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Sometimes, it's all about the resources - and today I want to share a new resource with you.
I remember looking for online revision material when my daughter was in Year 5. I was searching for alternatives to practice papers and workbooks and even though this was just a few years ago, I was surprised to find that there wasn't a great deal of choice.
Today things have changed: if you search 'Key Stage 2 online learning', your computer will deliver enough results for you to keep reading until well after your child has taken the 11+. So where do you start?
A great friend of mine whose son is in Year 5 told me that she had come across a site called Atom Learning, an online learning resource that can be used to consolidate Key Stage 2 knowledge.
So I went to meet Atom Learning at their headquarters in Central London. The company's co-founder, Alex Hatvany, and his team of computer scientists and learning experts (above) showed me how the site operates.
The main dashboard offers four key areas of study: Maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. The graphics are clear and colourful and the programme is easy to use. The database has more than 20,000 questions, covering all the topics in the Key Stage 2 syllabus. And its very, very good!
If you get stuck on a question or can't remember how to do something, video tutorials and revision sheets which have been individually designed by teachers and education experts are available to help you. And a real bonus is that the software adapts to an individual student's level. This means that weaker students don't become demotivated while more able students are pushed.
As Alex says, great teachers are hard to beat but there are not enough of them. And they are not always available when you need them. Atom Learning wants all students to have access to unbeatable teaching. Using machine learning, they claim their platform creates the optimal learning path for your child in the quickest time possible.
I had a go and would have loved to have had this resource as an option for my own children when they did the 11+ to give them some extra variety ... and keep learning fun.
Take a look at Atom Learning. If you click on the hyperlink you can receive a 10% discount if you decide to subscribe. But first, there's a 5 day free trial so you can decide before you sign up.