TEACHER TALK: CREATIVITY AND PERFECTING POETRY

English at Spark Academy is nothing if not varied: from persuasion to poetry, and comprehension to creative writing. You only need to see our previous Teacher Talk posts to see that – you can read all about our work on political speeches and information retrieval by looking back through Spark Ideas. At the moment our Year 6 students are…

PARENT PERSPECTIVES: RAVES IN OUR REVIEWS

In this week’s Parent Perspectives post, we thought we’d look somewhere a little different than usual. Many parents have been rating and posting reviews for Spark Academy for years – it’s time we celebrated their views! Where can you rate and review? Spark’s Facebook page is a perfect place for anyone looking to give us a rating…

TEACHER TALK: COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS!

In this week’s Teacher Talk we asked the Maths department to give us a taste of some of the fun things they do at Christmas. One fun starter or plenary is playing Countdown – let’s have a look at how they do it. Onto the Countdown to Christmas! On behalf of the Maths department at…

WHO IS DECEMBER’S STUDENT OF THE MONTH?

It’s time to celebrate another student of the month here at Spark Academy. Our holidays mean that our lessons end this week – but that doesn’t mean that our student of the month is any less deserving. As you know we’ve already nominated two students to celebrate: Neha Patni and Shreya Kumari. You can read all about their nominations…

HEADTEACHER TALK: THOUGHTS ON THE NEW YEAR

On behalf of everyone at Spark Academy, our Headteacher Gemma has a few words to help welcome in the New Year. With the Christmas holidays in full swing I thought I’d turn our attention to the new year ahead. The end of a year brings reflection of the past and hope for the future and…

SPARK TOP TIPS FOR GCSE MATHS EXAM SUCCESS

For those of you who are looking towards your GCSE revision now, here are our Top Tips for GCSE Maths success! Getting formulas onto one page. When revising for Maths, creating a formula sheet is an effective way to kick-start your work! You should include formulas that will and will not be given to you…

HEADTEACHER TALK: MAKING AN IMPACT

As always at the end of the month, we turn to our Headteacher Gemma for some words of wisdom. At the start of the new year, a new term and the beginning of our time in our new building, she’d like to talk to us this month about making an impact. Why making an impact?…

STUDENT THOUGHT: WHY CHOOSE SPARK FOR GCSE?

Looking for tuition in your GCSE years can be a daunting prospect. Even at the beginning of Year 10, you might feel that you only have a short time before you will be sitting your exams. For this week’s student thoughts, we asked two of our Year 11 students to talk to us about why…

TEACHER TALK: UNDERSTANDING LITERATURE

This week’s Teacher Talk is from our English teachers. Literature is an important aspect of studying English, but for many students reading something written almost 100 years ago can be a little off-putting. Our teachers share some of their ideas for bringing great novels to life in tuition. Why do we study literature at Spark? Literature…

WHO IS JANUARY’S STUDENT OF THE MONTH?

It’s time again to celebrate our students for their hard work and perseverance over the course of the term. Our previous students of the month were Neha Patni, Shreya Kumari and Adnan Ahmad. This month our student of the month is an A-level student – our first this year! Why has this student been nominated?…