Top Tips for ‘Back to School’

As the Back-to-school adverts run rampant on the television, and children start winding down from the summer, thoughts turn to the new school year ahead and how parents can properly prepare themselves for the new challenges to come.Vector illustration with hand-drawn words on school bag. Welcome back to school. Calligraphy and typography inscription. Sign painting vintage style. Colorful version

So, got any top tips for parents to get ahead of the curve in preparing their kids for the next school year?

  • Coats, Gloves, Shoes! – While many parents can scramble around in a bid to get a brand new school uniform, items of clothing such as coats and gloves can get pushed by the wayside; particularly as they won’t be needed until winter. Check your coats, shoes and gloves to make sure they are all in good condition, or add a new set to the shopping list.
  • Working Pens, Fresh Pencils, Clean Pencil Case – For some children, nothing feels better than a fresh new stationary set to start off the school year. So many retailers stock a wide range of different pencil cases that you can easily find one cheap. Or why not try making your own?
  • Stylish School Water Bottle – Getting a new water bottle each year is recommended, as even refillable water bottles can start to get stagnant over time, even if you are using them every day.
  • Dinner Schedule! – Even if you only keep to it for the first two weeks of school, getting your dinners sorted out ahead of time will save a lot of hassle in the long run. Try giving it a go, just this once!

 

New Curriculum Starting in September 2014

A challenging new curriculum has been implemented for the start of this new teaching year that could see pupils completing tougher tasks that will hopefully help to develop their Maths, English and computing skills. This will not affect children going into Year 2 and 6 as they will be sitting their national tests at the end of the year. The rewritten curriculum is a nationwide change affecting both key stage 1 teachers and teaching assistants and pupils, that hopes to challenge pupils and prepare them for life in modern Britain.
fraction-300x270 (1)Changes include children from ages 5 – 14 will be taught computer programming, a foreign secondary language will be compulsory at primary school and the use of calculators on tests may be phased out for 11 year olds.

A spokesman said that the aim was for ‘all children to learn the core knowledge in key subjects, which are the ones that both universities and employers value the most’.

However, The Association of Teachers and Lecturers have expressed concerns that many of its members feel their schools are not fully prepared to teach the newly implemented curriculum.

Will this change be for the better? Or are we trying to force too much on our children from a younger age?