The Latin and Greek of Our Supermarket Shelves

Greek teacher, David Bowker, gives us the lowdown on how the names of much of the food and produce that we buy today have roots in Latin and Ancient Greek. He also gives us lots of fun facts about the diets of Romans. Perfect for both adults and children to read, this article, which includes suggestions for follow up resources, will help make those boring trips to the supermarket that little bit more interesting.

Researcher of the Month: Dr Éadaoin Slattery – Do Sustained Attention Training Interventions Really Work?

Researcher of the month, Dr Éadaoin Slattery, discusses her recent paper, which systematically reviews the evidence around popular sustained attention training interventions, which are widely used in schools. She talks us through what sustained attention is, why it is important and whether or not widely used interventions are likely to have a significant impact. We’ve probably all heard of brain training, but here Dr Slattery also talks us through some other kinds of interventions, which potentially show more promise.

The Impact of the Learning Environment on Children’s Learning, Stress and Behaviour

Join researcher Gemma Goldenberg in this webinar, which explores the impact of the environment on children’s learning. Valuable to all school staff, Gemma outlines the research evidence on the impact of noise and visual clutter on children’s learning as well as the apparent positive effects of exposure to nature. The webinar ends with some top tips for classroom practice. These are easy to apply and might have significant benefits for some children.

Separating Fact from Fiction in Early Reading with Professor Kathy Rastle

In this webinar for Tooled Up school staff, Professor Kathy Rastle unpicks why a sound knowledge of phonics is utterly crucial in enabling children to become skilled readers. She succinctly explains why other methods are ineffective, outlines how teachers can ensure that any interventions they use are effective and evidence-based and provides a wealth of further resources for school staff to consult.

Dr Weston Talks with Patrice Bain: A Parent’s Guide to Unleashing Children’s Learning Potential

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Patrice Bain, educator, speaker and author, about her new book, A Parent’s Guide to Powerful Teaching. In it, they discuss some of the science behind how children learn and Patrice outlines practical and simple strategies that parents can use at home with their children to optimise learning. You’ll also learn more about why it’s important to discuss learning processes with children, how to help with revision and retrieval and how to avoid cognitive overload.

Dr Weston Talks with Dr Rory Devine: Interacting with Children in the Early Years

In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with developmental psychologist, Dr Rory Devine. They focus on what we know about how young children develop control over their own thoughts and actions (their ‘executive functions’), and how they acquire the ability to tune in to the thoughts, feelings, and desires of others (their ‘theory of mind’), and the positive consequences these skills can have on children’s social lives, academic success and mental health. This fascinating interview will arm any parent or educator with simple ways to promote the development of these valuable life skills. Teachers can also learn more about a fantastic free tool to assess children’s school readiness.

Letter Reversals (b and d) Flash Card

Lots of young children reverse letters that are mirror images of each other. This flash card can be used in class to remind children how to correctly form the letters b and d.

Books about the Holocaust for Children and Teens

The Holocaust is a difficult subject to discuss, but it’s one that is essential for our children to learn about. We’re adding this booklist to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January). Hopefully, you’ll find that it contains fiction and non-fiction for children and teens of all ages that will spark discussion and understanding in your home.