The life lessons children learn taking part in a school drama production

The life lessons children learn taking part in a school drama production

Sompting Abbotts places a strong emphasis on the performing arts. In different ways, we seek to boost pupils’ confidence and communication skills because we know these will be invaluable to their lives ahead. Self-confidence is gained from each tiny success, which leads to more success. Learning to perform and speak in public are essential skills that will be transferable to the children’s adult lives.

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11 essential tips for hearing your Key Stage 1 child read aloud at home

11 essential tips for hearing your Key Stage 1 child read aloud at home

How much should you correct your Key Stage 1 child when you hear them read aloud to you? Should you force them to sound out the word? Do you get them to read every day? If they don't want to, do you insist or just not bother? Here, you'll find our top 10 tips for how to hear your child read aloud. It's a skill in itself that's useful for parents to 'learn' to support their child on their learning-to-read journey!

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How Sompting Abbotts is growing a generation of bookworms

How Sompting Abbotts is growing a generation of bookworms

There’s something different about Sompting Abbotts’ school library. It’s run by the children themselves! Some people might think that libraries are antiquated. They carry something called ‘books’ that people can borrow! But we believe children’s access to books is critical for brain development and academic success – doubly so in the digital age.

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What not to do at a school open day

What not to do at a school open day

Don’t think you have to take your child to the Open Day. But, if your child is mature enough to come along, then definitely take them with you. Don’t rely on the school inspection report. They tell you little about the school’s ethos. Don’t turn down a school tour from a pupil. Don’t rely on the marketing materials. To get behind the gloss, there’s nothing like actually visiting a school.

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Our top 30 books recommendations for Key Stage 1 children (aged 5 – 7)

  Our top 30 books recommendations for Key Stage 1 children (aged 5 – 7)

Sompting Abbotts’ teachers pooled their knowledge and experience to create this list of top 30 books for Key Stage 1 children. It's across the ages of five and seven – in school terms this is Key Stage one: Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – when most children learn to read. Whether your children are reading alone or you’re reading to them, there’s some inspiring book choices here! 

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10 reasons why learning sports for children is more than one big game

10 reasons why learning sports for children is more than one big game

There’s a sport out there that every child (even the non-sporty types!) will love, says former Sompting Abbotts pupil Matt Richbell. Now Director of Sports at leading independent school Trinity in Croydon, he believes the life lessons sports teach children go far beyond the physical benefits. They will make your child more successful academically too.

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How much screen time is too much for your child?

How much screen time is too much for your child?

How much screen time is healthy for your child? Scientists have predicted that use of the Internet exposure may change the way children think. So are we in the middle of an unstoppable experiment with our children? So just what is the impact of screen-based technologies and social media on our children's well-being, attention spans, learning and creative abilities? And how do we balance the recognition that digital skills will be essential to our children’s futures in the workplace? 

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Why learning music is important for STEM skills

Why learning music is important for STEM skills

I bet you never thought of music as a STEM skill? STEM is a buzzword you'll probably have heard a lot if you follow the education world as we do here. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and maths –  needed to fill the jobs of today. Yet music is a subject that's being cut

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9 easy ways to help get your child ready for 'big school'

9 easy ways to help get your child ready for 'big school'

The transition from nursery to ‘big school’ or Reception can seem huge – both to you as parent and to your child! But with the right preparation, your pre-schooler will be just as able to meet the challenge as the little mouse who took on the Gruffalo. Read on to discover how your little one get ‘big school-ready’ and how to say goodbye on that first day so it’s a happy one your child – and you!

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