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1 - 3) Imaginary Skeletons
Students were given five minutes to create an imaginary creature's skeleton from the shapes given and then had to describe their animal using creative language. Older students focused on thesaurus skills and effective use of conjunction words and younger pupils enjoyed the challenge of using colour vocabulary effectively.
4) Tower Building
There are numerous ways to use wooden blocks; creating a tower to measure is a great way to build key mathematics skills.
Using conjunctions (connecting words) effectively is a key skill and it is important students practise joining their sentences in every lesson. Writing about food is always a popular way of practising any grammar skill!
6) Arithmetic Game
At Bedford Tutor, we love taking an old game to transform into something new. Here, a second-hand board game has been modified to ensure it is suitable for slightly older mathematicians.
7) Creative Spelling
There, their and they're are frequently confused so it is important they are taught in a visual and memorable way. Here, a student was provided with many different crafty materials and this masterpiece is the result.
8) Seeing Stars Programme
We are lucky enough to use the 'Seeing Stars' programme which is especially useful for those who are dyslexic or have similar difficulties with reading and/or spelling. This month, the program has helped a number of students grow in confidence and ability.
Here's for a fabulous July!
What a fantastic week we've had exploring poetry and, in particular, onomatopoeia. Our verses have all been centred around 'sounds in the city' and the standard of work has been particularly high this week. Below, you'll find a selection of poems from children ranging in age from 6-11. We hope you enjoy reading these fabulous poems and are inspired to pen your own!
This week, Key Stages 2 & 3 have been focusing on creating fact-file posters about the human brain. First, we read through some information pieces on the brain, and then used what we had learnt to produce these amazing posters! Well done!
We improved in these areas:
-Comprehension of written texts
-Extracting relevant information from texts to use
-Writing in our own words
-Laying out an eye-catching poster
-Being generally creative!
This poem was composed by a child earlier this morning and I was so impressed with the content. Writing poetry is always a great way for students to express themselves and verse is also fun to write!
At Bedford Tutor, we love wooden blocks, from Jenga pieces to traditional painted cubes!
Most people associate building blocks with younger children, but activities with wooden blocks can be just as fulfilling for older children, teenagers, and even adults!
Activities with blocks (great for all ages):
🏠 Estimation: create a tower/line and estimate its height or choose a height and attempt to create a tower as close to this measurement as possible.
🏠Creative Storytelling: make a scene from blocks and then tell a story inspired by this collection. This can be challenging as blocks will usually not have decorative patterns. It takes a lot of imagination but is so rewarding.
🏠 Logical Brain Training: Set up a pattern with blocks, photograph it, print and laminate. See if you can replicate the pattern. It's great if you can make many patterns of different difficulties that will inspire all learners to use logical thinking.
There are so many things to try. If you have any great ideas of your own, please comment below!
We are always learning, each and every one of us!
Even though spring is well and truly here (the stunning crowd of yellow daffodils growing opposite my house prove that), the weather is most certainly living up to the 'April Showers' rhyme. However, while we wait for the 'May Flowers', there are plenty of fun activities you can do with your child - all of which are educational! Here are a few of my favourites that are tried and tested (and loved) at tuition! I hope you have fun trying them out with your child!
Learning areas: spacial awareness; maths; English; fine-motor skills; creativity - the list is endless!
We are now into the seventh week of 'Massive & Minute' and, so far, work has been fantastic!
We've learnt how to spell some tricky high-frequency words by using mnemonics and (my personal favourite) by spelling them out using wooden blocks. Our 'Colossal Castles & Teeny Treasures' week saw some stupendous writing and I had to share the beautiful rainbow castle created by one of my most talented artists! Half term was dedicated to 'Fun Science' and one lucky girl (pictured) investigated how ink separates into different pigments using chromatography, and made some fun salt-dough models. Mathematics mastery continues to be fun and this half term we have already built - and measured - a staggeringly tall tower and learnt how to use building blocks in practical maths work. Onwards and upwards as we look towards spring and the re-opening of The Dove Garden!