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By learningclubs, Oct 27 2017 07:51PM

Starting school can be just as big of a change for parents as it is for children.

Follow our tips for maths success whilst having fun and family time:

1. Practise counting together – you can do this anywhere: count toys, books or red cars you see when you go out.

2. Do a jigsaw together – a fun way to develop spatial awareness and matching skills.

3. Play card games – even a simple game of snap helps to develop number recognition.

4. Have a Teddy Bears’ Picnic: count out toys, place settings, and share out the cake.

5. Save cereal boxes and cardboard tubes for making models. Your child will think they’re making a castle; you’ll know they’re learning about shapes!

It is important for young children to practice their basic skills as much as possible. You can help your child by:

1. daily encouragement to read a book and practice mathematical skills (eg counting, times tables etc).

2. providing a suitable home environment for your child to undertake their homework and at a time when you can BOTH do this together,

3. attending parents' evenings - an important part of ensuring you are aware how your child is coping in primary school (It also plays a part in encouraging their positive attitude to learning).

LearningClubs encourage lively and creative thinking. Students learn by exploring, discovering and discussing.

How to help your child be a happy reader at home....

Always give your child as much praise as possible and say how much you enjoy listening to him/her read.

Practice with praise makes perfect.

Find out about our fun Maths & Engligh Club: http://www.learningclubs.com/literacy-maths-ages…/4594012950

By learningclubs, Sep 24 2017 12:23PM

GCSE Maths is changing and getting more demanding for everyone:• The volume of subject content has increased. The demand of content is increasing too, with harder topics.

Chat with your GCSE student about strategies to learn/review/practice on a rotating bases throughout the year. Carol

GCSE Mathematics is getting more demanding

GCSE Maths is going to change and get more demanding for everyone:

1 • Teachers: The volume of subject content has increased. You may need more time to teach it.

2 • Students & Teachers: The demand of that content is increasing too, with harder topics being introduced. This is true for both your Foundation Tier students and Higher Tier students.

3 • Students: The total time for the examinations is increasing, from 3 1⁄2 hours to 4 1⁄2 hours. All exams will be sat at the end of the course.

4 • Students: There are fewer marks at the lower grades and more marks at the higher grades at both

foundation Tier and Higher Tier.

5 • Students: A new grading structure is being introduced, from grade 9 to 1, to replace the familiar A* to G grading scale.

6 • Students: In the assessments there’s a greater emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning, with more marks now being allocated to these higher-order skills.

7 • Students will be required to memorise formulae – fewer formulae will be provided in examinations.

Reference: http://tinyurl.com/gpnzllv

By learningclubs, Jun 14 2017 09:31PM

Learning Clubs Presents: The REAL Summer School 2017.

Summer Brain Drain is a phenomenon in which children lose skills learnt in the year of schooling prior to the Summer break. This phenomenon is nothing new, in fact a study conducted by White in 1906 recognised the issue and named it as the ‘Summer Slide.

With the Summer break nearly upon us, school children nationwide are currently counting down the weeks until their 6 week holiday. For many students, the time off is a very welcome and well-earned break, following a year of hard work.

But will some of this hard work go to waste? Is your child going to fall foul of ‘Summer Brain Drain’ this summer break?

They may have already done so in the past and if they have, they are not alone. A study conducted by students from the John Hopkins University in Baltimore found that around two-thirds of the gap between lower- and higher-income ninth grader’s education achievement levels could be attributed to skills and knowledge lost during Summer breaks from elementary school. Scary!

Why let even some of their hard work go to waste? Consider enrolling your child in LearningClubs' REAL Summer School.

By learningclubs, Jun 8 2017 12:19AM

In fact, the earlier you start thinking about your future, the better!

After speaking to a Year 8 student about their career aspirations, I was left astounded. The student was bright and motivated; he wanted to be a P.E teacher - great! What was worrying, however, was how he thought he could get there - simply by taking his GCSEs. Unfortunately, a career in teaching isn’t as easy as that to achieve, but how was this child to know without researching or being advised?

This boy is not alone in his naivety and lack of preparation for his future. Now, I have spoken to many more students who are ill prepared for the future and their parents are concerned. So I began to look into careers and job information that is out there and targeted at young people.

In comes Skills London 2017 (Nov 24th-25th), the biggest, most exciting and interactive job and career event aimed at young people.

We are encouraging, students and their parents to consider attending this exciting event.

Carol Railton from LearningClubs will provide a pre-event meet up to engage students how they can squeeze the most out of Skills London by being curious and organised.

Stay tuned for other posts as the lead up to the event.

By learningclubs, May 12 2017 10:13PM

It’s almost time for this year’s GCSE exams to get underway. Year 10 & 11 students are busy preparing for their most important exams to date. As a parent, you might feel pretty helpless, but here are our handy tips to revision success that you can share with your child.

Create Focus with a Revision Schedule.

There are lots of great templates online. At our StudySkills and ExamTechniques course this year, we are using this online planner: http://tinyurl.com/z4g3t72 which we thoroughly recommend. If your child is making their own schedule remind them to make time for regular breaks. It is never too late to begin.

Keep snacks handy.

Revision uses a lot of mental energy that needs to be replenished. Choose snacks that are helpful in boosting concentration levels such as blueberries and dark chocolate in healthy portions.

Post-it Notes.

Write bite-size pieces of information on post-it notes and dot them around the house. Arranged by subject - put them on doors, cupboards, walls, sides of your computer monitor - anywhere that they will be seen! They are movable and can pulled down and replaced in order or be topic tickler to stimulate responses around the topic.

Take short breaks and deep breaths.

Short breaks every 60 minutes will enhance understanding and memory. Studying for 1.5-3 hours at a time may sound heroic, but recall can be less than expected. Take a walk and deep breaths to clear the mind, reduce stress and increase focus.

Keep the Love Coming.

Let your child know that you respect their efforts. Be specific in your praise. Rather than, 'Good' consider saying 'I like the device free area you've chosen to study in.' Remind them that you know that they will try their best in the exam.

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