Our home-schooled children have been looking at narrative nonfiction texts to help structure a story and look at key features to include.
The students looked at examples of narrative structure which helped to work towards their narrative writing task.
Some of the elements included looking at and discussing the following:
- Developed characters.
- Engaging dialogue, written as in a novel, as opposed to direct quotations.
- A story using scenes that follow a narrative.
- Use of literacy devices such as imagery, symbolism, and metaphors.
By looking at the above elements the students were able to explore the purpose and importance of structure within narratives.
On Friday afternoon we came to the end of another half-term at Tuition Club Online and to celebrate the achievements of our online students, we held a ceremony.
During the online assembly, we shared the wonderful work that our online students had completed with parents and tutors.
The students had the opportunity to see the achievements made by different age groups.
We had a few student performances ranging from presenting a descriptive story, explanation of topic-based work, and showcasing some Geography/Science experiments.
Students were rewarded for their exceptional efforts and were presented with certificates and gifts.
Have a look at their amazing work below!
Recently our Arabic Language students have been learning about pronouns during their Arabic sessions.
There are two types of pronouns in Arabic, one is the Attached Pronoun, and the other is Detach Pronoun.
Usually, pronouns take the place of a noun and function as a subject of the sentence.
The students have designed their own posters to help them remember and learn these pronouns.
Volcanic eruptions are one of the most powerful natural forces on our planet.
In Geography the children were set a project to make their own miniature erupting volcano to help start learning about these incredible geological features.
Using everyday kitchen items, the students were able to use paper-mâché and cardboard to create the model volcano.
A chemical reaction between vinegar and baking soda creates a gas called carbon dioxide.
Carbon dioxide is the same type of gas used to make the carbonation in sodas.
If you shake up a soda the gas gets very excited and tries to spread out.
There is not enough room in the bottle for the gas to spread out, so it leaves through the opening very quickly, causing an eruption!
A full explanation was provided to the students and they were able to perform this volcano experiment and enjoyed the learning experience with family at home.
Our age 8-9 homeschooled children have been investigating the causes of earthquakes during their recent science sessions.
Some of the most spectacular features on our planet from the Himalaya Mountains to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans have been created in association with earthquakes.
Earthquakes are caused by motions in the Earth’s plates. While earthquakes can be destructive, they are also an expression of the dynamic forces within Earth that shape the planet on which we live.
The children were given a hands-on activity to complete at home.
This involved investigating the effect of glacial movement on landforms.
The children used sandy ice cubes as a model of a glacier which had pieces of rock in its ice.
Once they completed the activity, they recorded the results and gave a description of what they discovered.
Tuition Club onsite closure
Currently Tuition Club takes place on site – but in line with the latest developments and government guidance, we will be operating online in order for our children not to miss out or fall behind, we are already making preparations for all our children to learn in our Virtual Classrooms online temporarily from Wednesday 6th January 2021. As mentioned previously we do not wish our children to miss out on their tuition and work, nor fall behind the standards set at the centre. By the grace of Allah, we have over 3 years of experience teaching online; and have tailored resources that work in tandem with the resource on site. For the past 2 years we have held online classes for groups of children from all around the country and world and many of our onsite staff already teach in our virtual classrooms.
We will begin adding children into our online classrooms via Skype – a video communications program everyone is familiar with, but which is a powerful tool allowing us to deliver a great experience to the class. Please note you may receive calls from our admin staff during this process.
We will be forwarding technical information, how to setup and take part in the classes. The children will also receive their full week’s timetables moving forward inshaaAllah.
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It’s that time of year again! Time for this year’s Tuition Club Bake Off!
Our wonderful students took out their aprons and recipes for another chance to show off their baking skills by entering the competition. This year our Bake Off was ‘nature inspired’ themed. We were really impressed and blown away with the creativity of the cakes entered and saw lots of original ideas and children’s own work. Our students (and parents) really got stuck in and rolled up their sleeves as we had some amazing ‘Showstopper’ entries!
The Tuition club was filled with an array of delights from Bouquet of flowers made from intricate fondant icing sugar, Muddy chocolate wormery, under the sea themed cakes to oozing volcanos!
Swipe along below to see our Wonderful entries!
You know the mesmerizing feel of watching a lava lamp, with its large coloured bubbles sinking, rising, and morphing? This has been a fun science experiment this week for our students age 9-10 who made their own temporary DIY lava lamp using just household materials!
So, What Happened?
A lava lamp works because of two different scientific principles, density and polarity.
- Density is the measurement of how compact a substance is – how much of it fits in a certain amount of space.
If you measure an equal volume of oil and water, you’ll find that the water is heavier than the same amount of oil. This is because water molecules are packed more tightly; a cup of water actually has more mass than a cup of oil. Because water is denser than oil, it will sink to the bottom when the two are put in the same container.
- Polarity prevents the oil and water from mixing together.
Water molecules are “polar” because they have a lopsided electrical charge that attracts other atoms. The end of the molecule with the two hydrogen atoms is positively charged. The other end, with the oxygen, is negatively charged.
Oil molecules, however, are non-polar— they don’t have a positive or negative charge, so they are not attracted to the water molecules at all. This is why oil and water don’t mix!
Our Young Learners have been showing great effort in forming letters in Arabic.
By providing clear directions for where to begin and which direction to go in the students have been able to develop their writing skills in the Arabic Language.
Our Young learners have used Arabic dot-to-dot worksheets to help develop these skills which they have been able to join the dots and continue by themselves.