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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-Jun-13 16:24:43

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to enabling top researchers to achieve extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. Some of the Trust's current projects include exploring how the latest developments in neuroscience (the science of how our brains work) can help improve how children learn, at home or in the classroom. You can read more about this work on the Wellcome Trust's blog.

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- What aspect of your child's school experience (if any) do you think could most be improved by neuroscience? You might want to consider, for example, how the teacher talks to the children, the activities the children take part in, or the materials they study...

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 19-Jun-13 10:49:00

Hi all - thank you so much for posting on this thread - The Wellcome Trust really appreciate all of your comments.

I'm pleased to announce that the winner of the prize draw for a £50 Amazon voucher is...

dahville - congratulations! I'll PM you to get your details.

dahville Wed 19-Jun-13 14:03:43

Thanks very much!

pussinwellyboots Fri 21-Jun-13 06:16:19

- Which activities or products (if any) have you come across which are designed to boost your child's learning? And how effective (or otherwise) have you found them?
Mainly by having lots of books and a wide variety of toys in the house. Also lots of the Orchard Toys games eg Dotty Dionosaurs has been good for helping learn shapes and colours.

- Have you tried anything yourself to improve or enhance your child's learning? If so, what have you tried? And what influenced your decision to try that activity/product? How effective (or otherwise) do you think it has been?
Various activity classes (tumble tots/swimming lessons/toddler French singing) - mainly just going to a wide variety of places and participating in a variety of activities.

- What aspect of your child's school experience (if any) do you think could most be improved by neuroscience? You might want to consider, for example, how the teacher talks to the children, the activities the children take part in, or the materials they study...
I'm sure that there is a lot of research that if applied would improve the quality of education on offer. DS1 (4) has been benefitting from activities used at school to improve his motor skills.

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