The late American astronomer and astrophysicist, Carl Sagan, described our planet as the ‘pale blue dot’, described as such after seeing an image of earth taken in 1990 from the Voyager 1 space probe, from a distance of about 6 billion kilometres. His book, “Pale Blue Dot”, explores claims that earth and its inhabitants areContinue reading »
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Articles on education. Education news and posts discussing education in the lives of children.
Inspiring STEM in the Early Years and Primary School
“The most important thing is to never stop questioning.” Albert Einstein “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My household’s current ambitions are an astronaut, a particle physicist at CERN, a spy and an underwater policeman! I love the aspiration, hope and imagination, but also that Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) professionsContinue reading »
Combating childhood obesity
Do we have a role in combating childhood obesity? How do you tackle childhood obesity in your setting? Does it genuinely impact on daily life or does it feel tokenistic? Is there a holistic approach or is it yet another strategy to implement? According to the Government’s plan for action to combat childhood obesity, nearlyContinue reading »
Black History Month
October is Black History Month – a month to celebrate diversity and the contributions of black people to history. The question arises; if we spend just one month in a year highlighting black history are we potentially promoting cultural tokenism? “Black contribution to  history is so rich and varied that attempting to confine the discussionContinue reading »
I am a pirate
Pirate themed play days are always popular and make a frequent appearance on the early year’s calendar. It’s no surprise, with all the looting, funny voices, dressing up and role play opportunities. Add a Kitcamp pirate ship and the imagination really does know no limits! Creating fun, with purpose. The challenge with role play spaces is toContinue reading »
I am me – developing a sense of self.
The new school year commonly starts with an ‘ourselves’ topic. The same planning and the same intentions. Getting to know one another, build relationships and assessing. With Kitcamp’s ‘I am me’ toolkit we explore alternative ways to launch this topic. It is a great way to get to know the class and to help them get toContinue reading »
PLAY – that four letter word!
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Fred Rogers. Picture the scene, the Headteacher walks in and sees busy-ness and ‘fun’ taking place in the classroom, children engaged, talking with each other, laughing orContinue reading »
Can STEM solve the Engineering shortage?
Calling all engineers! 2018 is marked as the Year of Engineering by the government. This is to address a shortage of young people aspiring to be engineers. The shortage is predicted to be 20,000 short of the jobs available in the sector leading to a significant impact on productivity and growth in the UK alone. Big investment from partners such asContinue reading »
World Book Day: Celebrate Stories, Love Reading
World Book Day on Thursday 4th March 2021 is, like many things, going to look a little different this year. The day is still about changing lives through a love of books and this year to #ShareAStoryCorner with family and friends. What a great opportunity to remind us of the power of reading. A bookContinue reading »
City schools and outside play
Nearly three decades ago when I was knee-high and full of bounce, I used to spend most days outside. Wind-beaten and pigtails askew, I had the best schooling experience in a state school that embraced its outside spaces. When it was raining the mentality of ‘you won’t shrink’ meant that play times were unperturbed byContinue reading »