We’ve gone fact crazy! This Easter holidays, you’ll be able to see a new fact video every day until the 17th April. They each contain 5 facts, and we’ve been doing this since the 1st April! So, you will have learnt 85 new things from the videos!

Below is the full playlist:

Fascinating Facts PRO customers: All facts will be added to the app at the end of April.

Henry VIII’s six wives- but not as you know them

We all know the rhyme: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. We all know who the wives were: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleeves, Katherine Howard and Katherine Parr. But, do we know what went on behind the scenes? Of course not. And why was Anne Boleyn’s marriage to Henry so private? And what did Henry do to Catherine after he divorced her? All will be revealed in this blog post.


Catherine of Aragon

South Korean Education

South Korea is the most top-performing country in the world when it comes to education. But, what is their secret to success? Well, the answer is all of this blog post!

It’s a long day | The parents are on it too | Education is a big business | Religion and education are very good friends | But it comes at a cost | And it’s not just the students who are under pressure

It’s a long day

South Korean schools start at around 6 am and finishes at around 4.30pm. But, they don’t spend it all in the classroom. At 4.30pm, most leave school and go to hagwons (where you have a tutor and they teach you things about particular subjects, such as Maths.) They can spend anything from two to five hours in one of these hagwons. Some South Korean schools are open until midnight!

Children studying in hagwons.


The parents are on it as well

The parents will move to within a school’s catchment range which they think will be good for their child. They won’t see their children much, though, and will only see them on weekends.

Education is a big business

In South Korea, there are teachers who are celebrities. One teacher teaches Maths wearing fun costumes such as a chicken, Batman or anything else. Students pay £22 a month to watch his Maths videos and is so famous that 300,000 students could be logged into his website at any one time.

Religion and education are very good friends

In South Korea, mothers go to a temple to pray for good test results for their children. At the ceiling of the temple are lanterns with children’s pictures on it. These lanterns are lit until the child reaches university. They also burn old textbooks to get rid of any bad luck for the exams.

South Korean children smile for the camera.

But it comes at a cost

South Korea has the highest suicidal rate due to studying in the world. Unsurprisingly, you would have noticed that there are looming pressures from parents and teachers to do well in exams and to get to a decent university.

And it’s not just the students who are under pressure

The students aren’t the only ones under pressure. Teachers are observed by parents and are given feedback on their teaching. The teachers, unsurprisingly, do find it stressful but they find the feedback useful.
Retired teachers protesting over the government's plan to write South Korea's history into a single text book.

New Years Day

Happy 2017, everyone! It’s New Years Day, and we want to look back on 2016 for a few moments.
Celebrities | On this day… |

Amount of celebrities who passed away

We lost many familiar celebrities, including David Bowie and George Michael. Sir Terry Wogan, not to mention a few. The majority of deaths were either due to illnesses or natural causes.

On this day…

1502- The location of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was first explored by the Portuguese.
1540- Henry VIII goes on a blind date with the Anne of Cleeves. It does not go well.
1651- Charles II is crowned King of Scotland.
1999- The Euro currency is introduced in 11 countries.
Find the full list here.

New Year Resolutions

Last year, you may haven’t been the best on doing homework and giving it in on time. Well, this year, we’re here to help you do your homework, get it in on time and to help you get full marks. Watch this video:

Boxing Day Sales

Christmas Day has passed (although Christmas isn’t officially over yet) and enter the Boxing Day Sales. Yes. But although the online retailers started theirs on Christmas Day, the physical ones always start on Boxing Day.

Get the Homework Help you need this Christmas.

Christmas

Christmas is the time of year for getting together with family and friends. It’s a time when you can exchange gifts (and it’s not all about the gifts, by the way.) But, people didn’t always celebrate Christmas as we do now or on the day we do now. How did it all start? You’ll find out now.

Food

At Christmas, we didn’t always eat turkey. In fact, for hundreds of years, we hunted wild boar (a black pig with horns) for our feast. But, we eventually hunted the wild boars into extinction so we had to find something else to feast on geese.
But, we still don’t know how we got around to eating turkey, do we? Well, King James I (1566-1625, the time when wild boars were still around) didn’t like boar’s head and was one of the first people to eat turkey at Christmas.

Not many people started eating turkey until the 1700s when King George II had a taste for turkey and fenced off part of Richmond Park (in London) to breed them. Queen Victoria’s gigantic Christmas feast included fifty turkeys, which is still a lot considering that she had nine children.

Stories

Ever heard of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol? Well, that become very famous. In fact, after he published A Christmas Carol, he published a new Christmas story every year!

Cards

Christmas cards came around in the Victorian times. But the fronts of a Victorian Christmas card included a dead mouse and bacon. They could also have Santa with his reindeer on the front. Inside, it usually reads, “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” inside, along with a personalised message.

28th December

You may have heard about the 28th December not being a very good day for children. Well, you are absolutely right. Or at least it was if you lived in Spain or South America.
The Bible says that when Jesus was born, King Herod ordered all the children in and around Bethlehem to be killed. This is why that the 28th December is known as the ‘Massacre of the Innocents’ day.

Holly

The Romans believed that Holly was supposed to guard the house against:

We’re secure!

By reading that line, you might think, “They’ve gone insane.” We haven’t.

As you loaded up this website, you may have noticed that there’s a green padlock in the corner. This means that anything you send to us via this website (email addresses etc) is encrypted without you having to do anything.

But, what is encryption?

Try it out!

Our website has been live for 82 days (as of the 17th November) and we have noticed that, if you have a low broadband speed, then the page could take some time to load. But, you’ve obviously been patient enough to wait for the page to load. That’s why we’ve come up with a solution: a brand-new homepage. Try it out on desktop. | Try it out on mobile and tablet.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is a time to remember those who died in fighting our country in any war. The majority of celebrities wear them on TV and in public to show their respect for soldiers who died whilst fighting. But poppies have been in the news recently and not for a good reason.
Poppies in the news

Poppies in the news

FIFA, a football organisation, does not allow players to wear any religious or political symbol.

US Presidental Election

Campaigning to be the next USA President took place for the last 18 months. Donald Trump has won. But, how did it all begin? And how did Donald Trump get to the White House? Well, let’s find out!
Donald Trump | Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump

Donald Trump, owner of Trump TV, billionaire and now, the President of the United States, was a Republican candidate


Hillary Clinton

Coming soon!

Fascinating Facts Video

Dartmouth Food Festival

Last week, we went to the famous annual Dartmouth Food Festival. There were many stalls there selling all kinds of food including some familiar brands such as Burts Crisps, which are actually made in Devon.

What was going on there?

Many local food suppliers turned up and put their food on display so people could buy it. Many had special offers on! Anyway, here are some pictures we took there:
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A wine stall (centre)

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A meat demonstration at the food festival

Different kinds of food

The smells of the food festival were magnificent. You could smell the spicy chilli con carnie and the cooking meat from miles away. Not literally, though.

Crabbing

As well as exploring the Dartmouth Food Festival, we also came across many people who were crabbing.

What is crabbing?

Crabbing is when you catch crabs using bait (we used ham) and a special net as well as a bucket. Most coastal towns will sell this equipment in shops. You release the crabs once you’re finished, of course.

The views…

Moving away from the food festival… and the crowds… you can see the beautiful views of the town just opposite Dartmouth.
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Fascinating Facts

Blow yours and your friends’ minds with the Fascinating Facts app. With loads of facts, you and your friends will be left stunned at what you just learnt.

This app will be available from Microsoft within the next two days. Other app stores will be coming soon. Until then, watch this trailer:

Person or robot?

We ask you: is this girl a person or a robot? Look at the picture below, leave a comment in the comment box below and say what you think.

It’s a robot. Did you get it right?

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Viruses

No, we’re not talking about the viruses that make you sick. We’re talking about the ones that can mess up your computer, tablet or phone and access all your data. But that’s not all we’re talking about today. We’re talking about fake emails that will try to get yours (or parent’s) bank details or other sensitive information.







William Shakespeare

To be or… not to be. That is the question. But our question today isn’t “to be or not to be.” It’s what not many of us know about Shakespeare, such as his childhood, school, where he went to university etc.

Childhood

William Shakespeare was born on the 23rd April 1564 in Stratford Upon Avon. His childhood home is still there today- and is now open for everyone to see.

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His father, John Shakespeare, was a glove-maker and made all kinds of gloves in his workshop on the ground floor. The window, now facing the shops on the high street, was where he sold all his gloves. It was a trading location at the time, and it still is!

Back in the Tudor era, you had to have a licence for all trading sectors, such as selling food or clothes. John had a licence for glove making.

To find out more about the Tudor era, click here.

His education

Because John Shakespeare was the Earl of Stratford (which is equivalent to the Mayor of Stratford) he got William a place in the local grammar school for free. If Shakespeare had gone to a different school, we may not know him as the famous playwright today…

From the age of 6 or 7, for 6 days of the week, at 6am he went to the local grammar school, which is still there today.

He left at the age of 14. He didn’t go to university because he was going to pay off his father’s debts. His works may not have been the same if he went to university. Who knows?

His inspiration for his plays

We don’t know where he got his inspiration from, but we do know that it would have been from the time he spent helping his father pay off debts.

Here comes the bride!

In 1582, when he was 18 years old, he married 26-year-old Anne Hathaway. She was already three months pregnant with her first child by the time Shakespeare married her.

They both had three children and had them baptised. The children being baptised was the last record of Shakespeare for seven years. By this time, Shakespeare had gone down to London to get a job. He was, at first, an actor. The next time he was recorded was when he had written his first play.

Let’s write some plays!

In 1589-1590, Shakespeare wrote Henry VI Part One on this year. A year later, he wrote Henry VI Part Two and another year later, Henry VI Part 3. But it wasn’t until 1598 when he was actually credited for writing the plays.

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Building the Globe

By 1599, Shakespeare was both famous and very rich thanks to the writing of his plays. By this point, Shakespeare was one of the people who owned Lord Chamberlain’s Men.


Special thanks to MainLesson.com
Here is a video explaining Shakespeare’s childhood.

Back to School





Ugh! It’s that time of year again! Your beloved summer holidays have come to an end, and now you have to go back to school and start learning… again. Well, going back to school doesn’t always have to be the gloomiest time of the year.

Homework

This website is entirely based on helping you with your homework. But, if you’re around 10 or 11 years old, the first pieces of homework you’ll be hit with should be as easy as anything. That’s right: laying sticky back plastic on your books so they’re always protected from spillages and other forms of damage.

If you know how to lay sticky back plastic, do it yourself! Or get a helpful parent, guardian or older sibling to do it for you.

Friends

If you haven’t seen or got in touch with your friends this summer, ask them how their summer holiday was. Then, hopefully, they will ask you how your summer was. And even if you have seen them over the long summer months, ask them how their summer was.

Going into Year 7?

If you’re going into your first year of Secondary School, there is additional advice here.

Schoolwork

Most teachers won’t overwhelm you with work for the first two weeks back. They’ll probably spend some time trying to get to know you all. This may depend on whether you’re at primary, secondary, middle or high school.

Autumn

Autumn is a time where the leaves fall off the trees and animals start to prepare for the long, winter months ahead. If you go into your local woods, you might, just might, see a huge array of yellow, orange, red, brown in your local woods.

Animals

If you’re lucky enough you may see some squirrels burying some nuts for the winter. Chances are, the squirrel will forget where they hid them. The seeds would then grow into huge oak trees.

This process usually takes a very long time. It would take at least 50 years to grow into a decent tree.

Food and harvesting

Autumn is a time for harvesting and gathering crops for the winter. Many primary schools usually have celebrations to celebrate this special time of year.

If you going to your local woodland, you could find some blackberries that are ready to pick. You could then use them to make some blackberry pie.

Back to school again… groan!

None of us like going back to school after the long summer break. But we all have to go back sometime.

Imagine this: seeing all your friends again. Ask them how their summer was, and hope they ask you back! For more advice on going back to school, (secondary) click here.

And believe it or not: without school, you wouldn’t have met all the friends you’ve got. It’s true! But to find out more about going back, click the link above.

Hibernation

Autumn is the time where many animals, such as hedgehogs, dormice and bats, although one Welsh blog doesn’t think so (www.welshwildlife.org.)

Many hibernating animals feed themselves crazy and gain a lot of weight so that they can sleep comfortably in the winter. This means that they can gain body fat which will keep them warm throughout the winter.

Welcome to our new site!

Hello and welcome to our brand new Homework Help For Kids website. We’re currently adding the content to our site, so bear with us! In the meantime, go to homeworkhelpforkids.stinge.com or homeworkhelpforkidsblog.wordpress.com.