Maths & English


In September 2014 the new curriculum came into effect. In the new Primary Maths Curriculum there are many changes, perhaps though the most significant is the expectation of how maths must now be taught to greater depth for greater understanding. In simple terms, children now need to be comfortable with concepts such as algebra and fractions much earlier in their school life, as well as having a firm grasp of their times tables. They are expected not only to know concepts, but be able to become ‘masters’ at them.


Outlined below are a some of the main changes to the way English is now taught.

  • Reading is at the core of the whole curriculum with a big emphasis on reading for
    pleasure both at home and at school.
  • Handwriting is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy; with joining letters starting
    in year 2.
  • Spoken English is given greater emphasis, with children being taught
    debating and presentation skills.
  • There is a stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1).

maths-treeHow can a home tutor help?

Sometimes children fall behind at school because of a period of illness, or the rest of the class move on to another subject, leaving the student still puzzling over what they have just heard. Individual help with KS2 and 11+ tuition can make all the difference to your child’s progress.

A home tutor is a qualified, experienced Primary and Secondary school teacher who has a wealth of up to date fun learning activities at their fingertips. There is a real value in one-to-one tuition as a platform for students to ask questions which they might not feel able to do amongst their peers. Your child will benefit from the one to one attention that only a personal tutor can give. Having taught in Primary Schools for 10 years, I can see the main benefit of home tuition is that your child can receive the undivided attention of a qualified professional without having to compete with 29 other children in a class. Quite simply, you can get so much more learning done!