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Engaging English – International Literacy Day

National Literacy Day, on September 8, aims to raise awareness globally on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy.

We spoke to the team at Explore Learning, at the Willow Brook Centre, in Bradley Stoke, about ways to engage children with English and Maths. Here’s one of their blogs from their website…

Child being creative


You might hear the children groan when you suggest some educational activities outside of school, but here are some ways you can engage them with maths and English without them even realising!

  • Make up a joke

Is your child a budding comedian? Take it in turns to make up a joke – what makes it funny? Is it a play on words or is it the imagery used that makes you chuckle? Here are a couple of examples to get you started:

“Long fairy tales have a tendancy to dragon”

“What did the buffalo say when his son went to university? ‘Bison’”

  • Going on a car journey?

Pass the time by setting number related challenges, maybe with the promise of a prize at your destination to get a bit of competition going! Who can spot the first 30 mph sign? Can they count the number of blue cars they see on the journey? Who can find a number plate with the number 9 in it?

  • Un-jumble the story

This is a fun and quick activity to engage children with storytelling. Write a short story in 10 sentences or so and then cut it into strips so each sentence is separate from the next. Pop them in a jar (or a hat will do) and then challenge your child to piece the story back together! It’s a great way to get them thinking about the structure of a story and checking that the sentences all make sense.

  • Bake and learn

Baking cakes and cookies can easily become an educational game as all cooking requires some element of maths. Test your child’s maths skills by asking them to add up or adapt a recipe for different quantities. The great thing about this is that you get to eat the results at the end!

  • Become a journalist for the day

Going to the park, the library or simply out to the shops? Before you head off, set your child the challenge of becoming a journalist to make the day more fun! They have the exciting responsibility of writing the front page news for tomorrow’s paper, reporting on the activities of the day. Can they use descriptive language to bring the news to life? What headline would they choose to grab people’s attention?

Explore Learning believes that children learn best when they are engaged and comfortable. Their centres give each child the space to unclock their imagination in a vibrant and welcoming environment.



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