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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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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.
Find out more about our 11 Plus Tuition Programmes, or read more about helping your child pass the 11+ Exam on our blog.
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.
Maths could be considered to be one of the most challenging subjects when it comes to school. However, once children begin to learn maths, they can see that it helps them with solving maths problems and it helps them get by in everyday life. Despite this, to get to this point, they will need to overcome challenges, frustration and difficulties all of which can result in children becoming disheartened with the subject,
From algebra questions to geometry, there are many aspects to teaching maths. If we set the right foundations and make maths a subject that children enjoy learning, they will be adequately prepared for that time when GCSE maths questions become a part of their education.
With this in mind, how can parents make primary maths fun again?
There are so many games out there that bring maths to life. In fact, many children are probably not too familiar with old-fashioned board games but they still provide plenty of excitement nonetheless. Therefore, give children the chance to explore games such as monopoly or the Pizza Fraction Fun Game. These games are packed with fun while encouraging children to use their maths skills without them barely realising.
Part of the learning process now involves technology and this is where smart devices can come into play. Children love using them and with so many apps and games available, parents can help them to improve their primary maths skills while enjoying the interactive aspect of apps.
Include Maths in Everyday Life
Whether parents are filling up their car with fuel, travelling on a journey or shopping, we are surrounded by opportunities to learn maths.
Parents can get cooking with their children and ask them to weigh out their ingredients before using some of the ingredients and working out what is remaining. If parents are driving on a long journey and are asked how long is left until they arrive at their destination then they can explain that the total journey is 150 miles and they have already driven 45, so how many miles are left? All of these questions pop up in everyday life and that provides the perfect opportunity to get children thinking.
Help Them To Understand the Purpose of Maths
For many children, they do not see the relevance of maths in day-to-day life. However, we all need maths, particularly when we are shopping. Therefore, if you are at the supermarket then parents can ask their children which products offer the best value or what will be the total cost of a range of items. Once they realise that this is all part and a parcel of everyday life, they will value it more and enjoy working out these kinds of things when they are out and about without the need for a prompt.
Ask Relative Thoughtful Questions
Children love nothing more than being asked questions and being asked questions is a crucial part of making maths fun again. If you can tie in these questions with their interests then you can really ignite that spark inside them. If they are a football fan, you can ask them to total up the number of goals scored in several games or if they enjoy pizza then you can ask them if ½ of a pizza is bigger than ¾ of a pizza. These are the sort of questions that will mean something to them and will enhance their experience of maths.
If you can bring their interests to life by asking them questions, then you will encourage them to continually work out maths-related questions each time.
So, maths can be a testing and challenging subject for children. However, parents can play their part in ensuring that they make it as interesting as possible while giving children the chance to learn and progress.
As far as learning goes, we all do it differently. There are those who are confident and those who are not. There are those who are better in a group environment and those are better on a one-to-one basis. Different things work for different people but what are the benefits of small group tuition?
It Creates a Collaborative Environment
Students enjoy engaging in activities
Most students enjoy working together and that is why small group tuition is highly effective. It enables students to engage with others while learning together, helping to develop confidence and competencies.
Group tuition is practical
In a standard classroom environment of around 30 pupils, it is challenging for the teacher to give as much attention as possible to those who need it. What’s more, there are those who learn at different rates and all of this can lead to a different learning experience. However, small groups of around two to six pupils will enable them to receive more attention from the tutor. This helps them to learn more effectively while also having the chance to interact with others.
It teaches children to work with others
While individual tuition is highly effective, it also removes the ability to work with others and so, small group tuition almost brings with it the best of both worlds. Pupils will have the opportunity to speak, listen, work in pair and benefit from tailored teaching methods than enhance the learning experience.
It Can Avoid Mixed Abilities and Styles
Again, in a large classroom, it is common to have a variety of pupils who are receptive to different learning styles, not forgetting the different abilities. Some pupils prefer a hands-on approach to learning while there are those who might be more visual. There are those who might be better at a certain aspect of a subject than those but when it comes to small group tuition, this is not the case. This is because it makes it possible for tutors to place pupils with others who work on the same level and have the same ability. They can also bring pupils together who have the same learning style.
Some Pupils Respond to a Group Environment
There are pupils who thrive from working and learning in a small group. Often, a one-to-one environment is too intimate for some and so, they do not get as much from the experience as possible. What this means is that they are far more receptive to a group learning experience. There are those who thrive from problem-solving and working with others. What’s more, there are those who also like the challenge of going up against other pupils when it comes to finding answers.
Small group tuition is somewhere between one-to-one tuition and a classroom environment. Children can gain more from small group tuition as the learning experience is more tailored to their specific need.
At inTuition Clubs we focus on academic achievement as well as on embracing a more rounded and robust approach to assessing children’s need. We use praise-based, blended learning where children are challenged, recognised and rewarded. Aligned with the UK national curriculum, our tuition sessions combine leading edge technology and physical learning tools within an inspiring, fun environment.