Are you looking for learning activities you can use with your kids at home? There is absolutely tonnes of free stuff online. Lots of charities and organisations create free learning resources for schools, that are curriculum-relevant but also put a different spin on learning. Best of all they are usually created ( I know because I work on some of them) to pick up and run with. You don’t need to be a teacher, or understand the curriculum to use them, and you can be assured that your kids are learning something worthwhile and relevant.Continue reading “Free learning activities”
A new story based activity for Greyhounds in Need about two galgo puppies in Spain. One puppy is adopted by a hunter and the other by a family as a pet. How do you think their lives will be different?Continue reading “NAYMAR OR NICOLAS – WHICH LIFE WOULD YOU CHOOSE?”
VE Day is Friday 8th May – so we (me and the 10 year old) shall be learning all about it at home this week. I thought I’d post the resources I find here – my guess is a lot of parents will be on the same sort of hunt!Continue reading “VE Day activities for home schooling”
It’s been a busy year, and I know this site is desperately in need of some TLC, so bear with me and hopefully, I’ll have some updates on the ‘busyness’ very soon.
I’m really excited and honoured to be working with Paws2Rescue to help develop educational materials for use with children in Romania.
The charity supports private shelters in Romania to help relieve the plight of the thousands of dogs without homes. They provide food, bedding and raise funds for veterinary care and run education and neutering programmes, as well as helping some of these dogs find their forever families.
There is something very satisfying when you see your work in action! This week Greyhounds in Need received some fantastic pictures of children in Spain creating galgo puppets and masks from the resources we developed for their education website. Continue reading “Making an impact! Galgo education”
I’ve been working with Super Developments for about 9 months now! They are an awesome team that specialises in CRM for property businesses. Boring you say? It most definitely isn’t! Continue reading “Super teamwork!”
I’m working with Greyhounds in Need to raise awareness of the education programme and drive visitors to the education website. The latest creation is these ‘website buttons’, which we hope shelters in Spain and their supporters will use on their websites to link to the education.greyhoundsinneed.co.uk
It’s great when I can combine my copywriting and education expertise. A recent project for SumDog had me creating sentences for use in their spelling games. Have you ever tried writing simple sentences for an age range of 6-10 years, with a UK and USA audience? I was pretty good it turns out…
“Sam has been brilliant to work with. She understood our specific brief and delivered exactly what we were looking for. We relied on her to deliver quality copy for our project and were impressed by her writing skill, which allowed us to streamline our processes. She responded well to direction, adapting quickly to new criteria. She efficiently did the same work where in the past we’d used 8 people, and saved us time”.
Faith Limbrick SumDog
Traditionally landlords have sought flexibility and portability in a mortgage product, but now long-term financial security is increasingly appealing.
Limited company buy-to-let mortgage sector set for growth
Hinckley and Rugby Building Society their own Buy To Let limited company proposition as more landlords move their portfolios to a company structure
I like a challenge, and the brief for IT company Technica Solutions to write the copy for their new website was certainly that. Working closely with the client and designer to get a real feel for the tone of their business, I went through a structured process to pin down the language and style the client was aiming for to portray their business. The result is a concise, well-targeted website that will engage their prospective customers. technicasolutions.co.uk If you’re looking for an IT company – these guys are definitely worth a look!
Website design by the talented designstoreltd.com
I am delighted to be working with Wastebuster a not-for-profit, environmental education company assisting with their communications and campaigns in schools.
Today on UN World Environment Day, Wastebuster and Recycle Now are launching an exciting new 30-day challenge in schools, inviting young people to use pester power to engage their families in plastic waste reduction, reuse and recycling and help #beatplasticpollution.
ALL schools can find out more and register to get involved at wastebuster.global
Greyhounds in Need are always looking for ways to engage young people with the galgos (Spanish greyhounds) that often live unhappy lives and are disposed of at the end of the hunting season in Spain, often cruelly and inhumanely. Taking inspiration from a knitting pattern for a galgo coat already on their website, we created a knitting resource for schools, groups and individuals to get knitting for the galgos (available in English and Spanish!).
Knitting has many social, emotional and developmental benefits for young people. It has been shown to improve behaviour, especially in attention and listening, encourages focus and promotes communication skills.Continue reading “Get knitting for the galgos”
Another project launched. I assisted in the development of a new information leaflet designed for families with children and young people on the autism spectrum to help them be dog smart and stay safe. Continue reading “Autism friendly dog safety for kids”
My knowledge of the UK mortgage market is expanding with every article I write for BuyAssociation – an investment consultancy that introduces property-based products to an international community of investors.
First-time buyers choosing 30-year mortgages to reduce monthly costs
Lenders offer attractive deals to combat decline in new mortgage approvals
More focus on mortgage financing options for the older generation
Find out more about the online mortgage revolution
What’s in store for the mortgage market 2018
Mortgage product availability
Future is looking brighter for buy-to-let
Do you need regular engaging content for your website? Get in touch and let’s see how I can help you.
Nancy and the Meerkats Musical Box has launched! Working with the Intellectual Property Office and Fun Kids Radio, we have developed a brand new resource and competition for schools. Nancy’s Musical Box will help children understand copyright, trade marks and the importance of respecting intellectual property.
Nancy and the Meerkats is an audio and animated video series aimed at under 12s telling the story of pop pup Nancy and her backing band, the Meerkats, trying to make it big in the music industry. As she battles her nemesis Kitty Perry, Nancy has to overcome a surprisingly diverse range of intellectual property issues. Continue reading “Nancy & the Meerkats – helping kids understand Intellectual Property”
I’m delighted to be working with Buy Association to populate their blog on a regular basis. My area of specialism is all things relating to the UK mortgage industry for their key audiences. You can read my first blog articles here:
I worked with Digital Storm to help their legal client develop the content for their new website. They knew what they wanted to say, they just didn’t have time to pull the content together. That’s where I came in. I met the client, talked through each page of the website with them and then crafted it into content that was clear and concise. Then I briefed the developer on what copy needed to go where on the site and we were done! Sometimes you just don’t have the time and need someone to make it happen for you.
The Dogs Trust Education team get inundated with information requests about all aspects of the charity’s work. Requesting information on how to work for Dogs Trust is a common enquiry and whilst the UK’s careers information service is currently lacking, any kind of careers support for young people is a welcome resource. Continue reading “Careers Information – animal welfare charities”
A perspective on the British Army’s presence in education https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6321673521860874240
My latest blog article, created for Fells New Forest Property, is live on their site. This was written specifically for use in their social media activity to help drive web traffic. I have also created the content for a newsletter aimed at local residents looking at the local property market in the context of the South West of England. You can read the latest blog here fellsnewforest.co.uk/whats-happening-to-ringwood-property-prices/
I recently conducted some informal research for a local primary school about how a teacher’s voice can influence what a child thinks or feels about them. As a parent I have often heard my 7 year old say that he doesn’t like that teacher because they ‘all they do is shout’, or that teacher ‘just sounds cross all the time’, so it was with interest that I undertook the project. Continue reading “Teachers – your voice matters”
Pretty much anyone can have a go at building a website these days, but creating and developing a GREAT website means that you really have to understand what works! It’s easy to get caught up in the latest design trend at the cost of your content, or to overload your visitors with sound effects, music and video. You do these things with the best intention – to engage your visitors and have an impact – but actually all you manage to do is have the opposite effect. READ my latest article for Mass Media Design here: www.massmediadesign.co.uk/website-dos-and-donts/
Way back in 1997, when I was working as a Junior Account Executive for one of only two education marketing agencies in the country , one of my first clients was the charity Dogs Trust. They approached us as they wanted to encourage the next generation to be responsible dog owners, and schools seemed to be a good place to start.
What we did then was known as educational sponsorship; we produced teaching resources and classroom materials on behalf of our clients. We made them relevant to teachers by ensuring they delivered for the curriculum, and we made them work for our clients with creative ways of conveying their messages. The very first resource we produced for Dogs Trust was a History resource called Dogs in War.
Following Dogs in War we created an English resource, using examples of Dogs Trust advertising to look at persuasive texts; a Business Studies resource focused around running a charity and a Citizenship resource all about rights and responsibilities using peer-led learning. Over the years we created resources for primary schools and preschools all the with the aim of creating a ‘continuum of contact’ with young people. We maximised the opportunities for Dogs Trust learning resources to be used in schools with all ages, and therefore pupils exposure to their key messages.
In 2003, we were challenged with coming up with something different. After many hours around the brainstorming table we had one good idea, but we needed an alternative. I decided to throw in an ‘out there’ idea; let’s send a Dogs Trust person into schools to deliver workshops. Little did I know that this one idea would lay the foundation for their hugely successful schools workshop programme. Today they have 33 education officers and youth trainers delivering classroom lessons, assemblies, workshops, events and 1-2-1 experiences across the UK, teaching young people to Be Dog Smart.
This is my 20th year of working with the Dogs Trust education team, and every year their education offering gets more refined and focused in response to the needs of schools and children. Over the past twenty years together we have produced resources, films, posters, certificates, workshop activities, competitions, websites, research, cuddly toys, games, marketing campaigns and much, much more!
The Dogs Trust education programme is one of the longest running programmes in the UK. They have committed to education and invested in their offering to schools year on year, which is why they have been so successful and why they are a brilliant client to work with. Education communications works best when it is planned and nurtured, and I am privileged to have worked on this programme for so long.