What Is Bad Behaviour?

Bad behaviour isn’t necessarily what children do but what adults don’t want them to do. For instance, children playing loudly upstairs may not be naughty but because adults expect them to be quiet, the children are reprimanded. Sometimes this can lead to...

What Are Open Ended Questions?

What is two add two? Who are the six wives of Henry VIII? Have you cleaned your teeth? Have you put full stops in your writing?     Today I’m talking about questioning and the impact good questioning can have on learning. The four question above are termed as ‘closed’...

What Is The Meaning Of Play? It Depends who you ask!

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.  Kay Redfield Jamison I wanted to write about the benefits of meaningful play in a child’s life.   Then realised that the definition of ‘meaningful play’ depends entirely on your...

What Are The Children Learning?

“What did you learn at school today?” “Nothing!” Sound familiar? In some cases this may be true but it is usually because no-one had thought to let the children know what they were learning. Children need to know what they are learning and this...

Homework Help For Parents: Don’t Let It Get You Down

If you have read any of my posts here at you’ll know that I’m not particularly happy with the education system and the way children are treated within that system. There are thousands of children in the education system (I’m referring to the UK as I don’t have...