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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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
- caster sugar
- lemon juice
- lemon wedges
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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!
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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!
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!
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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We all know that inside schools there are many colourful displays, posters and infographics to help the children learn, but what about when they are learning online?
Believe it or not, creating a space for your child’s online learning can create a positive impact on their learning too.
Here are 5 tips on how to create a perfect home classroom.
1) Have a dedicated learning corner (or space)
Dedicating a specific quiet area for your child to study will help your child relate the space with concentration and study which in-turn will help create a positive learning routine.
2) Make sure the space is quiet (without distractions)
Dogs barking, children screaming and lawnmowers growling aside, these noises would be highly distracting in the classroom, learning online is just the same! We understand that sometimes this might be difficult but can be remedied by buying earphones for your child to help them concentrate.
3) Don’t help too much!
Getting it wrong is part of the journey and everything is wrong before it’s right, that’s how we learn! When your child is learning at home it can be difficult to not help when they are confused or do not understand a question. Don’t worry – that’s what we are here for! Our dedicated team of tutors will be able to help your child and by letting them get used to asking a teacher for help, this will help them get into a positive routine when needing help at school!
4) Eat before class!
Munching chocolate might be incredibly tasty but it can definitely make a mess of your workbook! Just like at school, try to eat before the class and after to recharge! Eating during the class can create distractions and a lot of mess!
5) Always have a pen and paper at hand
Working out your answer might not get you the correct answer, but you still get marks for your working out! Encouraging your child to use a pen/pencil and paper to investigate questions can not only create a positive learning routine but can also identify places of strength and weakness. Whether you are drawing a pie chart, writing a story or working out X in algebra, working out your answer is always the best first step.
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We might be stuck at home due to COVID19 but that does not mean that we cannot stay motivated and continue learning and having fun Online!
At inTuition Clubs Online, we believe that supporting your child and their learning journey is the most important goal, therefore we want to give you some handy tips on how to start the day productively.
As the old saying goes, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and that is completely true. What we consume at the beginning of the day will set us up for the remainder of the day. Along with this, what we give our bodies after several hours of fasting is vital and can determine how we perform.
When it comes to giving our children the right breakfast, it can seem like a minefield. There are so many options and so many different choices that it can be difficult to know where to begin but it doesn’t have to be. While the little ones will prefer sweet options and cereals that come in boxed adorned by friendly characters, it is important that we do our best to avoid giving in and make sure that we give them the best foods to kickstart their day. So, with this in mind, what should we give them?
Children are still growing and developing and that is why it is important to ensure that we give them the right foods. When we do this, we give them the best platform from which to learn, play, perform and grow.
Avoid High Sugar Foods
The little ones love sugary treats and there are too many to choose from at breakfast time but in reality, if you give your child these, you won’t be doing them any good. The smile on their face might brighten up your world but they won’t be any good for them as the day progresses. That high hit of sugar will give them endless amounts of energy but that will be short-lived. Therefore, in a few hours, they will be low on energy as their body requires more sugar. As a result, you should opt for a breakfast that is low in sugar such as porridge. Packed with goodness, they will provide slow-release energy that will keep the little ones fuller for longer and that will help them to concentrate.
Fibre is Crucial
We all need fibre as part of our diet and we can give that to our children in many different forms. Wholegrain toast is packed with fibre as is cereal such as Weetabix or Shredded Wheat. These will give your children then fibre they need to process other foods but will also keep them feeling fuller for longer. This again will stop them from craving a snack or losing concentration while they are in class and it will ensure that it keeps their digestive system healthy.
The Right Vitamins
Children also need the right vitamins to help their bones, teeth and brains grow, not forgetting their muscles and the rate at which they develop mentally. One of the best foods your child can consume is eggs. Of course, they can be cooking in a number of ways so whether they have them poached, scrambled or boiled, they will be getting a wide range of vitamins. Eggs contain Vitamin A which is vital for the development of the immune system while vitamin D helps the absorption of calcium. Eggs also contain Vitamin B12 which ensures healthy Red Blood Cells and keeps energy levels up. Along with this, eggs contain a range of nutrients as well as protein that helps build muscles, keeping children healthy and strong.
A Healthy Start
Now you have made sure that your child is eating the right foods to ensure they stay motivated. Why not try our lessons online free today! Start with your free session and see how we can support you and your child excel in English and Maths!
As we receive updates about the new information on COVID-19 and your children are still away from their schools, it’s time to look at some of the benefits of Online Tuition and how we can best support your child through this tough time!
As adults, we take our vocabulary for granted and we do not appreciate what it took to get us to where we are today. Our children are clean slates and so, we have the perfect opportunity to help expand their vocabulary and improve the way in which they converse and write.
While they will follow a specific in school, it is important that we offer something different when they are out of the school environment as this is where they can really expand their vocabulary. With Online learning we have access to a wealth of resources to engage any child and satisfy their curiosities and passions for learning. From different situations to environments and the things they see, their active minds will keep them learning, even when they are not in the classroom but how can you expand the vocabulary of your child?
Reading is an important part of enhancing and expanding the vocabulary of your child. From the moment they begin learning to read, their vocabulary will improve and you can continue that at home. Depending on their level of reading, you can choose books that challenge them and give them the opportunity to confront difficult and new words. In doing so, they will be able to pair up the new vocabulary within certain contexts and that can help them to understand that there is more than just the basic words out there. Why not look for your favourite book as a child and see if you can find it online for your child? Share your favourite stories with them and revisit your childhood too!
Pick Challenging Words When Having a Conversation
Whilst your children are at home, make the most of it, get talking to them! One of the best things that you can do when helping your child to expand their vocabulary is to have a conversation with them that uses challenging language. When you do this, you are not only presenting them with new words that they might have never heard before, you will also bring out their inquisitive side where they might ask what you mean. When they do this, you will need to explain what the word means or the sentence in general and that will give them an idea of what the language means.
Head to The Online Library
Whilst reading a good book has always been a favourite pastime, in this digital world, our laptops are our new libraries which means it is one of the best places for a child to expand their vocabulary. This is all down to the fact that they are surrounded by stimuli and literature. If you give them the freedom to choose their own books or get involved in initiatives that internet offers, it will mean that they can begin to absorb all of this new vocabulary at the same time. What’s more, they will also be able to choose books that appeal to them and that can open up them up to a whole new world of vocabulary.
Play Games Online
Children love games and when something is fun, they are more likely to be consumed by it and that means that they will absorb more information than they usually would. So, younger children love games such as I-Spy where you can choose things that they might have never heard of before but it will then give you the chance to explain your choice when they are unable to guess the answer. Older children can also benefit from playing games such as scrabble whereby they need to understand the words on the board to understand whether they are real words or not.
One of the biggest advantages to teaching Online is the amount of multimedia and games we can use within their learning to not only build their confidence but to learn whilst having fun.
There are so many things that you can do to expand their vocabulary but in doing so, you can make a huge difference to the way in which the learn.
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The reality is that the world has changed and is unrecognisable from the world we once lived in. When it came to teaching in years gone by, children were prepared for life outside of the classroom, where the types of jobs were limited. However, with the limited number of jobs came an understanding of what was required of them. Whether they were going to become a foreman in a factory or a secretary in an office, the skills required came from everything that they learned in school.
In contrast to this, if we consider the jobs that are out there right now, many of them did not exist just 15 years ago. What this means is that many children in primary school today will enter jobs that currently do not exist. With this comes the challenge of providing them with the right preparation. We cannot see into the future and we cannot predict what the world of employment will bring but how can we help them to prepare as best as possible?
Focus on Key Skills
Whatever jobs are created over the next 15 or 20 years, there is no doubt that they will require basic skills and some of the key skills that children can learn in school today.
If we look at key skills, it is clear to see that they are something that children can carry with them through life. What’s more they are skills that they can call on in any kind of role, even if that role does not exist at this moment in time.
Communication is vital. Whether we do most of it on our smart devices electronically or by phone, the way in which we communicate has changed. Despite this, it is a skill that any role will require because even if someone is working on their own or as a team, they will need to interact with others in some way. Communication can go a long way, particularly when pupils can speak and interact clearly with very few problems.
Problem-solving is another vital skill that can assist the children of today in many roles, even those that are yet to be created. Any industry, regardless of how high-profile or simple the role might be will require problem-solving. The problems can be both intricate or complicated but giving children the ability to call on this skill when they need it will enable them to stand out and get noticed in the workplace.
A growth mindset
A growth mindet is a very crucial aspect of preparing a child for a role that does not exist. If someone has a fixed mindset then they will believe that that have reached their potential and that their skillset is set in stone. However, a growth mindset is the perfect skill for the future workplace. If the roles do not yet exist then in the future, they will have to develop, grow and learn new skills. Therefore, a growth mindset will enable them to adapt and evolve, giving them a greater chance of success.
Confidence is an integral part of life but everyone possesses different levels of it. There are those who prefer to blend into the background while there are those who love to be in the limelight while making the most of opportunities that come their way.
The way in which we develop as children can have a detrimental effect on the way in which our confidence develops. Therefore, ensuring our children possess the right amount of confidence is vital to how they develop as they grow.
Whether it is all about succeeding in an academic environment or in the workplace when they grow up, confidence will be a vital characteristic that they will rely on. In the school environment, confidence will help them to answer questions, ask questions and form friendships. In the workplace, it will enable them to take advantage of opportunities that come their way while it will give them the skills they need to develop.
As a parent how can you help to boost their confidence?
Make Time For Play
Children like to feel wanted and they love attention and so, playtime is a crucial way to help them improve their confidence. They can play games using their imagination and that can help to boost confidence in themselves. What’s more, when you play with them, you can encourage them and show them that they have your attention and time. This will give them confidence to believe that others are willing to listen to what they have to say as well as watch what they do.
Help Them To Learn
It is important to remember that we were all once in a position where we had to learn skills. Whether it is something as simple as washing our hands or something as complex as learning to tie our laces, we all had to make mistakes to learn the skill. If you leave your child to do it on their own, they will become frustrated and what’s more, if you lecture them for getting it wrong, it will dent their confidence and prevent them from wanting to try other things. Therefore, help them to give things a try and when they make mistakes and help them to try it all again. When they eventually achieve something, they will get a feeling of satisfaction and that will give them the confidence and belief that they can achieve.
Encouragement is Key
Children need encouragement. Encouragement can give them the confidence to believe in themselves and when they know that you are there with them, they will know that they are not alone. Encouragement can be something as simple as understanding when they have achieved something to encouraging them to do something that puts them out of their comfort zone.
Children need to be given the confidence to make their own decisions and know that what they are doing is right. However, confidence also comes from making mistakes and they need to understand that this is fine too. Helping them to increase their confidence will only help to set them up for what lies ahead of them in life.
One of the first significant challenges your child will face in school is the 11 plus exam. Of course, school presents certain challenges from the moment they start school but an exam is a different kind of challenge and is one that requires the correct approach.
As a parent, you are going to want your child to do well but how can you help them to pass the exam?
Take Things Slowly
The aim is to not push your child into preparing and learning for their exam in a short period of time. This can leave them feeling lost, rushed and it can cause them to lose confidence. Therefore, it is important that you understand their ability and then begin to prepare for the exam in advance.
Just a small amount of work each day, such as 10-15 minutes, is enough to get them focused without putting too much of a strain on them. Large blocks of learning might mean that they forget things or are unable to process all of the information efficiently.
One of the most important things that parents can do is to encourage their children. Parents want their child to do well and children want to do their parents proud, but as adults, it is vital that you find that right balance. You want to encourage them to do their best and so, when they do well, encourage them. It will give them the confidence they need. However, if they are struggling, don’t be too hard on them and try to help them find a solution.
Cover All Aspects of the Exam
It does not matter what exam board administers the exam, they will be tested on the same subjects and that will consist of mainly English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. As a result, you should try to make sure that they have a schedule that covers as many topics as possible without it being too full on. As part of the English exam, they will be testing on the following:
● Sentence structure
Consider Both Question Formats
The exam will consist of two question formats known as multiple choice and standard. Multiple choice questions will require your child to choose the right answer from a number of options while the standard question will require your child to create a written response. Too often, the focus is put on the standard questions but in reality, both formats should be practised. Despite multiple-choice questions providing the answer, they still require a certain set of skills to identify the right answer. Therefore, it is important that both formats are practised.
Private Tuition Provides Focus
Private tuition is a great option for those parents who feel that their child can benefit from it or for those parents who think that they are unable to prepare their child correctly. However, private tuition will provide children with a structured learning experience that will identify their strengths and weaknesses before providing them with the correct level of learning. It is not forced or pressured but delivered in a way that can help them enter the exam with confidence.