Understanding maths

mnemonics nose, way to memorise multiplication

The rote learning of mathematics is not only largely ineffective; it is also harmful in the long term. . . My opinion is that such memory-aids block children’s minds, preventing them from thinking and reasoning. . . . → Read More: Understanding maths

AESG is First in Cheshire to Launch New Mental-Wellbeing Initiative for Young Girls

Helen Jeys, AESG Headmistress, Laura Earnshaw and year 1 girls (thumbnail)

Alderley Edge School for Girls is delighted to announce a partnership with myHappymind, an innovative programme which helps to develop and encourage positive mental wellbeing in children. . . . → Read More: AESG is First in Cheshire to Launch New Mental-Wellbeing Initiative for Young Girls

New Era at AESG

Helen Jeys (thumbnail) , new headmistress at Alderley Edge School for Girls, 2016

The beginning of the new school year at Alderley Edge School for Girls is, as always, full of excitement for the pupils, either starting their new school or returning for a new beginning. This year sees an additional ‘new girl’, as Helen Jeys joins to take up the reins as Headmistress from September. . . . → Read More: New Era at AESG

Post-Brexit Education: cultural values or valuable transplants?

Sign pole with British and EU flags (thumbnail)

Brexit was supposed to cause economic disasters and possibly even world war 3, so it might also impact on our schools. Nevertheless schools were hardly mentioned. Is it possible that our education system is somehow insulated from the promised consequences of Brexit?.. . . . → Read More: Post-Brexit Education: cultural values or valuable transplants?

The Rocky Road of Maths

visual maths kit

The teaching of maths should be age appropriate, systematic, and engaging: everything that the current teaching of maths in England is not. . . . There is vast international expertise about how to teach mathematics to young children to achieve the best results. The most effective way to improve the teaching of maths in England is to look at this expertise seriously. . . . → Read More: The Rocky Road of Maths

Magic of Storytelling

Parent and child enjoying reading book together

Children who enjoy books with their parents are 13 times more likely to be reading above the expected level for their age… here top five tips to take your storytelling to the next level… . . . → Read More: Magic of Storytelling

Brush up on an old skill or even learn a new one!

Summer deer feedng at Tatton Park

From talks about Japanese gardens to practical sessions in bee-keeping, there are now over 90 learning activities taking place at Tatton Park throughout 2016. . . . → Read More: Brush up on an old skill or even learn a new one!

Does your intelligent and creative child struggle with maths?

at the lesson: solving maths problem

Children often miscalculate when bored or under pressure. I would not call such mistakes serious. Serious mistakes take place when children do not understand the meaning of mathematical operations and get confused when a standard problem is slightly modified. Such mistakes are signs of misconceptions. They require diagnostics and corrections as soon as possible. . . . → Read More: Does your intelligent and creative child struggle with maths?

11 Plus and beyond: Russian maths anyone?

Russian Maths Lesson with Dr O. Kiseleva

After his 11 plus exam my son told me ‘Mum, thank you for the Russian Maths’. As we learned later he scored within the top 5% at the Altringham Grammar School for Boys. . . . . → Read More: 11 Plus and beyond: Russian maths anyone?

The sound of colour

Cello Colourstrings Logo

Colourstrings is coming to Greater Manchester and Cheshire. A part of musical education in state schools in Finland and popular choice of private musical education for ambitious parents in London and Glasgow, Colourstring doesn’t seem to be well known in the North-West of England. Now it is all going to change with the first . . . → Read More: The sound of colour