31-12-2018 – A letter to my pupils … and their parents

Master C – in the past year, you’ve tackled your SATS and succeeded brilliantly. You took on the challenge head on and persevered to achieve great things. You have transitioned into high school and break through all the barriers in front of you to become a fantastic young man.

Miss K – You are such a kind and funny young lady. You recognise your difficulties and work hard to overcome them realising that every small step adds to the bigger goal. I’m proud of your positive attitude to learning and can’t wait to see what happens in 2019.

Master K – You have become a fluent reader, a brave writer and you are now beginning to grasp the challenges of becoming a maths wizard. You have recognised ways that help you to learn and are starting to take risks in your learning. Keep being brave in 2019.

Master R – My oldest pupil and possibly one who has made the most progress. You are like a learning sponge, every skill and technique we’ve worked through you’ve absorbed and used brilliantly. I’m so proud of your achievements and your effort to explain Rugby to me!

Master H – My Fortnite guru! You are progressing well and we will have you ready to face those dreaded SATS in no time! I blame you and your sister for my new Christmasaurus obsession. Keep working hard and we’ll get there!

Miss C – My gigglebox! You don’t half make me chuckle in our sessions. Your reading is developing well and your writing is coming along too! You are doing well on Reading Eggs and the more lessons you complete, the further on your journey we get! (nom,nom,nom,nom)

Mr T – You definitely keep our lessons active and we cover so much in an hour each week. Your enthusiasm for learning is amazing and you put in so much effort to learn as many skills as possible! Keep it up, T!

Miss C – A brilliant effort, a never ending enthusiasm to learn. You are starting to believe in yourself and it’s showing. You are on target and soon your writing will match the others. Well Done C!

Lastly, thank you to all the parents, who welcome and support me and my pupils to engage in whatever weird and wacky sessions help them to learn. I cannot wait to see what happens in 2019!

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K’s Amazing Progress

I met K almost a month ago and cannot believe how amazing his progress is.

In the top half of this picture, you can see reversals of letters, phonetic attempts at familiar words and in some places, markmarking when faced with words he didn’t know.

Two weeks later, with a refresher in Phase 2, 3 and 4 sounds – sentences were beginning to emerge with pictorial representations to help him. Still the occasional reversal and needing some finger spaces to clarify words but a fab start!

On to the amazing “Mega Man”, where K chose all his features by writing a sentence first and then creating his person.

His letter formation is much clearer. He is starting to structure sentences with adjectives and using a conjunction to extend his thoughts because his writing has a purpose to create a character.

So very proud of his effort and hope it continues as he heads back to school too!