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Education

benefits of technology in school 05/04/2019

The Benefits of Technology in the Classroom

Using technology as a tool for learning has never been more relevant to children’s lives. Rachel Hall, Managing Director of Busy Things, an online educational resource which provides fun learning games for children, told us about the positive effects that technology has in the classroom. What are the benefits of using technology in the classroom? There’s no doubt that technology is a big part of children’s lives now, and with so many useful teaching resources and apps online, there is certainly a place for it in the classroom. Don’t be... Read More

21/03/2019
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Improving Numeracy in the Classroom

 “Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.” – Albert Einstein Maths is a tricky thing; a lot of children (and people!) either take to it or don’t. One thing for certain is that if a strong foundation of basic skills is provided at EYFS, KS1 and KS2, children are more likely to grasp more complex concepts in secondary school. Improving numeracy in the classroom is consequently critical. EYFS, KS1 and KS2 curriculums are quite varied. There are a lot of areas to... Read More

sensory garden in primary school 18/03/2019

How To Create a Sensory Garden at School

Here at Early Years Resources, we are firm believers in the idea that children learn more when all of their senses are fully engaged. Nicky Roeber, from Wyevale Garden Centres, discusses the many benefits of creating an outdoor sensory space in your school, along with a few tips on how to do this. What is a sensory garden? A sensory garden is a space which has been designed to stimulate and indulge all five senses, using plants, flowers, light and sound to create a completely immersive experience. If you teach... Read More

British Science Week 2019 blog image 27/02/2019
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British Science Week 2019

The theme for this year’s British Science Week, which takes place between the 8th and 17th March, is journeys. We’ve picked out a few different ways in which the theme can be tied to the national curriculum to help make your British Science Week 2019 activities fun and engaging… Journeys on Earth and Beyond The most obvious journeys are the ones that we do everyday; driving, flying or even walking. Whether it’s teaching children about travelling to different places on Earth or exploring space and beyond – physical journeys are a great... Read More

01/02/2019
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Engaging Primary School Children in Literacy

“Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets us communicate effectively and make sense of the world.” – National Literacy Trust Did you know that 16.4% of adults in England (that’s about 7.1 million people), can be described as having ‘very poor literacy skills’? With the continuing growth of digital platforms on social media, never has engaging young children in literacy been so important. Digital services such as texting, messaging and blogging all encourage the obvious literacy sins; bad grammar, misspellings and a... Read More

sensory play in early years 24/01/2019

Sensory Play in The Early Years

This article has been written by early years consultant, Anne Rodgers, from ATR Consultancy. Anne will also be delivering two EYR Workshops on the 15th July 2019 ‘Sensory Play and the Early Years‘ followed by ‘Schemas Planning for Play‘ >> Learn More What is sensory play? Sensory play includes activities that stimulate children’s senses such as sight, sound, smell, taste or touch. By providing this type of activity children will learn more about the world around them in a natural way, through their senses. Such activities contribute to brain development... Read More

13/12/2018
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Why parents engaging with their child’s stories is key

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  Why parents engaging with their child’s stories is the key to boosting their language and communication skills Did you know that the more words that a child knows by the age of 8 is the biggest predictor of their future success, regardless of their social and economic background? It’s also been established that children with poor vocabulary at the age of 5 are more than twice as likely to be unemployed by the age of... Read More

21/11/2018
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Are you looking for some creative ways to improve language and communication?

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  Children have an amazing capacity for creativity, their imagination holds no bounds. Children also love stories and it’s a great way to enhance their language and communication skills. So combining stories with creativity can be very powerful, and that’s what we call creative storytelling. Creative storytelling is about combining stories with creative activities and it will help children to really engage with a story. Activities such as puppet making and role play bring stories to... Read More

06/11/2018
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How can parents boost their child’s vocabulary?

This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days  A child learning to speak their first words is one of those magical times and once they start there’s usually no stopping them. But children need to know how to put those words into context and there’s no better way of doing that than with a story! Unfortunately, not all parents read to their children and this can be for any number of reasons. It may be that their parents didn’t do it with them... Read More

01/11/2018

The Benefits of Small World Play

“Everything you can imagine is real” –  Pablo Picasso Does small world play benefit children? Small world play refers to imaginative play with ‘small’ toys, encouraging children to use their imaginations and create both everyday and fantasy worlds in familiar surroundings. It involves processes including active learning and imitation, and allows children to communicate knowledge about life and the world around them in a safe, contained environment. Whether it’s acting out a well-known home scene, or fighting a dragon in a fantasy world; small world play enables children to develop... Read More