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The School Years

What Are The Year Names and What Age Groups are in Them?

Want to know the names of the years of childrens schooling?
How do you know what first grade is?
What is reception?

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A List of Words that Start With Their Letter Sounds

An A to Z List

Help with learning intial letter sounds

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Why Times Tables are So Important

Three Threes are Nine - Is That Fine?

They are the building blocks to furthermore complex mathematics.
Children who struggle with them in primary school are likely to fall behind when they begin secondary school.

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What can I do to get my child ready for starting school?

Get ready for the important first days and weeks of school

Here are the things that will help you, your child, and the teacher in the crucial starting phase at school.

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Having Fun with Numbers at Mealtimes

Linking Numeracy to Everyday Life

With these food filled ideas you can build the numeracy confidence of your child and have your cake.. and eat it

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Tripod Grip Explained in Pictures

Photos that Show Just What This Is

The way you hold your writing implement can have a big effect on your early writing

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Tips for Left Handed Children Beginning to Write

Practical Solutions to PotentialPproblems

In a world primarily designed for right handers, learning to write left handed adds a few extra challenges

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10 Tips for Better Teaching

At Home, School or Work - Try These Useful Tips

You can help unlock potential and start a journey of discovery

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Why we like them: The practical shapes that form many everyday objects. Learn shapes, improve spacial awareness and build towers. What's not to like.

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7 Ways to Improve Your Child's Early Writing

And Have Fun Along the Way

Practical examples to get your child up and running with letters and sounds

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12 Zoom Tips for Primary and Elementary School Teachers

Your Zooms Will Zoom!

Practical tips to help you be more confident in giving online classes.
Complete with a tips poster and checklist to print out.

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Why we like them: Practical paper saving. Write on it whilst doing out a worksheet then wipe off. Saves printing. Sturdy and strong.

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Helping Colour-Blind Children ...and Teachers!

Small Considerations Can Make a Difference

There are things you can do to help

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Playing to Learn - Child Led Play

Is It Ok to Just Let Go?

Sometimes stepping back can lead to a big step forward

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Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

kindergarten and primary school readiness checklist for parents

Language, math, social and practical skills

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