Why do we need to learn the times tables?

Why do we need to learn the times tables?

You wouldn’t dream of building a house without first digging the footings and putting the foundations in place. Nor would you attempt to put a meal together without assembling the right ingredients in the correct proportions. Everything starts with a solid foundation, and in maths, that’s where times tables comes in. Schools have to make sure that children learn the times tables as part of the national curriculum. There is no silver bullet to learning them; it is simply a…

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How do you pass the 11+ ?

How do you pass the 11+ ?

Parents all come to Pen and Ink Tuition for the same reason – they want their child to have the best chance of passing the 11+ test. For the uninitiated, this is the so-called Transfer Test that helps to decide whether a child can go to grammar school or not. There are two papers, each around 45 minutes’ long. They are supposed to be tutor-proof, but research has shown that this simply isn’t the case.  So tutoring is, rightly or…

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The importance of last minute revision

The importance of last minute revision

Why should we do last minute revision? As we approach the final half term of the year, our thoughts turn to the good weather we hope to have, and our camping expeditions or holidays – some of which we booked months ago – that can now finally be enjoyed. Children have worked hard all year long at school and have certainly earned a rest. However, the summer holidays also bring the well-known phenomenon of “summer learning loss”. You can read…

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Why you should start 11+ revision in Year 4

Why you should start 11+ revision in Year 4

The CET Transfer Test, otherwise known as the 11+ test, takes place early in September for the incoming Year 6. That means that much of Year 5 is spent preparing for the test. However, a lot of parents choose to start tuition even earlier than that, in year 4, and here’s why: Why start tuition in year 4? Eighty per cent of the 11+ is supposed to be based on the national curriculum, in other words, taught at school. However,…

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