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Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • Are your pupils able to tell the time?

    Can you match these up?

    Telling the time is something that adults find completely second-nature to them. You can do it in an instant, without even thinking. However, many children can find this task quite tricky to learn when starting off – particularly when it comes to the dreaded analogue clock.

    Did you know that just one in seven Britons can only tell the time using a digital watch? Despite this shocking statistic, I suppose it makes sense when we live in a digital world, as the digital format is displayed on all of the devices we use on a daily basis. Why would we need to learn analogue, right?

    The good news is that only last year, telling the time has been included within the 2014 Maths National Curriculum in England. This means that children should have a good understanding of the concepts of time by the time they reach year 4, Primary.

    What should children know, and at what age?

    Year 1 (ages 5-6)

    • Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour, and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.

    Year 2 (ages 6-7)

    • Tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times
    • Know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day

    Year 3 (ages 7-8)

    • Tell and write the time from an analogue clock, including using Roman numberals from I to XII, as well as knowing 12-hour and 24-hour clocks
    • Estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute; record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours; use vocabulary such as o’clock, a.m/p.m., morning, afternoon, noon and midnight.

    Year 4 (ages 8-9)

    • Read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12- and 24-hour clocks.

    Is there an easy way to learn telling the time?

    Yes, and we thought you’d never ask! Because the topic of telling the time was introduced into the Maths National curriculum last year, we have spent a while developing a time telling app into our latest award-winning primary school maths app, Maths Tutor.

    It includes all aspects of the National Curriculum and is a great tool for teachers and pupils to use in the classroom.

    There are plenty of learning activities, tutorials and fun features to teach children key concepts of telling the time. What’s more, the app can be accessed via an iPad, Android tablet or web browser too which means teachers can either let their class learn individually, or they can make use of an interactive whiteboard for an all-engaging, super- awesome, time telling lesson!

    Is there another way of telling the time?

    Well, according to this Italian man, there is another way of telling the time other than using the conventional digital and analogue formats… but we definitely wouldn’t want to see this in the National Curriculum!

  • Maths Tutor App Gets Short-listed for Bett Awards!


    Great news! Daydream Education are proud to announce that our latest Maths Tutor app has been short-listed for the prestigious BETT Awards this coming January!

    What is BETT and why are we making such a fuss?

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    Bett (formerly known as the British Educational Training & Technology show) is an annual trade show that showcases the use of technology in education. The show has been known to have huge companies attend the event such as Microsoft, Google and Apple Inc.

    After spending a long time in development, with many late evenings and plenty of coffee, it's great to see our maths app gaining recognition with teachers and other educational companies. The feedback we have received so far has been fantastic and encourages us to create even more engaging educational tools for teachers and their pupils which can be used for the classroom and at home.

    What categories have we entered?


    We have been short-listed into two categories for the event and are keeping our fingers and toes crossed for when the judges to make their decision.

    The categories we have entered are:-

    • Primary Digital Content - core subject content
    • ICT Tools for Learning, Teaching & Assessment - Web based - classroom aids


    What is this Maths Tutor app you speak of, and can I try it for free?


    Maths Tutor is a completely cross-platform compatible app that provides  a huge amount of learning and teaching tools that can be used to support pupils with their study, inside and outside of the classroom - and yes, you and your entire class can try it for free here!

    We believe that we are offering something very different on the app market to teachers and pupils compared to the more traditional game-based apps that are out there at the moment, which makes us even more excited to be at Bett in January.

    The app has been designed to be fully aligned to the Maths KS2 National Curriculum, and caters for all learning-styles. We wanted to make an app that was highly accessible so that teachers and pupils could access content from any device and learn from engaging content no matter where they are.

    Our Maths Tutor app contains 8 curriculum topics, a vast assortment of educational content, tutorials, assessments and activities to ensure teachers have access to a flexible teaching tool that is ideal for independent, group and whole-class learning.

    See how  All Saints Primary School have been using Maths Tutor!

    Download Links

    To access the app for free and instantly gain access to engaging Maths content for your school, click on the below links

  • An Insight Into Online Tutoring

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    Tutoring is something that many teachers may think about to earn themselves that little bit of extra income. Whether it is done face-to-face or online using platforms such as Skype, the tangible and intangible benefits of private tuition certainly make it something teachers will consider at some point in their careers.

    private tutor teacher

    A recent study suggests that tutors that teach online mainly cater for secondary age children and adults, with science and maths being the most popular subjects. However, English, foreign languages and other humanities subjects also showed to be in high demand from the report.

    Interestingly, the study found that tutors are charging the same fee online as they would for face-to-face tuition. This is great news for those who were thinking about online tuition as an option, as they will save on travelling costs as well as their own time.

    online tuition fee

    Almost half of tutors that teach face-to face and online received a tenth or less of their tutoring income from online tuition. In comparison, 42% of this group of tutors received between 10-60% of their tutoring income from online tuition.

    online tuition earnings

    Online tuition usually involves text chat, audio or video. Through the help of technology, private tuition has become highly accessible regardless of your location. Having this flexibility is great as private tutors are able to fit their lessons around their regular teaching schedule, and be in the comfort of their own home if they wish.

    location of tutors

    tutor logoHave you thought about private tuition as an additional source of income? For more information on how to get started click here  or drop us a message in the comments section below!

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