# Blog

## Two Teacher Tips

Recently, I cornered one of our English specialists and one of our Maths specialist and asked them, "What is one thing someone taught you that made a difference?" I thought I would share their responses. I hope it makes a difference for you like it did for them!

## Extending basic facts to estimating BIG number multiplication

This game is based on noughts and crosses, but can be played by 2 or 3 players. Instead of a blank 3 by 3 grid, draw up a grid of 6 by 6 squares and write into them (in a random order) the numbers: 70, 110, 130, 140, 160, 190, 210, 220, 260, 290, 300, 320, 370, 380, 420, 460, 470, 480, 530, 560, 610, 660, 680, 700, 750, 820, 830, 850, 940, 970, 1050, 1110 and 1250.

## Patterns to make times tables easier

Some of you may find the pattern of the 4x table that I’m about to highlight so obvious that you wonder why I’m writing about it. Others will say “Wow I never noticed that” and the rest will probably think “But how could that help?”

## Fostering a Love of Learning

Ultimately, we want our children to love to learn. A passion for learning is quite different from just studying to earn a grade or to please parents or teachers.

## The Science Behind Learning and Having FUN!

EVERYTHING we experience is a form of 'stress' ... some of it good, a lot of it bad.

## Tips for sitting Tests and Exams

At the moment a lot of students are facing tests and exams. By now schools are well through the content they need to cover and are starting to revise for end of year assessments. How is your child’s study going? Does your child know their assessment dates? Do they have a study routine?

## Does learning stop when school stops?

Summer Holidays are fantastic! Remember that feeling of abandon as you raced out of the classroom on the last day of school, ready for those endless days of summer. No school, no homework, no assignments. Yesss!

## Back to School

A child that is mentally prepared, has all the right materials, and is supported by an organised parent from day one starts confidently!