DOES MY CHILD NEED TUTORING SERVICES?

The year 2020 means setting new intentions for the new decade, including exploring opportunities for your little one. Tutoring services are nothing new. In fact, they have evolved. At Spark Academy, we focus on holistic development elements in addition to improving grades for maths, English and science. If you agree with any of the below, your child…

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MATHS GCSE REVISION TIPS

Draw up a list Before you start revising, get all your notes sorted. Draw up a list of all the topics you need to cover before you begin. Plan your revision Plan exactly when you are going to revise, and be strict with yourself. Don’t revise all day. Revise in small chunks and take regular…

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SCIENCE OF LEARNING

At Spark Academy, we are passionate about understanding new research and developments in the world of education. One area that is coming to the forefront is known as the ‘Science of learning.’ Science of learning is a relatively new field of research. It brings together research from neuroscience, psychology, education and other research disciplines to…

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A PARENT’S GUIDE TO YEAR 6 SAT’S

Here is some important information about the Year 6 SAT’s. They will be starting on 13th of May 2019 until Thursday 16th of May 2019.  Below is the timetable of when your child will be sitting each SAT.  There are no tests on the Friday of that week.   Monday  The children will need to complete the Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary Test. It includes…

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CHARITY AND GIVING BACK

“Spark Academy is an organisation with a strong social and moral conscious. We care about people, embrace growth, and learning is in our DNA. We are incredibly passionate about our work and always believe in generously giving back to local and wider communities through charitable work. It is our mission to open schools in countries where child slavery…

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BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK

WHAT IS BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK?  British Science Week is run by the British Science Association. It is a 10 day celebration of science starting on 8th March – 17th March. Every year there is a theme, with the theme this year being ‘Journeys’.  Journey into Space  This year, on 20th July, we will mark 30 years since the first moon landings. This is probably still…

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COMPANY VALUES – RESPECT

COMPANY VALUES – RESPECT RESPECT AND DIGNITY – VALUE EVERY PERSON Respect is something that we all expect. This is the same whether it is from our work colleagues, students, or our family and friends. However, time and time again it seems that respect is forgotten by those around us. It could be as simple…

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FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

WHAT IS FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT?  25 February – 10 March 2019  This event happens every year to celebrate the people who grow our food. These are the people who live in the poorest countries of the world and are often exploited and poorly paid. This year the big focus is on the people especially the women. These are…

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EAT THAT FROG!

Imagine you have a job and that job was to eat frogs every day, how would you go about it? Which type of frog would you eat first? The smallest frog or the biggest frog? Mark Twain famously wrote: “IF IT’S YOUR JOB TO EAT A FROG, IT’S BEST TO DO THIS FIRST THING IN…

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10 TOP TIPS FOR ENJOYING READING

WHY IS READING SO IMPORTANT? It is a known fact and evidence backs this idea up that children who read for pleasure everyday do better in reading tests, have a wider range of vocabulary, increased knowledge of different cultures and better general knowledge. An enjoyment in reading is important to allow this to come to…

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REAL LIFE MATHS

MATHS IS EVERYWHERE! Whether you hope to study biology, economics, sociology, psychology, physics or many other subjects, Mathematics is used all the time. You will need to solve numerous Maths problems, as part of your studies. SHOPPING Maths is all around you the minute you step into your local supermarket! You will pass through automatic…

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BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO SPARK ACADEMY!

With the summer holidays feeling like a distant memory, we are pleased to have our pupils back and rearing to go at Spark Academy! There is certainly a buzz around our new and improved academic programme as well as the wonderful new additions to our team. WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM SPARK THIS YEAR? We’ve…

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CELEBRATING PUPIL PROGRESS

As our parents will know, at Spark Academy we have just finished completing our Spring term assessments. Although we see progress every lesson when we see our students, we understand that it’s important for students and parents to see progress in test scores too – both at Spark and at school. We have been very…

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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: 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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