My mini classroom is bright, quiet and well equipped, combining the resources of a classroom with the comforts of home. I teach from my home after school and at weekends, during term time and in 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, diverse subject. As adults, many of us dislike or even fear maths, but we all want to make sure our children are confident learners. Maths is such a fun subject to teach as there are endless games to play and puzzles to solve. 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 already 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 current 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 read words aloud (decoding). In Key Stage 2, children need to retrieve information, consider the viewpoint of the author, put a story into their own words, navigate non-fictional texts, recognise bias, make deductions about characters... the list goes on! The best thing we can do for our children is to demonstrate reading for pleasure. When children read for fun, all of the skills listed above will come easily to them.
Whether you use a pen or a keyboard, being able to share your ideas with others is a vital but complex skill. Once children have mastered forming words (encoding), they need to be able to communicate their ideas effectively using a range of sentence types and a wide vocabulary. Some learners need help generating ideas or developing characters; others struggle to compose coherent sentences.