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We have been Working at Greater Depth!

Our home- schooled children ages 6-7 have been working at greater depth in their reading and writing!.Working at greater depth means a child is not only on their way to master the expected stage for their age, but able to delve into it in more detail. In English, working at greater depth might look like using different sentence types and lengths, being aware of how their audience affects their tone and style, or writing with a ‘reader’s eye’, re-reading and editing their own work to ensure it’s enjoyable to read.

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Tuition Club’s Young Gardeners Discover Their Organic Produce!

As you may remember, last year our little green-fingered students were learning all about planting in our Learning Garden at the Tuition club. As spring approches us, our children are excited to have discovered their little seeds grow into beautiful organic produce!. Children can learn new skills, have fun, play and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden tending plants and growing their own food. Most children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating things and watching plants grow. People of all ages can enjoy gardening, but our children in particular have had lots of fun and gaining special benefits. Gardening is educational and develops new skills including:

  • Responsibility – from caring for plants
  • Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
  • Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown
  • Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place
  • Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
  • Physical activity – doing something fun and productive
  • Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork
  • Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food
  • Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from

We look forward to sharing what our children find under the soil and what they will be cooking with their fresh produce… watch this space!

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Writing a Descriptive Account During English Class

Descriptive writing imprints images into the reader’s mind, making you feel as though you’re “right there.” Its all about engaging the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch to transport the reader and stir emotion. By choosing vivid details and colorful words, good writers bring objects, people, places, and events to life. Instead of merely telling you what they see, they use their words to show you.

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DIY Dinosaur fossils with Sour Dough!

Our home schooled children in year 3 and 4 have been learning all about fossilization during their science lesson. The children have learnt that fossils are the preserved remains or traces of living things from the past. There are many ways to form fossils. The experiment conducted by the children modelled the casting and moulding method. The dent made by the object, in this case were mini- dinosaur figurines in the clay is the mould. It shows the detail of the object’s surface. Groundwater leaks in to the moulds and then evaporates, leaving minerals behind. The minerals dry up and harden and this creates a cast. The children went on to pour pva glue into the moulds and baked in the oven to harden up to reveal their very own fossils!

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Tuition club closure next week- Monday 3rd Feb & Tuesday 4th Feb

Asalamualaikum wa Rahmatullahi wabaraktuhu, It had been decided that the Tuition Club will be closed on the Monday 3rd February AND Tuesday 4th February to allow parents to plan their day from now.  We will re-adjust timetables and announce days to make up the missed periods of tutoring later in the term. Please keep an eye on the official telegram and twitter channel for further updates.

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Important Notice! Change Of Day For Tuition Club Next week

Asalaamu Alaykum wa Rahmahtullahi wa Barakatuh, Please note that there will be a change of the Tuition Club day next week due to the Masjid hosting the winter conference on Sunday 2nd February. The Tuition Club will be closed on Monday 3rd February and will resume back on Tuesday 4th February 2020 at the usual time of 9:50am In’ shaa Allah. The Tuesday is to enable students to continue on according to the frameworks for the academic year, so please make sure that your child/children attend the club on the day.

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Abstract and Still Life Painting Using Acrylic Paints in Art!

Our Home-schooled children have been getting creative at the Tuition club! Our children,  Ages 7- 11 have been taught how to use different mediums to the best effect. Sketching and working with different mediums they have been guided and taught by our wonderful and encouraging tutors.
The session started off with looking at The ColourWheel; Color wheels show us how colors are related.  They remind artists how to mix and think about colors. Primary colors cannot be made from other colors, Artists create all the other colors of the rainbow by mixing together the primary colors. Secondary colors are made by mixing two primary colors.  Each secondary color is made from the two primary colors closest to it on the color wheel. Children then went on to mix their own colours and recreated a piece of still life art work that inspired them. For those who have some art skills under their belts built on what they already know and are encouraged to move forward to the next steps in their creative journey.

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Year6 &7 Project Based Learning About The Habitats of Polar Bears

In Science, Our students in year 6 and 7 have now completed their 4-week project learning all about habitats of Polar Bears. They have been learning that homes for polar bears is on the sea ice, where they hunt seals at open leads. The bears are found in five nations across the Arctic in the U.S. The sea ice is vast and ever-changing. Because of this a polar bear’s home range can be enormous—far greater than any other species of bear. The size of a polar bear’s range depends on two main factors: the quality of the sea ice and the availability of their seal prey. Some sea ice lies over productive hunting areas, and some ice regions will melt sooner than others in a warming Arctic. Students have been introduced to the effects of Global Warming .

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