My mini classroom is bright, quiet and well equipped, with all of the resources you'd expect to find in a regular classroom, plus all the comforts of home. I teach after school and at weekends, and some families arrange lessons during the school holidays. I also have a limited number of spaces available for lessons in pupils' own homes.
Working one-to-one with children allows me to get to know their strengths, aspirations and areas for development. Each and every lesson is completely unique, designed to suit the child's needs and learning style. I use games and interesting resources and my lessons are highly interactive. I love to get children learning outside. Not all lessons are the pen-and-paper kind!
From times tables and short division to symmetry and angles, maths is a huge and varied subject. Children (and adults) can be confident with some areas of maths but struggle with others. I love using practical resources such as cards, string and Cuisinaire Rods to help children to visualise complex ideas.
We're fortunate to have some fantastic local schools in this area. Pupils wishing to attend the Lancaster Royal Grammar School or Lancaster Girls' Grammar School are required to sit the 11+ entrance exam. Applicants must be be high achievers in both English and maths. The test is challenging and places are awarded to those with the highest scores. Tuition can help to calm nerves, boost confidence and perfect exam technique.
The English language isn't an easy one when it comes to spelling. I have lots of tips and tricks to help pupils catch up, ensuring their spelling doesn't hold them back.
The new Primary Curriculum places a greater emphasis on grammar and punctuation than ever before, and expectations have been raised considerably.
There's much more to reading than being able to say words aloud. Children need to retrieve information, consider the viewpoint of the author, put a story into their own words, navigate non-fiction texts using organisational features and have an appreciation for the cultural and historical context of a text
Whether you use a pen or a keyboard, being able to share your ideas with others is an important and complicated skill. Children need to be able to communicate their ideas effectively using a range of sentence types and interesting vocabulary. Some need help generating ideas or developing characters; others struggle to compose coherent sentences.