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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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?…

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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…

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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…

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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?…

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WHAT’S THE LINK BETWEEN MATHS AND PANCAKES?

When it comes to interesting facts and fantastic blog posts, our Maths department is on fire! They even have a way to use maths in your pancakes today… What’s so special about Pancake Day? In the Christian calendar, this Tuesday is officially known as Shrove Tuesday, and is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first…

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STUDENT THOUGHT: NO STUFFY SATS PREP AT SPARK

When we think of students preparing for exams, most of us think of GCSEs. We even posted about Spark’s GCSE preparation here but they aren’t the only students in an important year. Our Year 6s are in full SATs swing now and enjoying the support that Spark offers in the run up to their exams. It’s not…

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HEADTEACHER TALK: WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN TO YOU?

March is just beginning and the year is ticking on towards exam season for many pupils at Spark. It’s time to hear what our Headteacher Gemma has to say about success and it’s role in your life! ever doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world…

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GROUP TUITION?

Whenever it comes to tuition, it always boils down to two methods of studying: either in a group, or in a one-to-one scenario. At Spark Academy, we are all very strong advocates of group study, and this blog post will give you some of the reasons why we think group learning is the best! Year…

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WHO WAS FEBRUARY’S STUDENT OF THE MONTH?

We are a few days into March now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate February’s Student of the Month! It’s hard for us to choose just one student each month as all of our students consistently work hard to improve in lessons. Nic, our Head of Science at Spark, nominated this month’s winner.…

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TEACHER TALK: LIVELY LITERATURE

This week’s Teacher Talk is all about literature – specifically thinking about our Year 7 classes, who have just finished a topic on A Christmas Carol. Why study A Christmas Carol? Charles Dickens is one of the most well-known writers in English Literature and A Christmas Carol is one of his most famous works. The novella is chosen…

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