Safie

'When your 10 year old spontaneously gets himself a pen and paper, sits down after dinner with the entire family and says "Grandma, give me any two numbers and I'll divide them!" Blessed! Thank you!!'

Cindy, Year 5 Maths Tuition

  • English

  • Maths

Academic History

Sept 2011- July 2012 Institute of Education, University College London, PGCE

Sept 2006- July 2009 Queen Mary University of London, English BA Hons (2:1)

Sept 2004- July 2006 Woodhouse Sixth Form College, A Levels: English Literature (B) Government and Politics (B) Drama and Theatre Studies (B)

Sept 1999- July 2004 St Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls, GCSEs: English Language (A*) English Literature (A*) Religious Education (A*) Citizenship (A*) Maths (A) Double Science (AA) History (A) Drama (A) Contemporary Dance (B)

About Me

I am a self-motivated, energetic and enthused qualified Primary School Teacher, graduating from the Institute of Education, UCL, London, with a music specialism. Having worked as a class teacher for 5 years, in education for over 6 years and with children and young people for over 11 years, I have extensive experience in creative, stimulating and child-centred teaching, planning, marking, monitoring, evaluating, coaching and training. I have experience teaching the UK National Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and the West African Primary Curriculum in Sierra Leone. As well as teaching in the UK and Sierra Leone I have also taught in the UAE and India. Throughout my career in teaching and tutoring I have also taught a number of children with ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. I am very used to differentiating my lessons to cater to the needs of these children, helping them to work at a pace that they can engage with and continue to access their learning.

Living and teaching in linguistically diverse settings has strengthened my resilience through invaluably learning how to adapt to change. Whilst teaching in India, particularly, I had to often think on my feet and adapt lessons to cater to logistical changes in the day and the needs of the children. It has also given me an incredible insight, compassion and understanding for people, especially children. My experience has provided me with the ability to encourage and support children in developing their academic and social skills in a happy and secure environment. I am very caring and patient and I understand the importance of humility, respect and empathy when working with children and various stakeholders in schools such as, parents, other members of staff and governors. I believe maintaining a good relationship with parents/guardians is integral to the progress and attainment of children.

My main specialist subjects are English and Mathematics. In addition to this, I am also a confident teacher of Humanities and Science at Primary Level. I am an extremely creative individual and so my passion for sports, singing, dancing and drama seeps through in my teaching and keeps my lessons child-centred, fun, stimulating and inquiry based. My enthusiasm is infectious and inspiring, bringing out the full potential of all individuals. I encourage children to discover their talents, supporting and nurturing their development into confident, self-guided and self-disciplined thinkers in a global society.

Recent tuition

Please see below for a snapshot of my recent tuition experience:

SEN Dyslexia Experience

I work regularly with students from Reception age to Year 6, in a school setting. I support them in a 1-1 capacity, and use different techniques such as developing symbol imagery through phonics activities, games; association activities; songs; rote repetition and aids such as coloured paper, flash cards and tangible letters and objects.

Year 8 English and Maths

One to one tutoring to a student in year 8. In English we work through the following areas:

1) Reading:

  • English and American literature, pre-1914 and contemporary, including prose, poetry and drama
  • Shakespeare
  • seminal world literature
  • choosing and reading books independently for challenge, interest and enjoyment.
  • re-reading books encountered earlier to increase familiarity with them and provide

a basis for making comparisons.

2) Writing for a wide range of purposes and audiences, including:

  • well-structured formal expository and narrative essays
  • stories, scripts, poetry and other imaginative writing
  • notes and polished scripts for talks and presentations
  • a range of other narrative and non-narrative texts, including arguments, and personal and formal letters

3) Grammar and Vocabulary

4) Spoken English:

  • using Standard English confidently in a range of formal and informal contexts
  • giving short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas and keeping to the point
  • participating in formal debates and structured discussions, summarising and/or building on what has been said
  • improvising, rehearsing and performing play scripts and poetry in order to generate language and discuss language use and meaning, using role, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact.

In Mathematics we work through the following areas:

1) Working mathematically:

  • develop fluency
  • reason mathematically
  • solve problems

2) Subject content:

  • number
  • algebra
  • ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • geometry and measures
  • probability
  • statistics

Sister and brother- Year 5 and Year 3 English

One to one tutoring to both the siblings at their year and ability level. We work through the following areas:

1) Reading- word reading

2) Reading- comprehension

3) Writing- transcription: spelling; handwriting and presentation

4) Writing- composition

5) Writing- vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

6) Spoken English

Reception Maths and English – Classroom experience

I have worked as a supply Reception teacher at a range of primary schools, providing English and Maths support to classes of up to 30 4 and 5 year old students. I always work to make my classes engaging, hands on and practical to help keep the students motivated by the learning.

Year 1 Maths and English

I worked as a supply teacher, regularly teaching Year 1 classes. We focused on phones based work, such as fun reading activities and song based activities. We worked on stories, and I helped the students create their own aspects, and blend them successfully into our work. For Maths, we worked with practical, physical objects, such as play-doh to support hand on learning.

Year 2 English

Spelling and Phonics; Nouns; Adjectives; Verbs and Adverbs; Joining Sentences; Collective Nouns; Speech and Speech Punctuation; Story Writing; Recounts; Instructional Writing; Big Reading skills: Rex Retriever, Expi Explorer, Ansa Analyser and Dood Detective

Year 3 SEN English and Mathematics (Autism and behavioural difficulties)

I worked as an LSA for 1 year teaching a pupil in Year 3 with autism and behavioural challenges. I worked with him in a classroom setting and also outside of class for one on one structured periods supporting him with his English and Mathematics. A typical day would consist of supporting him with his reading, phonics and comprehension. We would then move onto number work and space and shape. Due to his needs our work together was very practical and hands on. We used things like games and breathing exercises to help keep him calm and relaxed. Together we covered topics including: Reading; Phonics; Spellings; Age appropriate vocabulary; Figures of speech; Story Writing Recounts; Dictionary Work; Punctuation;Place Value; Addition; Subtraction; Multiplication; Division; Money; Time; Pattern and Symmetry; Position and Direction.

Year 4 English

One to one tutoring to a student in year 4- Big Reading skills: Rex Retriever, Expi Explorer, Ansa Analyser and Dood Detective; Synonyms and Thesaurus Work; Active and Passive Voice; Apostrophes; Complex Sentences and Subordinate Clauses; Summary and Note-making; Poetry; Story Writing; Play Scripts; Non-Chronological Reports

Year 5 SEN/ Global Developmental Delay- Online English and Mathematics 

I am currently tutoring a lovely girl in year 5 who has a delay in a number of areas. Some of the main areas that are impacted are her speech, cognitive skills and her social and emotional development. 

I have worked with the parents and school to build lessons using the student’s interests. Although she is in year 5, she is working at year 3 level. I have therefore tailored the work so it is appropriate for her level and needs. The online lessons are very visual and allow time for new or consolidated learning and then time to practise this learning. We may break a Power Point down together or watch a clip, pausing at appropriate moments to digest, discuss and give examples to the learning. We then take time to practise the learning and will often do theses through exercises and games. 

I encourage my student to complete tasks at a pace that is comfortable for her. We have now; however, been working on giving her set times to complete tasks. As her confidence grows, the number of questions she completes in a set time also continues to increase. My instructions and explanations are always given very slowly and clearly and in short sentences with pauses for her to process what has been said.  I will also get her to repeat these back to me to check for understanding. This has proved very helpful.

Year 5 11+ Mathematics, English, NVR and VR- Online and in person 1:1 and 1:2 

I have successfully tutored 4 children for their 11+ exams. Some of the schools the children have applied to have been: The Latymer School; Godolphin and Latymer (The London 11+ Consortium); St Olave’s Grammar School; Newstead Wood School; City of London School for Girls; City of London School; Kingston Grammar School; Tiffin School; North London Collegiate; Forest School; The Henrietta Barnett School and Downe House School.

All children have gone onto make great academic progress at their chosen schools and felt exceptionally confident and prepared for their 11+ exams. 

During session we worked on past papers; NVR; VR; vocabulary; longer creative pieces of writing; persuasive and argumentative writing; new mathematical concepts; applying previous knowledge; working out what the questions is asking; multi- step worded questions; speed and confidence.

Year 5 Mathematics

One to one tutoring for 2 students in Year 5. Together we worked through topics such as: Multiplication Methods; Ordering and Comparing Fractions; Improper Fractions; Division Methods with Remainders; Percentages; Position and Direction; Pattern and Symmetry: Time; Measurement

Year 5 Group Mathematics

Maths booster group to five students in year 5- Multiplication Methods; Ordering and Comparing Fractions; Improper Fractions; Division Methods with Remainders; Percentages; Position and Direction; Pattern and Symmetry; Time; Measurement

GCSE/Year 11 Maths

One to one tutoring to a student in year 11- Percentages; Powers and Roots; Fractions; Ratio and Proportion; Locus; Trigonometry; Pythagoras; Angles; Volume; Equations; Graphs; Patterns and Sequence; BODMAS.

Early Years P.E – During my time in the UAE I also assisted with P.E. teaching for the early years and primary students (aged 3 upwards).

Hobbies and Interests

As well as teaching I am also a freelance writer. Most recently I have written articles on film, mindfulness and film for Dazzle Magazine, in the UAE. I also attend a Creative Writer’s meet up group where I have the pleasure of sharing my creative writing with talented individuals.  Acting is an art from that I have always been incredibly passionate about and I currently train, part time, at Identity School of Acting and Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop. I have been fortunate enough to perform in plays and have also written, produced and directed my own short film.  I run regularly with a running group and have rewardingly completed We Run Dubai, sponsored by Nike and the Colour Run. I am also very passionate about singing and have sung at St Mark’s Cathedral, in Venice and The Royal Albert Hall with the Young Disciples Gospel Choir.

Client Testimonials

“It feels so good to finally get stuff! Thank you!”

Year 8 Student, English and Maths

“Thank you so much for suggesting timed exercises; his teacher says it is working so well in school!”

Year 3 Parent, English

‘When your 10 year old spontaneously gets himself a pen and paper, sits down after dinner with the entire family and says “Grandma, give me any two numbers and I’ll divide them!” Blessed! Thank you!!’ Cindy, Year 5 Parent, Maths

“Katie was buzzing with excitement and beaming with happiness. She couldn’t stop talking about her first lesson with you the whole way home; she spoke so highly of you. It made me so happy to see her like that. Thank you.” Kimberly, Year 4 Parent, English

“Both boys are now at grade level! Hooray!!! I can’t stop smiling! You have been a dream!” Richard, Year 2 and Year 5 Parent, English and Maths

 

  • Qualified Teacher

  • SEN Specialist

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