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Winter magazine out now! Going to 35,000 families at our member schools, all raising funds for great causes.


PROMOTION CODING for kids Cypher courses inspire children to learn the language of the future Founder of Cypher coding camps Elizabeth Tweedale believes Cypher is a great way to get your kids ahead of the game: “Our fun and welcoming camps teach children to unlock the code to the future.” For those unfamiliar with it, code is the language of technology, the way the next generation will create and control the world around us. Cypher’s innovative curriculum features intriguing creative themes, including fashion, architecture and Minecraft, so kids are engaged from the moment they arrive. Elizabeth adds: “The brilliant Cypher teachers combine child-focused practice and expert knowledge in computer science. The combination of our creative approach plus the best teaching methods enables students to build on their natural curiosity and enthusiasm whilst genuinely equipping themselves for a more confident and successful future. “We also ensure that each child’s learning progression is tailored to their interests and abilities. Cypher goes beyond the national curriculum for computing and exceeds expectations on what’s possible with technology.” “What’s more, the kids love the snacks and their personalised code passports.” For more information and to see if Cypher is available at your child’s school, contact IS YOUR CHILD FUTURE READY? > Cypher inspires children to learn the language of the future through hands-on exciting coding courses_ 30 ★ W I N T ER 17

INTERVIEW Force of NATURE More than 40 years after he set up Farms for City Children, prolific children’s author Michael Morpurgo tells Susannah Warren how the charity has shaped his work and life and what a difference it’s still making They say everyone has a book in them. Well, Michael Morpurgo is not everyone. The best-selling children’s author has written so many he’s almost lost count - about 150 in total. The latest, Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz, has just been released and retells the magical story through Dorothy’s dog’s eyes. “Dorothy we know and love, but we never know what her little dog thinks of all that is going on,” says the former Children’s Laureate. Animals have often taken centre stage in his books – most famously in his much-acclaimed bestseller War Horse – and he never grows tired of exploring how humans interact with them. “I think [animals] often bring out the best in us because they listen without passing judgement and accept us for who we are without prejudice.” This was part of the thought process behind he and wife Clare’s decision over four decades ago to set up Farms for City Children, a charity aiming to expand the horizons of urban children through living and working on farms. As young primary school teachers, the pair felt that “at best only half of the children were benefitting from their education. The other half were failing, and we were ›› W I N T ER 17 ★ 31


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