Two children walking together in the forest with warm light

Back to the classroom

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all. Many members of our school community have been exposed to trauma, and will need care and support during the transition to whatever the new ‘normal’ is. We need to make sure we don’t overload our students (and ourselves) as we return to what has been familiar. In this…

Second hand book sale on the street

Taking a break

Bookshops are the best place to take a break. All you need is a couple of hours with nothing else that needs to be done. Usually best on your own. Sometimes you have to just do it. Even only 15 minutes or so, in that calm, internalised pleasure palace, can be enough. Children introduced early…

Boy taking a reading break in between library book shelves

The world continues to turn …

And, thank goodness,  books continue to be published, read, and loved. Reading has been described as the perfect lockdown-in-COVID-19-activity. In these difficult times, it is worth reminding ourselves, and our students, that:  “Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the…

Children drawing and playing on the carpet shown from above

Writing in lockdown

“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Brief, focused writing activities are suitable for including…