Understanding More about STEM Subjects

Understanding More about STEM Subjects

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. These four subjects can open the door to many excellent career opportunities for your child, because a variety of key industries rely on individuals with STEM-based qualifications. There are also many important life skills to be learnt through STEM subjects, such as problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking and independence.

To highlight the many benefits of studying STEM subjects at school, Surbiton High have put together the following information for parents…

For young children, there’s no better time to start exploring STEM subjects than at school. It is important for children to understand the connections between each of the STEM subjects, as well as their importance in the real world. Most schools integrate STEM subjects into their curriculum, in order to help young people develop an interest in these areas as early as possible. 

Parents can encourage their children to explore STEM subjects in many ways. A great place to start is by helping to point out STEM learning opportunities in the world around them. Let them explore nature and teach them about the different types of trees and insects. Stimulate their curiosity by allowing them to conduct safe experiments at home, and play games and puzzles together to help develop their problem solving skills. Even cooking can help a child to develop their maths skills by calculating quantities and measurements. 

There are many fun and interactive activities you can do at home to explore STEM subjects and the chances are you probably do already without even realising it!

If you would like more information about STEM subjects and how you can help your child to study them, you can speak to your child’s teachers. They will be able to give you an overview of the curriculum and give you advice on how to support your child’s learning.

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Revision Tips for Your Teens

Revision Tips for Your Teens

School exams can be a stressful time for teenagers. They may feel overwhelmed with their revision and anxious about their results. This is not only hard for teenagers to deal with, but it is also difficult for parents too! If you want to support your child’s exam revision, but you don’t know where to start, here is some helpful advice from Brampton College.

Make a Plan

Help your child to prepare for their exams as early as possible, by creating a revision schedule.
This could be in the form of a simple hand drawn poster for their bedroom wall, or you could create one on your computer or tablet. This schedule should clearly display the days and times your child needs to dedicate to revision, along with ‘free time’ slots to relax and reward themselves.

It is important to advise your child not overdo it when it comes to revision and to take regular breaks. This will prevent your teen from feeling tired and stressed.

Learning Style

We all learn in different ways. By identifying which learning style works best for your child, you can really make a difference to their revision. Auditory learners prefer to talk things through or read aloud. Visual learners retain information better when using diagrams or videos, and kinaesthetic learners enjoy learning through physical activities, such as role play or experiments. How does your child like to learn?


Help to keep your child motivated by demonstrating a positive attitude towards learning. Also remember to let your child know how proud you are of their hard work, to help them feel encouraged. By helping your child to prepare for their exams you will also help them to feel more confident, which will help them to perform at their best.

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Lamb Stew Recipe - Love Lamb Week

Lamb Stew Recipe

Lots of recipes with the classic pairings such as garlic, mint and rosemary work perfectly with lamb.  For the Lamb Love Week, I've come up with the recipe of 'Lamb Stew', a mild yet flavourful dish perfect for both adults and children alike and something that provides all the necessary nutrients to all ages, because of the meat content added to it. 

Lamb Stew Recipe

The Major Ingredient - The Lamb! 

Lamb is one of the most exciting ingredients that can be used to create lot of different recipes. 

Lamb Try it, Love it

The EU funded Lamb Try it, Love it campaign has enabled people to discover the unique flavours of lamb at their convenience. The protein packed premium lamb produced by European farmers ensures the use of sustainable practices and is a praiseworthy contribution to the local economies. 

Variety of Cuts of Lamb

Being a versatile ingredient, lamb can be used to prepare lots of dishes and the availability of different cuts enables us to create incredible lamb dishes that aren't just quick and easy to prepare, but the health benefits are immense too! 

Health Benefits of Lamb

Lamb contains essential nutrients and proteins as well as 7 vitamins and minerals including vitamin B12 and niacin that leads to a healthy lifestyle. Once you try it, you're definitely going to love it! For more information on the campaign and for interesting new recipes, check out lamb try it, love it.

Lamb Stew Recipe

(Serves 6-8)

1 kg boneless lamb cubes (washed well)
1/2 tsp meat tenderiser 
1 tsp papaya paste 
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
6 tbsp cooking oil (for frying onions)
3 medium finely sliced onion (fried until golden brown) 
1 tsp salt, or as required 
1/2  tsp red chilli powder
6 whole black pepper-corns
5 whole cloves
1 red dried round chilli 
2 cloves of sliced fresh garlic
2 medium sized fresh green chillies
2 tbsp natural full fat yogurt 

Add papaya, ginger and garlic paste to the lamb cubes, and keep aside for some time.
In a pot, add oil and fry the sliced onion until golden brown. 
Add the marinated lamb along with salt, chilli powder, peppercorns, cloves, dried round chilli and  sliced fresh garlic and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
Add the green chillies, 2 cups of water, and cook the lamb on low heat, until tender.
Once the lamb is cooked, make sure the water content is evaporated and the sauce of the stew is thick.
Add the yogurt and cook for another 5 minutes.
Serve hot with rice or Indian flatbread.

Lamb Stew Recipe

Lamb Stew Recipe

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 40 mins
Serves: 4

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Teaching Your Kids to Respect Children From Other Cultures

Teaching Your Kids to Respect Children From Other Cultures

As our children go through life, they will meet lots of different people with different backgrounds. Some of those people will be old, some will be young; some will be educated and some won’t; some people will be Jewish and some will be Hindu or Christian. You get the gist! 

With this in mind, it’s important that we educate our children on these differences and teach them to respect others. This is particularly true when they start school and begin to meet children with various different cultural backgrounds. Here are some tips from an independent school in Andalucia.

Try to expose your child to different cultures and religions as early as possible. You could research various religious holidays and perhaps celebrate them in your own home, in your own way. Take your child to restaurants where they serve different types of cuisine and read books or watch films that explore the lives of people with different cultural backgrounds. Point out both the differences and the similarities between your own family and theirs and remind your child that everyone is equal, despite what they believe or what traditions they take part in.

It’s also important to always lead by example; you can’t expect your child to respect other cultures if you don’t. Embrace diversity around your child and refrain from make prejudiced judgements or stereotypical jokes. You might want to check what types of media your child is consuming and ensure they are not reinforcing discrimination.

Children are not born with an innate ability to respect everyone around them, this is something they are taught. However, they are born without any preconceived ideas about other people, which is something you should emphasise. If you require any more information or support on this matter, don’t be afraid to contact your child’s school.

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Top 5 Ways To Contribute Towards Your Child’s Future

Top 5 Ways To Contribute Towards Your Child’s Future

When BabyN’ was born few years ago, we were advised to save money for him for his future so he’s able to use it once he grows older, or as the need arises. Junior ISA is a great way for giving your child a helping hand and investing in Wealthify Junior Stocks and Shares ISA as this lets the parents build a pot of money for the children to use when they turn 18. You can also find out more information on their website.

Below I’ve discussed about the top monetary contributions the parents can make towards the children for the various important occasions in their lives. 

Contribution Towards University Fee 

The money saved by the parents work as a great helping hand for the children in various aspects. Not only does it enable a child by contributing towards his or her university fees, but this money can also be used for various other purposes, but this one definitely tops the list. Different universities may have varying tuition fee depending on the course chosen by the child, as well as the other factors and not having to think about the fee too much, gives more time and energy for the child to focus more on studies rather than having to look for work to cover the fee. 

Driving Lessons 

In the UK, it’s essential to pass a theory test followed by a road test to attain a full driving license. However, it’s essential to take driving lessons to ensure one is aware of all the driving techniques, tips, rules and the manoeuvres for which it's recommended to take at least 40 lessons. Paying for the driving classes is quite heavy on the pocket and a fair amount of money is required for this purpose. Having some money saved prior to the time can greatly help in contributing towards the amount that needs to be paid to attain a license. 

Buying First Car

It’s always convenient to get a car, even if it’s a small one. Since the cars are priced differently depending on their make and model, and taking into consideration the fact that the car that needs to be bought is new or second hand. However, everyone needs to stick to a certain budget and look out for the best option. A certain amount of money, even if it's little is always something a child would appreciate as a help from the parents. 

Buying First Property

To buy the first property, a minimum percentage of deposit is required depending on the type of scheme an individual is opting for. Getting a helping hand in terms on monetary contribution can be a great relief for the children and they will then only have to worry about paying the monthly mortgage rather than having to worry about the amount of deposit they will have to arrange to get on the property ladder. 

The Marriage Fund 

At some point, every individual tends to get married and even if one decides to keep things simple, they still need to have a certain budget to spend on the wedding. Although the budget may vary to different lengths, even the simplest weddings do expect the couple to have a minimum fair amount of budget. 

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Three Book to Movie Screen Triumphs

Recent statistics released, suggest that the UK book market increased in volume in 2018, the fourth consecutive year in which the industry has demonstrated growth. Here, in the piece below, we’ll take a look at the biggest book to screen triumphs, homing in on grossing profit and the reception which the movies received. Which films have you watched?


Irvine Welsh’s novel centering around addiction in ‘90s Edinburgh was voted Scotland’s favourite novel back in 2013, fighting off stiff competition from the likes of Ian Rankin’s Black and Blue. The plot of the book, which homes in on the lives of twenty-something Leith frequenters, Begbie, Renton, Sick Boy, and Spud, was picked up by English film director Danny Boyle, whose famous productions have also included Slumdog Millionaire and the upcoming Bond 25. 

The adaptation, which featured legends of the British screen, such as Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle, cleared almost £45m in the international box office. Considered as a British cult classic and a somewhat harrowing right of passage for any film lover over the age of 18. 22 years after its initial release, the film has still yet to date, and in a sense, acts as a rather unnerving representational life lesson, with the characters, particularly Sick Boy, offering a humorous theory of existence on more than one occasion. Back in 2017, a sequel to Trainspotting was released, named T2, and it featured a cameo appearance from the initial author Irvine Welsh, who director Danny Boyle described as, “someone who wrote a genuine masterpiece.”

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

Transport delays often have us at our wits end, doing anything possible to fill time, and ultimately quash the boredom, however, few of us could lay claim to coining the idea for one of the world’s most distinguished novel series while stuck on a train. J.K. Rowling did just that! While commuting between Manchester and London, the Gloucestershire-bred novelist created Harry Potter, a fictional, young, orphaned wizard. In a beautifully heart-felt fashion, the book drew upon some of Rowling’s own personal life experiences, including losing her mother following a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis, which adds a significant emotional dimension to the book. 

Initially the book was snubbed by many publishers, who insinuated Rowling would fail to make considerable earnings from children, and further suggested that the storyline was too complex for young minds. After a turbulent infancy, the book was finally picked up and became an international success almost immediately. Movie moguls Warner Bros. soon recognised the success emulated by the print copy and jumped at the chance to turn the text into a mind-blowing visual. Christopher Columbus directed the film which featured Daniel Radcliffe as Harry and saw worldwide box office returns of an astonishing £765 million. Six more books featured in the series, with a further seven films — owing to one of the greatest creations, in both platforms, of all time.

Silver Linings Playbook 

More often than not, a book will be morphed into a big screen watch when it has been particularly successful in a print version. However, Matthew Quick’s novel was significantly different. The author, a former high school teacher from New Jersey, left his job and pursued his career as a writer. The book, once finally launched, had virtually bankrupt the novelist, therefore when directors came knocking, asking about taking on the story, Quick was ecstatic — tragically the first two directors, who were majorly interested in adapting the book to film, died within six months of one another. Fortunately, David O. Russell came along, drafting in major Hollywood stars such Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro. The story which follows the connection made between Pat, who suffers from bipolar, and Tiffany, who battles with an unlabeled mental illness, is a gripping yet often tragic portrayal of life spent struggling with this type of condition. Although many aspects of the film were saddening, the reception it received was quite joyous. At the box office, it generated £185m worldwide and even won Jennifer Lawrence her first Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role at the Academy Awards.

Evidently, book-to-screen transitions have been a massive success and paid off at the box office. Get movie-ready with your favourite chocolate and popcorn… which will you watch first?

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8 Ways to Spend Less on Back To School Essentials

According to a study conducted by Nationwide Building Society, the average parent will have to spend £190 per child for new school items each year. While this may not seem like a lot to some, if you are a single parent or on a low income, finding the extra cash can prove difficult.

To save you having to spend a fortune this time round, we’ve put together a list of 8 ways to spend less on back to school essentials. 

1. Go e-shopping

Prices are generally lower on the internet as companies have lower overheads which can be passed onto their customers. Sites like EBay are a great place to find deals on stationery, school bags and even uniforms bits and pieces at much cheaper prices.

2. Finding the funds

If you are short on cash, you might want to think about taking out a short-term loan. You can pay back in instalments without having to find it all in one lump sum. Before you commit to any loan, make sure they are FDA approved and check you are getting the best interest rates possible.

3. Start shopping early

By working through your back-to-school list earlier than January or August, you can avoid the rush and pick up bargains out of season. Outside of those peak periods you’ll find cheaper uniform items available so you can stock up without having to break the bank.

4. Check around the house

Kids will lose their stationery. It’s just a fact of life. However, before rushing out to buy a replacement, check to see what you have at home first. You’ll probably find plenty of pens, pencils and even note books that can be put to use instead of collecting dust on top of the fridge.

5. Check out the pound shop

Pound shops offer fantastic value for money when it comes to find back to school essentials. Rather than pay a fortune at expensive retailers you may be able to find BIC pens, pencils, rulers and more at half the price without having to compromise on quality.

6. Make the PE kit last

Your child’s PE kit will probably be one of the least worn items throughout any school year. If possible, try to make them last for a couple of years. Buying slightly bigger shorts is fine due to the elasticated waist band, and an oversized t-shirt will also give them room to grow into it.

7. Buying plenty of matching socks

Socks get worn out or lost by kids, which can mean having buy replacements far too often. However, if you buy plenty of the same type, when some are lost, you’ll be able to match the remaining socks together and it will also save you a lot of time and energy from having to repair them.

8. Invest in good school shoes

School shoes are one of the most expensive items to pay for, but paying for good quality will mean they will last longer. Understandably, it may seem better to go for a lower cost option, but you will probably end up spending more over time as you need to replace them each year. 

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