Building Maths Skills

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Young children are very inquisitive and natural problem solvers.  They learn to walk and talk by having a desire to attain their goal, by mimicking others, by trying things out, by making lots of mistakes and adjusting strategies accordingly, and by gradually gaining in confidence. 

Activities and play based around building allow children not only to be imaginative but also encourage their mathematical thinking and reasoning. Early maths skills are not only critical to ensuring that children gain the tools he or she needs to perform well academically, they are also the ‘building blocks’ for the development of rational and logical thought processes. As well as these mathematical skills other areas of a child’s development are encouraged such as fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, social and language skills. Therefore building and construction are essential to a young child’s play and learning. read more

North Norfolk Coastal Path Challenge – We made it!

“We feel we might be lost.  We can hear the distant pounding of the waves but it seems hours and miles since we left Cley Next The Sea. The shingle underfoot is unforgiving and seems to stretch to the near horizon which is shrouded in an eerie mist.  Is that really a dead seal over there? Slowly on our right the barrels of giant World War 2 Howitzers rear out of the murk.  Have we slipped through a wormhole in time?  No we have just come across the Muckleburgh Museum and we know we can’t be far from Weybourne and the final push to Cromer (although it’s not as near as we think)!” read more

We’re back from the TES Special Educational Needs Show

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Last Thursday Helen and I caught the train down to London to set up the Learning Resources stand for the TES Special Educational Needs Show 2014 in Islington. I have attended shows recently, but this one was the one I was looking forward to experiencing, as I worked as a Special Needs Learning Support Assistant prior to joining the Learning Resources team. read more

Nancy B at the Science Museum

Calling all science lovers and enthusiasts!

Exciting news! Nancy B has jetted over from the States and will be at the Science Museum, holding in-store Q&A science sessions this Friday!

Let me tell you a little more about Nancy B. Nancy Balter is a Product Manager for Educational Insights over in America. Nancy even has her own product range named after her; Nancy B’s Science Club! Educational Insights are our sister company; creators of unique toys, games and classroom tools for today’s kids! read more

It’s World Space Week!

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Saturday saw the beginning of World Space Week! More than 1,400 events in 80 countries celebrated the benefits of space and excitement about space exploration last year; similar is expected this week with the new satellite navigation theme “Space: Guiding Your Way” for 2014.

We are all quite familiar with the use of navigation for planes, trains, ships and cars. Most of have also used some sort of personal navigation systems at some point, such as handheld GPS devices and of course our smart phones! read more

We’ve been exhibiting!

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At the end of September we were busy bees here at Learning Resources, exhibiting some of our best selling and newest products at the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow and Childcare Expo: Childcare Show in Coventry.

First came the Scottish Learning Festival, which we have been exhibiting at now for 6 years. Helen jetted off to Scotland for the set up of our stand, and was then joined by John and Jo from the office ready to face the crowds of visitors. read more

British Food Fortnight

It’s British Food Fortnight, a time to celebrate all the lovely foods grown and produced in Britain! It was first held in 2002, at the same time as the traditional harvest festivals that take place in schools and churches across the country.

British Food Fortnight shouts about the health benefits and enjoyment of eating quality, fresh, seasonal and local produce. It is also helping to engage the retail, catering, education and volunteering sectors and is establishing and maintaining a larger market for British food. read more

Mmm…National Cupcake Week!

It’s National Cupcake Week this week, and being an avid cupcake baker I, and my cake-loving colleagues here at Learning Resources are looking forward to the treats. Squirt and I got messy in the kitchen over the weekend to make some cupcakes to bring to the Learning Resources offices for National Cupcake Week; here are our results! read more

International Literacy Day

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Today is the International Day of Literacy! Thanks to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) the International Day of Literacy was first celebrated in 1966 to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Celebrations of ILD have been taking place all over the world for 48 years, reminding the international community of the important skills; reading and writing. read more

Fashion in schools

Many schools have strict guidelines as to what students can and can’t wear. Some schools even state the colour of socks the students are to wear! Having worked in schools myself, I understand the importance of uniformity, especially during school trips and when visitors are coming to schools. However, I’m now finding myself on the other end of the argument with Squirt. She is no longer happy wearing comfy, practical clothes to nursery – instead wanting to wear dresses, with matching leggings and her hair down! I encourage her to keep her hair tied up so it’s out of her face, especially as her hair has a mind of its own as you can see! read more