Families Chiltern January/February 2018 - issue 89

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Editor’s welcome Issue 89 | Jan/Feb 2018

In this issue 3 6 8

News & views Holiday adventures Families Top 5 half-term events.

School matters

10 Fun ways to play with maths 12 How to get your child talking about their day 14 Making the digital world safer for our children 16 The ‘New’ Buckinghamshire 11+ tests 17 School’s Noticeboard 18 How parents can help children to cope with exam pressure 20 Winter clubs & classes.

New year, new you

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Fitness ideas for busy parents Fresh start Is sitting the new smoking? Boost your mood with food

What’s on guide

28 Get out and about with our round-up of what’s happening and half-term activities

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a great Christmas. Our first issue of 2018 is packed with great features from clubs & classes, changes to the 11+ tests, what’s new in digital safety and upcoming school open days. Already looking forward to half-term? We’ve done the leg-work for you and have picked the top 5 family activities, or choose from all of the events in the what’s on guide. Kickstart your new year – whether you’d like to overhaul your health and fitness, work more flexibly or get to the school gates on time – whatever your resolution may be, it really is a fresh start!

Spin a tale during National Storytelling Week The first week of February marks National Storytelling Week, a chance to reflect on one of the oldest art forms in the world. We are all immersed in stories — from conversations retelling events in our lives, to watching our favourite television shows. Speech and language therapists believe that storytelling is vital for children’s academic success as it promotes narrative skills and strengthens the ability of children to correctly sequence ideas. To be a good reader and writer, a child first needs to be a good speaker and listener. But above all, storytelling is fun. Whether we are listening to someone else’s story or telling our own, inventing and adapting narratives can open doors to exciting new worlds — both real and imaginary. National Storytelling Week takes place in schools, nurseries, preschools, clubs, theatres, museums, hospitals, care homes and spoken word venues. The Society for Storytelling has lots of information as “the home of UK oral storytelling” and offers free packs for schools and nurseries to download. To find a local event or to look through its extensive archive, visit www.sfs.org.uk

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News & views

Lack of sleep damaging for children

Berkhamsted Schools Group celebrates excellent ISI Inspection Report Following a recent three-day education quality inspection across five schools within the historic Berkhamsted Schools Group, the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) described both the pupils’ academic and personal development as “excellent”. The Schools within the group inspected on this occasion were: Berkhamsted Day Nursery, Pre-Prep, Prep, Boys, Girls and Sixth, which care for and educate children from 5 months to 18 years. Inspectors noted that: “Pupils’ achievements are excellent, both academic and otherwise, due to the school ensuring that there are opportunities for pupils of all abilities to participate, and

for the most able to excel.” The pupils were also found to show “outstanding communication skills, highly effective study skills and an attitude to work and learning that is exemplary.” To find out more about the Group, please visit their Open Mornings on Friday 2nd March from 9am – 12 noon at Berkhamsted Day Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep and 10am – 12 noon at Heatherton, Amersham.

More than a third of primary school children are failing to get sufficient sleep, according to new research. The study has linked poor sleep with difficulties in paying attention in class, keeping up with school work, forgetfulness and absenteeism. The research, carried out by the University of Leeds, has shown that despite the NHS recommendation of 10 hours, 36 per cent of primary age children get eight hours of sleep or less per night. Even more worryingly, 15 per cent get less than seven hours. The researchers found links between poor sleep and children having access to mobile phones or computer devices in their bedrooms. They said parents should consider removing technology from their children’s bedrooms. The researchers further claim that where parents are able to encourage children to not have technology in the bedroom at all, sleep outcomes are much better. Other factors contributing to poor sleep were poor parental sleep patterns and lack of routine. More information on the study can be found at www.leeds.ac.uk

Ofsted survey reveals communication a concern In a 2017 Ofsted survey, over 300,000 parents completed a questionnaire about their child’s schooling. The responses showed that the most significant concerns that parents had were about receiving valuable information from the school about a child’s progress, (15% felt that they did not). Communication between parent and school continued

to be an issue, as 14% of parents did not feel that the school responded well when they raised a concern. Furthermore, 14% of parents felt the homework their children received was not appropriate for their age, and 13% did not feel that their child’s school was well managed. The survey was conducted by Parent View, an online questionnaire that allows

parents and carers to give their views about their child’s school at any time. It is also the main mechanism for parents to give their views about their child’s school to inspectors at the time of a school inspection. The questionnaire can be accessed directly from the Parent View website at parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

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News & views Conservation, sustainability and education are at the heart of Green Dragon Eco Farm. Its 45 acres are already home to rare breed farm animals and pets. The next step is to celebrate native wildlife and broaden the outdoor learning program to inspire children to love nature and understand its conservation. 2018 will see the opening of a wildlife reserve which will include animals such as red squirrels, deer and birds of prey and provide amazing hands-on experiences for visitors. To get involved with this exciting

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as the whole of March is UK Brain Tumour Awareness Month! Join in the fun as schools and families across the UK get involved to help raise funds for research into brain tumours. Register today and they will send you a fundraising pack in January. Their new website makes registering much faster and you can explore the all-new Wear A Hat Day pages for ideas to make your event a fantastic success! In 2017, families and schools came together alongside other organisations and communities across the UK and helped raise over £300,000 to fund their vital research. With your help, they are hoping to double this in 2018 to £600,000- enough to keep a group of researchers funded for a year! Register now on www.wearahatday. org and start planning your hattastic fundraising event.

Maths tops popularity poll for children New research has shown that when it comes to children’s favourite school subject, it’s a numbers game as maths comes out on top. A survey carried out by the tuition provider, Explore Learning, has found that maths was the most enjoyed subject of four to 14 year olds (26%) followed by PE (20%) and art (16%). This was despite the fact that maths is also the subject that children admit to finding the most challenging, followed by English and geography. More highlights of the survey include: • The next generation may signal the end of the gender divide as seven in ten (69%) children think boys and girls are equally good at maths • Nearly two thirds (61%) think a job in maths would be exciting! • 90% think being good at maths will help you get a better paid job in the future To inspire your aspiring mathematician, there are great ideas on how to make maths fun and engage young maths minds at www.murderousmaths.co.uk

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Family Travel

By Claire Winter

Holiday Adventures! Picking the right family holiday can be tricky. You want to spend quality time with the kids, but also want to enjoy the break too. Here are some ideas to give you inspiration for your 2018 travel plans.

Stay in a Yurt You haven’t properly glamped until you have stayed in a Yurt! A Yurt is a portable home, traditionally used by nomads in central Asia and Mongolia. Caalm Camp in Dorset offers traditional Mongolian Yurts

caravans, camping pods to wood cabins, and some even have hot tubs! You can find something for everyone at the park, with indoor and outdoor pools and a wealth of activities to suit all ages. From £192 for a seven-night stay. More at www.sandyballs.co.uk.

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to stay in all year round. They can sleep six and are great fun to stay in. Explore during the day and spend your evenings looking up at the stars and toasting marshmallows around the fire pit. From £399 for a seven-night stay. More at www. dorsetyurtcampsite.co.uk.

Go back to basics with a Forest Holiday, where families get the chance to enjoy quality time together in a peaceful surrounding. Boasting nine beautiful locations around the UK on Forestry Commission estates, you can truly escape from the stresses and strains of a busy life. Children will have the freedom to explore, make dens and play endless outdoor games. There are also great activities like spotting wild animals, tree climbing,

Explore the New Forest If you like the idea of being in nature but like top-notch facilities, why not stay at kayaking and mountain biking, as well as dedicated pet-friendly cabins, so you don’t need to leave your beloved doggie behind. From £890 for 7 nights. More at www. forestholidays.co.uk.

Go to Fairy School in Northumberland Wannabe fairies and sprites can now perfect their magic skills while holidaying in the heart of Northumberland’s Kielder Forest Park. Thanks to the new weekly Fairy School at Landal Kielder Waterside. Older children can also learn archery amongst the trees. Stay in comfortable, wooden lodges and explore the 27-mile shoreline of Europe’s largest man-made lake, on foot or by bike. If you just want to chill out, you can unwind in the on-site spa. From £669 for a four-night stay. More at www.landal. co.uk/uk/landal-kielder-waterside-kiel.

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Stay in an ancient church on the Isle of Wight

the Sandy Balls Holiday Village Park? You can explore the outstanding natural beauty of the New Forest National Park with its beautiful scenery, wild ponies and donkeys. There is a variety of accommodation from luxury

Stay in a spectacular church conversion on the coast of the Isle of Wight, with Totland Beach just a short walk away. The Church House is spaced over three floors and includes magnificent stained glass windows. The first-floor living area offers space for everyone to relax with a huge window and stunning, original timber high ceilings. Enjoy the local beach and family feasts in this stunning house. Sleeps seven. From £672 for a seven-night stay. More at www.sykescottages.co.uk.


Family Travel Home from home with Chilly Powder Do you prefer winter or summer in the Alps… or both? Francesca, Paul and their three children live in Morzine in France all year round and have a good knowledge of Alpine traditions and the Morzine people. Having adapted their chalet holiday style over the years to suit the tastes of their regular guests, they offer the perfect ski and summer holidays for either families, couples or mixed groups in relaxing luxury, with fantastic food and outstanding facilities, with unrivalled in-house childcare facilities. For many returning guests Chilly Powder is considered a real home from home. For more about Chilly Powder chalets for summer and winter visit www.chillypowder.com

Break the ice in Swedish Lapland Newly launched, there is now the chance to undertake the Icebreaker activity, a polar expedition into the icy Bothnian Sea at Swedish Lapland. Aboard the Arctic Explorer, you get the chance to bathe in the icy ocean and even walk on the frozen waters. Survival suits are provided, and the hot drink served will ensure explorers are fully warmed. From £920 per adult and £635 per child. Additional activities and flights extra. Departures from January to March 2018. More at www. activitiesabroad.com.

Go on a Miffy adventure in Holland

artist Dick Bruna, is now a popular character in a new TV show on kids’ channel Tiny Pop. You can book a night in the new Miffy room at Stayokay Utrecht-Centrum which is fully decorated in Dick Bruna’s iconic minimalist style, with Miffy furniture and bedding. You can also visit the newly opened Miffy museum (www. miffymuseum.com), which is in the old part of the city. Utrecht has traditional Dutch houses, canals and picturesque cobbled streets and is only a 40-minute train ride from Schipol airport.

Horse-riding heaven in Portugal Set amongst pine forest and gardens and overlooking the Algarve coastline, Epic Sana offers a varied holiday for the whole family. It has direct access to a private beach and fun family activities from horse riding to cycling, with plenty to explore and enjoy together. There is also a baby club and kids club, so you can take some well-deserved time out to unwind at the Sayanna Wellness centre. From £1,145pp for a seven-night stay, including breakfast, return flights and transfers. More at www. healthandfitnesstravel.com.

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Families Top Five With the Christmas holidays behind us, February half term is just around the corner. Here are our top picks of forthcoming activities for you and your family to enjoy.

LOVE YOUR PETS Green Dragon Eco Farm, near Aylesbury.


HIBERNATING HEDGEHOGS Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe.


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Over half-term there will be a special ‘Love Your Pets’ theme at Green Dragon Eco Farm. The skilled and experienced livestock staff will be hosting a variety of educational and fun experiences including: Q & A sessions, pet care workshops and animal encounters. This special programme of encounters will provide fun, engaging and informative interaction with all the pets that will inspire visitors. Last year, exotic pets were introduced to the collection that make more ‘out of the ordinary’ pets – snakes, stick-insects, lizards, tarantulas, scorpions, cockroaches and poison-dart frogs! Owls and chicken also make unusual but interesting pets – go along and find out more about them and their care. Farm admission applies: adult £8, child £7. www.greendragonecofarm.co.uk

Come along and get crafting in Hughenden’s studybase and make a woodland creature in its own hibernation house. The sessions cost £3 per child and will be held daily, 10.30am–4pm. Find out more at their website, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden


HALF TERM Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. FUN Saturday 10th–Sunday 18th February. Celebrate 35 years of Dirty Beasts and 40 years of The Enormous Crocodile. Get crafty and make a crockadowndilly clay pot, create a boggled beast out of junk or fashion your very own hideous mask. Head to George’s Crafty Kitchen to help put together a Daily Beast by adding all sorts of beasty bits to the wall. Look out for some extra special events taking place throughout the week: top poet Neal Zetter will be performing hilarious poems and helping visitors write their own, while The Reptile Roadshow will introduce you to swiggles of coldblooded creatures! Pre-booking is recommended, see their website (roalddahl.com/museum) for full listings, dates and times.

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GAME OF CLUES – MURDER MYSTERY Every weekend at Cliveden, near Taplow. 24th February–15th July.

A new year, a new victim, a new killer. Following last year’s crime caper, they’ve written a brand new outdoor mystery game for you and your family to solve. Daily 10am–3pm, suitable for ages 8+ and costs £5 per group. www.nationaltrust. org.uk/cliveden

STORIES IN THE STARS! Green Dragon Eco Farm, near Aylesbury. Saturday 27th January.

Spend an evening under the stars studying the skies with the help of local enthusiasts and hear about our solar system, both fact and fiction! This fun event will be held 6.30pm–9pm and provides a beginner’s guide to astronomy led by local enthusiasts from UK Astronomy. As there is very little light pollution in the skies above Green Dragon, the site is an ideal spot from which to observe our solar system. You must book your tickets in advance for £9.50 each via their website, greendragonecofarm.co.uk.


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School matters

By Kjartan Poskitt

Fun ways to play with maths I always say that maths is like broccoli. You either like it or you hate it but you have to have some because it’s good for you. Now I’ll tell you a secret. I do not like broccoli, but I do find it helps to have a bit of brown sauce on it! Similarly, maths becomes more exciting when it’s spiced up a little. It’s important that your children are comfortable enough with simple sums that they don’t have to rely on a calculator - that’s like using arm bands for swimming! If they can develop an instinct for numbers, simple sums become much easier. The secret is to spend some time playing around with numbers and getting to know them.

Here are a few little facts, games and tricks to share with your children to help them see that numbers have quirky behaviours and make fun patterns. Trick 1 If you write out the digits 1 2 3 4, you can turn them into 12 = 3 x 4. You can also do this with 5 6 7 8 because 56 = 7 x 8.

Trick 2

if any number divides by 3. Let’s test 71865. 7+1+8+6+5 = 27 which divides by 3, so 71865 also divides by 3.

Trick 4

Prime numbers are number which will only divide by themselves and 1. For example, 7 is a prime number because nothing else divides into it; 8 is not a prime number because 4 x 2 = 8. Place seven playing cards in a pile face down with the bottom card as a joker. Choose a magic number less than 7. (Let’s say you choose 4). One by one slide a card off the top and put it back on the bottom. When you get to the 4th card, turn it face up and then put it to the bottom of the Trick 3 pack. Keep doing this, turning every 4th The numbers in the 3 times table have a card face up. The last card to be turned special trick, because if you add the digits over will be the joker! Try this trick again together, the answer will always divide by picking a different magic number – eg 5. 3. For instance 8 x 3 =24, and 2 + 4 = 6 It will always work! What’s more you can 13:45 which divides by 3. You can use thisFamilies_chiltern_adB_cps2018_.pdf to test have any prime number1 of 29/11/2017 cards, so try the Pick any three consecutive numbers (e.g. 4, 5, 6). Multiply the smallest by the biggest, and then add one. (So here we get 4 x 6 =24, then 24 + 1 = 25). The answer is always the same as the middle number squared … i.e. times by itself. (Here we get 5 x 5 = 25 YAY!) This works with any three consecutive numbers, so let’s try 7, 8, 9. 7 x 9 = 63, then 63 + 1= 64 and that’s the same as 8 x 8!


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The Table Attack Game Try to play this game with your children regularly in short bursts of about 10 minutes. You need two or more people and a pack of playing cards. Remove the jacks, and kings from the pack and put them back in the box. Now take the aces, twos, fives and tens from the pack, and just one joker. The aces count as one and the joker counts as zero. Put the other cards aside for a moment. We’ll call these the power cards. Shuffle the 17 normal cards then put the pack face down. Two players each take a card from the top without looking and then together they turn their cards faceup. Players must multiply the numbers on the cards together, and the first person to shout the right answer wins a point. Make sure you are multiplying and not adding! (So if you see 5 and 1, the answer is five not six.) Now make it more exciting! Without looking, pick a couple of the power cards and slip them in with the others, then play again. Once you’ve got used to the extra cards, keep adding a few more power cards until you have all the cards in play. This is a fabulous, quick fire way to get your children to firm up on their times tables.

The Dice Challenge Throw three dice, but don’t let anyone else see how they land. Tell everybody what the three numbers add to, and also what they multiply to make. Who can work out the numbers on the dice? So, for example, if the three dice add to 9 and multiply to make 12, what are the three numbers? Answer: 1, 2, 6. There – I hope some of these things help. And just to make you feel better, while

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School matters

By Sophia Heaton

How to get your child talking about their day We all want to hear about our child’s day – what they did in the playground, who they sat with at lunch, whether they understood what was going on, and, most importantly, whether they had a “good” day. So, we frequently ask, “How was your day?” In response, we often get grunts and shrugged shoulders. As an alternative we try asking, “What did you do at school today?” This time you get the customary one-word answer: “Nothing.” Rather than push harder for answers to your standard end-of-the-day questions, why not try some new conversation primers?

Play talking games

Here are some tips for getting your child to open up when they come home.

Playing the ‘sad and glad’ game will encourage your child to talk without feeling they are being bombarded by questions. At the dinner table everyone takes turns answering “I was glad today because…..” and “I was sad today because…..” You can extend it to “mad” too – what made you cross. This is a good way to open up discussions.

Ask open-ended questions

Give your child special one-to-one time

Children need specific questions to help them recall their day. Avoid questions that are too vague such as, “How was school today?” Or those that can be answered in one word, especially with a “yes” or “no”. Instead, try some open-ended questions like, “Tell me about what you played at break today?” or “I wonder what you had for lunch today?”

This doesn’t mean special treats or hot chocolates but doing something together every day, just the two of you. It could be as simple as preparing a meal. These are times when easy conversations occur.

Use their artwork to start conversations

This is a way of re-framing questions into statements that invite a response. For instance, instead of asking “Are you worried about your test?” you could say something like “Lots of kids your age get worried about tests.” This makes it easier for your child to reply.

A child’s artwork can refer both to school activities or things of specific interest to your child. Take advantage of these masterpieces by asking open-ended questions of your little artist and don’t forget to listen to the answers. Showing interest in their work can increase your child’s self-esteem, as well as provide vital emotional and mental links between school and home.

Use ‘reflective listening’

Be ready and available to listen When your child wants to speak, stop and listen to them. Turn off the TV or put away the phone, look up and show that you are listening fully and you value what they have to say.

Know their timetable This way you can start talking about library day, sports or art class. “What kind of books did the librarian show you today?” or “Tell me about the books that you chose?” Take the time to sit down and read the books with your child affirming their choice and encouraging them in their reading habits. Discuss what your child feels went right in the football match – or what went wrong!

Model “sharing” about your day It is important to share your interests, friends, challenges and joys with your kids so they see that communication modelled for them.

Give children time to unwind Whilst it may seem your child is brushing you off, they are likely to be tired and attempting to disengage from school business. Give them a snack for an energy boost and a run in the park before you get home. They’ve been hemmed in all day by walls and instructions and need to cut loose for a bit. They’ll be more inclined to give you a glimpse of their day once they’ve been fed and exercised! 12 Families Chiltern

Try communicating without words The best way to connect with your child may not necessarily be through talking. Talk is not how all kids express themselves – play is. Many children prefer to reconnect with a hug, by playing a game or even roughhousing. Some are more physical than verbal, so you might ask them to give you thumbs up or thumbs down about their day instead of discussing it.

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School matters

By Carolyn Bunting

Making the digital world safer for our children Late last year was marked by a landmark moment. Internet safety reached the top of the news agenda when the Government outlined its plans to make Britain the “safest place to be online.” Carolyn Bunting, CEO of Internet Matters, tells us about new measures in the UK that will attempt to achieve this. Following the rapid development of the “open and free” digital world, the Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley, revealed that although she felt the internet was a huge force for good, “it has also caused undeniable suffering and can be an especially harmful place for children and vulnerable people. Behaviour that is unacceptable in real life must also be unacceptable on a computer screen.” Among the Government’s forthcoming measures will be:




Although all of the measures are voluntary, the Government has not ruled out legislating if companies refuse to take part. For further information about topical issues affecting parents and children in the digital world and how to keep your children safe online, visit www. internetmatters.org








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from the beginning. • New compulsory school subjects to provide online safety education. • Encouraging social media companies to offer safety advice and tools to parents and build safety messages into online platforms. • Streamlining and targeting education and advice on online safety for parents in the same way that other risks, like road safety, are tackled starting from when children are born. • Urging organisations that are collecting data from children and young people to publish how they intend to use it, so that children can understand where



• A voluntary levy on internet

companies, such as Google and Facebook, to be used to target issues such as cyberbullying, online abuse and children being exposed to pornography on the internet. • A social media code of practice intended to boost efforts to remove or address bullying, intimidating or humiliating online content. • An annual internet safety transparency report undertaken by social media organisations which would show progress on addressing abusive and harmful content and conduct. • Supporting tech and digital startups to build internet safety into their products

exactly their information is going and how it is intended to be used. • A new requirement that privacy notices setting out how an organisation plans to use personal data it collects are written in a clear, plain way that is understandable, even to a child. • The Government intends to target new parents at NCT courses, Sure Start Centres, nurseries, pharmacies and via Facebook itself. This should mean that there is less reason for parents to fear technology and they should feel more comfortable in allowing their children to use it to explore, communicate and learn. • It also intends that digital literacy should form part of the lessons in which children have traditionally learned about sex and relationships, and not part of IT classes. The aim here is to encourage children to recognise internet safety as a social issue.


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School matters Five steps to ensure your child is staying safe online: • Ask your child what they are doing online. It’s important you understand what websites, apps and social media platforms they are using. • Check their privacy settings. Make sure they know how to make their profiles ‘private’ so they are not sharing personal information with strangers. Facebook has a Privacy Checkup feature. • Make sure they know when and how to report and block any malicious or inappropriate messages or posts. • Check your parental controls on your home broadband and safety filters that block inappropriate content across any devices. • Talk to your children about the risks they may be exposed to and how to deal with them, such as cyberbullying and grooming and ensure they feel able to raise with you anything they see which is upsetting. For more information and step-by-step guidance, visit internetmatters.org

Move over doctors and teachers, kids want to become vloggers and animators for popular social networking sites, New research from O2 reveals half of suggesting confusion about helping British children are dreaming of careers their children navigate the online world. as vloggers and animators, whilst parents To address this digital divide, O2 and still aspire for their offspring to follow the NSPCC, have developed a range of more traditional, professional career free online resources available on their paths. Technology-focused jobs have website (02. topped a list of co.uk), including children’s dream Top Future Career Choices (for children): a Net Aware future careers, Parents Children (aged 5–16 years) app. Parents according to a 1. Doctor (28%) 1. YouTuber/Vlogger (30%) can also access new survey of 2. Teacher (24%) 2. Animator (15%) advice and 4,000 people, 3. Software 3. Software support via the with nearly half Developer (23%) Developer (14%) free 24-hour (49%) of the 4. Lawyer (23%) 4. Web Designer (12%) 5. Engineer (22%) 5. Coder (12%) helpline, (0800 children polled 800 5002). stating they’d The children may be onto something like to pursue a career in the industry. as Forbes Magazine recently announced Despite opposing aspirations, both that the world’s wealthiest ‘YouTuber’ for parents and their children share a belief 2017 was Dan Middleton from Aldershot. that they’ll need digital skills to succeed At 26-years old he has amassed a £12 in their future careers. However, only million fortune by uploading videos to the 11% of mums and dads encourage channel of himself playing video games their kids to use technology as a way to and teaching young gamers how to develop skills or express their creativity pass the stages of various games such as online. Minecraft. Less than half (37%) of children Whatever our children aspire to do, surveyed thought that their parents were if we can teach them how to explore well informed about the online world. the online world safely, the digital Only 15% of mum and dads are aware future is theirs. of the recommended age guidelines

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School matters

The ‘New’ Bucks 11+ Tests At the end of November 2017, The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools (TBGS) published some further information about changes to the Buckinghamshire 11+ tests which are to be provided by GL Assessment®. The new test papers will be used for the first time in September 2018. What are the key points to note about the new testing arrangements? • Children will sit two test papers in one day and will have 45-minutes for each paper. • Test Paper 1 is a ‘verbal reasoning’ test comprising (i) ‘comprehension’ (ii) ‘technical English’ and (iii) ‘verbal reasoning’ questions. • Test Paper 2 is a ‘non-verbal reasoning’, ‘spatial reasoning’ and ‘maths’ test. • The tests are multiple choice with a question paper and separate multiplechoice answer sheet. • Each test paper has a weighting of 50%. Verbal reasoning (including comprehension, technical English and verbal reasoning questions) carry half of the total marks, whereas maths and NVR/spatial reasoning each attract one quarter of the total marks. • The tests will make use of audio administration and the test papers will contain separately timed sections – in that regard, similar to the old CEM® 11+ tests. Although further details about the tests are yet to be outlined by TBGS, Families spoke with a local tuition provider, Susan Daughtrey Education, on what they think the new test questions will look like?

Verbal Reasoning (Test Paper 1) In our opinion, and based on tests provided by GL Assessment® (the new test provider)

in other areas, the verbal reasoning test may comprise:

Is there any familiarisation material available?

• English comprehension; • Cloze questions (GL Assessment® 11+ tests in Kent feature Cloze questions); • a proof reading exercise (passages of English text with spelling, punctuation and grammar errors where the child is required to identify each error); and • The ‘21 types’ of verbal reasoning question which commonly feature on GL Assessment® verbal reasoning tests and which are all contained in Susan Daughtrey M.Ed’s Verbal Reasoning Technique and Practice books 1-4, Further Practice Exercises and Graded Test Papers 2 as well as tested in her series of four multiple-choice test paper packs.

Official familiarisation material specifically for the new Bucks 11+ tests will not be released until the summer term. However, there is some generic familiarisation material available on the GL Assessment® website (which is referred to in the latest TBGS guidance), although this material has not been specifically prepared for September 2018 Bucks 11+ candidates.

Non-Verbal Reasoning/Spatial Reasoning and maths (Test Paper 2) In our opinion, Test Paper 2 may include: • Non-Verbal Reasoning questions testing any of the 9 types of NVR: Series, Matrices, Similarities, Odd One Out, Reflections, Rotations, Codes, Cubes/ Nets and 3D. • Spatial Reasoning questions where the child is required to identify a simple object (such as a triangle) within a complex picture; and • Maths questions testing a broad range of topics from the Key Stage 2 maths syllabus (i.e the maths the children complete in Years 4, 5 and 6 at school, although the questions are designed to be suitable for a child writing the test at the beginning of Year 6).

Where can I find further information on the new tests? Official information can be found on TBGS website using the links below: www.thebucksgrammarschools.org/faqs www.thebucksgrammarschools.org/thesecondary-transfer-test

How should I prepare my child for the new tests? Until we see the Bucks-specific familiarisation material and have feedback from the September 2018 11+ candidates, it is advised to take a prudent ‘belt and braces’ approach to your child’s 11+ preparation.

Further information: Susan Daughtrey Education 11+ Year 5 students cover comprehension, cloze, vocabulary, the full Key Stage 2 maths syllabus and all 9 types of NVR questions. This year, they are introducing to the Course the ‘21 types’ of verbal reasoning questions and all the rules of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Time will also be spent studying ‘spatial reasoning’ questions. During the summer term, each child will practice new ‘GL-style’ practice tests in class which are being written by Susan Daughtrey M.Ed especially for her September 2018 Bucks 11+ students. However, if your child is not attending the course, your child can sit up to five sets of new tests (10 tests in total) at their 11+ Mock Exam events, featured on their advert on page 2, and which are now available to reserve with an Early Booking Discount via the SDE 11+ website: www.sde11plus.com


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School Noticeboard

Independent School Open Days Abbot’s Hill School

Maltman’s Green School

Prep School Working Open Events Friday 26th January, 1.30pm. Wednesday 28th February, 9.30am.

Friday 23rd March, 10am to 12 noon.

Places are limited, please book to reserve a space, call 01442 839169.

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Gerrards Cross, Girls 2–11 yrs. www.maltmansgreen.com

Thursday 22nd February, 9am to 11am. Saturday 24th February, 10am to 12 noon.

Open Day – Whole School Saturday 10th March, 10am to 12 noon. No booking required, last tours begin at 11.30am. Girls 4–16 yrs, boys 6mths–5 yrs www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk.

Bedford School for Girls Wednesday 7th March, 10am. Girls 7–18 yrs, Please call to confirm your space: 01234 361918. www.bedfordgirlsschool.co.uk

Berkhamsted School Friday 2nd March, 9am to 12 noon. Berkhamsted Day Nursery (5mths–3+yrs), Berkhamsted Pre-Prep (co-ed 3–7yrs) and Berkhamsted Prep (co-ed 7–11yrs). To book a place, visit www.berkhamstedschool.org or call 01442 358001

Princes Risborough, co-ed rising 3–11 yrs. www.st-teresas.bucks.sch.uk

Gateway School Early Years Open Morning Friday 2nd February, 10am to 11am. Whole School Friday 9th February, 9.15am to 10.30am. Great Missenden, co-ed 2–11 yrs. If you would like to visit either Open Morning, complete a short booking form on their website, www.gatewayschool-bucks.co.uk

Thursday, 1st March, 9am to 12 noon.

Chesham Prep Wednesday 21st February, 9am to 11am. Saturday 24th February, 9.30am to 12 noon.

Heatherton, part of the Berkhamsted Schools Group

Davenies Wednesday 14th March, 9am to 10.30am. Beaconsfield, Boys 4–13 yrs, please register at www.davenies.co.uk

Friday 2nd March, 10am to 12 noon. Amersham, co-ed 3–4 yrs; Girls 4–11 yrs. You will have the opportunity to meet staff and tour the school with a Year 6 guide. Please call the Admissions Department if you wish to attend on 01494 726433. www.heathertonhouse.co.uk

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Tuesday 6th March, 9.30am–12 noon. Gerrards Cross, Boys 3–16 yrs, Pre-register for open morning at: www.thorpehouse.co.uk

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts Friday 16th March.

Godstowe High Wycombe, co-ed Nursery 3–5 yrs; co-ed Pre-Prep 5–7yrs; Girls 7–13 yrs. If you would like to visit, please call the Registrar, Annie Bird on 01494 429006. www.godstowe.org

Chesham, co-ed 3–13 yrs, www.cheshamprep.co.uk

Thorpe House

Juniors in the morning; seniors in the afternoon. Tring Park, co-ed day and boarding school 8–19yrs. Apply online at www.tringpark.com/opendays

Westbrook Hay Prep School Saturday 3rd March, 9.30am to 12.30pm. Hemel Hempstead, co-ed, 3–13 yrs, www.westbrookhay.co.uk Please check school websites in advance of visiting open days, listings are subject to change. Our next School Noticeboard will be in our March/April issue, to be included email: editor@familieschiltern.com

Independent Day School for girls 4 - 16 years Day Nursery & Pre-School for girls and boys from 6 months

Abbot’s Hill is a happy and thriving community in which pupils are encouraged to aim high, to grasp opportunities, enjoy learning and to make lasting friendships.

Open Morning Wednesday 14 March 2018 9am – 10.30am Please register at WWW.DAVENIES.CO.UK Station Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 1AA. Tel: 01494 685400 Email: registrar@davenies.co.uk cccfacebook.com/daveniesschool @Daveniesschool


Prep School Working Open Events Friday 26 January, 1.30pm & Wednesday 28 February, 9.30am See our Day Nursery, Pre-School and Prep School in action. Please contact the Registrar on 01442 839169 or visit our website to book your place.

Whole School Open Day Saturday 10 March, 10.00am-12pm Last tours begin at 11.30am. No booking is required. Bunkers Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP3 8RP E: registrar@abbotshill.herts.sch.uk www.abbotshill.herts.sch.uk

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School matters

By Claire Winter

How parents can help children Children are facing an increasing amount of pressure when it comes to exams, whether its SATs, the 11+ or school entrance exams. Here’s how parents can help their children cope with the stress. Although SATs will eventually be phased out for younger children over the next five years, year 2 and year 6 pupils will still have to sit their SATs this May. Many children also have entrance exams for prep schools, private secondary schools and the 11+ to prepare for too.

Expectations are important Recent research shows that parents who place a high value on education and have high academic expectations can have a positive impact on children. However, with high expectations there must come a high level of support. Children who don’t get this are more likely to struggle. They also need to learn how to build up resilience. We need to teach them how to cope with the highs and lows of life, and how to handle exams.

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Children are often well aware of what their parents think about failure. If they are taught that mistakes are opportunities to learn, rather than being made to feel bad or a ‘failure,’ they are more likely to develop a growth mindset. Using the word ‘yet’ is incredibly powerful and encourages the growth mindset. “I am not good at spelling yet.” When your child faces a setback remind them that the more they learn and try, the more their brains will grow. There are some great TED talks about the growth mindset, by Carol Dweck on YouTube.

Find the revision techniques that work for your child Does your child remember best by what they see or hear, or do they learn by doing? Children may find learning easier if they know their learning style. There are lots of online quizzes, which children can do to find out whether they are visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learners. This may help them work out what revision style works best for them.

Agree on a plan Talk to your child about the schoolwork they need to do and devise a realistic programme of revision and work that they can realistically achieve. Remember they will need additional support from you, so make sure you can stick to what you have agree.

Avoid distractions Children can’t multi-task; revising with an iPad, mobile phone, television or XBox means they are not fully concentrating. The average person checks their phone over 80 times a day. If you set them up to study without outside distraction from the get-go, they will hopefully continue to revise this way when they go to secondary school.

Take a break Make sure your children still have hobbies, see their friends and have a life away from studying, exams and schoolwork. Educational specialist and children’s author Leysa Henderson, who taught Year 6 pupils for 15 years says, “We need to help children feel good about themselves when doing exams and not feel under pressure. I would recommend lots of creative and fun mental www.familiesonline.co.uk

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to cope with exam pressure stimulation that isn’t necessarily exam/content focussed. In fact, it is important to give them space from content. Helping children to make links in life also encourages independent thinkers. Laughter is also a fantastic stress reliever, so go out and play silly games with them. I always gave this advice to my pupils, and I always got extremely good results.”

Sleep matters Children aged 10 and 11 years old should be getting 9.5 hours of sleep a night, and this doesn’t really change when they become teenagers. Make sure they get adequate sleep by taking digital distractions out of their rooms. Give them an alarm clock, so they don’t use their phone as an alarm.

Set them up for the future Remember you are setting up your children with good

habits for the future. Sarah Brazenor, a tutor from Connective Learning (connective-learning. co.uk) says, “It’s really important as parents to help your child get through these first serious tests in the best possible way. Once they go to secondary school there will be more exams, and some schools are not very good at using motivational language, so learning coping strategies now can set them up for the future.” “Find family mantras that work for you and your children. We have, ‘There’s no such thing as failure, just feedback.’ We have to get things wrong to learn from them. It took the lighting pioneer Edison 1,000 tries before he developed the light bulb. Without him continuing to learn by his ‘failures,’ we’d all be sitting in the dark.”

Here’s some advice from local parents: Anne from Holmer Green says, “Make it fun. No pressure, early nights in the week and treats at weekends. There’s more to life than exams.” Karen from Chesham says, “Don’t make it a chore, be light-hearted and don’t let them feel it’s going to dictate the rest of their life or reflect their academic potential.” Mark from Gerrards Cross, “We don’t focus on academic achievement, we tell our children to put maximum effort into their studies and to do their best. We value emotional intelligence, above exam results.” Clare from Wendover, “Support them to relax and switch off when the pressure feels intense. My son regulates by listening to a relaxation CD at bedtime to help switch off his busy brain.” Bhavna from High Wycombe, “I rewarded my children for actually studying. I never focused on the results when it came to the SATs. However, I was like a woman possessed with my eldest for the 11+. Again, we rewarded her effort before we even got the results. A successful result did make her realise that you get what you put in. I feel that this is a valuable life skill to learn so early in life.” Gill from Princes Risborough says, “Be organised, don’t spring work on them, agree on a revision plan or work schedule with lots of breaks and treats. Help them revise - make them know they have a team helping them. A ‘we are all in it together’ approach, has really helped support my girls.”

Eleven Plus Holiday Courses and Mock Tests If your child is taking the Eleven Plus this year, Flying Start’s holiday courses and mock tests provide excellent preparation for the GL Assessment tests – as sat in Buckinghamshire. Looking for practice papers? Our Mocks in a Box contains everything your child needs for realistic exam practice at home. For information on our courses and how to book, visit our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



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d n a s b u l C Winter Classes Get active

With the nights closing in and the temperature dropping, the idea of sending your child out on to the football pitch, tennis court or athletics track is not an attractive one but there are still benefits in getting your kids active. The list of benefits of doing active after-school activities is almost endless including: better sleep, stronger bones, greater happiness and reduced anxiety. These benefits aren’t just about physical health, they help improve mental wellbeing as well. Here are our ideas for keeping your restless young one on the go:

Trampoline Clubs and Parks These are popping up all over the country and classes are fun and social. Most trampoline parks offer kids a safe and fun environment to cut loose as well lessons and classes for children from as young as toddlers upwards. You could try Rush Trampoline Park in High Wycombe or Jump-In, Slough.

Indoor Rock Climbing This activity is also growing in popularity across the country with a centre likely to be very close to you. Even the NHS recommends it as an activity that provides unique physical and mental benefits whilst at the same time catering for all ages, fitness levels and abilities. Wycombe Leisure Centre have a climbing wall, www.high-sports. co.uk or find a centre at: www. thebmc.co.uk.

Girl Guides and Scouting Scouting and Girl Guides are experiencing an unprecedented surge in popularity. Why? Because they offer an antidote to the modern world with adventure being at the heart of everything they do. From as young as 6 years old, children can get involved in learning outdoor skills and undertaking



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leadership qualifications, as well as enjoying camps and residential experiences. However, waiting lists can be long so act quickly! To register your interest, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk or www.scouts.org.uk

Ice Rinks/Snow Slopes Local snow slopes and ice rinks are great places to get kids active during the winter and offer kids the opportunity to try tobogganing, skiing or snowboarding, or get a pair of skates on. There are indoor and outdoor rinks and centres, depending on how you feel about braving the cold or damp weather. Have a twirl at Planet Ice in nearby Hemel Hempstead and Milton Keynes, www.planetice.co.uk.

Indoor Sports You can access indoor classes for most outdoors sports such as football, cricket, rugby and tennis at leisure centres or school recreation halls. Likewise, for toddlers and preschoolers, multi-sport and ball skills classes are often run inside during winter.

Outdoor Sports Incredibly, a fifth of children don’t play outdoors at all on an average day. We’ve plonked our kids in front of an iPad so we can get something done but that needs to be balanced with blowing off a bit of steam outside. Being outside has been linked to mental health because it helps them build greater self-confidence, have a sense of freedom and to use their imagination. Researchers have also found that being close to nature helps to boost children’s attention span and fosters creative play, which relieves symptoms of attention deficit disorders. Rugby is fantastic for developing a range of sports skills and social confidence as well as instilling vital principles like teamwork and discipline!! So, playing rugby outside just about covers every base! We totally understand it’s hard to motivate yourself when it’s so cold and dark but it’s important that kids continue to do sport outside throughout the winter. The key here is to wrap up warm, get outside, do sport and have lots and lots of fun.


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All children find some things difficult. Some hate speaking out in class, some struggle making friends, and others have so much energy they find it hard to concentrate. Perform is a unique drama school that uses drama, dance and singing to bring out every child’s true potential. “Perform is NOT a stage school” stresses Perform Producer, Karen. “It teaches life skills through fun drama games and end of term shows. The real aim of the classes is to help children develop the 4Cs: Confidence, Concentration, Coordination and Communication. “Classes are small and have both a Producer and a Teacher. Children are offered a free trial and the Producer spends time beforehand with each parent to establish their goals. For instance, speaking more clearly or making eye contact when introduced to someone unfamiliar.” Producers report back to parents after each class on the focus of the week and answer questions about the progress of individual children. “Shy children often come to classes clinging to their parents. I can pretty much guarantee that within 5 or 6 classes, they will run in without waving goodbye” reports Karen.

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New year, new you

By Claire Winter

Fitness ideas for busy parents


If you are sitting around in an adult unicorn onesie, eating crumpets and musing about the extra pounds you can’t seem to shed, now is the time to take some action. The new year is a good time to start a health regime or exercise routine. It may be as simple as just giving up cake and walking to work, or it could be taking up boxing or giving weightlifting a go. If you have a spare 10 minutes: Why not scoot to school with the kids? Having an adult scooter is a great way of keeping up with the kids, plus you’ll get home quicker. Jumping on your scooter not only saves time, scooting can also increase feelings of mental alertness and create better reaction times. Adult scooting is also a great way to build up fitness; it’s low impact and works major muscle groups. You can also burn around 300 kcals per hour. You could even use it on your commute to work! Further info at www.micro-scooters.co.uk

If you have 20 minutes: Try a HIIT workout. The bestselling Body Coach Joe Wicks espouses the benefits of short 15 to 20-minute high intensity workouts and low carb eating. High Intensity Interval Training for the uninitiated is a timed set of exercises which work the whole body. The idea is that you push the body hard doing the exercise for a short amount of time, followed by a short period of rest or transition. You don’t need to sign up to an expensive course to join in; there are plenty of free apps and online tutorials available too. Further info at www.bodycoach.com

If you have 30 minutes: Why not channel your inner Rocky and try a high energy boxing routine, the Boxx Method, in the comfort of your home? It’s an online platform, so you can do a workout that fits in with family life. The signature workout is BoxxHIIT, a full body fat burning, muscle toning workout which combines intense shadow boxing with high

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intensity interval training. All you need is a 1kg pair of dumbbells. Further info at www.theboxxmethod.com

If you have 40 minutes: If you love to sing along as you exercise, why not give Jazzercise a go? You can attend as many classes as you’d like and workout when you want, around your schedule. Two local Jazzercise teachers are offering Families Chiltern readers their first month free (see terms and conditions of the offer on their ad). To get your first month of classes for free, take along their ad on the opposite page to your first class. You could also try strength training. Hashtags like #fitisthenewthin are flooding social media platforms like Instagram. Many fitness fans are enjoying the benefits of strong, lean muscles. Your local gym or a personal trainer should be able to give you a routine, or you could check out your local CrossFit class.

If you have 60 minutes: If you love to dance but your clubbing days are well and truly over, why not give Clubbercise a go? You can work out in the dark with disco lights, glowsticks and your favourite club classics. To find your nearest teacher, go to www.clubbercise.com. You could also try a swimming HIIT workout. Swimming is a great full body workout and gyms like Virgin Active are offering lowimpact, high-intensity water-based classes. These incorporate long distance and sprint swims as well as resistance activities, a great change from just swimming lengths. www.familiesonline.co.uk

New year, new you Last but not least: If traditional classes and workouts leave you cold, you could try something simple or fun instead. Go walking. It’s good for the soul and so is being in nature. If you want to switch it up, try Nordic walking with poles; you burn more calories and it is very sociable (further info at www.nordicwalking.co.uk). You could also look on www. meetup.com for local groups that meet for walks. Relive your childhood and give hula-hooping a go, it’s great for thinning your waist and can be done in the comfort of your own home. You can also attend classes across the UK. More info at www.hulafit.com Do a trampolining class. Trampoline parks have sprung up all across the country. When you book the kids a session, don’t sit on the sidelines watching, make sure you join in too (you can always have coffee and cake afterwards!) Many trampoline parks also offer adult exercise classes

too. Jumping is brilliant fun, good for your circulation and burns more calories than most standard fitness classes. Join a game of British Bulldog and many other fun team games at www.joinrabble.com. The site aims to make fitness fun and not faddy. You can search by location and join a team near you. Get skipping! Boxers skip for a reason: it’s a great full body workout and a great form of exercise for endurance training and conditioning. It’s low impact, and you burn more calories than running. It’s also a budget option; you can pick up a decent rope for less than £20!

A healthy parent helps to nurture healthy children Would you like to become fitter but a gym membership does not appeal? Maybe you need time for you when you can exercise in a relaxed, informal way with like-minded adults in a friendly environment? Buckinghamshire Adult Learning offers a wealth of courses that can help you with your all-round fitness. They provide daytime and evening courses in Pilates, Yoga, Yoga with Alexander Technique and Tai Chi along with a number of Stay Fit classes. The majority of the sessions take place at one of the Adult Learning Centres which are located across Buckinghamshire: Aylesbury Vale, the Chilterns, Wycombe or in local village halls and community centres. The hourly rate per session is extremely competitive at £5.60 an hour, (rate from September 2017 until the end of July 2018). Each of their tutors is well qualified in their subject specialism and will plan the sessions to cater for your individual goals and needs. The tutor will know you by name and ensure that you have the opportunity to make progress with your skills. They aim to ensure that each participant is guided in reaching their full potential, there is “no can do”, it’s all about “you can”. Here’s what their learners say: “Having suffered a lack of confidence, Yoga has allowed me to develop my confidence…and take on new challenges.” Search for the full list of courses at www.adultlearningbcc.ac.uk


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New year, new you

By Louise Webster

Fresh start How to engage with work in the hours available to you January is a great time to think about fresh starts and new beginnings, so what better time to take a moment to reflect on a vision for your future, your work and your skills. I started to explore this for myself after my second child was born and I became aware of the challenges of combining work and caring. I set out on a journey to find a way to utilise my skills and to unlock new ones in the hours that I had available, only to find out that I wasn’t alone and there is a whole pool of talent amongst parents at the school gates. It is why I set up Beyondtheschoolrun. com to provide a place to connect, inspire 1 artsmart Families Chiltern.pdf and engage parents with their skills and




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talents in the hours available to them. So, where can you start? Depending on where you are on your journey, here are some tips. I share much more in my recently published book ‘A New Way for Mothers’: 1. Find material and information that you really connect with, whether that is TED talks or podcasts, and listen daily. Focus on engaging your brain on a regular basis and when you find the content that you lose yourself in, then you will be inspired to keep returning to it. 2. Start exploring what comes very naturally to you. If it is writing, then start writing and see how it feels. Whatever your passion may be, this is the perfect

opportunity to test out what truly lights you up. 3. Look at how you structure your day. It is important to find a routine that helps you to feel focused and engaged. Whether it is exercise or meditation, include it in your daily routine to ensure that you’re as productive as possible in the windows of time you have available. 4. Create a space in your house, however small, that is dedicated solely to your work. 5. Look at volunteering- this is a great way to start to reconnect with your skills and to unlock new ones. It can be for as long, or as short, as needed but this can be a truly positive step. Select a charity


New year, new you to support by following your heart or look at volunteer work that is relevant to the job you want in the longer term. 6. Whatever you are thinking about, whether it is growing a business or finding flexible work, start to share your thoughts with your community. The school gates are a great place to start. Join like-minded communities on social media to keep you motivated and inspired. 7. When you are ready to start connecting with work and want to look at flexible roles, there are some great consultants working out there to connect talent with opportunities. I asked Stephanie Dillon, Founder of Inclusivity (inclusivity. co.uk) for her advice on how to best start this process: “Firstly, get your Linkedin profile up to date or create a profile if you’re not on it. There are lots of courses out there on how to use Linkedin to best advantage, with particularly good ones run by talentedladiesclub.com.” “Secondly, keep an eye on the jobs boards such as: Beyondtheschoolrun.com, 2to3days.com and workingmums. co.uk” “Finally, and most importantly, be proactive! Don’t sit waiting for opportunities to appear on the market. Figure out what your core skills are, create a smashing CV (myperfectcv.co.uk has some great templates) and start networking.” 8. If you are looking to set up on your own, there are a few things to explore first. Do you want to start a business from scratch, do you want to go freelance or do you want to run a business as part of a bigger organisation? There are some great resources out there supporting female business owners and entrepreneurs including the Female Entrepreneur Association. Here are some top tips from mothers setting up their own businesses, whether that is consulting or growing a business from the seed of an idea: “Allow yourself to be a beginner, to persevere and believe” says Saori Amos-Yeo, founder of L’s – Lots for Kids (Lshairandclothing.com) “Starting up a business from home is not necessarily an easy task to achieve, there can be many distractions. Be serious about your business and commit to a workspace just for you and be disciplined with your work effort” says Mirella Salomone of mirellaskdesign.com So, let’s make 2018 a truly positive year- let’s take steps together, both big and small, and together we can make the greatest difference to our lives and the lives of others. I share so much more of my journey in connecting with a new way of thinking and the wisdom of others in my book ‘A New Way for Mothers’ (available on amazon.co.uk).

Mums want more flexible working opportunities According to a survey by Workingmums.co.uk, almost three quarters of working mums identify flexible work as being crucial to getting more women into senior roles. The survey shows that mums feel flexible working is vital for them to manage work and family life and that 60% of those who work flexibly would like even more flexibility. So, what can individuals do to help persuade their employers to agree to them working flexibly? Here are some tips: • Think through what the job requires and whether the tasks you have to perform can be done at a different location i.e. from home, or at times outside of the standard working day. Take account of any additional costs or challenges this might involve and discuss them honestly. • Give examples of the ways in which your work can be successfully carried out under any new working pattern you are proposing, and show that it will not harm the business. Point out any business advantages. • Research some case studies, ideally in your sector, that show how the work pattern you are suggesting can be mutually beneficial to you and your employer. • If managers are dubious, suggest a trial period. • Have a compromise solution as a back-up. For more information and flexible work opportunities visit, workingmums.co.uk

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By Andrea Domin, Pilates Pointe

Is sitting the new smoking? It is often claimed that childbirth and age are the main reasons why pelvic floor dysfunction is becoming increasingly prevalent. But there is another surprising cause - we are becoming less mobile and this is reducing our core strength. Could our lack of mobility be as bad for our health as smoking? There is a new epidemic that has hit the western world. After millions of years of hunter-gatherer existence, humans have evolved into slouched, cozy beings whose idea of hunting and gathering is searching for the piece of paper containing their log-in passwords. The movement patterns our grandparents had, no longer exist in our technologically advanced world. Simple things like walking to the shops and only gathering what you could carry home prevented overly excessive food purchases and naturally controlled our weight. Our children no longer hang around in trees and we no longer hang out our washing which allows us to naturally lengthen our spine, strengthen our core and counterbalance our hunched sitting positions. Our bodies, which rely on movement to maintain strength and balance, are crying out to be moved. When we evolved from quadrupeds into bipeds (standing on two legs), the muscles in our body had to rely on constant movement to keep our bones correctly stacked to allow the equal transfer of weight through our newly challenged knee and hip joints. Our rib cage placed itself rather gracefully over our pelvis, creating

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an upright torso which meant certain muscles had a role change, including the abdominals and pelvic floor. Mammals on all-fours need to rely on the strength of their undercarriage (abdominals) to support their inner organs. Humans rely on their pelvic floor to do that same job. By sitting we are jamming this vital muscle and this leads to pelvic floor prolapse, incontinence and hernias including abdominal separation in both men and women in the western world. Our trunk is made up of three main cavities. The thoracic, the abdominal and the pelvic cavity and they are nicely designed

to stack on top of each other. The muscles housed in these cavities are our core muscles and include our very important breathing muscle - the diaphragm. When we sit, the three cavities get compressed and jam our diaphragm and pelvic floor together creating a lazy set of core muscles. For an efficient, well-functioning torso, the pelvic floor and the diaphragm muscles must work together in synergy. They are designed to lengthen as well as strengthen with every breath we take. Imagine the supple, fluid shape of jelly fish that never rests or stops moving. By sitting at our desk and in our car, we block this system and throw it out of synch. The result? Over time our core muscles become dysfunctional which can lead to a warning system being triggered by the brain - that of pain. The assumption has always been that age and childbirth are the main reasons why pelvic floor dysfunction is so prevalent in our society. It’s the price for living longer we are told. But perhaps technology is now hindering our overall health. We no longer need to draw our curtains or stand up to switch on the lights. One press of a button, clap of the hands or a voice command from our sprawled relaxed place on the sofa has indeed sucked that last piece of functional movement from us. If you want to be healthier in 2018, there is absolutely no need to buy any expensive fitness equipment to do so. Just get moving like your grandmother did. Plant some bulbs in the garden, pick some fruit, reach high and stretch up when you clean the kitchen cupboards and walk to the local shops and school to easily achieve the 10,000 steps required to have a healthy, well-balanced life. Andrea Domin, director of Pilates Pointe, is an international educator and published writer who specialises in the biomechanics of the pelvis, feet and breath. For information on her workshops and events, visit www.pilatepointe.com or email: andrea@pilatespointe.com

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By Christine Bailey


Boost your mood with food! sources of B12 include shellfish, fish, beef, liver and eggs. Vegans should eat plenty of nutritional yeast and B12-fortified products such as dairy free milks. Folate is another mood booster as it helps make our neurotransmitters affecting how we feel. Great sources include spinach, kale, black beans, black-eyed peas and lentils.

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Many people may feel sad or down during the winter months, when the days are shorter and temperatures drop. For some people, including children, this low mood can be ongoing. The good news is that research reveals there’s a direct link between what we eat and how we feel, so changing our diet and lifestyle can have a profound effect on our mood. Fortunately, there are many foods and nutrients that can put a smile on your face and make you and your family feel great. Here are my recommendations for top nutrients, foods and tips to boost your mood:

Top up on Vitamin D Vitamin D is the reason we love the sunlight as this is the primary source for this essential nutrient. During the winter months it can be difficult to get sufficient amounts, so it’s worth checking your levels (home spot skin prick tests are available online) and supplementing as needed. Aside from sunlight, you can get some vitamin D from oily fish, butter, eggs and mushrooms.

Choose Healthy Fats Oily fish (e.g salmon, trout, sardines, mackerel) is one of the best foods for both your mood and brain health. It’s a great source of omega 3 fats which help optimize brain function and production of neurotransmitters, including feel good serotonin. Aim for 2 to 3 portions of oily fish each week. Vegetarian sources of omega 3 fats include flaxseed, chia, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.

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Probiotic rich foods like yoghurt and kefir are “a must” for a healthy brain. Packed with beneficial bacteria, researchers have found probiotics can help fight depression and anxiety. It is thought that bacteria may decrease inflammation in the body and increase levels of tryptophan, the amino acid needed to make serotonin.

Pump Up the Iron Iron is especially important for your child’s brain development. In fact, studies have shown that low iron affects cognitive function, energy levels and mood. Aim to include some lean red meat, dark chicken meat, duck, seafood, lentils and leafy greens.

Balance Blood Sugar with Fibre Highs and lows in blood sugar through the day are a common reason for changes in mood. Small children are particularly sensitive and typically require regular meals and snacks throughout the day. To keep blood sugar balanced always include: protein, healthy fats and slow releasing carbohydrates rich in fibre at each meal. Berries, vegetables, oats, beans, nuts and seeds are useful sources of fibre.

De-Stress with Magnesium When we feel stressed our bodies require sufficient magnesium which is often low

in our diets. Magnesium helps you relax, helping to alleviate depression and anxiety. Find it in leafy greens, oats, salmon, beans, sunflower seeds and blackstrap molasses.

Include Tryptophan Rich Foods Tryptophan is an amino acids found in many foods which the body uses to make serotonin. Foods high in protein, iron, riboflavin, and vitamin B-6 which are also essential nutrients required to make serotonin contain large amounts of this amino acid. Good food sources include poultry, oats, banana, salmon, sesame seeds, dairy products and red meat. The best way to boost serotonin production is to include a little carbohydrate at the same time. So a banana with yoghurt would be a great mood boosting snack.

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Friday 12th CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: FANTASTIC MR FOX Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am–11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3 www.roalddahl.com/museum

Saturday 6th January WINTER WEEKENDS Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury. Explore the great outdoors with walks and orienteering. Weekends & half-term, free with admission. www.waddesdon.org.uk


Saturday 13th DUCKS GALORE College Lake, Tring. 10.30am–12.30pm, 11+ years, booking required, £4. www.bbowt.org

Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th MAKE A MONSTER CAVE Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11am-5pm, drop-in, free with museum entry. www.roalddahl.com/museum

FAMILY DAY Thomley Centre, Worminghall. 10am–3.30pm, drop-in, booking required, donation. www.thomley.org.uk


Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th MAKE A MONSTER CAVE Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11am-5pm, drop-in, free with museum entry. www.roalddahl.com/museum

Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 20th CHRISTMAS TOY BOX Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. 10am–4pm, drop-in, free. www.buckscountymuseum.org


Sunday 14th THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 3pm, booking required, adult £12, child £9. www.elgiva.com

Friday 5th CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am–11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3 www.roalddahl.com/museum TODDLER TIME Natural History Museum at Tring. 2.30pm–5pm, drop-in, free. Selected dates in Jan. www.nhm.ac.uk/tring Saturday 6th COMMUNITY DAY Thomley Centre, Worminghall. 10am–3.30pm, drop-in, booking required, donation. www.thomley.org.uk Monday 8th NATIONAL TREASURES EXHIBITION Cliveden, Taplow. 10am–4pm, free with admission charge. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden


Tuesday 16th Fantastic Mr Fox at Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery

Monday 8th January to 29th March

WINTER FORESTER WALK Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. Join a ranger for a 2–hr woodland walk, followed by soup & tea/coffee. 10am–noon, booking required, £10. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden Wednesday 10th WINTER GARDEN TOURS Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. Join Hughenden’s gardener on a winter tour through the gardens. 11am–noon, drop-in, free with admission. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th BUGSY MALONE Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street. See website for times, booking required, tickets from £14.15. www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury

Kid’s Crochet Workshop

Sessions start 10.15, 11.15am, 1.15pm Stories, crafts and museum fun in this special time for 2 - 4 year olds. Repeat sessions on Saturday mornings. Tickets £3

Wednesday 14 February 11am - 12.30pm Little ones learn to crochet! Work on a fun, bright project - a bracelet or keyring - and take home whatever you make. Best for age 5+ but littler ones are welcome. Book l £5.50 Sessions start at 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.15pm and 3.15pm. Tickets l £3.50 l Now pre-bookable!

Friday 2 & Saturday 3 February


Friday 23 & Saturday 24 February

Forest School Tots Fridays 26 January, 9 & 16 February and 2 & 16 March l 10:15 -11.45am Enjoy lots of outdoor fun with your child as they create, explore, build and learn in the natural environment of the museum grounds. £5.50 per child

Flicker and Flash Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 February Learn about electricity circuits and wire your own working model that will light up and flash with a flick of a switch!

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Thursday 18th STITCH A VICTORIAN LAVENDER DOLL Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 10am–1pm, booking required, £35. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: ESIO TROT Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am–11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum Friday 19th & Saturday 20th TINY TALK TIME: THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. Stories & crafts for 2-4 yrs. See website for times, booking required, £3.50. www.wycombemuseum.org


Tiny Talk Time

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Wednesday 17th WINTER GARDEN TOURS Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 11am–noon, free with admission. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

Friday 19th

PEANUT BIRD FEEDERS Natural History Museum at Tring. 10.30am, drop-in, £2. www.nhm.ac.uk/tring

Fun at

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January

WINTER FORESTER WALK Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. See Tues 9th Jan. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

Tuesday 9th

Thursday 11th

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Hands on discovery and amazing science inspired by Roald Dahl’s stories Crawl along Fantastic Mr Fox’s tunnel Investigate minibeasts inside the Giant Peach Explore sound with the BFG Freeze your own shadow and appear on TV Family craft activities: 13 - 15 February Exhibitions, Café, Gift Shop and Garden

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What’s on Saturday 20th DUCKPOND MARKET The Village Green, Chalfont St Giles. 10am–3pm, drop-in, free. www.duckpondmarket.com SATURDAY STORYTIME Aylesbury Library, Walton Street. 11am–12pm, dropin, free. www.buckscc.gov.co.uk Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st PETER PAN Bourne End Community Centre. 2.30pm, booking required, adult £10, child £8. www.forumplayers.com Sunday 21st Cliveden, National Trust

SING-A-LONG BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street. See website for times, booking required, tickets from £15. www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury Thursday 25th Storybook play den at Cliveden

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 11am–noon, booking required £4. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

FOREST SCHOOL TOTS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am–11.45am, booking required, £5.50 www.wycombemuseum.org

PARENTING COURSE: THE EARLY YEARS The Saint James Centre, Gerrards Cross. 9.30am–11.30am, 6-week course, booking required £25. www.saintjames.org.uk

local enthusiasts & hear about our solar system. 6.30pm–9pm, booking required, £9.50. www.greendragonecofarm.co.uk

9 AND 16 FEB

Sunday 28th

Saturday 27th

PEANUT BIRD FEEDERS Natural History Museum at Tring. 10.30am, drop-in, £2. www.nhm.ac.uk/tring Friday 26th CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: THE MAGIC FINGER Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am to 11.30am, 0–3 yrs, booking advised, £3 www.roalddahl.com/museum

SIGNED STORIES DAY Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. All day, with storytelling at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm & 4.30pm, free with Museum entry. www.roalddahl.com/museum

BIRDS & HISTORY TRING RESERVOIR WALK Tring Reservoir, Tring. 10.30am–1pm, 11+ years, donation. www.bbowt.org PETER PAN Bourne End Community Centre. 2.30pm & 6.30pm, booking required, adult £10, child £8. www.forumplayers.com

Tuesday 30th GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street. See website for times, booking required, tickets from £19. www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury

STORIES IN THE STARS Green Dragon Eco Farm, Aylesbury. Spend an evening studying the skies with the help of


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School Holiday Activity days

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Family Activity days

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LOVE YOUR PETS Green Dragon Eco Farm, Aylesbury. The skilled and experienced livestock staff will be hosting a variety of educational and fun experiences Adult £8, child £7 plus farm admission. www.greendragonecofarm.co.uk

Thursday 1st HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL Elgiva Theatre, Chesham. 7.30pm, booking required, tickets from £14. www.elgiva.com

Saturday 10th February to 21st April


ELIZABETH FRINK SCULPTURES TO Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl 21 APR Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. Sculptures of animals, heads and human figures by Elisabeth Frink, well known for her life-sized sculpture of a black horse outside Lloyd’s Bank in Milton Keynes. www.buckscountymuseum.org

PARENTING COURSE: THE PRIMARY YEARS The Saint James Centre, Gerrards Cross. 7.45pm–9.45pm, six week course, booking required £25. www.saintjames.org.uk TODDLER TIME Natural History Museum at Tring 2.30pm–5pm, drop-in, free. Selected dates in Feb, see website for details www.nhm.ac.uk/tring

Sunday 11th A BEASTLY PARTY Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 4pm, 4+ yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum

Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th AWFUL AUNTIE Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary’s Street. See website for times, booking required, tickets from £22. www.wycombeswan.co.uk Friday 2nd CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE AND THE TWITS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am–11.30am, 0-3 yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd TINY TALK TIME: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. Stories & crafts for 2-4 yrs, drop-in, £3.50. www.wycombemuseum.org,uk

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Saturday 10th BOOK FAIR Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre 10am, drop–in, £1. www.gxca.org.uk

GUIDED WALK College Lake, Tring. 10.30am–12.30pm, 11+ years, booking required, £4. www.bbowt.org

COMMUNITY DAY Thomley Centre, Worminghall. See 6th Jan. www.thomley.org.uk ALL SATS IN FEB

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th MAKE A MONSTER CAVE Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. All ages, drop-in, free with museum entry. www.roalddahl.com/museum Wednesday 7th WELLY WEDNESDAY Natural History Museum at Tring. 10.30am–11.15am, 3-5yrs, drop-in, £2. www.nhm.ac.uk/tring Friday 9th CHIDDLERS’ HOUR: GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 10.30am to 11.30am, 0–3 yrs, booking advised, £3 www.roalddahl.com/museum


FOREST SCHOOL TOTS Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 10.15am–11.45am, booking required, £5.50 www.wycombemuseum.org

DISCOVER DAHL’S ARCHIVES Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1pm & 3pm, 8+ yrs, booking advised, £1.50. www.roalddahl.com/museum

Saturday 3rd

SATURDAY STORYTIME Aylesbury Library, Walton Street. 11am–12pm, drop-in, free. www.buckscc.gov.co.uk

PEANUT BIRD FEEDERS Natural History Museum at Tring. 10.30am, drop-in, £2. www.nhm.ac.uk/tring

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FROM BAG TO BEAST Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 2pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 4+ yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th DAILY BEASTS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. Drop-in activity for all ages, free. www.roalddahl.com/museum Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th

STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am–5pm, adult £11, child £8. www.bucksrailcentre.org Monday 12th BOGGLED BOX BEASTS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm 4+yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum HUNTER GAMES Natural History Museum at Tring. 11am–12pm & 2pm–3pm, booking required, £2. www.nhm.ac.uk/tring POTTERY ELEPHANTS & RHINOS Queen’s Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org RHYTHM, RAP & RHYME WITH NEAL ZETTER Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm. 4+ years, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum Monday 12th to Friday 16th BASECAMP MULTI ACTIVITY CAMP Berkhamsted Prep School, Doctor’s Common Road. 9.30am–4.30pm, 5-11yrs, booking required. £35/day or £160/wk. www.berkhamstedbasecamp.co.uk

HALF TERM FUN Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. Celebrate 35 years of Dirty Beasts and 40 years of The Enormous Crocodile! www.roalddahl.com/museum

BEARBROOK SCHOOL BUSY LIVING HOLIDAY CLUB Bearbrook Combined School, Aylesbury. 8am–6pm, booking required. www.busy-living.co.uk

HALF TERM TRAIL Stowe, Buckingham. 10am–5pm, drop-in, free with entry. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

ELANGENI BUSY LIVING HOLIDAY CLUB Elangeni School, Amersham. 8am–6pm, booking required. www.busy-living.co.uk

HALF TERM FUN AT WADDESDON Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury. Adventure trail, 11am–4pm, drop-in, £3. www.waddesdon.org.uk

HALF TERM TRAIL & CRAFTS Ashridge Estate, Berkhamsted. 10am–3pm, drop-in, £3. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge



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What’s on HIBERNATING HEDGEHOGS Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. Make a woodland creature in its own hibernation house. Come along and get crafting in Hughenden’s study–base. 10.30am–4pm, all ages, drop-in, £3. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

WELLY WEDNESDAY Natural History Museum at Tring. 10.30am–11.15am, 3-5yrs, drop-in, £2. www.nhm.ac.uk/tring

FAMILY COOKERY SCHOOL Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury. 11.30am–3.30pm, booking required, £25. www.waddesdon.org.uk

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 11am–noon, booking required £4. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

MINI BASECAMP Haresfoot Campus. 9.30am–4.30pm, 3-5yrs, booking required. £35/day or £160/wk. www.berkhamstedbasecamp.co.uk ORIENTEERING AT CLIVEDEN Cliveden, Taplow. Grab a map and navigate round the very first orienteering adventure in Cliveden’s woods. All ages, drop-in, £2. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden ST JOSEPH’S BUSY LIVING HOLIDAY CLUB St Joseph’s School, Gerrards Cross. 8am–6pm, booking required. www.busy-living.co.uk Tuesday 13th BOGGLED BOXED BEASTS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. 4+yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum FAMILY FUN: SKULDIGGERY! College Lake, Tring. 10am–1pm, all ages, booking required, £5 per child. www.bbowt.org

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Thursday 22nd

Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th

Hibernating Hedgehogs at Hughenden Manor KID’S CROCHET WORKSHOP Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. 11am–12.30pm, suitable for 5+yrs, £5. www.wycombemuseum.org POTTERY SQUIRRELS Queen’s Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org WILD WEDNESDAY Stowe, Buckingham. 10.30am–noon, booking required, £2. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe Thursday 15th GOLDEN FISH AND THE MARMALADE CAT Queen’s Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org

FLICKER AND FLASH 10.30am, 11,30am, 2.15pm & 3.15pm, booking required, £3.50. www.wycombemuseum.org

MAKE A MONSTER CAVE Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. All day, free with Museum admission. www.roalddahl.com/museum

SING–A–LONG BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary’s Street. Tickets from £12.50, booking required, see website for full times and prices. www.wycombeswan.co.uk

REPTILE ROADSHOW Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11am & 1pm, booking advised, £4.50. www.roalddahl.com/museum

SNOWFLAKE OWLS Queen’s Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. 10am–3pm, 7+yrs, booking required, members £18, non-members £20. www.qpc.org Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th EXPLORE WOODLAND CREATURES Natural History Museum at Tring. 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am, 2.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, drop-in, £2. www.nhm.ac.uk/tring

BRAINIAC LIVE Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary’s Street. 2pm, tickets £19.00, booking required, see website. www.wycombeswan.co.uk

FAMILY CRAFT ACTIVITIES Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury. Family drop in craft activities with a different theme each day. 10am–noon and 1pm–3pm. £3/child. www.buckscountymuseum.org Tuesday 13th & Thursday 15th DISCOVER AND MAKE: FLICKER AND FLASH Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. Suitable for 4+yrs, see website for times, booking required. www.wycombemuseum.org Wednesday 14th CROCKADOWNDILLY POTS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. 4+yrs, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum FAMILY FUN: SKULDIGGERY! College Lake, Tring. 10am–1pm, all ages, booking required, £5 per child. www.bbowt.org www.familiesonline.co.uk

ages, free with Museum entry. www.roalddahl.com/museum

Saturday 24th

Sunday 18th MIDEOUS MASKS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. 4+ years, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum STEAMING DAY Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton. 10.30am–5pm, adult £11, child £8. www.bucksrailcentre.org Monday 19th to 30th November EXHIBITION: FROM VICTORIA R: THE ROYAL GIFTS OF HUGHENDEN Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe. 11am –5pm, free with entry. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th THE JUNGLE BOOK Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary’s Street. Tickets from £14.00, booking required, see website for times and prices. www.wycombeswan.co.uk

ATTIC SALE Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre. 9.30am, free, drop-in. www.gxca.org.uk GAME OF CLUES TO 15 – MURDER MYSTERY JUL Cliveden, Taplow. 10am–3pm, 8+yrs, £5/group. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden RHYTHM, RAP AND RHYME WITH NEAL ZETTER Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm, 4+ years, booking advised £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum Sunday 25th MUGGLED UP BEASTS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm. 4+ years, booking advised, £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th WOODLAND ANIMAL SOCK PUPPETS Natural History Museum at Tring. 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am, 2.30pm & 3pm, 5+yrs, drop-in, £2. www.nhm.ac.uk/tring

Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th

TINY TALK TIME: ELMER Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue. Stories & crafts for 2-4 yrs. See website for times, booking required, £3.50 www.wycombemuseum.org.uk



Friday 16th

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CROCKADOWNDILLY POTS Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. 4+yrs, booking advised £3. www.roalddahl.com/museum

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DISCOVER DAHL’S ARCHIVES Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre, Great Missenden. 12pm, 1pm & 3pm, 8+ yrs, booking advised, £1.50. www.roalddahl.com/museum

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