So far, our project weeks on 'People Who Help' have been popular with all tutees, (visiting students and those who study online via Skype). On the first week we looked at the medical profession, then we went on to study Firefighters in the second week, Police Officers in the third, and now, this week, we are looking at Environmental Workers!
So much amazing work is being done and students are learning in a fun, thematic way which is always popular. Whether we are practising phonics, learning multiplication or working on handwriting, learning is always more fun when we're looking at, and appreciating, those people who help our communities flourish and grow!
Below, some of the outstanding work and activities produced over the last three weeks. Keep it up, guys!
Project week material is suitable for Early Years, Key Stage One, Key Stage Two and Key Stage Three; thematic learning is popular with all age groups!
This beautiful 'Art Teacher's House' was created by one of my pupils. She completed this when her brother was having his lesson. I love the perspective of the building and clever use of pencil and stickers. Well done!
Well Done, Miles, on this beautiful drawing which was completed at home after a history-themed lesson.
I just had to share this child's (7 years old) wonderful drawing which complemented her fabulous writing on 'The Seaside/Beach'. 'Golden Drawing Time' is a great reward for children who have tried hard for the duration of their lesson and, for many, the chance to show-off creative skills does boost both self-esteem and writing.
On Sunday, two of my regular pupils were brave enough to try eight different herbs from 'The Dove Garden'. They wrote a sentence about each herb, noting its taste, texture and (of course) whether they enjoyed it or not. Both children enjoyed the taste and texture of young orach leaves, and the chocolate mint was a firm favourite. Trying new flavours is one way of exploring sensory language and promoting healthy foods is always encouraged at Bedford Tutor.
Here is our new logo - hand drawn on my graphics tablet - to reflect the core ideologies of Bedford Tutor.
The bird symbolises our three important beliefs: imagination, inspiration, innovation.
Our new slogan: 'Aiming for the sky; together we will fly' follows the bird theme and brings out what it truly means to run a tuition business. All my students are taught to aim high (Aiming for the sky) and the sky is the ultimate paradise for those who want to spread their wings. 'Together we will fly' shows the importance of the 'student-tutor' working-relationship and also shows how, when working together, the tutor always benefits in learning just as much as the student!
With everything else having a 'bird' theme and, after seeing the business progress over the past few months, a slight change has been made to ensure everything fits together perfectly!
The name 'Centauri' has been dropped as many younger children find it hard to remember and it also doesn't resonate with the rest of Bedford Tutor (which is avian-themed). In its place, we have three groups: Chaffinches (Nursery and Reception); Greenfinches (Key Stage One); and Goldfinches (Key Stage Two). There will be regular prizes for each finch group and, hopefully, all children will feel as though they are part of 'a learning team'!
Yesterday, we officially opened 'The Dove Garden' which will allow us to integrate fun outdoor activities into lessons. The garden has strawberries; many different herbs and flowers; and we'll be growing sunflowers very soon!
Educationally, the outdoors is a great place to learn and The Dove Garden is already very popular with the children that have seen, and learnt, outside!
We have sand games, a water wall, pavement chalks, seedlings and three different bug hotels!
Let's hope the British weather improves so we can do more out here in the coming weeks!
More pictures coming soon...
Winter is definitely coming to an end and, with the departure of our darkest season, it is time to start a new and exciting project. 'Water and Words' will introduce children to many different ideas: simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia and more! We will investigate the water cycle, rivers, seas and ponds and also look at why it is so important to conserve water. H2O is one of the most important ingredients for spring and lessons will be enhanced with cross-curricular links (a cress growing experiment and application of water in mathematics).
In addition, a new pre-school area is almost finished (we just need the tiny yellow chair that's currently on order). This will be a comfortable and cosy area for pre-school children and also gives more space for general activities.