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01 Mar

Children’s Mental Health Week

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Children’s Mental Health Week Awareness, Activities and Resources

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an impact on everyone but Children have had a lot taken away from them. From school to seeing their friends and even their out-of-school activities, it has been a lot for them to take on and this has had an impact on them. Therefore, we believe that it is important to acknowledge and deal with the well being of Children.

Supporting the Mental Health of Children From Home

Children have spent the majority of the last year at home and they have suffered from boredom and loneliness. As a result, we need to make sure that we do everything we can to support them from home but how can we do that?

Communicate with them

Explain to children the importance of talking about how they feel. Whether they are angry, sad or experiencing other feelings, helping them to talk about it will enable them to share their worries and feel better about themselves.

Encourage them to do things they like 

Children might be suffering from a lack of motivation because of the situation they find themselves in. Despite this, you should do everything possible to encourage them to do the things that make them happy when they are feeling unhappy or sad. Whether it’s a walk, drawing, reading a book or making a phone call to friends. It’s important to make sure that they can do these things.

Keep a Routine

Children thrive on routine and familiarity because it keeps them feeling safe and secure. Therefore, you should do everything possible to ensure that you keep them in a routine as much as possible. Whether that’s going to bed at the same time, eating at the same time or exercising at the same time, routine gives them structure and something to focus on.

How Intuition Clubs Can Help With Homeschooling and Mental Health

Our tutors are aware of the impact of mental health, so they are constantly providing the support that Children need to ensure that they overcome any problems or challenges that they are facing. We make sure that we provide sessions that are both interactive and immersive, to help give Children something to inspire them. We are running activities to ensure that more awareness is raised around Children’s Mental Health in our sessions and through social media.

There are many options out there that can help to provide the support that Children need when it comes to mental health. There are the likes of Youngminds.org.uk and Place2b.org.uk.

If you are having problems with homeschooling then there is help available through Intuition Clubs. You can try us out for free as we offer free taster sessions for those who are looking to take advantage of our online tuition memberships. We cover years 1 to 9 and provide tutoring for Maths, English, Science, group and individual sessions, while we also cover 11+ exam preparation.

How we’ve made sure to include Children’s mental health awareness into our sessions

During the first week of February our tutors have been doing a great job at rolling out activities focused on building awareness of children’s mental health with our members. The activities have ranged from reflective ‘Letter’s to younger selves’ and ‘Kindness journals’ to comprehension tasks highlighting charities and activists of mental health. We believe that enlightening children on such crucial topics and encouraging them to be considerate of their own mental health is a huge step in the right direction towards a healthier and reflective society – but don’t just take our word for it!

Here is what our tutors had to say about the way the children responded to the work they had been taught over Children’s Metal Health Week:

We used a puppet to replicate conversations people should have. We discussed possible responses when a person is feeling doubt i.e. “I’ll never be as good as her.” S showed some real empathy and gave good suggestions such as ‘..we’re all good at different things and that makes us special..’ “

 

“We ready through the informative piece and it opened our discussion on things that make us feel better. ‘A’ mentioned art and music as soothing activities for himself when he needs a pick me up”

 

“I was impressed with how thoughtful her answers were. I could see she was really trying to reflect on times where she had felt similarly to make her answers relatable and helpful”.

 

“getting the children to record their kind acts of the day was really funny but also such a bright and refreshing way to start the session. The children were really excited when they took turns to read theirs out..”

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: May 10th – May 16ths

Mental Health Awareness week this year runs from the 10th to 16th May 2021, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s theme is ‘Nature’.

 

Why was Nature chosen as a theme?  

During these months of lockdown and isolation, nature has been one of the top coping strategies. Many of us, started going for daily walks in parks and connected with animals and the green spaces around us, with 45% of us reporting that being surrounded by nature had been vital for their mental health wellbeing. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that people started searching for wildlife live videos (which saw an increase in users by a staggering 2000%), as people started having time to connect again with nature around them, noticing and rediscovering it’s beauty and importance in supporting our mental wellbeing.

 

Science proves Nature improves our mental health.

Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to achieve good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. For most of human history, we have lived as part of nature. It is only in the last five generations that so many of us have lived and worked in a context that is largely separated from nature. And it is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits.

 

How spending time outdoors improves Children’s mental Health.

Studies have also demonstrated that it is a necessity for kids to be outdoors and in contact with nature, while some argue that even showing children pictures of nature can improve their wellbeing, those that spend the most time outdoors and in nature are happier, smarter, attentive and less anxious.

 

Benefits of playing in nature for kids:

  • It builds self-confidence, as outdoor play is often less structured than indoors, meaning kids are free to explore their surroundings.  
  • It encourages creativity and imagination as children can design their own games freely.
  • It teaches children responsibility and compassion, they will learn they’ll need to water plants to survive, take care of their pets, they will understand what happens when they cut a flower.
  • It provides different inputs and activates more senses, in nature children can ‘smell, see, hear, touch’, a very different environment from video games.
  • It is a way of doing some physical activity! Walking or hiking in nature is an amazing exercise for kids, which helps them be more focused.
  • It is a wonderland for children, which makes them think and be fascinated about life and various phenomenon around them.
  • It decreases stress and tiredness, in natural setting we use an ‘soft attention’ which creates fascination and positive feelings, the opposite of ‘direct attention’ which is linked to urban environments.

 

Share with us (on social media how you are connecting with nature and what it means to you) #ConnectWithNature, tag us @intuitionclubs.

Since January 2021, we have introduced Science as a free addition to our Maths and English online an in-centre memberships as we believe there are many benefits of children learning science in primary education. If you are interested in learning more about our new science curriculum or learning more about our Online or in centre memberships, you can contact us.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: May 10th – May 16ths

Mental Health Awareness week this year runs from the 10th to 16th May 2021, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s theme is ‘Nature’.

 

Why was Nature chosen as a theme?  

During these months of lockdown and isolation, nature has been one of the top coping strategies. Many of us, started going for daily walks in parks and connected with animals and the green spaces around us, with 45% of us reporting that being surrounded by nature had been vital for their mental health wellbeing. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that people started searching for wildlife live videos (which saw an increase in users by a staggering 2000%), as people started having time to connect again with nature around them, noticing and rediscovering it’s beauty and importance in supporting our mental wellbeing.

 

Science proves Nature improves our mental health.

Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to achieve good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. For most of human history, we have lived as part of nature. It is only in the last five generations that so many of us have lived and worked in a context that is largely separated from nature. And it is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits.

 

How spending time outdoors improves Children’s mental Health.

Studies have also demonstrated that it is a necessity for kids to be outdoors and in contact with nature, while some argue that even showing children pictures of nature can improve their wellbeing, those that spend the most time outdoors and in nature are happier, smarter, attentive and less anxious.

 

Benefits of playing in nature for kids:

  • It builds self-confidence, as outdoor play is often less structured than indoors, meaning kids are free to explore their surroundings.  
  • It encourages creativity and imagination as children can design their own games freely.
  • It teaches children responsibility and compassion, they will learn they’ll need to water plants to survive, take care of their pets, they will understand what happens when they cut a flower.
  • It provides different inputs and activates more senses, in nature children can ‘smell, see, hear, touch’, a very different environment from video games.
  • It is a way of doing some physical activity! Walking or hiking in nature is an amazing exercise for kids, which helps them be more focused.
  • It is a wonderland for children, which makes them think and be fascinated about life and various phenomenon around them.
  • It decreases stress and tiredness, in natural setting we use an ‘soft attention’ which creates fascination and positive feelings, the opposite of ‘direct attention’ which is linked to urban environments.

 

Share with us (on social media how you are connecting with nature and what it means to you) #ConnectWithNature, tag us @intuitionclubs.

Since January 2021, we have introduced Science as a free addition to our Maths and English online an in-centre memberships as we believe there are many benefits of children learning science in primary education. If you are interested in learning more about our new science curriculum or learning more about our Online or in centre memberships, you can contact us.

You can also read our blog, which highlights all the benefits of learning science from a young age here.

11 Feb

Pancake Day: celebrating Shrove Tuesday around the world

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Pancake Day, one of the most anticipated days in the yearly calendar in the UK. While we all know it as Pancake Day, it is also known as Shrove Tuesday and is a Christian Festival. This festival is celebrated before the beginning of Lent Sunday. Based on the word Shriving, it relates to listening to the sins of someone and forgiving them.

Why is it Celebrated?

During Anglo Saxon times in England, people would go to church on Shrove Tuesday, where they would confess their sins and be forgiven, with a bell being rung for people to attend confession. The bell was known as the Pancake Bell.  So, this special day was also the day where people would use up all of their eggs and fats and it is from this mix of ingredients that pancakes were made!

So, it has now become a tradition in the UK to get together as a family or with friends to enjoy making pancakes. From this has come the famous pancake tossing which has been perfected by some and still remains a challenge for many but, either way, it is all part of the fun associated with this wonderful festival.

The UK Traditions

Pancake day is now a day where people enjoy pancakes and getting creative with their culinary delights. Traditionally, lemon and sugar were once enjoyed but now there is a wealth of toppings that give the children the opportunity to get creative. They can mix ice cream with chocolate sauce or use golden syrup…. the possibilities are endless!

Another tradition is Pancake racing where participants have to race while flipping a pancake as they run, of course, this becomes a race that’s filled with laughter and mishaps!

How About the Rest of the World?

Denmark

In Denmark, they celebrate Pancake Day on the Sunday before Lent begins. It’s known as Fastelavn and they will eat Danish style buns with cream and jam. Children will dress up too, giving the day a different dimension!

Canada

Pancakes are made with objects that have a symbolic value in them. This could include wedding rings, buttons or coins. Whoever finds the coin will be richer and the one to find the wedding ring will be the first to get married.

France

Known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, people will wear masks and disguise themselves. In Nice, the carnival will last for ten days and is an event that has parades, concerts, acts and more.

Spain

Here they start the celebrations early on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday. It is also known as the Day of the Omelette and here they will use ingredients from their pantries such as meat and bread before eating together, with the main dish being an omelette.

Italy

Public parades are common on Pancake Day in Italy. People will take to the streets and celebrate together while they can also indulge in Chiacchiere which are savoury sweets that are made from flour and fried before benign coated in powdered sugar.

Pancake Recipe

Making pancakes is great fun for the family and an activity that children can learn from. Use the opportunity to ask them to count the ingredients and weigh them while they can write down the steps they take to make them.

Once the pancakes have been made, set them a challenge to decorate them using anything they want!

Ingredients

For the pancake mixture

  • 110g/4oz plain flour, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 200ml/7fl oz milk mixed with 75ml/3fl oz water
  • 50g/2oz butter

To serve

  • caster sugar
  • lemon juice
  • lemon wedges
Pancake recipe

Recipe tips

Method

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl with a sieve held high above the bowl so the flour gets an airing. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs – any sort of whisk or even a fork will do – incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.
  2. Next gradually add small quantities of the milk and water mixture, still whisking (don’t worry about any lumps as they will eventually disappear as you whisk). When all the liquid has been added, use a rubber spatula to scrape any elusive bits of flour from around the edge into the centre, then whisk once more until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now melt the 50g/2oz of butter in a pan. Spoon 2 tbsp of it into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.
  3. Now get the pan really hot, then turn the heat down to medium and, to start with, do a test pancake to see if you’re using the correct amount of batter. I find 2 tbsp is about right for an 18cm/7in pan. It’s also helpful if you spoon the batter into a ladle so it can be poured into the hot pan in one go. As soon as the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over with a pan slice or palette knife – the other side will need a few seconds only – then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.
  4. Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.
  5. To serve, sprinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar, fold in half, then in half again to form triangles, or else simply roll them up. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice and extra sections of lemon.

If you are having problems with homeschooling then you can try us for free. We offer a free taster session and we cater for Year 1 to Year 9. We cover Maths, English and Science as well as group and individual sessions. We also offer 11+ exam preparation using modern teaching methods. All of our prices are affordable, so get in touch with us on hello@intuitionclubs.com to book your free session.

13 Jan

The importance of Science in Primary Education

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Education is for life, and from an early age Science plays an integral role. Learning and understanding scientific concepts in primary schools helps children to succeed as adults. It teaches students valuable principles and ideas that will help them to understand the world around them.  Not everyone will become a Scientist, Biologist, Chemical Engineer or Zoologist, however, there are many benefits of learning Science in primary school.

 

We’ve highlighted 3 key benefits of learning Science from an early age:

1. Science develops critical thinking

Science offers children the opportunity to develop their analytical and methodological thinking skills. Even in primary science, students are taught to think critically, evaluate situations, and make clear judgements. These skills are essential in the study of other subjects and are great skills to have outside the classroom as well.

2. Science enhances a students’ passion for learning

Let us be honest, Science is fascinating and wondersome for most adults, why shouldn’t it be for children? There are infinite theories and topics; there is so much to learn and discover within this subject. Science encourages children to love learning new topics and develops their curiosity for the world around them. It is a fun subject for students at this age, as they experience the thrill and excitement of learning about the animal world, plant cycles, states of matter and much more.

3. Science offers various and many different career paths.

The world of science is constantly changing and developing and provides thousands of different prospective careers to choose from. In fact, there are many career opportunities in this field: ranging from Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Medicine and more. It is crucial that children are exposed to this subject from an early age, as it may be their first introduction to their future career!

Adding Science as a free addition to our Maths and English online an in-centre memberships. If you are interested in learning more about our new science curriculum or learning more about our Online memberships, you can contact us.

21 Dec

Christmas at inTuition Clubs!

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This Christmas, we are celebrating the holiday season at inTuition Clubs in style! We’ve decorated our centre from head to toe with Christmas ornaments and fairy lights whilst running a social media advent calendar with giveaways and free Maths and English worksheets.

 

At inTuition Clubs, classes always start with a 15-minute starter activity which creates a positive space and engages the children to participate in the session while having a little fun while at the same time.

This Christmas, the starters activities, consist of magical word games, Christmas word searches, holiday rhymes and more! 

Austin and Olivia at inTuition Clubs during Christmas

In the Club House, our students are encouraged to develop their soft skills, this month we have a range of Christmas colouring sheets and handmade decorations to colour in and put on our beautiful Christmas tree! 

 

Here you can see two of our students Austin and Olivia, proudly showing us their Christmas decorations! All our parents can admire their children’s creativity, in our reception area, by our lovely Christmas Tree! 

 

You are all invited to come and see!

 

Santa is stopping by at inTuition Clubs this year! He is hand-delivering our sticker chart prizes this December! If you’re not familiar with our sticker chart system; when joining one of our courses, each child is given a personal sticker chart. After class, every child could be rewarded with a sticker from their tutor if they had an excellent session!

Once a child collects and reaches one of our sticker milestones, they can pick one of our amazing prizes; we have toys, books, colouring sets and more! So, have you been a good student at inTuition this year? Do not forget to collect your present under the tree if you have collected 10, 25 or 50 stickers so far!

 

Staff members at inTuition are also jolly, this December they loved taking part in Secret Santa and exchange gifts. It was a magical time to share the joy and celebrate together with an incredible team passionate about education. 

We are proud to be offering the gift of education to our pupils and we are dedicated to increasing their confidence and enhancing their academic results.

 

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Thank you for reading our latest blog, the inTuition clubs team wishes you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!