BBC News – Shouting out in class ‘helps pupils to learn’

Pupils who shout out in class achieve better results than their counterparts who appear to be better behaved and quiet, suggests research.A study of primary school pupils found children who “blurt out” responses perform better in maths and English.The Durham University study looked at 12,000 pupils in England.”Although it may seem disruptive, blurting out of…

Abbey Road Viewed from Knaresborough Low Bridge

Knaresborough Basking In Sunshine

After a hectic morning, I went out for a walk to get some fresh air and clear my head. Knaresborough was basking in the sunshine. If it wasn’t for the freezing cold, I thought I was somewhere in the mediterranean. I hope you like the photos I’ve taken.         Abbey Road Viewed…

Being true to my self

The other day, I wrote about my plan to write better and be a witty blogger. Unfortunately, I was all plan and no action. I did try. I thought of better things to say. I thought I would dabble in politics and express my strong views on how the great family orientated Tories have taken…

I need to write better

It’s boxing day and after stuffing myself with too much rich food over Christmas, I now feel bloated. I know¬† I need to do a little bit more exercise but the temptation of lying in bed t read instead is too much for me to resist. We decided that as we have not done much…

The Glad Game

I been down in the dumps lately. The November grey weather is getting to me and I’ve been struggling to keep my spirits up. I have been grumpy and short with my kids, especially with my daughter. Yesterday, I had a go at her about how much her attitude upsetted me. I had half an…

I never thought I would be upset

I was very upset today. Every Christmas, we have a tradition that the chocolate fairy visits our house and give every child one small chocolate for being good. Every morning, it is a joy watching my children run to the christmas tree checking their tiny stockings to see if the chocolate fairy has come to…

Childcare costs put parents in debt, survey concludes

Childcare costs put parents in debt, survey concludes Nearly a quarter of UK parents questioned in a survey by the Daycare Trust and Save the Children say the cost of childcare has put them in debt. The survey of 4,359 parents found 58% had cut spending on other essentials like clothing, heating and other bills.…