How to Make a Volcano Experiment!

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.


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Understanding Glacial Earthquakes!

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.

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Tuition Club Onsite Closure

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.

If you have not already joined, then you should subscribe to one of our social media channels – Telegram, Twitter or by email on our Website.

May Allah keep us all well and safe; and upon Him is our reliance and final return.

Kind regards

The Tuition Club

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Bake Off 2020!

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!

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We’ve Been Making Lava Lamps!

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!

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Learning Arabic Language Online!

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.

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Colour a Carnation!

Where does the water really go when a plant is watered?

Our mini Scientist age 6-7 have discovered how essential the functions of stems are for plant growth. They have been experimenting with creating different-coloured flowers using the ability to absorb water through its stem.  As the coloured water is absorbed, they were able to see how it moved into the flower and were amazed when the petals of a white carnation changed colour!

How does it work? Most plants “drink” water from the ground through their roots. The water travels up the stem of the plant into the leaves and flowers where it makes food and helps keep the plant rigid. When a flower is cut off the plant, it no longer has its roots but the stem of the flower still “drinks” up the water and provides it to the leaves and flowers. Colouring the water with food colouring does not harm the plant but it allows you to see the movement of water into the flower. Splitting the stem simply proves that the tiny tubes in the stem run all the way through the stem from the water to the petals of the flowers. Our unofficial tests indicated that the blue food colour went up the carnations the fastest, followed by the red and then the green food colours.

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Learning About the Mummification Process in Ancient Egypt!

Year 1 have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians this term in History. Through their learning they have come to know the process of ‘mummification’. Children rolled up their sleeves and experimented with mummifying an apple! They used; Apples, salt, baking soda and cups to recreate the drying process.

So What happened? ~the Science behind the fun

Over a couple of weeks, The students were able to see that one of the apple slices had rotted. The slice covered in the salt and baking soda mixture didn’t therofre it had been successfully mummified! Salt and baking soda are desiccants. Desiccants remove water from any material it comes into contact with. Bacteria that cause rotting and decay need water to survive. Salt and baking soda remove the water from the apple, which makes it hard for bacteria to survive and cause decay.

Ancient Egyptians use a similar method to preserve human bodies after death. They used natron, a naturally occurring desicant, to mummify bodies.


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Creating Wax Tablets & Roman Standards in History!

In History, the children have been learning all about the Romans.

Roman children learned to write using a wax tablet.

This was a wooden board covered with a thin layer of beeswax.

The letters were scratched onto the wax surface with a sharp stick called a stylus.

The letters were rubbed out by smoothing them over with the round end of the stylus, leaving the tablet fresh and ready to use again and again.

The students have also been learning about Roman Eagle Standards. Standards were tall poles topped with various emblems and symbols which were used in battle.

The students have had a lot of fun creating their own wax tablet to practice writing the Roman alphabet and numerals.



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Oragami- fun above the fold!

At the Tuition club, our children have been getting creative with Origami; the ancient art of paper folding!  This art form engages our students as well as enhancing their skills -including improved spatial perception and logical and sequential thinking.

Children love origami whether it’s their first paper airplane, paper hat, or paper boat. And while we might not always think about it, origami surrounds us- from envelopes, shirt folds to brochures and fancy towels. Origami has been found to improve not only 3-D perception and logical thinking, but also focus and concentration. Often in assignments, there is one set answer and one way to get there. Origami provides children an opportunity to solve something that isn’t prescribed and gives them a chance for trial and error. So, no matter how you fold it, origami is a way to get children engaged, improve their skills, and makes them appreciate the world around them more!

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