News - March 2020

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Live Streaming Fundraiser for Wear A Hat Day 27 March at 1pm

26th March 2020

Author’s livestreaming fundraiser will entertain children amid coronavirus pandemic A children’s author is livestreaming a reading of his book, as coronavirus forces families to educate their children at home. Martyn Harvey, 56, will read The Boy with the Saucepan Hat on a live Instagram...

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Saucepan hats off to author's publishing debut

26th March 2020

We’re celebrating the release of a children’s storybook, with a percentage of sales going towards our vital work. Martyn Harvey, 56, is releasing 'The Boy with the Saucepan Hat’ this March, Brain Tumour Awareness Month. The story, aimed at children aged six and above, explores...

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Rosetta Stone Announces Free Language Learning Courses for School Children Worldwide

23rd March 2020

Virtual tutoring expert offers advice for parents on how to navigate new ways of learning With the halls of learning closed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, in excess of 10 million school kids across the UK need to continue their revision and learning at home. So, who can parents...

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Holiday park closures – a statement from the British Holiday and Home Parks Association

23rd March 2020

The British Holiday & Home Parks Association yesterday contacted its members, who own and manage some 2,900 holiday and touring parks across the UK and strongly advised that they should, with immediate effect, close their parks to all holiday visitors. This includes all touring guests (those...

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Although rather overshadowed this Sunday is World Water Day!

23rd March 2020

We must remember that water is life, because without water there would be no life. Over the last few years the environment has figured high on many people's radar with deep concern. However less emphasis has been placed on our own internal environments. It is generally accepted that we are...

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Twinkl makes all 630,000 educational resources free to help parents and carers as more schools around world prepare for closures

20th March 2020

A global educational publisher is providing free access to over 630,000 teaching and learning materials to support teachers, parents and carers as schools close or prepare to close as a result of the coronavirus. The materials available on the Twinkl website range from activity sheets, information...

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National Literacy Trust launches new online zone for parents to engage children and support learning at home

20th March 2020

Explore the National Literacy Trust’s Family Zone In response to school closures across the UK, the National Literacy Trust has today launched a free comprehensive online zone for parents seeking ideas and guidance for activities that will engage their children at home, whilst also benefiting...

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How to help an autistic child during the coronavirus outbreak – Priory psychiatrist

20th March 2020

Sudden change is never easy and often bewildering, but for young people on the autistic spectrum, it is especially difficult to navigate - and sometimes distressing. The coronavirus spread has resulted in unavoidable change, leading to the closure of many schools and community settings, with the intention...

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Coronavirus: make learning fun from home

19th March 2020

With schools closing, make learning a pleasure. Take a look at our easy tips on teaching your child from home. Focus on the core subjects Stick to the basics and don’t feel the need to overcomplicate things. The obvious important subjects are Maths and English so prioritise these and anything...

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Free IntoFilm educational activities to do at home

19th March 2020

As the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation continues around the world, we realise that many schools, teachers and parents will be gearing up for imminent school closures. We recognise that this prospect poses many difficult challenges for schools and educators, not to mention parents who will be seeking ways...

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Primary Times takes a look at what to do over the Easter holidays

18th March 2020

Spring is finally in the air and the days are getting longer. There’s no better time to make some Easter crafts and to get outside! Primary Times takes a look at what to do over the Easter holidays. 1. Go on an Easter egg hunt Create the hunt at home by hiding the eggs around the house. Add...

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The Love of Cooking with … Prue Leith

18th March 2020

Primary Times chats to Prue Leith who shares the importance of creating a love of healthy food Prue Leith has had a remarkable career. As a restaurant owner, Great British Bake-Off co-host, Michelin star holder, businesswoman, former chairwoman of the Royal Society of Arts and Schools Food Trust,...

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Choosing the right pet for your family

18th March 2020

In celebration of National Pet Month running from the 1st April to the 10th May Primary Times takes a look at things to consider before getting a new furry family member. Choosing the right pet The thought of having the addition of a ­fluffy feline friend or a playful puppy to your family can...

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Families at home this spring: how to make your garden safe

17th March 2020

Children love to play outside but this year, sadly, their options will be limited. Holidays, outings and outdoor activities, including trips to the playground or park, are already severely curtailed on account of the global coronavirus crisis, with social distancing and self-isolation measures set...

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Horsendale Primary School children and celebrity Sherrie Hewson entertain care home residents with their stories

17th March 2020

Children from Horsendale Primary School make regular visits to their local Acer Court Care Home in Nuthall to read stories with, or to, the residents there. But their latest visit during World Book Day events held an extra special surprise as celebrity and much-loved star, Sherrie Hewson joined...

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Big Pedal 2020

13th March 2020

Schools are being invited to take part in Big Pedal 2020 – the UK’s largest cycling, walking and scooting competition for schools. This year’s competition is backed by Dame Sarah Storey, British Paralympian and 35-time world champion in cycling and swimming. The Big Pedal will run from...

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It’s Official – the Wren is Our Commonest Bird

13th March 2020

In the latest report looking at the size of our bird populations, the wren tops the list with 11 million pairs across the UK. The wren is a very shy bird and one of our smallest so you don’t see them very often but they’re definitely there in our gardens and parks. You’re much more...

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Walk for Wellbeing

13th March 2020

Thousands of children across the UK will celebrate the benefits of walking during Walk to School Week from 18 to 22 May. Walk to School Week is organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, as part of their National Walking Month campaign each May. Families will be encouraged to...

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Primary Times readers get a Limited Edition Easter Box for FREE

13th March 2020

Are you and your family spending more time indoors? Treat your little bunny to something special this Easter!  toucanBox is stashed with two awesome craft activities, adventure-packed magazine, fun sticker sheet, and free collectible. These treats come in a beautifully presented box that’s...

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Does your child have sleep anxiety?

9th March 2020

If your child has difficulty getting a good night’s sleep because he or she is anxious about the day’s events, nervous about being left alone at night, or owing to insomnia, sleep anxiety may be the problem. It is vital to take any sleep issues in a child seriously. As found by researchers...

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Making parties more sustainable with reusable party kits

9th March 2020

Disposable plates have become the norm at kids’ parties - they are colourful and make tidying up a piece of cake. But, for a party of 30 kids, that’s 100 single-use items or more going straight to landfill. As concern for the environment increases there’s a need to make parties...

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How best to speak to your children about Coronavirus - Nicky Cox MBE

6th March 2020

As the world heads towards an official coronavirus ‘pandemic’, hysteria around the issue is also growing exponentially. Getting stuck in this cycle of hysterical news is making it very difficult to ascertain exactly how worried we should all really be and making sense of the purported...

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Top tips on travelling abroad with young kids

6th March 2020

Travel is rewarding for children — and that’s official. A survey by the Student and Youth Travel Association, of just under 1,500 teachers, found that international travel had a positive effect on young people in many different ways. Benefits of travel The survey was carried out...

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Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson visits Leamington Primary & Nursery Academy in Sutton

5th March 2020

The Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, paid a visit to Leamington Primary & Nursery Academy in Sutton in Ashfield to see for himself the inspirational journey to success the school has been on. During the visit the minister met with Head teacher Kaye McGuire, school...

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Don't shield kids from Coronavirus discussions, warns UK expert

5th March 2020

DON’T shield your kids from discussions about Coronavirus - because chatting about the outbreak might just safeguard their mental health in the future. That’s according to Dr Zoi Nikiforidou, a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Liverpool Hope University. She says that while...

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Greggs and AO unite to support school children from struggling families

5th March 2020

Online electricals retailer AO has teamed up with Greggs to provide and deliver fridges, freezers and other white goods for struggling families. Following a successful pilot, the new partnership was rolled out nationwide across 500 schools in disadvantaged areas on 3rd February. Teachers at participating...

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TOYOTA CELEBRATES UK WINNERS IN 2020 DREAM CAR ART CONTEST

5th March 2020

A pod that takes lonely pensioners for an adventure and nanoscopic ‘bumper cars’ with healing properties were among the fantastic designs for future mobility entered by UK children in the 2020 Dream Car Art Contest. With more than 400 entries received, the competition once again demonstrated...

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