The classroom setting is a place that primary school children will spend most of their time during a specific year of their school life. It is important that the environment is welcoming, inspiring and creates a space for self expression and growth. A warm and interactive classroom environment can have very positive effects on academic achievement and can also foster a strong sense of community.
Teacher’s often take great pride in creating the best possible learning environment, and when done so effectively, it will help children to develop a sense of ownership towards their classroom and their school. Warm colours such as red and green combined with natural lighting can create a stimulating environment for children to learn. Colourful displays and schedules are great for keeping organised and alleviating anxiety through visual cues.
Emma Vanstone, Science Sparks
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“Last year I started feeling the pressure of providing more educational toys at home for our preschooler, and I suddenly found myself regularly browsing toys by Learning Resources. At first, the aim was to find toys to help my little one with number recognition, and I wanted to ensure we could practise this through play at home, so I bought the Smart Snacks Number Pops.
Trick or TREAT!
Halloween is just a frightening few days away, and within the midst of ghosts and ghoulies Learning Resources are offering a sweet treat for your little monsters!
Organised by Brilliant Marketing Solutions and The British
Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), The Education
Resources Awards (ERA) are now in their 16th year and are firmly established as the premier annual event to celebrate outstanding success for the suppliers and teaching professionals of the education sector throughout the UK.
The awards highlight and reward the quality and diversity of educational products, resources, services and people as well as the best educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession. The ERA’s aims to encourage the raising of educational services & product standards throughout the industry and is recognised throughout the sector as the Accolade of excellence.
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.
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.
I hope you all had a fun bank holiday and that the weather was kind to you! We had 2 birthday parties and a BBQ, but even with all the outings, we were able to have some fun with some of Squirts favourite Learning Resources products, this really is a job where I like taking work home!
I love to watch Squirt play with the toys and games, and see how her mind works as she’s playing. She’s quite a logical child, and likes to know how things work. The first toy she picked from the bundle was the Magic Moves Wand! She’s had this for a while, so I was surprised she picked this over some of the new ones, but it’s always been her favourite! The wand flashes, and plays some fun tunes for her to do the actions to. Actions include ‘hop like a kangaroo’ and ‘float like a feather’, there are so many to keep her amused.
School holidays are a great time to talk to children about travelling. Whether it’s heading to Grandma’s in the car, taking the train to the city or flying over to your favourite holiday destination, families always seem to travel somewhere in the holidays! There are so many methods of travelling nowadays, and we can get pretty much anywhere in the world. With this kind of freedom and access to new cultures, it’s no wonder the world is changing at the rate that it is!
Hopefully your summer travels are fun, and go smoothly. I once travelled from Dover to Calais in France via the ferry with the Girl Guides, it was great fun! However, on the way back we travelled in a storm, and due to damage to the docking birth we ended up being on board for 9 hours – it should have been a 90 minute crossing!