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“I have noticed such a difference in Donya, from her personality to her education. “

After almost seven years of study, 16-year-old Donya completed the Kumon English Programme in May 2017, meaning she can provide critical analysis of advanced texts, from authors such as William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. She has also become a self-learner; motivated and equipped with the skills and abilities to tackle challenges in life, school and beyond.

Having enrolled onto the English programme at the Kumon Teddington Study Centre aged ten, Donya has impressively progressed through 16 levels of the programme with lots of hard work and commitment, mastering comprehension elements from sentence building to summarisation and critique. [ Click here for full story ]

This year 61% of pupils met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared with 53% in 2016.

Year 6 SATs results released earlier this week show a growth in attainment for students leaving primary school in the core subjects of maths and English.

This year 61% of pupils met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared with 53% last year.

Results have increased across the board with 71% of pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, compared with 66% last year; 76% of pupils meeting the expected standard in writing, compared with 74% last year; and 75% of pupils meeting the expected standard in maths, compared with 70% last year. Even student attainment in the much debated grammar, punctuation and spelling test has increased by 4% from 2016. [ Click here for full story ]

It is not just reading a variety of texts that is important, it is fully comprehending those texts.

At Kumon we encourage our students to read as widely as possible, and to nurture a love of reading for both education and enjoyment.

Wider reading enriches a child’s understanding of the world around them and will benefit students in all other aspects of learning as they are more readily able to comprehend the materials they encounter.

It is not just reading a wide variety of texts that is important, fully comprehending those texts and grasping the concepts being discussed is fundamental. There are a number of ways you can broaden your child’s understanding of what they have read.

Here are a few suggestions:

Talk about it – there is no better way to ascertain understanding of a story than by talking about it. Ask your child what happened in the book and pose questions on the information they give you.

Watch it – many books have been adapted into a film or a play. Is there a version of the same story you can take your child to see, so they can engage with it in another medium? Sometimes it helps for children to be able to visualise what they have read, but this also proves a great platform for further discussion: is this how they thought it would be shown? What’s different? [ Click here for full story ]

The summer is the perfect time to develop and enhance your child’s maths and English ability and strengthen their love of learning.

A child’s summer holidays are often jam-packed with energetic activities including bike rides, swimming, dancing and football, but it is important to keep their minds active too.

Think about when you take a break from exercising your body; a few weeks off the treadmill and it seems so much steeper when you get back on! Your mind is much the same, it requires regular exercise to continue growing and developing. Ensuring your child continues educational activities throughout the summer holidays can mean they are confident, equipped and ready to tackle new work when they go back to school.

Research spanning 100 years shows students typically score lower on standardised tests at the end of summer holidays than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906). How much more however, may well come as quite a surprise.

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