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Maths: Easter egg patterns

Easter eggs are ideal for inspiring exploration, discussion, understanding, and the creation of a variety of repeating patterns.

PSED: Hatching chicks

Watching chicks hatch and being part of their care not only allows children to experience a real wonder of nature, it opens up numerous possibilities for conversations, including: how life begins, how babies grow across the animal kingdom, and caring for those we love around us, and in the wider world.

Parent: Separation and divorce

The decision to separate or divorce is not an easy one for two adults, especially when there are children involved. It's often a relief when you have finally come to that agreement, and it is the end of lots of uncertainty and heartache but remember that for any children involved it can often be the start of an upsetting period of confusion and disruption.

Literacy: With a ‘spring’ in your step

The fifth article in this series, exploring traditional nursery rhymes as a resource and inspiration for activities, focuses on literacy. These include: repeating simple rhymes, recognising and reading CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words, using writing frames and enjoying spring rhymes.

Understanding the world: Be kind to bees

This is the second article in an occasional series looking at endangered animals and includes information and activities to enable young children and their families to be more aware of how to help bees.

Soups and stews

There is nothing like a bowl of soup or stew to warm you up on a cold day and it is even more enjoyable if you have created the dish yourself. In this article, we will explore how to create tasty and enjoyable meals from seasonal vegetables.

Communication and Language: Spring into reading

Share this selection of books about spring with the children in your setting and welcome in the season, with all its exciting new beginnings, by joining in the activities focused on communication and language.

Literacy: The most magnificent women…

International Women's Day falls annually on March 8th and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political successes of women. This article looks at some of the books published recently to inform and educate children about the achievements of many magnificent women and suggests ideas for related literacy activities.

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