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Tutoring students at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Many tutors are slightly apprehensive about teaching a KS1 or KS2 student, and this is entirely understandable. The way in which students are taught changes fairly dramatically after KS2, but we hope that this page will give you the confidence to teach at these levels.

Teaching Resources

The teachers’ section of the Department for Education and Skill’s website has Numeracy and Literacy plans for KS1 and KS2. It also has many Lesson plans, as do the BBC Schools and Hamilton Trust websites.

Please realise that many of these lesson plans are designed for class teaching, but they can still give ideas on how to make your lessons fun and relevant.

Tips for your lessons

Be as creative as possible. Obviously there is a curriculum, but there are many ways to teach everything. If you can find something that excites and interests a student, then use that to incorporate the learning objectives that you’re aiming for. An example would be to devise a game or a challenge, which to complete the student must understand the idea/concept/skill that you are attempting to communicate, or even better realise it themselves, and then use this to play the game, or meet the challenge.

There is a tendency, if you have only taught older students before, to try and teach too much too quickly. The curriculum may seem light, but remember that you’re teaching the building blocks of your student’s future understanding, so don’t worry about reinforcing ideas over and over again. As long as your lessons are original and enjoyable, it will not feel repetitive.

Up until around age 10 everyone’s concentration span is roughly the number of minutes of their age. You should be mindful of this, and realise when your student needs a break.

Reasons for tuition

Parents often request tuition because of their own insecurities about helping their child effectively. If possible, try to involve a student’s parents by encouraging them to observe the activities during your lessons, because they may then feel more confident to repeat these activities when you’re not there.

Tuition may be needed because a student has learning difficulties. In this case you should ask the parent to get hold of their child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), which will specify SMART targets (Specific, Manageable, Assessable, Realistic, Time-specific) that you will be able to work towards.

If we are made aware of a student’s learning difficulties then we will give you that information when offering the student to you. We want you to feel comfortable when tutoring, so please tell us if you do not want to take on a particular student.

  1. "In terms of feedback on Gareth, I couldnt be more complimentary. Gareth was an absolutely indispensable resource during this revision period. He took me from a fail and almost no knowledge or ability in maths to a very strong handle on the subject and allowed me to ensure that I passed this vital exam and can proceed to the second year. As a very poor student when it came to maths I was very gladly surprised when I was making noticeable, sometimes very big, steps in every single lesson. In this way gareth was able to teach me and then help me master my entire years' courses' sylabus, and his approach, and sometimes multiple different approaches, to make me understand were always succesful. I never envisioned myself being as confident with maths as I am now, and owe a huge debt to Gareth for this. I will retain his number and im sure without fail will contact him in the future for assistence as well as refering others that come into problems, to your company."
  2. Mr O, London