The homework debate

Benefits of homework 

With lots of discussion this week around the subject of homework and it’s benefits we thought we’d discuss the benefits our students have had from participating in homework. 

Homework doesn’t have to be a chore. It’s a great way to extend the learning from the classroom. 

Some benefits of homework include: 

  1. Independent learning – giving children the responsibility of completing their own work and meeting deadlines. 
  2. Project based homework is a great way to collaborate learning with your child and learn lots of new things too. 
  3. It gives pupils more time to review learning they have started in class and spend more time practicing additional skills. 
  4. It gives parents a chance to see what their child is learning and support their child additionally at home if they wish too. 
  5. It teaches students about time management and how to prioritise  their work. 
  6. It also teaches the importance of organisation and planning skills 
  7. Homework helps students take responsibility of their learning. 
  8. It’s can also a good communication link between parent and teacher.  
  9. It provides additional learning time for children. 
  10. It can improve retention and understanding of new topics. 

Andrea Walters

Succeed Tutoring Services


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11+ reading list

Children will develop a wider vocabulary reading classic books. They will usually come across different vocabulary – more relevant for the exam in these types of books.
Many of the grammar entrance exams and independent entrance exams have difficult comprehension so understanding complex texts beforehand is very useful.

Below are some suggested reading to prepare your child for the 11 plus exam.

Some books that have come up in recent exams
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy Kipps – HG Wells
The Road to Wigan Pier – George Orwell
Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain
The Mill on the Floss – George Elliot Tobermory – H.H. Monroe
Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy Longitude – Dava Sobel
The Destructors – Graham Greene
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

Other classic authors/books to consider

Enid Blyton
Roald Dahl
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson-Burnett
C.S Lewis
The adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain


Dealing with anxiety and exams

It’s normal to feel some anxiety before any big event including exams.
As we approach the exam period it seems that every year parents and schools are still tackling anxiety and stress caused by exams.

Whether it’s SATs, GCSEs or A levels here are a few tips to support your child throughout the exam period.
1. Reassurance and positivity from parents is essential. Often it’s parents anxieties that are absorbed by their children. Reassure your child that everything is okay during this time.
2. Use rewards and take time out from study. Children can often become isolated at this time, encourage them to meet up with friends and maintain a social balance as well as revision time.
3. Get children to create a timetable, which includes downtime, treats and fun in addition to study time. Help them with this too, this will show your interested and supporting them during this time.
4. During the exam period, continue to have communication with school and your child. If you’re worried speak to your child and school. If you’re not, continue to stay in touch and find out about additional support available for your child and you as a parent.
5. It’s imperative to all productivity and focus that your child eats and sleeps well. A balanced diet and plenty of sleep is essential for your child’s health to ensure good focus and concentration.


Times Tables Tips

Times tables are the basis of most Maths. It’s important that Times tables are secure to ensure that other maths problems are easier to tackle. It’s never too early to

  1. Little and often – start with the easy ones and practice starting with one or two a day.
  2.  Practice every day -at home, in the car, on the computer. Even if it’s just counting in 2’s, 10’s or 5’s to remember what appears in the times tables.
  3.  Use different methods – games, apps and competitions.
  4.  Learn the tricks and tips to make them easier to learn.
  5. Look at the pattern of the numbers – add zeros to the number to make the 10 times tables.

Very useful websites


Reading tips

Reading is essential for a child’s success. The barriers children face with difficulty reading often outweigh their desire to read. Without guidance, support and confidence they never overcome them.
Learning to read is a sequential process; each new skill builds on the mastery of previously learned skills.

Top Tips
Visit the library – make reading a part of your routine.
Read everyday. Whether reading becomes a habit children will enjoy it and know its part of their daily routine.
Attend reading events, libraries, book shops and schools hold many different, often free events.
Take part in reading challenges. Reward your child for reading.
Read with your child. Regardless of your child’s age, children feel great when their parent listens to them read.
Read different materials. Newspapers, magazines are just as good as books so expand your reading materials to gain even more knowledge.
Try reading apps such as reading eggs, endless reader and story kit.