In just 4 short years, young children have already gained an incredible number of skills. From big milestones like learning to walk and talk, to developing their own social world and becoming increasingly independent, your 4-year-old already has an impressive range of physical, social and cognitive skills under their belt.
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Whether your child is a reluctant athlete or a budding sports star, taking part in a wide variety of sporting activities brings a host of benefits that’ll last a lifetime.
Reading is an essential skill. Find out why it’s the reading that’s done outside of school that can really make a difference to children’s development.
Here are some steps that parents can take to help children get ready for the new school year ahead.
Day in the life of a boarder
What’s it really like to go to boarding school? If you’ve read Harry Potter or other classic boarding school books, you might wonder if the real experience matches up to the stories. Now, all is revealed, with a day in the life of an Aldwickbury School boarder.
When learning is fun and engaging, it’s more likely to stick. And although many parents worry about the negative effects of too much screen time, there’s no doubt that interactive games and apps can be a valuable learning resource in this digital age – especially for children who prefer alternatives to book-based learning. Still not sure? Discover some of the benefits of educational apps for kids.
Tips for Encouraging Boys to Read More
If you’re the parent of a young child, you’ve probably marvelled at their ability to enter an imaginative fantasy world of play. Whether they’re by themselves or in a group, the importance of play seems to be hard-wired – but it’s more than just a fun way to spend their downtime. Following on from our February talk on “Balancing the play diet and the importance for boys’ mental health” from Dr Amanda Gummer, here we’ll explore the link between mental health and play, to discover why play is essential for healthy child development.
The school day can feel long to many children, but it finishes earlier than most parents finish work. After school clubs provide a practical solution to the logistics of school pick-ups, and it’s reassuring to know that they also bring a host of benefits for both parents and children.
As part of an enrichment programme for Year 2 pupils, Aldwickbury’s Head of Drama and a group of Year 7 boys from the school visited The Vale and Linden Academies to lead a drama workshop in Winter Poetry. In all we led four classes of an hour length in which we used the text, ‘Stopping by a Wood on a Snowy Evening’ by Robert Frost.