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a resource for quarantine and beyond

Guidance, suggestions and tricks of the trade from a teacher with over 20 years experience in UK and international schools. Covering everything from secondary maths to how to tie a shoelace, each blog entry deals with a single education issue and tries to make it as simple as possible to tackle at home.

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When Phonics Fails You

Well here we are once again – it’s been quite a while. Apologies for the break in posts - I've been a bit tied up with my own school....

Questions Types and How They Work

Welcome back, Home Learners. Today, Helpful Hints is brought to you by yogurt-coated mandarin segments and sunshine. Today we are...

Modern Foreign Languages

Today, as a follow up to a previous post about what to do if you just don’t know the answer, it’s time to take a little look at modern...

Phonics 2.0 - Long Vowel Sounds

We have already taken a brief look at phonics and short sounds. Just to recap, synthetic phonics is the preferred system in the UK (and...

Real Life Skills

With everyone living such busy lives - most families have at least two working parents, work follows us home, social media follows us...

Phonics

Today's topic is the thing that parents of Reception and Key Stage One children (4-7 year olds, roughly) find the most perplexing and...

Movement & Play

I know that this might seem mind bogglingly obvious, but your child does not, in fact, spend all day in school, sitting at a desk or...

Talk for Learning

A lot of us would have sat in classrooms and worked silently for long periods of time when we were at school. This is not what classrooms...