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June 11, 2020

Free Key Stage 2 (and SATS) English Checklist for Homeschooling

We have been inundated with parents asking for guidance on Key Stage 2 English here at Geek School Tutoring Towers. So, in an attempt to help parents navigate what can be quite a complicated and not-so-transparent curriculum, we have created a free Key Stage 2 English Checklist.

Yes, it is true that reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling underpins the curriculum for years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Key Stage 2), but do you know exactly what your child needs to know by the end of Year 6?

This checklist lists out all the key learning outcomes in an easy way for parents to use while homeschooling – and to keep on track with what school is doing after the lockdown eases.

Key stage 2 punctuation poster
May 15, 2020

Encouraging Reluctant Readers During the Coronavirus Quarantine – and Beyond!

It can be challenging to encourage your child to read during a typical school term when they have homework to do, levels to complete and friends to text.

However, when your children are at home for the whole day during quarantine, it’s a good idea to make the most of this time. Get creative in encouraging them to read, as a way of supplementing their home education – and to keep their brains ticking over!

We have compiled some easy ideas to try out at home, which will help even the most reluctant of readers to get engaged, and also enjoy the experience of reading.

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May 10, 2020

Preventing Learning Loss During Lockdown

Usually, we worry about learning loss over the summer. Students can lose up to 2.6 months of maths skills and two months of reading skills over the summer break. It can take up to six weeks to rebuild that learning in the winter term. However, as we all know, summer seems to have come a little early this year – but don’t panic!

Here are some ideas for preventing learning loss while your children are at home during the lockdown, and some activities that you can do together as a family.

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March 22, 2020

Free Key Stage 2 Maths and English LIVE Online Lessons

Are you worried that your primary school-aged child will fall behind during the Coronovirus lockdown?

Do you feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of ‘homeschooling’ your child, with all the conflicting information out there?

Do you feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped to make sure your Year 5 or 6 child does enough work to not fall behind?

There is so much uncertainty about when schools will resume. Boris Johnson has said it may be September, only for other reports to suggest potentially more prolonged school closures if the Coronovirus spread doesn’t slow down.

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January 10, 2020

2 Simple Ways to Use Past Papers for 11 Plus Preparation for Independent School Exams

Preparing for 11 Plus exams is no easy feat. There are so many different types of papers, so many different styles of exams and lots of confusing information.

When preparing your child for independent (private) school exams, the more practice, the better. But unlike textbooks (which your child has probably finished by the time you read this), schools often supply just one sample (some private schools don’t even provide that).

Books like Bond English Assessment Papers and ISEB books can be helpful to get your child started, but if your child is working diligently, they will soon finish those papers – or get bored of their repetitive nature.

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