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I have lived in Hastings for just over 5 years now, born in Nottingham I made my way to this part of the country via London and Brighton. I spend much of my spare time playing with my three year old son. When I manage to get any time to myself I enjoy listening to a wide range of music, reading and dabbling in producing my own art work. Teaching is a vocation and I never stop looking for opportunities; I am constantly finding possible lessons and activities and it is always exciting to take these forward with children and see where they take us!
Learning needs to be fun, and learning needs to be real!
I have been teaching in the Primary Sector for nearly eleven years now, predominantly in Years 5 & 6 although recently I have worked in Year 3. I started my teaching career in Crawley and moved over to Hastings in 2006. During this time I have worked in four different schools in very different catchment areas. During my career I have led a range of Subjects including Literacy, Science and ICT. As well as these curriculum areas I have also been responsible for overseeing the school curriculum and ensuring that all children from Foundation to Year 6 reach their full potential.
I have a wealth of experience in planning exciting and motivating schemes of work using programmes of study from the National Curriculum documents, maintaining a focus on children acquiring key skills and making progress in all areas. I am familiar with the National Strategies and am experienced in planning from the teaching blocks in Mathematics and the various narrative, poetry and non-fiction units, found in the Literacy strategy. I endeavour to use exciting and stimulating texts that “hook” all children and develop a desire to learn. I ensure that I teach through a variety of techniques; including interactive demonstrations; use of ICT; drama; Mantle of the Expert; discussion and whenever possible enable children to take the initiative and extend the learning experience. I feel that this gives the children a positive view of the subjects and stimulates individuals into independent work. Throughout the planning process I am aware of the needs of all individuals and plan to support SEN and extend the more able.
I am a believer of Dorothy Heathcote's theory of ‘the continuum of engagement’;
Throughout my career I have strived to ensure that the children in my classes see the real life reasons for what they are learning. To be a successful learner I believe we have to see the worth in what we are learning.
Through the use of interesting and exciting "quality texts" I strive to plan individual lessons aimed at consolidating previous learning and moving children forward with achievable success criteria.
When starting to tutor your child I initially work alongside parents and child to discover aims and particular areas for development. It is important that we all understand the reason for the tutoring. I will also ask for additonal information from their class teacher to ensure that I am teaching the same methods as they are being taught in school, and where possible link the work in the tutorial to that they are completing in school (if desired). I would then take this information and produce an individualised learning schedule, in which I will target the key areas that have been identified and discussed with you and your child. The sessions will all have a clear focus and desired outcome. Each session will consolidate the previous and point towards the next lesson in the sequence.
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