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JUICY RIBENA FOOTAGE! One sunny day, 12 families visited the British farms where the blackcurrants for Ribena squash are grown. Find out what happened here. And introducing Ribena Juiced Up! – which counts as one of your five-a-day – available in most Tesco stores from 9 August.
Hello from Mumsnet Towers...
If you've got a child due to start preschool, primary or secondary school, you should have received one of our starting-school emails by now. If you missed yours (or fancy getting alpha-mummyishly ahead of the game for next year), you can read them on our Education pages.
Still with the reading reccs, check out children's laureate Anthony Browne's (gorilla-heavy) answers to your Qs – and don't even think of packing that suitcase without consulting our hottest-for-the hols booklist thread.
Now for this week's parenting news...
GPs 'should have a bigger role in antenatal care': Family doctors should be more involved in pregnancy care, say researchers at leading thinktank the King's Fund. In a new report, they argue that GPs could more easily pick up on complications, such as obesity, heart disease and mental health problems, which are responsible for one maternal death a week. GP care of pregnant women has declined steadily over the past 30 years, in favour of midwife or consultant-led care. But, given better training, say the researchers, GPs could make a bigger contribution – particularly in the first trimester. (BBC News 04.08.10; join the Talk discussion)
Slight improvement in Sats: Results for this year's primary-school Key Stage 2 Sats show a small rise in the number of 11-year-olds achieving the 'expected' level 4 for maths and English. But the results are incomplete, as a quarter of all primary schools boycotted the tests as part of a teaching unions' protest. Of the 420,000 pupils who did sit the tests, 81% got level 4 in English (up from 80% last year), while 80% reached level 4 in Maths (up from 79%). Girls did better than boys in the English tests but there was no gender difference in the results for Maths. (BBC News 03.08.10; join the Talk discussion)
WIN A £100 AMAZON VOUCHER AND A CADBURY HAMPER! The new Cadbury Buttons website, designed for families with children aged three to seven, needs your feedback. Post your views and you could win a £100 Amazon voucher and a Cadbury hamper.
Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: Poledra solves the vexing problem of where to store your child's artwork: "I have this big green box in my porch - it's called the recycling bin..."
This month's prizes are:
GET SET FOR SCHOOL WITH THE TOPSY AND TIM START SCHOOL iPHONE APP. Through a fun, interactive story, packed with six great games and activities, your child is encouraged to role-play his or her first day at school. Available to download now from the App Store.
Aitch's TV round-up: Roger and Val Have Just Got In, Fri 6 Aug, BBC2, 9pm
With Dawn French and Alfred Molina in the starring roles, this has got to be worth a look. The idea came from French herself: she wanted television to feature a couple in a functional marriage for once (<coughs> spot of wish fulfilment there, Dawnie?). Writers Beth and Emma Kilcoyne (of Live! Girls! Presents Dogtown, a League of Gentlemen-a-like from a few years ago) have, by all accounts, turned out a series of real-time playlets that are, y'know, 'gently amusing'. That can be critic code for 'not funny', of course, but only time will tell....
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.
Recipe of the week: YumYumMummy's tabbouleh with halloumi
A lovely, herby, healthy salad, topped with salty slithers of warm halloumi. Tis a veritable summer hols on a plate...
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?
That's all, folks. We're off for a fortnight's break - back (in frantic nametaping mode) on 26 August.
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