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  1. What is the best way to explain difficult news?

    What is the best way to explain difficult news?

    Sometimes, explaining the news can be difficult to do in an age-appropriate, safe way.

    Last month, experts said UK schools must teach about 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    Now another act of terrorism is in the news.

    Terrorism and extremism are not easy subjects to teach which is why we have 2 books to help primary and secondary teachers get the conversation started. Written by Alison Jamieson, a freelance author who has written on issues of political violence, drug trafficking and organised crime for over 25 years, and Jane Flint, a teacher, these books are for teachers wishing to inform themselves about terrorism and extremism.

    Children’s questions about terrorism can be penetrating and hard to answer. Ma

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  2. The bright are different.

    The bright are different.

    What are the most effective ways of meeting the multiple challenges very intelligent children can face?

    Of one thing there is no doubt: the journey from being a very bright child to becoming a well-rounded, well-adjusted and sociable very bright adult, is not without its challenges.

    Because although many children see the very intelligent pupil in their school as having a great advantage, those very bright children do not always become the well-rounded and happy adults that we might imagine, given their intellectual advantage.

    Indeed, it is not uncommon for the intelligent child at times to wish that she or he was not different, but instead could simply fit in and be like all the rest.

    As a result, to understand how best to aid and support very intelligent children, it is necessary to see what it is that can cause them difficulty at school, and from that point, how they can best be helped.

    Part of the problem is that our societ

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  3. Be calm.  Hold the vision.  Breathe.

    Be calm. Hold the vision. Breathe.

    Many primary school children are suffering from anxiety and stress.

    Not only does this condition have a negative effect on the child’s wellbeing, but it also impacts on their ability to learn.

    For, as anyone who has ever experienced anxiety and other stress-related issues will attest, in such a situation the mind tends to focus completely on the anxiety-giving issue and is not open to any input from elsewhere.

    But there is a technique that many schools are now using to help children to relax and reduce their stress levels.  What’s more, it is a technique that can benefit all children – both those suffering from anxiety and those who are not.

    The approach involves introducing them to visualisation. The calming effect this brings can help to ease their anxiety and also help them to develop their creative thinking skills.

    It can also ensure that others who do not have anxiety will be able to cope with it more readily should

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  4. Activities that will appeal to boys

    Activities that will appeal to boys

    How to encourage boys to engage in their learning.

    There’s no doubt that some class activities appeal more to boys than to girls. Not exclusively so, of course, but in general terms.

    And it is with this in mind that we have produced a book of 170 practical teaching ideas and strategies that will appeal to boys.

    The book includes information on how to integrate visual and kinaesthetic activities into your lessons and harness the learning approach that boys tend to use more than girls.

    Take, for example, this lesson:

    The teacher reads out a passage which contains deliberate mistakes. As they listen the pupils note the errors and write down the correct facts instead. Pupils could then indicate the correct answers either by voting with a show of hands for the correct answer or by using their personal whiteboards to all display the correct answers together.

    It is an activity which any pupil can engage in, but is one that de

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  5. Get cooking - safely

    Get cooking - safely

    I'm sure you have heard of the resurgence of baking banana bread over the past year. As some foods became difficult to come by we were more aware of not wasting any of it. So, we created innovative ways to use up leftovers. We also turned to cooking and baking to stop us going stir crazy in lockdown.

    Cooking became a family activity, something to keep everyone occupied and the best bit was eating the results afterwards. Personally I have churned out more trays of flapjacks in the past year than I care to count. But they are good for you as they are mainly oats, right? (!)

    Introducing children to cooking at a young age, or any age in fact (how else will they cope when they finally leave home?) is a worthwhile endeavour. But how do we keep them safe with all those sharp implements about?

    We have produced 8 short videos showing different skills needed to keep safe in the kitchen.

    For instance, watch this video explaining the

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