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09 Jun

Instagram for kids? How to keep children safe online

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There are a variety of issues surroundings online safety for children, and it is very important we teach them how to recognise dangerous situations and protect themselves online.

Kids Mode On Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge has launched a ‘Kids Mode’ which aims at keeping children under 12 safer on the internet. With Kids Mode, parents can customize what their children, can and cannot access, provide them with a more enriching and safer web experience, give permission to specific pages or approve children requests to see new sites. Parents can also lock their passwords, so sensitive data information is not shared by children inadvertently.

Kids Mode Features:

  • A safer experience just for kids: children will have a safer browsing experience with pre-selected kid-friendly sites and security settings.
  • News for kids: the browser contains a news page specially designed for kids! Which allows them to learn about the world around them in an age-appropriate way. Designed for kids 9-12
  • Age-appropriate content: there are two settings for younger and older kids parents can set up: 5-8 and 9-12.

Misleading information: It is important to teach children to distinguish between facts and fiction.

Due to lockdown, children have found themselves online for much longer periods than before. While the internet has enabled children to continue their education online in these uncertain times, it is crucial to keep them safe.

Instagram for kids

As educators and online primary school tuition provider, we often remind children to not share personal information online and if something does not feel right to speak to an adult.

We have the responsibility of teaching them the internet can be a great place to extract information and learn from, however, we also acknowledge the fact that some of the information they find can be ‘fake’ and not real. We want to ensure that from a young age they can distinguish between real and fake news, we encourage them to question a piece of news, research profusely before deciding on the reliability of the information they found online.

Fake news can have a very negative impact on mental health, and this is not only for children but also for adults, we often watch informational videos and let children do interactive research during our class starter activities to develop their critical thinking and guide them through the process of recognising real information opposed to non-relevant one.

Sometimes social media reality can also be distortive and represent a fake reality, this creates a picture of lifestyle and beauty that is often non-realistic and children’s well as adults need to be aware that what they see could well possibly be orchestrated.

Parents should also encourage children to be inquisitive and have an understanding of the repercussions related to fake news that can affect children. While these can differ, from unnecessary worries to more serious anxiety problems or more. Considering the current circumstances children can feel worried about Covid-19 and fake news about that, along with usual problems created by social media fake reality and body image.

Tips for parents to help children distinguish between fake and real news and stay safe online

Parents should encourage children to:

  • Be like Sherlock Holmes! Always check their sources, not once but at least twice. To not trust just one piece of an article online, but instead double-check the information given is correct and do additional research both online on the internet, newspapers and books!
  • Not accept strangers friend requests on social media platforms and games! Online friends may not be real friends and children should know they should be considered strangers as anyone can hide behind a fake account or picture.
  • Ask for help when unsure about something online, make sure they know they can come to you or another trusted adult if something does not feel right if an image they found is disturbing or they are receiving unwanted messages. A good idea is also to enable Safe Search Settings and built-in parental controls on laptops and consoles the children have access to. An example of safe browsers for kids: (Pikluk, Kidoz, ZAC, KidzSearch, Kidzui, Maxthon, KidSurf, KidSplorer, Microsoft Edge Kids Mode).
  • Explain your children to be careful and try avoiding sharing content online, have a discussion with them on what they can post or not post. Also, explain to them the importance of checking what they are re-sharing on their social media accounts as certain content can be fake or damaging to others.
  • Keep an open conversation with your children about the internet, spend time with them online and see what websites they visit, ask questions about what they are watching, always explain the positives and negatives of the internet and make sure children know they can come to you should they need support with an online situation.

Cyberbullying has increased – How we can prevent it

Cyberbullying is a serious problem which has seen an increase in recent months. Many believe this is also related to the increasing amount of time we spend online and our reliance on technology during the global lockdown.

Children attend online classes, meet their friends and family on video calls and rely on the net to keep occupied and express their creativity in this time of social distancing measures. It is important they know how to act when facing a ‘Cyber Bully’, below are some tips on how they can stop cyberbullying.

Instagram for kids

Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying for children

  • You should know it is not your fault! If someone is persistently being nasty and cruel to you, this is a bully. You should not blame yourself. No one deserves to be treated bad and cruelly.
  • Try not to answer or retaliate. Bullies often want a reaction from you, so they think they are in power. Do not empower them, if you can find a way out of the situation. To remove yourself from an online bully block them and report them and if you cannot do it yourself, ask an adult for help.
  • Take screenshots and save pictures of what’s happening. Cyberbullying uses online devices therefore make sure to capture evidence and show it to someone you trust that can help you. Cyberbullying is taken seriously by the law and bullies face penalties for their behaviour.
  • Tell the bully to stop! If you want you can choose to tell the bully to stop and make it clear that you will not tolerate the bully’s behaviour anymore, ask a trusted adult or friend to support you in this if you want.
  • If the situation is persisting, ask for help! If you need help processing your feelings or resolving the situation speak to a trusted person.
  • Use all the Tech tools available to you: Block and report, if the threats you are receiving are of physical harm call the police and report to your school authorities, the police is there to stop the cyberbullies!
  • Keep your account details private and secure, do not share login information with anyone and ensure your phone has a pin password.

If you are reading this and you know somebody is being bullied, ACT!  Be there for your friend and take a standpoint against the bully. If you are not able to stop the bully be there and support your friend by listening. If you know someone who is being bullied and it is not your friend, still offer support and at minimum do not take the bully’s side.

Cyberbullying advice for parents

Most children do not mention to their parents they are being cyberbullied or bullied, so if your child is open about the issue, listen to your child and try to find a solution together. Changes in sleeping behaviour or your child being reluctant to go to school, or if you see your child nervous around a laptop or phone; may indicate your child is targeted by bullies. However, do not simply assume this is the case, hear your child and see their perspective.

  1. The suggestion is always for the parent to start a conversation with their child and try and find out more details on why for example they are nervous when on their phone. You can also ask them directly if anyone is being mean to them, try and get a full picture of what is happening so you can help your child effectively.
  2. Work together with your child to find a solution, keep them in the loop. If you are having talks with others in regard to the bullying, let your child know. Cyberbullying often involves a ‘loss of dignity’ or control over a social situation, if you involve your child in uncovering a solution, this facilitates the regaining of that. It is about your child’s life so make sure they are involved in finding a solution to the problem.
  3. As a parent, think it carefully and do not rush a response to the bully. Cyberbullies aim to exclude and get the victim marginalised, therefore a rushed public response to the bully or even a secret meeting with school authorities becoming public can make your child even more marginalised. Plan your response carefully and work closely with the authorities to deliver this in the best way.
  4. Make sure to get more than one perspective, your child could be honest about what happened but sometimes ‘one person truth isn’t necessarily everybody’s.’ Often kids get involved in chain reactions and there could be more than one side to the story, so be open-minded for this.
  5. Listen to your child, often listening is what victims need the most, having someone to talk to and support them through this difficult time can make a difference and help them heal.

Focus on restoring your child’s confidence self-respect and resilience, at times this means your child needs to stand up to the bully sometimes not, listen to your child and support them through whatever way they choose to overcome the situation. More information on defeating cyberbullying can be found here: https://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Cyberbullying-guidance2.pdf

Instagram for Kids – why experts want to stop it.

Facebook has expressed plans to introduce Instagram Kids, developed specifically to cater and target under 13s, this has caused an outcry from many public health experts and child advocacy groups, who are requesting these plans to be halted.

YouTube Kids similarly launched a Kids version a couple of years ago, why is Instagram Kids creating a much higher concern?

Firstly, Facebook (an umbrella company for Instagram) has failed, historically and in many ways to protect younger audiences, this has happened with Messenger Kids, where a bug in the system, allowed children to access adult group chats.

Secondly, the use of social media and ‘screen-time’ in pre -teens and teenagers has been linked to issues around body image, bullying, self-esteem, sleep problems and depression by health experts.

What is the purpose of launching Instagram kids? Do kids really need it to connect with their family and friends or is it just a camouflage to collect their personal information and interests so Facebook can target them with ads and exploit them? Is this a disguised move to gather more information on children demographics and create more revenue for Facebook?

The argument above seems to stand for many, because in so many ways children are not going to benefit from being on the platform. It is thought that most of the content on social media platforms is ‘consumerist’, with around 4% of it being educational. The app is also structured to be ‘addictive’ because of its likes structure, getting a like = dopamine release, which can be concerning especially for children suffering of ‘screen addiction’ or potentially being introduced to it. (the screen time recommended for children is around 2 hours per day).

Why Instagram Kids is not a good idea.

  • It can create screen addiction!
  • It puts them at risk: on the platform, they will be posting selfies/pictures, messaging others, how can we guarantee this is safe?
  • It can cause the body image/ mental health related issues. Instagram focuses on self-representation, appearance, and branding; young children may not be able to understand what it is appropriate to share on social media. They may also not recognise between fake and real and will try to imitate or feel the pressure to align and conform, to standards they see on the platform.

Instagram has stated that they will make the platform safe and age-appropriate for children. However, truth is, Instagram Kids will never be 100% safe for children under 13.

19 May

SATs are cancelled, but children should still study for them!

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SATs stand for ‘Statutory Assessment Tests’.

If you have a child at primary school in Britain, or you are the child at primary school reading this then hopefully you are aware of SATs. This year the tests will not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, children should still be encouraged to prepare for them as if they were happening. Whether you are already clued up on the matter or need to know a bit more about them then this blog is here to take you through step-by-step and give you the inside information about these types of exams. In this post, we provide tips and advice on preparation, break down what you can expect from each level, and look at how both parents and children can work in tandem for a positive outcome.

What exactly are SATs?

As eluded to above, the letters themselves actually stand for Statutory Assessment Tests.

However, they are known as National Curriculum Tests to the education authority. They are carried out in UK schools by the Standards & Testing Agency and both descriptions are commonly used terms and each accurate in their own right.

SATs provide education regulators evidence that each school is teaching correctly and the teachers themselves along with parents can track, monitor, and measure the children’s progress. These standardised tests are actually known as End of Key Stage Tests and Assessments but typically referred to as SATs for general purpose.

When do you take them?

SATs are national tests that children take twice during their primary school journey on separate occasions spaced out at different ages. Firstly, at the end of Key Stage 1 (KS1) in Year 2, and then further down the development and learning road, at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) in Year 6.

SAT exams

What is the main objective of SATs?

SATs are predominantly an indicator of the progress your child has made at school so far. They are also a measurement of teaching standards in that particular school but this is a secondary aim. The primary focus is the progression and developmental monitoring of the child. SATs basically show what level your child is currently working to and are not intended as a measure of whether your child is passing or failing.

Are SATs suitable or controversial?

The answer is they can be both, depending on which perspective you come from. Every year, there is a debate about the effectiveness of SATs, whether this is warranted is up to you to decide. The best advice is to find out your child’s preferred learning methods and support them during the build-up to the exams as it can be a lot of pressure for young pupils. Is it best practice to give such young students tests where they are assessed against the national expectancies? Here are some examples of why they are scrutinized intensely each year by some:

  • Increase in anxiety and depression in students recently (even panic attacks)
  • SATS offers a very limited way of assessing the right school for your child – they don’t take into consideration sport, arts, attitude towards kindness, pastoral care, and extracurricular activity.
  • May cause an over-focus on English and math while ignoring science
  • Can encourage schools to work against each other rather than working together
  • High stakes limit the chances of exploration in the classroom, pressure of having to perform

SATs have undergone structural changes in recent years, maybe due to increased criticism from parents and known organisations. In light of this, having previously been marked using ‘levels’, national SATs results are to be reported only in the form of scaled scores and have been this way since 2016.

The practice in exam technique and doing tests is a useful skill to develop. It is worth bearing this in mind if you find yourself against the SATs because if nothing else they do represent an opportunity to gain valuable experience for what is to come further down the road in terms of GCSE’s and A-levels.

What to expect from SATs at KS1

KS1 tests are assessed by teachers therefore there is no external marking. The only exceptions are the occasional random ones for moderation purposes. The tests themselves are typically informal, in a bid to reduce unnecessary pressure on young pupils. In Years 3, 4, and 5, some schools choose to have children take optional SATs, which enable teachers to assess a child’s progress, however, the results from these tests are not recorded nationally. KS1 SATs are split into the following sections:

What to expect from SATs at KS2

Pupils sit their second set of SATs at KS2 level in Year 6. In contrast to the previous tests, these ones are more formal than those taken in KS1. For example, they will have set exam days as well as external marking in the majority of schools around the country. KS2 SATs are split into the following subjects:

At both KS1 and Ks2 levels, pupils are encouraged and taught towards reaching and achieving the national standard. The national standard score for both is currently set at 100.

When Do We Get SATs Results?

 Once the KS1 and KS2 SATs are complete, the latter will be sent away for external marking and children should receive their results towards the end of the summer term in July of Years 2 and 6 respectively. You will receive a report stating your child’s scores in the following format:

Raw score (Marks achieved in their SATs)

Scaled score (A year-on-year comparison conversion score)

Expected standard (National standard or below)

Consequences of failure

 

Individually 

There is no automatic, direct consequence for dropping below national standards and a (state, non-selective) secondary school most certainly cannot refuse to accept a pupil based on KS2 data. So it isn’t the scores that count, but what they represent. Poor literacy impacts across the curriculum at secondary so being able to say what you mean in written format is really helpful.

If you don’t ‘reach the expected standard’ then nothing terrible happens. Not achieving national standards doesn’t affect your school place. The only knock-on effect it may result in is which set you are initially placed in for some subjects at secondary school, but many schools use CATs or assessments in the first few weeks for this purpose. A decent well-governed school should adjust sets as and when needed in year 7.

 

For the school

The primary school is anxious because it is judged by its pupils’ SATs results. This is very much not your problem of course so do not allow yourself or your child to stress over it.

SATs results

It will affect the base measure that a secondary school is measured on for progress made at GCSE. Underachieving against ability in SATs may mean that less is ‘expected’ at secondary and so interventions aren’t done. (Though similarly overachieving may mean the child is told they are under-performing throughout secondary).

 

The results will be given to the child’s secondary school – and how they are used will very much depend on the school. They could be used to set/stream the child; to set GCSE targets; even, if it’s a poor school, to limit GCSE options. A good school, however, will do its own assessments, and take the KS2 data with a pinch of salt.

How, as a parent, to support the preparation for SATs?

The good news is that a lot of this will be covered in class but you still have an important role to play. It is vital that you give your child the best opportunity to express their abilities by nurturing an environment where they can excel. Additional home learning and preparation will be key to the overall outcome, as will planning and revision structure assistance where and when required. Ultimately if you are a source of support, guidance and there to provide a boost to your child’s confidence and self-esteem you will have done your part. Why not try the following as a base;

  • Set up a revision timetable and ensure they stick to it
  • Keep a positive attitude. Yes, SATs are important but if you stress about your child’s upcoming tests, it might rub off on them.
  • Vary their learning with different methods and techniques
  • Allow them breaks
  • Revising little and often; asking children to concentrate for 45 minutes requires practice, so don’t overwhelm them.
  • Offer learning-based challenges and incentives
  • Take SATs practice papers. Practice papers will go a long way in helping to familiarise your child with the types of questions they might come across.
  • Maintain a normal routine and don’t build pressure

How crucial are the practice papers for revision and preparation?

SATs practice tests cover all the topics your child will need to know for the real exams. They are updated regularly to ensure that they are current and accurate. Detailed mark schemes are included. And are hugely beneficial. This also allows the opportunity to practice the most important aspect of all which is reading over your answers.

Double-checking what you have written down is imperative and needs to be drilled into your child’s mind by both the teacher and you as parents. Reading the question thoroughly at least twice before answering it and once again after drafting an answer for assurance is equally as important and scanning your overall submissions at the end of the test paper.

Below are just some of the of using practice papers as part of your child’s exam preparation:

  • Improve time management
  • Identify knowledge gaps
  • Track progress
  • Recognise question types

What SATs preparation materials can I get in advance?

 Try not to bombard them or overwhelm them at what can be a difficult time. The usefulness of material items and indeed words of wisdom from the parent will come down to the individual style of learning and how the child prefers to revise and prepare. That being said, a general guide for prep materials for the SATs exam could include:

  • A study planner
  • A SATs reading list
  • Incentives
  • Practice SATs exam papers
  • A grammar checker
  • Research helpful websites and blogs to share
  • Flashcards

Encourage Variety

It is also important to encourage variety in the way in which students prepare for the SATs. Often when students are most excited about a topic, they produce their best work. If they come to loathe revision because it’s just the same thing day in, day out, it is likely that they could spend time studying without taking things in. Examples of adding variety to their preparation could be incorporating days out or fun activities into the students’ day – e.g. working out how much the total cost of what they have bought out is.

Don’t neglect the basics

Focus on the basics. There might be a lot to cover in SATs but it really is important that the student is familiar with the core concepts of their subjects. This is a little more tricky for science-based subjects – but it’s fair to say that measurements will be useful and a great tip is to centre learning around the human body (how do humans relate to food, plants, materials, circuits). In maths, this form of preparation would take the shape of familiarisation with the times tables – as multiplication is crucial to feeling confident in this subject. If the student understands multiplication fully, it is likely they will understand division, addition, and subtraction too. For English, this really comes down to the students’ ability to read and write. What is most important is that the student can adequately express themself. Second, to this is an understanding of how the English language works.

The value of reading

It may sound too simplistic, however, for English – the best preparation may in fact be reading. When a student comes across a text and reads it, they are building the foundation for understanding all the concepts that an English lesson will introduce to them. Whether they can spell words freely or not, they are getting a grasp of how these words can be used in a sentence and how people or the text responds to that. Further, they start to identify pronouns without knowing what a pronoun is, the same is in effect for all the technical language of English. This means, more often than not, that the more a student reads and is familiar with more complex texts, the quicker they will pick up new concepts within the subject of English. When a student opens the SATS paper, they want to be sure they understand every word exactly – then they can see what every question is asking them with accuracy.

16 Apr

Encourage A Young Writer Day

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April 10th, Encourage a Young Writer Day

April 10th 2021, celebrates ‘Encourage A Young Writer Day’, this is such an important day for us at inTuition Clubs, with all our tuition programmes for children, we aim to inspire our students to use their imagination and skills to write, with various exercises during our classes.

Children and young people’s enjoyment of writing is at almost its lowest level in a decade. Although there has been some improvement since 2019, and a significant jump in the number of children writing daily outside school, there is still work to be done. Since the onset of the global pandemic and lockdown, there has been a blurring of the boundaries between home and school. For a significant number of the children and young people surveyed, this has had an impact on their writing. In many cases children and young people are developing new and positive writing habits, while others see the time they might once have spent writing for themselves at home absorbed by schoolwork. We believe that it’s important for parents to encourage creative writing as a task that is separate from homework, which will in turn encourage children to balance time effectively.

While technology has really helped us all stay in touch throughout the years, it has really affected our handwriting and has also had an impact on how children write overall, such as acronyms, emoticons, incorrect grammar etc.

So, the question is how can our children become better writers? How do we encourage them?

Reading is crucial to improve children’s writing

Reading is key to writing. At inTuition Clubs, we celebrated: ‘World Book Month’; with many activities to promote reading and writing to our students, such as running a competition among our students to write their own ‘short book’! The winner had their story transformed into an audiobook! You can find more information on how the month went and what we did at inTuition Clubs, by reading our blogpost here

Tips for parents to improve children’s writing

1. Read to your child or let them read to you!

By reading your child uses their imagination, this sets the foundation of storytelling. So, make sure to encourage your child to pick up a book or spend time reading them stories! Remember there are many different genres of books: your child may prefer comics over novels, they may love crime thrillers and not fantasy books, let them choose what they like! Beyond exposure to new and challenging words, your children will learn how to articulate phrases and to use vocabulary in the most effective way. Just by experiencing a story, they will begin to understand cadence and rhythm of inflection.

2. Encourage them to start a journal! 

Journal

A fun activity for children to have is journaling, keeping a diary can help children navigate these difficult times, it is also a great activity to encourage them to write! So many topics can be included in a diary, children can write about their day freely or can be guided to fill in the blanks through templates. Feel free to use our template below. Explain to your kids diary are made to write down their emotions and adventures and are private for them to write whatever they feel like!

3. If your child struggles to handwrite, do not be afraid to provide them with a laptop or computer!

Some children may find it quite difficult and not fun to handwrite, so do not pressure them to pick up pen and papers and instead let them type on a laptop or electronic device, each child is different, and finding a method that works best for them is key.

4. Use voice dictation

This helps children write and encourages storytelling.

Voice dictation will allow your child to convert their spoken words into text. It removes the task of physically writing down their words but still allows their creativity to flourish!

5. Show them you love writing too!

Maybe start writing in a diary alongside them, or organise writing activities and games within your family. It is important to recognise that our children learn mostly from example. One idea might be to write a poem together, a fan fiction, or even a family history story. 

6. Praise them for their stories!

Make sure you read you kids work (if they are happy for you to do so) and praise them for their writing skills, provide some suggestions as well for them to improve and work on! Keep it very positive!

7. Encourage your children to write letters! To their friends, family and more.

What did children write about in lockdown?

The main topics amongst children writing during lockdown were: creative and wellbeing writing. It is great to discover that so many youngsters, were able to confidently turn to writing to express their feelings during such a difficult time and express themselves. 1 in 6 children and young people say that they enjoyed writing more during lockdown than they had before.

From the survey:

  • 2 in 5 have written more short stories or fiction (39.7%) and letters (39.3%)
  • 1 in 4 (27.1%) have written more in a diary or journal.
  • 1 in 5 (20.8%) have written more poetry
  • 2 in 5 (41.3%) children said writing makes them feel better and 1 in 4 (24.8%)

For those children and young people who say they enjoy writing more during lockdown, the reason for increased writing enjoyment was most often having extra time to write, and for those who said they enjoy writing less during lockdown, this is because they associate writing with schoolwork, and they feel like they have so much of it already.

Vocabulary practice as a game!

There are many games and apps online you can use to help your child improve their vocabulary. Cambridge Learning has created ab app filled with 15 hours of game time on vocabulary practice! Having an expert vocabulary can really help your children enjoy writing more, the app is free and can be downloaded here.

How we can help your child’s writing at inTuition Clubs

If you want to separate the idea of exercising imagination from homework, inTuition Clubs might be the place for your child to really find their feet (or their hands) with creative writing. If requested, our skilled tutors can centre lessons around the development of vocabulary and imaginative faculties. Sometimes this takes the form of picture prompts or discussions between the tutor and the pupil. But either way, that hour of time can be a bubble away from homework to really encourage your child to explore the possibilities of creative writing.

If you are interested, we offer a FREE evaluation session for your future student.

12 Mar

World Book Day- A Day to Celebrate

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Reading is an integral part of how a child learns and it allows them to use their imagination, which is a crucial part of developing. Therefore, when World Book Day comes along, it’s important that they are encouraged to embrace it, recognise it and indulge in some of their favourite books.

What Makes World Book Day so Special?

Since 1997 World Book Day has been celebrated in the UK and it’s a day that highlights just how important books are in the life of a child. Reading books provides children with the opportunity to learn, engage and enjoy the escapism that they offer. However, World Book Day now gives children the opportunity to take advantage of a £1 token that allows them to purchase a book for £1. With this, they can explore another new book and further their learning.

In a digital world, it is now more important than ever before to embrace the importance of reading.

Reading Provides Pleasure for Children

With every turn of the page, children can control how they engage with a book and the story it tells. They get the chance to immerse themselves in every page and with that comes the chance for them to believe every single word.

Even spending just 10 minutes per day reading can have a significant impact on their development and those who do read are more likely to become successful later in life. So, by reading, they have the potential to take control of their future in a way that people might not realise, and this is where World Book Day can play a pivotal role in how children and parents perceive reading and its importance.

Whether it’s the story, the characters or the way in which a book enables a child to drift away, reading is hugely influential and is something that should be encouraged.

10 book ideas for children 

Slime is set on the Isle of Mulch, where many awful adults live, their best hobby is to make children feel miserable. Aunt Greta, Greed  the owner of the island is the most awful of all! Something has to change and Ned who has lived on the island all of his life, discovers Slime, can slimepower be the solution to all the children’s problems? Slime is an action filled novel where Ned is the hero, it is a fantastical adventure!

 

This book is a big adventure! Team up with Roland and his best friend, Garg the Barbarian, as they quit their village with the mission to save Roland’s mother from the White Warlock. Do you think our heroes will succeed?

 

Love conquers all and, Janet and Bill are able to bring their blue and red families together and celebrate the birth of their purple baby too! This story celebrates family love and friendship, reminds us to embrace our differences and find common ground.

 

The viral phenomenon #DrawWithRob is now an activity book for you to draw with Rob at home! As seen everywhere on YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, TV, and more, from the creative genius and bestselling author Rob Biddulph! Winner of the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards ‘Book of the Year’ 2020! 

 

Greg Heffley and his family have been living in his grandmother’s basement for two months (due to the events in Wrecking Ball), and they are beginning to go stir crazy. The Heffleys cannot afford an expensive vacation, but they discuss possible family vacations that they would be able to afford. Unable to reach a decision, Greg’s family receives a call from his great grandmother, asking them to take his uncle’s camper out of her driveway. The family realizes that they can vacation in the camper, and not have to spend money at restaurants and hotels.

 

Heartbreak, hope and gentle humour are characteristics of this graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee. Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is very difficult there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs. So, when Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future life … but it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day.

 

A fabulously imagined fairy-tale about scary monsters, wicked courtiers, and resourceful children, with illustrations submitted by kids! The kingdom of Cornucopia was once the happiest place in the world, filled with gold, butchers, bakers, cheesemongers, everything was perfect except for the misty Marshlands which, according to popular belief, were home to the monstrous Ickabog.

 

In this compelling, emotionally engaging novel set in 1880, a half-Chinese girl and her white father try to make a home in Dakota Territory, in the face of racism and resistance to change. Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multi-layered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend.

 

They All Saw a Cat meets The Important Book in this sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different points of view by Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honoree Christian Robinson. In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are cleverly and empathetically explored—from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.

 

If You Come to Earth is a glorious guide to our home planet, and a call for us to take care of both Earth and each other. This stunning book is inspired by the thousands of children Sophie Blackall has met during her travels around the world in support of UNICEF and Save the Children. An engaging storybook about a single curious and imaginative child, simultaneously funny and touching that carries a clear message about the need to care for the earth and each other.

It’s About Bringing People Together

Through celebrating World Book Day, it’s possible for parents and teachers to come together to help children enjoy their favourite books.

Parents and Teachers can help children to understand the meaning of their book and who created it by watching a collection of videos from authors and illustrators. The children will love learning more about their favourite stories and understanding who created their book, it will allow them to form a stronger connection with it.

Encouraging children to talk about their favourite books is also a great way of inspiring them to appreciate what they read. They’ll love sharing what makes them smile in their favourite book or what they love about the characters. Furthermore, it’s common to get dressed up too, giving children the opportunity to spend the day as their favourite character from a book.

All of this becomes integral in the development of a child and by using this one day to inspire will have a huge influence on how children perceive books. Furthermore, with a huge range of books available, there is no limit on how much they can learn!

08 Mar

Meet The Team

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Effective Learning is linked to great teaching

Great teaching is at the heart of learning; our tutors strive to make classes fun, engaging and tailor them to their pupils’ needs. At inTuition Clubs, teachers come from various educational backgrounds. Some have a Master’s in Journalism, some have a bachelor’s in Biology and Chemistry, some come from an English literature degree.

This ensures our children are exposed to different lesson plans and cover different topics. While all in the national curriculum, these topics our tutors prepare for each class are far more interesting and engaging than the merely traditional ones, with the children, therefore, benefiting from a greater knowledge mix and cultural exposure.

Positive Teaching and better student performance

Our Teachers teach with passion: at all times aiming at supporting the children achieve their best performances while ensuring the learning environment is safe and fun, our classes always start with a fun game/ interactive content.

Why we use positive teaching and what it means

Our tutors are fond of ‘positive teaching’. Positive Teaching is about giving children lots of praise for good behaviour and keeping disapproval and reprimands to a minimum, to manage and shape behaviour, create a positive classroom culture and make sure lots of teaching and learning is done. It means our tutors, strive to positively encourage children and support them, guiding them through the tasks they find tricky with words of encouragement. More information on the positive teaching methodology can be found here

inTuition Clubs: modern and tailored tuition

inTuition Clubs tutors teach modern lessons, where engagement and positive learning are key elements; they put a strong emphasis on collaborative working and group interactions, as well as allowing time for independent learning. Our tutors tailor their classes to the children’s needs. They use children inputs to create activities for the classes. They choose topics and student materials that relate and are meaningful to the students’ lives and interests. 

Meet the inTuition Clubs Team

Meet our incredible pool of online tutors, while we also have in centre teachers, due to the current UK lockdown situation we are operating exclusively online! Learn more about our Key Stage 1 Tuition here and 11 Plus tuition services.

Have a read below on what our incredible tutors have to say about working at inTuition, what they love about online teaching and why you should book a free online taster session with us! 

1. Luke

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we started offering online tuition, how are you finding the transition from in centre tuition?

Luke: When I first started at inTuition Clubs, the sessions that tutors ran for the kids were held in the centre. This really helped to develop a sense of community, both for the staff and the students. However, the way that inTuition Clubs works has had to adapt to the changing world we’re in. As an in centre tutor, I quickly had to adapt to be able to teach online. The daily tutor meetings that are held by the staff leaders were very helpful to this transition, making me feel like I was still part of a community. 

How is the online programme working now compared to March and how are you finding tutoring online?

Luke: I’d say that the online programme has improved since lockdown shut our doors, which can already be seen in the rollout of two new platforms – allowing tutor’s to better organise lessons, and staff leaders to check the progress of students. Tutoring online is still a delight, and in fact, it calls for greater attention on the part of the tutor to ensure the kids are fully engaged. 

Sameen

2. Sameen

Hi Sameen, tell us a little bit about yourself, how do you think children are responding to our online sessions?

Sameen: I have been working as a full-time Primary School Teacher who was looking for a part-time tutoring role. I have enjoyed tutoring pupils online. It is amazing to see how well children can manage technology and concentrate online. The one-to-one sessions have especially been beneficial for pupils’ understanding.

What is the general feedback you are receiving from parents on our online tuition?

Sameen: It is really good to hear from parents and pupils that the online inTuition lessons help them do better at school as well.

Vruti

3. Vruti

Hi Vruti, when did you join inTuition Clubs, what is your education background?

Vruti: I started working with Intuition Club in August 2020, I am a Medical student and also a Biomedical Engineering graduate. I am multilingual: I can speak Gujarati, Hindi and English.- Vruti

You have experienced working in-centre last summer, how did you find transitioning back to online tuition only?

Vruti: Luckily in the summer, I had a chance to work in-centre and I loved working with the kids. The transition to go online was very smooth and organised.

Is there anything you look forward to most when we move back in- centre?

Vruti: I am excited to see the children enjoying their time in the Clubhouse.

Why do you love teaching and your favourite thing about working at inTuition Clubs?

Vruti: I am passionate about helping and teaching younger students in English, Maths and Science. All the staff members at inTuition Clubs are very friendly and approachable, so makes it a pleasant environment to work in. am excited to see the children enjoying their time in the Clubhouse.

4. Charmaine

Hi Charmaine, since you have started, how has the online teaching changed at inTuition Clubs and what do you enjoy the most about it?

Charmaine: I have started last June, and since then new CRM programmes have been implemented such as Connect Comms which help us track child progression easily as has improved our internal communication. I especially enjoy one on one and the small group teaching as this makes a great impact.

Online tutors at inTuition Clubs

5. Online Tutor

Hi, what are your thoughts on our online and in centre programmes? Was it hard to move online only for the time being?

Tutor: I like both in centre and online are good experience, it was also not such a big transition moving from in centre teaching to online. 

Is there anything you miss about working in-centre? Hopefully, we will be able to reopen our in-centre programmes sometime soon.

Tutor: It’s nice to also have a face to face interaction with the children instead of via laptop and also have the opportunity of playing educational games in a non-virtual setting.

Could you highlight any things which come to mind that make working here special?

Tutor: inTuition Clubs is different from other tuition centres I worked for because we are paid for class preparation before each session. We have the time to create specifically tailored educational material to each child and effectively help them with their knowledge gaps as well as logging their progress and act on consolidating what we teach them.

Winnie

6. Winnie

When did you start working for inTuition Clubs?

Winnie: I started working at inTuition two years ago and a lot has changed; from the introduction to the 11+ and Science to how the rooms were set up to how we deliver the now online sessions. All the changes that have been made have allowed us to adapt to the ever-changing world and circumstances that we are now in! 

What do you miss about in centre teaching?

Winnie: The thing I am looking forward to most when we get back into the centre is the face to face contact and support we can give the kids and be able to work in a team again

What is your favourite thing about working at inTuition?

Winnie: One of my favourite aspects of tutoring is when a child really connects and engages with what you are teaching them! That is a very rewarding experience!

 

Free Taster Session

We hope you enjoyed getting to know our amazing online tutors’ team and we hope you have a better understanding of what we are about, our team ethos and our effective way of teaching. We always offer a free taster session if you want to try one of our online tuition memberships! Get in touch with us, it’s free. 

The one-to-one taster sessions take approximately 60 minutes. Our Educational Lead will complete an initial in-depth assessment and observation with your child to get a sense of their current educational progress and learning style. This part of the taster session takes around 50 minutes. The remaining time is spent providing detailed feedback to parents. We can answer any outstanding questions, discuss the next steps, activate your membership and book your child’s first tuition session. 

 

Our Ethos

Our ethos is rooted in fuelling your child’s ambition and learning aspirations to develop a consistent ‘desire for continuous learning’. We do this through praise-based, blended learning where your child will be challenged, recognised and rewarded, as well as having great fun in our sessions.

 

Our Online English Maths and Science Tuition Memberships

At inTuition Clubs, we offer modern and affordable tuition membership for children in primary school, aged 3-11. We offer:

Small group membership

1 to 3 children maximum in a group. It comes into two different types, you can either choose 4 sessions of 1 hour per month or 8 sessions of 1 hour per month. Subjects taught are Maths, English and Science

One on One membership

It provides individual teaching, and it is designed for children who prefer and individual learning style. This membership consists of 8 sessions of 1 hour per month, all with and individual tutor.

 

Our 11 Plus Programme

11 Plus Exam Preparation

We know how challenging 11 Plus exams can be and we want your child to be confident and succeed with their grammar school application.

For this reason, we have created a special programme tailored to support children wanting to undertake their 11 Plus Exam.

 

The 11 Plus Tuition membership

Our 11 Plus membership includes Verbal, Non Verbal and Numerical Reasoning, children will be encouraged to practice on exam papers and our teachers will guide them through topics they will find in the examination and best practice exam techniques. 8 online sessions of one hour are included in the programme and classes are taught in small groups (of a maximum of three children).

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.

Children's Mental Health Games
Children's Mental Health Learning
Children's Mental Health and Tuition

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.

 

Learn more about our Maths, English, Early Years, and 11 Plus tuition memberships by visiting our latest news and blogs

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

06 Nov

When To Begin Preparing For The 11+

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Life is all about preparation and as adults, we know how vital it is to be prepared for certain challenges that we face. However, children don’t have that life experience and so, preparing for their 11+ exams relies on parents to guide them in the right direction, ensuring that they are adequately prepared.

Exams can prove extremely stressful, even for younger children. So, imagine how they would feel going into an exam without any prior preparation. They’ll feel frightened, alone, scared and even experience the feelings that come with potential failure. Negative feelings at this point in their life will have a negative impact in the future but that can be avoided.

As an adult, we have all heard of the saying “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” but we can step in and help our children in a positive way. We can give them the encouragement, skills and ability to take the 11+ exams with confidence and self-belief.

So When Should You Begin Preparing?

There is no hard or fast rule here but taking your time is always a smart move. Every child is different and some learn quickly and are better at absorbing information in readiness for using that information quickly while others take time to store that information. However, in most cases, slow and steady gives your children the ability to learn at a pace that is free from pressure and worry. Gradually, it’s possible to enhance their learning and prepare them in a way that leaves them feeling confident.

Preparing for 11+exams can prove daunting but the sooner you begin the process, the more beneficial it will be.

There is no such thing as starting too soon, so don’t be afraid to begin the process when your child is in year three. It’s about creating a steady and consistent flow of learning that does not pin your child down to a few months leading up to the exams. They’ll embrace the process better and get more from it.

Children might have a superb ability to retain information but that doesn’t mean that they can learn everything in a matter of weeks or months. They have to be given time to familiarise themselves with the questions they are going to be asked and the subjects that will be covered. They are going to need to improve their vocabulary and widen it considerably but this is not about memorising but about instilling it in them so they can recall it when required during the exam. This is a process that cannot take place overnight but instead requires time. The more time they have, the better they will learn.

The learning process involves a lot of learning materials.

Just seeing the sheer volume in one go can prove daunting and frightening. So, by taking more time and spreading the learning process over a longer period, it is possible to create a timetable and a structure that works. The material can be introduced, studied and the information retained in a way that is stress-free. It also provides more time to cover areas that take longer to learn. The more time you take, allows you to find natural gaps for breaks without feeling as though it all has to be crammed in.

With time and the right structure, preparing for 11+ exams does not have to be a challenge for both you and your child.

 

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