Becoming spelling conscious

Everyone is aware that spelling matters – and that being a confident speller aids composition. But to become truly spelling conscious teachers and pupils need both to understand the importance of learning to spell and to ensure that all that has been learned is applied in writing. The spelling conscious classroom In the spelling conscious classroom, teachers consciously plan and teach spelling, checking that learning transfers into writing. Spelling conscious teachers and their pupils have positive attitudes to spelling. The pupils are word curious and interested in the idiosyncrasies of English spelling. Remembering spellings, patterns and guidelines is a challenge […]

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Essential phonics knowledge and understanding

Literacy expert Alexandra Charalambous from charity Springboard for Children offers a useful introduction for parents into the world of phonics. Since Sir Jim Rose’s report on the teaching of early reading in 1996, the government has made phonics an integral part of the National Curriculum for pupils aged 4–7.  Stated as ‘the route to decoding unknown words’, it is recommended in the 2014 new National Curriculum that pupils should be taught to ‘apply phonic knowledge and skills’ as the first strategy in learning to read. For many parents, phonics is still an unknown and here at Springboard for Children, we […]

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How to choose the right tutor

Chelisbookazine ltd and independent tutor Sian Goodspeed highlights some of the key considerations to think about when searching for a private tutor for your child. A large proportion of parents turn to private tutors at some point during their child’s school years.  Many parents employ tutors for a specific time frame to help their children prepare for tests such as the Eleven Plus, GCSEs and A-Levels. Others use extra tuition as an ongoing supplement to their child’s education. The reasons for this are varied and manifold.  Some children are falling behind at school and need extra support to catch up – often […]

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See List Of New Words Added To The English Dictionary In 2016

So far in this year 2016, the Oxford English dictionary have been updated 4 times (once for each quarter). According to daliymail.co.uk, a total of 1, 200 new words have been added to the numerous already existing. Some of the words added centres around internet activity, sexuality and a special tribute Roald Dahl. It will also interest you to know that the word of the year 2016 is xenophobia. Listing the 1,200 words will be a tedious job but here are ten words that caught my attention. The new words included in the dictionary are; YOLO: an acronym for You only […]

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Raising Your Children the Healthy Way

Involving your children in healthy nutrition is imperative to their future.  Paving the way from an early age is a stepping stone for their immunity and growth. Why is nutrition important? Eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and wellbeing. Food provides our bodies with the carbohydrates, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals for energy, to live, grow and function properly. Our body requires a wide variety of different foods to provide the right variety and amounts of nutrients for optimum health. Get them involved:Your children can help with making a meal plan for the house, making a […]

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