Notre Dame girls on school in the UK

18 Oct

Some of the girls at Notre Dame School are preparing a presentation for the parents. Here are some of the things they want to talk about.

Things to know about

  • Exams: SATS, CATS, 11+, GCSEs, AS LEVELS, A LEVELS
  • Holidays
  • After school clubs
  • Free activities
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Parents’ evenings
  • Foreign languages and early GCSE in native languages
  • Translation is available so that children do not have to translate for parents
  • School timetable

 

Some important differences

  • There is more of an emphasis on practical learning and less on rote learning. This might make parents think that schools in the UK are not as good as abroad and that children are less advanced, but it is just another way of teaching and learning.
  • There is less pressure on children in UK schools. This is good and bad. Children have more time to do homework and have more time to sleep!
  • There are differences in punishments and responsibilities
  • There is not enough reading aloud in UK schools
  • There are more prizes, rewards, merits etc. in UK schools

 

Tips for parents:

  • Test your children to help them revise
  • Make little revision booklets with important information
  • Record information
  • Make songs to help remember information
  • Classic music helps concentration!
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