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10 Hungry Caterpillar Inspired Activities

To celebrate the 40th birthday of one of the world’s most famous picture books, I have 10 Hungry Caterpillar inspired activities. Maths: Build caterpillars from dough or clay. Count the number of segments that make up the caterpillar. Play a matching game … Continue reading

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The ParaNorman Local Legends Schools and Libraries Initiative

Right From the Start will soon be reviewing this new DVD and offering readers the chance to enter a fantastic giveaway. In the meantime I wanted to share an initiative for schools and libraries in association with the release. ParaNorman … Continue reading

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Why Use Technology in Education? Professor Tanya Byron

In the above video from Tanya Byron’s keynote speech at the 2011 FOSI conference, she explains her response to the government when faced with this question.  She speaks with such passion and conviction and I found myself nodding with excitement all … Continue reading

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TEDx London 2011 The Education Revolution

I was fortunate to attend TEDx London this weekend. This event was born from issues raised in Sir Ken Robinson’s 2010 TED talk and was designed to raise the question ‘ How can we bring on the Education Revolution?’ What … Continue reading

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My Grown Up Weekend part 3 – Festival of Education Bob Geldof

Besides the fabulous weather and the chance to chill out in the sunshine in beautiful surroundings, the highlight of the festival was Bob Geldof’s Speech. He was relaxed, engaging, funny and above all passionate. He used a rich intelligent vocabulary, … Continue reading

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My Grown Up Weekend part 2 – Festival of Education : Technology and Education

As regular readers will be aware I am very interested in the use of new technology in early years classrooms.  I was pleased to see therefore that the Festival of Education at Wellington College Crowthorne had a number of sessions … Continue reading

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Turning 40 Part 2 – Is Eeyore in his 40′s?…. and more thoughts about Eeyore.

I picked up a book in my doctor’s surgery , ‘Forty-fied – How to be a Fortysomething’ by Malcolm Burgess. I loved this quote Eeyore is probably 40, seeing that his stuffing is falling out, he’s terminally depressed and surrounded … Continue reading

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Sir Ken Robinson animation

  I first came across Sir Ken Robinson when a colleague used his TED talk to illustrate the importance of creativity and critical thinking in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  This animation brilliantly outlines his arguments for a new type … Continue reading

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