Getting To Grips With Learning To Read

Learning to read is one of the trickiest, but one of the most important skills for anyone to have. In this blog, we will discuss tips and tricks, to hopefully make the process even easier.

A Short History of Children's Laureates

If you’re into books, it’s highly likely that you’ve heard of the coveted post of Children’s Laureate. In short, it’s a position awarded every two years to an author who has really made a difference in children’s literature. 

David Walliams: The New Roald Dahl?

When encouraging children to read, the usual books usually crop up from our own memories of early reading; Dr Seuss, Beatrix Potter, and who can forget Roald Dahl! But there’s a new kid on the block, and he’s being compared to the latter – and rightly so! 

How Parents Can Support Their Children With Homework

In times gone by it was usual for families to gather around the dining table in the early evenings to enjoy a meal together and talk about the day’s events. It was also the perfect opportunity for a parent to answer any questions their child had about school homework.

Top Tips to Encourage Reading At Home

There are many among us who look back on their childhood years and fondly remember the hours of pleasure spent reading. Whether it was surreptitiously done after lights out under the duvet or while sitting in a favourite chair during winter months, or even while outside in the summer garden, reading was for many a means of escape and adventure.

Report Shows Pupil's Favourite Books

The “What Kids Are Reading” report for 2019 has been released and shows some interesting trends. Over 1 million children across 5,000 schools were surveyed on their reading habits and favourite books to compile the study which has been tracking pupil reading habits for over 10 years. 

Let's Bring Back Storytime

Reading for pleasure has a more significant impact on academic success than having a parent who has graduated from university, yet only 32% of children (up to age 13) share storytime with an adult and some schools have no allocated curriculum time for class storytime once children leave the confines of the Reception classroom.

The History of Schools in Edinburgh

With a population of over 530,741, Edinburgh is a very popular city for its culture and history and attracts a lot of tourists every year. With the population being so big, the number of education sectors is forever growing. Below, you can find an infographic that has a variety of facts and figures about schools from a range of centuries in Edinburgh.

Could This Proposed Test Be Damaging?

Whether your children are already in the school system, or you have a few years to go before you are at the stage of applying for their place in Reception, you will probably have heard about the controversial new plans that the Government have for tests for four-year-olds. 

8 Ways to Encourage a Reluctant Reader

Reading is a vital building block to success when it comes to so many things in life and especially in terms of the subjects that your child will encounter as part of the school curriculum.

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