9 Baltic have followed a thorough timetable this term. They have all read independently on a daily basis for a minimum of 15 minutes. This has become a new routine for our tutor class and they all have shown a lot of independence and have taken responsibility for their reading as they now start sessions without any prompts from staff. Each pupil is reading a book which is at their reading ability and once completed they have all been completing accelerated reader tests on a weekly basis. Connor Elliott has done exceptionally well answering the majority of questions correctly on the several quizzes’ he has completed. The progress that they have all made has been exceptional.
For the second part of the tutor session they have a specific activity that they complete.
- Mondays each pupil is asked to write down their weekly targets including what percentage they want to achieve by Friday. This seems to work well as each pupil is then asked to evaluate these targets during Friday Tutor with only one pupil not achieving their own personal target. At one point the whole class achieved over 90% points!
- On a Tuesday we take part in problem solving tasks and have also came up with the idea to make a satisfying video. In this video each pupil is coming up with an activity that people may find satisfying to watch. One of the activities was trying to get every to get a basketball in the hoop at the same time. As a tutor class this is a task we have thoroughly enjoyed. We also created video for national jump day which was a great success recording ourselves performing skills on the trampoline.
- On a Wednesday we also take part in whole group mindfulness. Each pupil lies on the floor or sits with their head on the desk and follows the set of breathing techniques. This is a very useful tool especially as pupils say that this helps prepare them for their next lesson. At times pupils are so relaxed that they have even been known to fall asleep in the sessions!
- Finally on a Thursday we take part in themed based learning activities. These activities are often linked to the school assembly theme. Pupils have learnt how to perform CPR, studied drugs and peer pressure, understood the impact on bullying and how it affects an individual’s mental health as well as discussing UNICEF.
Throughout these sessions 9 Baltics’ behaviour on a whole has been outstanding and as their tutor I felt it was important to reward this behaviour.