All posts filed under: Education

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Science Museum – Robots and Wonderlab

We were so fortunate that our recent February half term took place a week after seemingly most of the country’s. This meant that our trip to the Science Museum was not the crushing melee I had feared it might be; I don’t deal well with crowds. I was also concerned that the children would not actually be able to get stuck in with the myriad hands-on experiments if Wonderlab were full to bursting. Thankfully, my fears remained unrealised; we didn’t even have to queue to enter the building! We began our science adventure with a scoot round the Robots exhibit. Open until 3rd September 2017, Robots is an interesting collection depicting the rise of the machine and its increasingly human traits. From the website: “From the dawn of mechanised human forms to cutting-edge technology fresh from the lab, Robots reveals the astonishing 500-year quest to make machines human. Focusing on why they exist rather than on how they work, our blockbuster exhibition explores the ways robots mirror humanity and the insights they offer into our …

Five Things Every Student Needs

In September, I started back at college as well as carrying on with my distance learning degree. During the summer, I stocked up on things I thought were “essential” to my study, though some things I now realise we’re rather superfluous. Here are my top five things that every student really needs: Sticky notes  Great for use as bookmarks and for general note taking, I use them all the time. A selection of different sizes and colours is particularly useful.   Highlighters  I have spent so much money on various sets of pens over the past couple of years but the ones I always come back to are the regular yellow and green highlighters, ideal for quickly picking out relevant textbook information during lessons at college that can then be easily found later at home. Laptop With so much college and uni work now done online (my assignments are submitted via Google Drive and an eTMA service respectively), a decent laptop is an absolutely must-have for any student. USB stick For college, some of my …

Supplementing KS1 Learning with Education Quizzes

Summer brain drain can be a real worry for parents. Personally, I don’t see it as a valid concern as I feel that the majority of children are still learning throughout the holidays. For example, my children read, write postcards and diary entries, draw, manage holiday money, play games such as Scrabble and Uno, and enjoy inventing stories with their beloved Story Cubes.   However, if you would still like to refresh your child’s memory ahead of the new school year, I can highly recommended teacher-devised education quizzes. My children are seven and five so we have been focusing on KS1 (though Miss J will be starting KS2 in September) and the tests are brilliant. Miss J sailed through them, whereas the boy enjoyed the challenge of simple spelling and arithmetic questions. I like that the questions are worded to check for comprehension; for example, different maths questions contained the words “add” or “plus” to check that the child knows they mean the same thing. Education Quizzes are designed to help children thrive at school; they …

Immeasurable You

I watch you, my darling daughter, where day ends and night begins, your eyes closing against the darkness.  I see and feel all of you.  Your character, your spirit. Your fury and sarcasm. How your eyes flash when you’re cross. (Your aunties say you get that from me). The way you diffuse tricky situations with a joke or a kind gesture. You don’t like to see people in turmoil. You would rather give up something you love just to see them smile again. Your empathy is huge; bigger than your age. Your tears over homeless people and your desire to help them is something I will not ever forget. Your energy is boundless, your enthusiasm infectious. I watch you cartwheel and skate and climb. Over grass and pebbles; up trees. No limits. This is how I see you – without limits. I know you will love all your life. I know you will not settle until you have fought for change. I know you will forever be kind. Sarcastic and irritating and full of temper …

Unauthorised

At the weekend, I wrote this post, which seemed to strike a chord, being shared 5,000 times (to date) on Facebook alone, and I’ve struggled to write anything since, unsure quite how to follow it.  The travel and review posts I had in the pipeline didn’t feel right somehow.  Inspiration finally hit this evening upon emptying my daughter’s school bag to find a letter regarding her absence on Tuesday.  The school is aware, it reads, of the campaign “Let Kids Be Kids” urging parents to keep Year 2 children out of school for one day.  The absence, however, will be marked on my daughter’s record as unauthorised. I have had issue with unauthorised absences before. In February, we took the children to see their grandmother on the Greek island of Paros where she now lives.  They had not seen her for several months – they miss her terribly since she moved. We tried our best to coincide the trip with half term. Being winter, we had a little trouble trying to book a ferry to …