What are Decodable Readers?

The Letters & Sounds decodable reading program teaches children systematic phonics in a sequential progression, as they begin their journey in learning to read. Every child that learns to read in this way can build in confidence and reading success right from the start.

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How It Works – Word Wasp

  • WASP – Word Articulation Spelling & Pronunciation!
    – Basically means the best way to learn literacy; involves listening, hearing, speaking, watching and above all: thinking! Research is clear on this, learning to read and spell should be done in tandem.
  • Tying spelling to speech is an absolute necessity
  • The texts are one to one manuals designed for school
    and/or home use or a mixture of both.
  • Hornet covers from the age of 5 but is also used with older students who have severe problems.
  • Word Wasp covers from age of 7 to 75!
  • Who can coach? – anyone with a moderate ability to read the English language, no training needed!:
    – Parents / Grandparents / private tutors – ANYONE!
  • Each exercise is accompanied by, easy to
    follow, colour coded instructions. 

 

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5 Festive paper plate Christmas crafts

This Christmas, we want to bring your children some fun, creative, and easy Christmas craft ideas to make at home or in the nursery.

It’s a good idea to stock up on paper plates during the festive season. They can be used for so many different craft activities! Below, we’ve listed some ideas for Christmas crafts that your little ones can create using a paper plate, with a list of resources from our website to help you.

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Christmas Crafts: Arctic Adventure Scene

This Christmas, we want to make sure your children have some easy, fun, and creative Christmas craft ideas to make at home or in the nursery. We’ve put together a number of how-to guides with different crafts for the festive season, with some resource recommendations to help.

This Christmas craft how-to blog will bring you all the steps you need to create your very own Arctic Adventure play scene!

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Easy Christmas Crafts: Reindeer card

This Christmas, we want to bring your children some fun, creative, and easy Christmas craft ideas to make at home or in the nursery. We’ve put together a number of how-to guides with different crafts for the festive season, with some resource recommendations to help.

This Christmas craft how-to blog will bring you all the steps you need to create a Reindeer Christmas card for a friend or loved one!

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Classroom craft: Recycled Christmas Crafting

Recycled Christmas Crafting

We all love Christmas crafting, but have you ever thought about recycling items you already have, or using nature to help form the base of your decorations?

From toilet roll tubes, to egg boxes, parcel packaging and pine cones. You’ll be surprised at what can easily be repurposed into beautiful take home gifts for parents, all whilst minimizing plastic use.

Our friends over at @my_three_little_strawberries have been busy coming up with some ideas, perfect for all ages. Take a look….

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What can teachers do to help children with anxiety post-Covid?

The past 12 months or so has brought a type of collective stress and anxiety that we hadn’t experienced in the western world for over a generation. With vaccine rollouts continuing apace across the world, it seems (fingers and toes crossed, touching wood and counting chickens, etc.) that we have finally reached a point in our battle against Covid-19 where we can breathe a sigh of relief and begin to resume something resembling a ‘normal’ life again. Phew!

However, as often happens with stressful life events (such as bereavements, house moves, accidents or injuries etc.) it is only when the immediate threat, panic or stress is over and we begin to relax, that the impact of what has happened hits us. And so now, as we look around and breathe a sigh of relief again, we realise that we may be facing another even greater challenge – dealing with the impact on our children’s mental health.

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The Power of Play: how free and unstructured play builds resilience in children to cope with adversity

The benefits of play to children’s physical, emotional and sensory development have long since been recognised and emphasised as part of the primary school curriculum.

Ines Lawlor presents the evidence* supporting the relationship between the deterioration in children’s mental health and the decline in unstructured play. She also highlights what teachers can do to create opportunities for play within the school environment or in collaboration with parents at home.

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E.a.R.L. the Coding Robot by Playroom Classroom

Despite having completed some CPD in the area, I’ve had minimal hands-on experience with Coding Robots. It’s one of those things that was on my to-do list for a long time! I had bought some books and resources, which were lying idle, waiting to be used.   I had even bought Botley, the Coding Robot, which my own kids at home had some fun with, but never made it into the classroom.

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