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Celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl

September 13th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

2016 celebrates 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl; the world's most loved storyteller and author of many children's favourite books. There will be celebrations throughout the year focusing on the author's wonderful stories and incredible characters. The great event, however, will take place on Roald Dahl's birthday, 13th September.

Let's take a moment to remember this great man and the fun-filled, imagination-inspiring stories he so graciously shared with us.

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4 reasons why kids should study Shakespeare

July 6th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

- William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare is known by many people as the 'fa... Read More »

Today In History

January 20th, 2015 by Sarah Adams

1930 Dr. Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin, second man to walk on the moon was born.

Buzz was an American engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history.

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TAKE ACTION. INSPIRE CHANGE

July 5th, 2014 by Sally

July 18th has been officially adopted by the United Nations as "Nelson Mandela International Day".

As we all know education is fundamental to the optimal development of a child. Education not only results in academical knowledge but incites awareness in people to take action and help change the world for the better. Mandela Day strives to inspire individuals and organisations to participate in Mandela Day as they wish so what can you do on Mandela Day?

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Why study History?

September 5th, 2011 by Sara

Good question that can be answered by many ancient historians, although many critics would say it all happened a long time ago so why rake up the past? Others would perhaps say who cares about the past I'm too busy living my own life!

The Spanish philosopher George Santayana quoted "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to fulfil it".

If you stop and think for a moment you will realise why ... Read More »

Educational day out: Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey

July 22nd, 2010 by Emily

Gunpowder isn't just for Guy Fawkes, you know. At the Royal Gunpowder Mills, in Waltham Abbey, Essex, you can found out all about the history of this explosive stuff!

The site used to be one of three Royal Gunpowder Mills in the UK but it is the only site to have survived intact for all of these years. Set in nearly 200 acres of parkland, Royal Gunpowder Mills comprises 21 buildings of major historical importanc... Read More »

Educational day out: The Science Museum, London

July 14th, 2010 by Emily

No childhood is complete without a visit to the world-famous Science Museum in London. You may remember visiting as a child yourself and pressing the buttons on the interactive exhibits. These days, the museum is even more interactive to suit today's multimedia children.

The Science Museum was founded in 1857 with objects shown at the Great Exhibition held in the Crystal Palace. Today the Museum is admired ac... Read More »

Get interactive at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

June 30th, 2010 by Emily

If your children are getting restless, then you'll need something to stimulate and interest them. An attraction calling itself "the Mother Earth of all adventures" might just do the trick!

Dynamic Earth is an interactive exhibition that lets visitors explore the planet's history, present and future. Suitable for children of all ages, it starts, logically enough, with the Big Bang, giving visitors the chance to see the creation of the Earth.

Through a host of 3D films, interact... Read More »

How to write an essay footnote

November 25th, 2009 by Emily

Footnotes may not be the most exciting aspect of university level English or History, but they're a great way to demonstrate the research that has gone into an essay.

Footnotes have a variety of purposes, including providing an author's comments on the text, acknowledging referred works, and referencing quotations. They are usually placed at the bottom of the pa... Read More »

Do 'inspired by' programmes inspire our education?

October 9th, 2009 by Emily

Historical fiction programmes are currently big business. Over the last couple of years a glut of programmes 'based on' or 'inspired by' true events have taken over the airwaves from the rise of the Roman Empire in Rome to the lives of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in Desperate Romantics. However, the programme which has caused the most stir in this field is The Tudors, based on the life of Henry VIII.

The Tudors has been the subject of endless debate amongst ... Read More »

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