connect children with nature and at the same time children can explore shapes and properties of real items by engaging in planned activities.

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  • Children learning outdoors

    10 ideas to take learning outdoors on a budget

    21 July 2021 By Justine Lee, Communications and Fundraising Manager at Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

    Taking your learning outside the classroom is an easy way to motivate your class, engage them with a subject and help them be more active. It can help you achieve school priorities while also making learning fun and positively impact behaviour, learning, and attainment. But it can be hard knowing where or how to get started. Here are 10 cost-effective ways to take learning beyond the classroom:

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  • Colourful classroom

    How colour influences productivity in a classroom

    08 July 2021 By Sally Murphy – Director at Metroplan

    As we begin the shift back into the classroom and back to a life of routine, children must be braced with a mindset to learn amongst the exciting stimulation of reuniting with school friends and the hurly-burly of school life.

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  • outdoor learning

    Five top tips for taking your lessons outdoors

    13 May 2021 By the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

    Learning outside is more important today than ever before. It makes it easier to manage social distancing and Covid-19 infection rates reduce dramatically when outside. Our partner, the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, shares their top tips for taking your lessons beyond the classroom walls.

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  • Furniture

    Furniture size guide for schools

    10 May 2021 By Gemma Maw – Category Buyer for Furniture at YPO

    Children are at school on average 7 hours a day, where most of that is spent within the classroom. With this in mind, it’s very important to ensure the chairs and tables used are the correct height and size to enable a comfortable learning environment.

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  • child reading

    Top tips to encourage children to read by choice

    28 April 2021 By Leanne Jephcott – Curriculum Specialist at Peters

    This year Children’s Book Week takes place from 3-9 May, and 2021 also marks the celebration’s 100th anniversary. Children’s Book Week aims to inspire children everywhere to love reading for fun. Below are some top tips for teachers and parents to encourage all children to develop a love of reading, including even your most reluctant of readers!

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  • Eden reading corner

    How to create an inclusive reading corner

    27 April 2021 By Emily Mayer - Marketing Communications Executive at Eden Learning Spaces

    Bring out your child’s inner bookworm and create a dedicated reading space where they can lose themselves in their favourite page turner. A space that feels comforting and peaceful. Sounds great, but how do you get started?

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