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World Book Day Costumes: 8 Easy, Make at Home Ideas

World Book Day Costumes Need a Book Theme
World Book Day costumes – love them or hate them, it’s that time of year again! The annual event to rival Paris fashion week. Invariably, schools like children to dress up as their favourite book character. Invariably, parents aim to outdo each other with the most inventive costume. Invariably, life gets in the way and [...]

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Devon 11+ Tutor Sarah Explains Your Choices

Devon 11+ Tutor loves the countryside
Devon 11+ Tutor and Principal Partner at Next Steps Tutors, Sarah, explains your choices and routes to grammar school in the far South West. Devon, whilst blessed with some of the UK’s most beautiful beaches and moors, doesn’t come out so well when we look at our grammar school availability. In fact, the north of [...]

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13 Ways To Plan A Revision Timetable You Can Be Proud Of

How to plan a revision timetable
Stop! Before you plan a revision timetable, read these tips on what to include (and what not to include). Make your study schedule really work for you. Google ‘revision timetable’ and you’ll be hit by over 204 billion results and a screenful of pretty printable timetables, but exactly which is the best way to plan [...]

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Build Confidence in Your Children: How Your Children Can Thrive In Life & Learning

build confidence in your children
Every one of us has an area of life where we feel less confident. As caring, nurturing parents we try our best to help build confidence in our children. That’s why I thought you’d like to read my top confidence boosting tips for children. As parents, we’ve most probably all been there. Our child loses [...]

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KS2 SATs Information for Parents 2022: FAQ

Child completing Year 6 SATs paper
As of writing (January 2022), the government has the stated intention of ensuring that KS2 SATs will go ahead as planned. If this occurs, it will be the first time since 2019, when they took place in a pre-Covid world. Given this, it is understandable that many parents have questions about the process. Liz at [...]

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Master Fractions in Year 5

How to Learn Fractions
Is your child learning to master fractions in Year 5? This month’s focus is around the stages of maths needed to understand fractions, concepts many children find the trickiest to grasp. Follow our hints and tips to kickstart learning fractions at home and get started with this difficult area of primary maths. Knowing Your Times [...]

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Kid’s Lunchbox Help: Healthy Can Be Fun

children's packed lunchbox ideas
If you've got children at school who don't eat school dinners, I'm willing to bet that the meal which causes you the most stress each day is their packed lunch! Guest blogger Sarah Alder tell us her top tips for stress-free lunchboxes. [...]

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Bad At Maths? What To Tell Your Child Instead

(and lots of things you could do instead). Liz gives the lowdown on building confidence in maths. [...]

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Times Tables Hacks You Won’t Want to Forget

Learn Times Tables - You've got this!
When it comes to times tables, do you know the tricks and hacks that will get your child flying with multiplication? [...]

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Boost Your Mental Maths Skills With A Few Simple Tricks – Part 1

Want to know some awesome maths tricks that will leave your friends agog? Keep reading! I'm going to tell you how to calculate quickly without the need for pencil and paper. [...]

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