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!
Bedford Tutor's project weeks help inspire pupils by blending subjects to create interest. In our lessons, your child will learn core literacy and numeracy skills whilst discovering fascinating facts about science, history, geography and other subjects! We have found children learn most effectively when they are inspired and learning thematically ensures children are ready to learn and improve.
This beautiful handwriting just has to be shared on my blog; well done to the little boy who writes like this for us every week!
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!