Editor's letter

22nd October 1999 at 01:00
This issue of TES Primary brings you darkness and light. In so many ways, this has been a dark century, with cruelty, war and devastation made more extreme and visible by technology.

We wondered how to deal with this in our Millennium Frieze, without either presenting pictures that would be horrifying to young children or glossing over the whole thing. So this month's panel of the frieze focuses on those who have tried to bring light into the darkness - people such as Nelson Mandela, Anne Frank and Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi.

One of the century's darkest hours was World War One, but Alan Wilkinson's article (page 8) about his children's literacy workshops that use the letters between a boy at the Front and a girl back home, bring both light and a light touch to a potentially heavy subject. And it shows the power and importance of being able to write (still a weakness among 11-year-old boys, according to this year's test results).

Finally, moving completely into the light, our extravaganza featuring religious festivals as well as the science of light (page 17) will be a feast for your eyes, and should help you prepare for the season ahead.

Diane Hofkins Editor, TES Primary

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