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6 tips on how to help your child develop their handwriting skills

October 20th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Handwriting is one of those amazing skills that children learn with practice and patience. It is a difficult and challenging skill to master but an important one; and there are plenty of ways to ensure your child develops their handwriting in a smooth and fun way.

Practising is key t... Read More »

5 tips on preparing your child for secondary school

September 7th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

When the time comes for our child to start secondary school it can be both an exciting and terrifying time; for both the parent and the child. All of a sudden our little ones go from being young and carefree to having responsibilities; a new chapter in their lives has begun.

As parents we spend time worrying about how they will manage, whether they will make friends and if they will cope with their homework. But we... Read More »

4 great tips to help teach your child to tell the time

June 7th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

We all know how tricky it can be to learn to tell the time. Learning to tell the time is an important skill that all children will eventually have to master. Knowing a few basic tricks can be a great way to help your child on the right path to mastering telling the time.

Some children can find learning to tell the time challenging and difficult and often get confused at reading the clock hands or understanding the different ways of saying the time. We have come up with four great ti... Read More »

What is the Year 1 Phonics Test?

May 18th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

We all know how important it is for children to learn literacy. And early learning of the phonics has become a very important part of a child's reading journey. The Phonics Screening test was first launched by the Department of Education in June 2012 and schools will administer the test the week beginning 13 June for this year. The test is defined by the Department of Education as short, light-touch assessments that usually take between four and nine minutes for each child to complete.... Read More »

Four easy tips to help your child practice spelling

March 9th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Spelling can be tough for an adult let alone a child. Sometimes it can be disheartening watching your child struggle with their spelling tests. That's why First Tutors have come up with four easy tips to help your child learn their spellings in a simple and easy way.

1. Break down the ... Read More »

From Primary to Secondary School: The big step!

May 15th, 2012 by Sara

The move from primary school to secondary school is a big step for your child. The secure and perhaps small environment of primary school where your child may feel like a big fish in a small pond will suddenly be exchanged for a large school building that can seem quite intimidating to many children.

The transition from primary to secondary school can also be a difficult time for parents too. You may be worried about the school your child will be attending and wonder if they will be a... Read More »

New reading test for primary school children

April 18th, 2012 by Sara

In a couple of months time a new reading test for six-year-olds will be introduced that has fired much a debate between language experts and teaching unions.

The purpose of the check will be to confirm that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an age-appropriate standard. Children who do not reach this level should receive extra support from their school to ensure they can improve their decoding skills, and will then have the opportunity to retake the test.

Systematic Sy... Read More »

Common entrance exams - Verbal reasoning tests (3)

November 10th, 2011 by Sara

The alphabet is given here to help you with the following questions.


Complete the second pair of letters in the same way as the first pair.

Example: A B is to C D as M N is to (O P) 37. F G is to C B as V W is to ? 38. H J is to L N as K M is to ? 39. Y X is to S Q as J I is to ? 40. O K ... Read More »

Common entrance exams - Verbal reasoning tests (2)

October 24th, 2011 by Sara

In the following sentences, a four letter word is hidden between two words that are next to each other. Find the word and write it in the brackets.

Example: The child fell over the stone. (l o v e )

15. The hot coffee tasted very good 16. Let's hide away from him! 17. He was happy on the farm. 18. Is the yellow shape the bi... Read More »

Maths in everyday life

October 13th, 2010 by Emily

If you have kids of primary school age and you want to help them with their Maths, a addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. On top of this there's fractions and geometry to deal with. These topics can actually be found, practised and demonstrated in everyday life. This is great news for children who find Maths too abstract or difficult to grasp in the classroom. By making them see that Maths is somethin... Read More »

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