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How to learn times tables

Times tables are the basis for very many maths skills.  From fractions to division to decimals and many more in between – if you know your times tables, you can master them all.  But what’s the best way to learn them?  Here are our tips: Repetition Children learn through [...]Read more
 

The race to University

There’s always something in the press about students getting into universities.  Schools measure their success by exam results and university offers, so the more of their students that get a place at university, the better. But there’s more to getting into yourRead more
 

Inspiration for home learning projects

Oh, the joy of that letter in the school bag – the home learning project!  Your palms start to sweat just a little as your child tells you all about the elaborate boat they want to make, model of the Titanic, Roman shield or volcano cake.  But worry not, there’s a heap of [...]Read more
 

Party on!

Even The Simpsons did an episode about the astonishing costs of children’s birthday parties, with Homer running around town ruining each party in a bid to bring things back down to just having a few friends round with a cake. As parents, we know the pressure to keep up with the [...]Read more
 

English like what she is spoke!

With so many people of all ages using their mobile phones to communicate, it’s easy to lose the gentle art of good English.  Txt spk rules! But that’s not an excuse to skim over English language homework.  Most employers will expect potential recruits to be competent in English [...]Read more
 

Teach your teens entrepreneurship

Schools provide the essential academic learning that equips kids to achieve a satisfying role in life.  But few schools have the time or resources to teach life skills.  There simply isn’t space in the curriculum and so, although teachers do their best to impart practical advice, [...]Read more
 

Is today’s maths a mystery?

To quote Mr Incredible from Incredibles 2, Math is Math, but I’m pretty sure any parents with kids currently at school will tell you, Maths isn’t what it used to be and the way we were taught is a far cry from the grid method.  Here are our tips on how to swot up and […]Read more
 

Mindfulness – a powerful tool

Life is busy and particularly in a family with two working parents and the demands of balancing all of the families’ activities. Keeping track of which after school activities children are attending, homework and which day sports kit is needed can seem like a nightmare on top of [...]Read more
 

Are you fit enough to be a Mum?

For many, the New Year brings with it goals of getting fit and getting back in shape. However, when you have a family, this can feel like an almost impossible goal. Running around to clubs, working, cleaning and having a social life doesn’t leave much time for fitness.  But we’ve [...]Read more
 

Travel broadens the mind

Do you dread the letter that your child brings home from school announcing the next school trip or field day?  For some parents even an extra £20 for a coach trip and lunch can stretch the budget to its maximum, never mind the overseas trips that seem to get more and more exotic [...]Read more
 

5 of the best school bags

School bags are expensive, and Mums often find they’re spending more on our child’s backpack then we do our own handbag!  You probably bought one in September so chances are it’s still okay for now.   But with the January sales coming up there can be great bargains, up to half [...]Read more
 

To eat or not to eat?

Have you got a fussy eater in the family or are you all serious foodies?  The festive season has a strong focus on food, whether it’s how soon you can start baking mince pies, who does and doesn’t like rich fruit cake or how many people the turkey has to feed. Inevitably there [...]Read more
 

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