Our world is becoming increasingly online and connected; technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, impacting the way we work, learn and consume information. The same is also true in education, where technology can be a great enabler and has the potential to revolutionise the way teachers and pupils interact.
National reading charity Beanstalk is urging more people to consider becoming a reading helper in 2019 to not only help transform the lives of children who struggle with reading, but also to discover how being a volunteer can positively change their own lives and significantly improve wellbeing.
According to the latest feedback received by over 1,200 Beanstalk volunteers, being a reading helper in 2017-18 has helped them feel better connected to their local communities while improving mental activity and overall wellbeing, with 93% saying they would recommend becoming a reading helper to others.
A story-telling approach can help boys aged two to five-years-old catch up with the literacy levels of girls in the same class, research by Goldsmiths, University of London has found.
Tales Toolkit is a storytelling programme, currently used for children up to age seven in more than 120 schools across the UK and eight countries worldwide, that encourages imagination and creativity. It provides schools with child-led resources based around symbols to represent story structure of character, setting, problem and solution.
Sometimes I Feel Sad by Tom Alexander, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (£9.99)
Sometimes I Feel Sad is a moving, illustrated book which helps young children – especially those not in touch with their feelings – that sometimes it’s OK to feel sad.
Everyone feels sad from time to time, and it's not always clear why. This book explains that this is a part of everyone's life, and that you're not alone in feeling this way.
Good vision is vital during our school years. If a child cannot see the board properly, or the words are blurred when they try to read, they will find it difficult to perform to their full potential. It is estimated that 80% of the information that a child uses for learning is visual, but one in four children are struggling with undiagnosed vision problems.
PC Werth are the UK's leading supplier of classroom audio solutions. We specialise in providing the best learning environments for education, by combing the very latest technology in sound amplification with our acoustic solutions. We also have a wealth of experience in Personal FM Systems which bring the sound directly to student’s hearing aids, enabling them to fully participate in lessons.
Our portable and fixed Soundfield systems are designed to help the smallest classroom to the largest hall. Exceptional sound clarity of both soundfield systems means that the teacher’s voice is evenly distributed around the classroom with no dropouts or interference leading to less voice strain, pupils’ higher engagement and classroom performance.
OfficePOD Ltd. are the designers and suppliers of a range of small, modular, self-contained and great looking spaces in which our customers can work and meet. Our POD’s are used in Schools as one-to-one meeting spaces, music rooms, careers consultation POD’s and more recently, for special educational needs. Our POD’S provide a safe, calm and quiet space in which to be.
The Five Minute Literacy Box and Number Box are very manageable systems for helping children get started along the road towards literacy, and numeracy, and particularly for enabling the early identification of potential specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyscalculia. It is an entirely multi- sensory approach, following a ‘hear it, see it, say it, write it’ approach for sounds, irregular keywords and generalised spelling. It gives children an opportunity to learn with confidence and enthusiasm; it also helps prevent those who struggle from being at the back of the line, tailing off and always having to play catch-up.
Research shows that children learn best when their self-esteem is preserved, and they are able to build up skills at their own pace. The Five Minute Literacy Box and The Five Minute Number Box have been designed as an early teaching system and screening tool for the detection of dyslexia, dyscalculia, and general learning difficulties in primary school aged children.
The need for simple steps learning, linked to a regular, consistent, multi-sensory style of teaching is behind the development of the Five Minute Literacy Box and Number Boxes.
The Magic Belt series is a phonic reading series for catch-up readers ages 8-14. This award-winning series is published by Phonic Books, a specialist publisher of phonic books and resources. Phonic Books have recognised that older, struggling readers need age-appropriate reading materials that will build their reading skills and confidence. It has published a whole range of reading books for struggling readers that will engage and hook pupils as they learn to read.