Seven movies you should watch at home this summer

Some of you will be feeling a void in your viewing window now that Love Island is over. It is so sad. I am not judging. In fact I wouldn’t dream of it as I have over the years succumbed to many television programmes that others find extremely pointless.

I watched the first episode of Love Island just to see what the hype was about. I saw beautiful visions of Aphrodite, their smooth bodies clad only in #isawitfirst swimwear, arriving at a luxury villa ... in an open top car ... in heels! Conclusion: they definitely made an entrance. 

An incredibly intelligent friend of mine who hadn’t tuned in to Love Island in previous years, deeming it to be a waste of time, did get hooked this season. She assured me that actually it was good and rather addictive: a fantastic psychological experiment unfolding over 50 episodes or so. I am afraid to say that I am still not convinced, but for those of you who are suffering from Love Island withdrawal now that it’s all over, I bring you some movies that are a little more cerebral. IMHO these are worth investing two hours of your child's time in, and yours if you have time to watch together.

Four of the films are PG and three are 12A films. Films classified 12A contain material that is not generally suitable for children aged under 12: a younger child could see this in a cinema, but they could only do so if accompanied by an adult. My top tip here is ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS read the Parent’s Guide on IMDB for information about sex and nudity, alcohol, drugs, frightening scenes, violence, gore etc. The bottom line with this list: you have to call the shots depending on the age of your children and what you think is suitable. 


7 Gems of Wisdom: Movies you should watch at home this summer


100 Foot Journey (PG)

A young man from India with extraordinary culinary talents finds himself settling in a small French village with his family where they decide to open a restaurant. 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred French eatery. Culture clash and friendship unfold with an understanding that will change both sides forever. Trailer

Wonder (PG)

Based on the book, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, which affects the development of bones and other facial tissues. He enters mainstream school for the first time in fifth grade and faces problems fitting in, but his journey eventually unites all and proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Trailer

The Great Escape (PG)

In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft III, a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the finest escape team in military history was assembled and they worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. Based on a true story. An old film - but a great one. Trailer

Life of Pi (PG)

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. Together they face nature's majestic grandeur and fury on an epic journey of discovery. Trailer

One Chance (12A)

The true story of Paul Potts, a shop assistant who became a phenomenon after appearing on Britain's Got Talent. A life-affirming film about a shy, small town boy who, with a flip of the coin, changed his life forever. Inspirational. Trailer

Gifted (12A)

A single man raises his spirited young niece who has amazing mathematical abilities. She is … gifted. Trailer

The Good Lie (12A)

Four Sudanese children are orphaned after their village is massacred in the Second Sudanese Civil War. They trek across the savanna facing hardship, sacrifice and death to a refugee camp in Kenya. Years later, they are among several thousand selected for resettlement in America. Trailer


That's all I have for you this week but I do hope that you are enjoying the summer. And PLEASE, if your children would like to win a Waboba Ball, don’t forget this:

If you order (or have ordered in the past) Revision Fun for Clever Kids or Maths Fun for Cool Kids, take a picture of the book - your child with it perhaps - adding #learnwiththeyak, and post it on instagram for the chance to win a Waboba ball!!! 

You will be entered into a draw in which one name will be pulled out at random to win a Waboba ball of your choice, (either the Lava Ball, the Moon Ball, the Blast or the Extreme). Closing date for entries, August 11th, 2019.

Bye for now, 


PS Never say never! I might find myself tuning in to Love Island 2020!