Quality Time – Easter in Belfast

As a working mother, I occasionally get a dose of the guilts about not spending time with my children. During the school holidays and at weekends, I try to spend quality time with them but at times they appear to have a better social life than me. This Easter a number of their friends have […]

Minecraft and Mathematics – STEM

Life for the average eight year old has changed, a new world has opened up…MINECRAFT. Every evening around teatime, I have the joy of my son playing this game on the xbox with three of his friends from school. Now they don’t come round to play but meet up in a game world from the […]

Noisy Literacy – Learning to read

“Babies are born with the instinct to speak, the way spiders are born with the instinct to spin webs. You don’t need to train babies to speak; they just do. But reading is different.” — Steven Pinker As a mummy who teaches here are some of my tips to assist you when your child is […]

Number Bonds against the clock

Gurgle apps have developed a great numeracy app. As parents they realised that few apps assisted with the teaching of number bonds. So they decided to create one. Gurgle Numbers for iPad is a fun Maths game that will quickly help teach your children basic Maths skills including their Number Bonds It certainly does what […]

Bored? Not on my watch… Ideas to develop creativity

We’ve all said it as children I’m bored My children say it too despite the house being filled with toys and technology. As I read the BBC website the findings of Dr Belton, I was delighted to see that being bored develops and nurtures creativity. The academic, who has previously studied the impact of television […]

World Poetry Day – A Poetry App for all ages

If you do one thing with your child today…read them a poem! It is World Poetry Day after all. I love poetry and I love the if app. A little pricy but well worth £2.99 in my opinion and 10% of the sales of the iF Poems App goes to help the work of Save […]

Mr Thorne will cast a spell on you

At school, I dreaded spelling tests. The fact that the teacher normally waited until Friday to test them meant that I spent most of my week dreading Fridays too. Parents and teachers dread no more.. Mr Thorne is here to save the day. Now there is a lot to be said for developers who produce […]

Record Breaking Comprehension – Officially Amazing – a must for KS2

I have been on a search for a decent primary level comprehension book for quite some time. As an educator, I am looking for publications that will further develop comprehension skills. There are three types of comprehension skills: 1. Pre-reading i.e. Pre-view/ Overview Web/ Brainstorm/ KWL 2. During reading i.e. Paragraph Re-Read/ Read and Pause/ […]

Children’s University

February was a milestone for the Belfast branch of the Children’s University. The launch at Parliament Buildings was hailed by their Chancellor, Stephen Nolan as a great success. They are one of a growing number of Children’s Universities throughout the UK and Europe each working to provide children aged 5-14 years with exciting and innovative […]

Programming for Five Year Olds

I’ve been reading a lot about programming and it’s demise in post primary schools. If programming is to develop in primary maybe foundation stage teachers need to be shown this app. My five year old loves new apps and over the weekend we downloaded Daisy the Dinosaur for the iPad. Daisy the Dinosaur is a […]