Teachers

Parents, Teachers

Supporting reading development over Summer

The summer holidays provide the perfect opportunity for children to develop their interest and enthusiasm for reading. However, time away from the classroom can also cause children’s reading skills to slide before their return to school. But how do you keep children on track with their reading amidst all the distractions the holidays may bring?

School Leaders, Teachers

Teaching the foundations of literacy – The DfE Reading Framework

For all teachers and educators involved in the teaching of early reading, the Department for Education’s new Reading Framework provides some great guidance when it comes to meeting expectations of teaching and provision. However, at 115 pages the policy document poses as quite an extensive bedtime read. In the following blog post, we have provided an easy to digest summary for all those interested to find out more.

Parents, Teachers

Attention Skills and Reading!

Intuitively, parents and teachers understand that attention is important to learning. If you cannot pay attention in class or while reading a book, you are not going to learn much. However, attention is much more foundational than just ‘paying attention’. Attention skills impact self-control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility, which are known collectively as executive function skills…

Teachers

Assessing children’s post-lockdown reading development!

In their recent article with Open Access Government, Pamela Hanigan and Rachel Gelder, founders of Lancashire Dyslexia Information Guidance and Support (LDIGS), explain how teachers and SENDCOs can assess children’s post-lockdown reading development and give the best support to their learning back in the classroom.

School Leaders, Teachers

How technology can drive classroom efficiency!

COVID-19 has caused huge disruption for all those in education, including teachers, who according to a report by ImpactEd, have experienced an exponential increase in workload and working hours. Looking towards the end of the school year, it is important that we reflect on the lessons learnt throughout the pandemic so that we can better support teachers and pupils in the future…

School Leaders, Teachers

The power of multisensory learning!

All learning happens through the senses, which act as pathways to the brain. Multisensory methods utilise all the available senses simultaneously. This can be summed up in the phrase ‘hear it, say it, see it and write it’. A true multisensory lesson will engage students on all these levels, at one time and should be active and interactive. The following blog post provides some tips and ideas to help you engage your pupils with a multisensory approach to learning…

Parents, School Leaders, Teachers, Technology

The new technology helping children with their reading!

To investigate the impact that COVID has had on children’s learning and literacy, The BBC One Show  sent poet, writer, and musician Benjamin Zephaniah to a primary school in Farnham. Having experienced disruption to his own education, due to moving around a lot as a child, he was able to share his own personal experiences of struggling when it comes to reading…

Parents, Teachers

Working memory to support learning…

The development of working memory is crucial to pupil engagement and academic success. In order to retain what they are learning; pupils need to develop strategies which support their memory and ultimately improve their ability to retain information and ultimately learn. The following blog post will look at the various areas of memory and suggest strategies and resources which may help.