Private Tuition in Colden Common
Also attended by children from: Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford, Winchester, Fair Oak, Southampton.

    One to one tuition in a quiet environment

    One to one tuition in a quiet environment is ideal for improving reading.

    The School Skills Club offers tuition (normally on a one to one basis) in reading, writing and other literacy skills to children aged 3 -11 years. Each child attends at a regular time once a week for an hour’s lesson.

    Aims and objectives of the School Skills Club.

    How children are taught at School Skills Club.

    Contact Jacky.

    Pre-school children (from 3 years).
    Sessions are organised from Tuesday to Friday 9.15 – 3.30 during term time. Jacky Gurney plans each session to improve the skills of the individual child. Please see the Pre – school page for examples of activities.

    School children 4 -11 years.
    Lessons are taught after school from Tuesday to Friday and all day Saturday during the school term and by arrangement in the school holidays.

    Jacky Gurney has an early years teaching degree which included units of training about teaching children with special educational needs. She has been tutoring school children since 1999 and in 2005 completed a year long course with two teaching practices and gained the OCR Level 4 Certificate in ‘Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia).’ Since 2005 Jacky has continued her professional development by attending workshops and presentations. She is a member of the Hampshire Dyslexia Association Committee where her role is editor of the newsletter.



The children enjoy using the computer

The children enjoy using the computer
as a resource for their learning.



Jacky organises and teaches each lesson, which she plans to suit the needs and abilities of the individual child. She teaches in a quiet environment free from distractions which gives each child the maximum opportunity to concentrate.



Jacky Gurney has an enhanced DBS certificate (previously CRB) and is registered with the DBS Update Service.



Aims and objectives of the School Skills Club.




To promote two way communication with parents about their child’s learning.

Playing a game is an enjoyable
way of consolidating learning.

To provide a multi sensory, structured and cumulative learning programme that the children will enjoy and that will allow them to fulfil their potential.

To provide a safe, quiet environment in which the children can learn. In addition to her to her DBS (Enhanced Disclosure Certificate) Jacky Gurney has carried out a risk assessment. Policies relating to equal opportunities, health and safety, child protection, behaviour and complaints (none to date) are all in place.

To increase each child’s self-confidence. The lessons are carefully planned to promote success. Positive reinforcement for effort and achievement is also given in order to build self esteem. Back to top




How children are taught at School Skills Club.

The children are taught in individual ways depending on their needs.

Information about each child’s strengths and weaknesses and learning styles is gathered by:

  • discussion with children and parents
  • reading Individual Education Plans
  • reading diagnostic assessment reports
  • informally assessing the child.



Jacky can help in the following areas:

    Phonological awareness.

    • Listening activities to increase auditory discrimination.
    • Identifying and discriminating phonemes (the sounds that letters make).
    • Blending phonemes aloud to say words and segmenting words into their phonemes.

    Visual disturbance or discomfort when reading print.

    • Using coloured overlays can mitigate visual discomfort. Assessment kit and overlays available.
    • Consideration given to print size, font and spacing.
    • Eye exercises.




A game to practise blending.


1. Synthetic Phonics.

  • Identifying graphemes (written letters) and learning their sounds.
  • Using blending to read phonically regular words.
  • Introducing graphemes in a structured and cumulative way.
  • Using Alpha to Omega, Ruth Miskin or Jolly Phonics materials as appropriate for the child.
  • Playing games (including computer games) for practice and consolidation.




The children use magnetic letters to help them understand how letter sounds can be blended together.


A card game to practise reading words with ‘th’, ‘sh’ and ‘ch’ sound patterns.



2. Learning high frequency phonetically irregular words.



Using multisensory materials and games
Increasing reading vocabulary in a structured
way using carefully selected texts.
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Fairy high frequency word game.


fooball game

Football game. Matching a game to a child's interest increases motivation.




    Using the porridge oats tray for spelling is visual and kinaesthetic.



  • Using segmenting to spell phonically regular words.
  • Learning spelling patterns.
  • Partaking in multi-sensory activities.
  • Creating mnemonics to aid memory.



learning the 'ai' sound

child using a computer game to practise spellings

Learning graphemes and phonemes for spelling e.g. the vowel digraph ‘ai’. The children listen to a spoken word, select the letters for the sounds, and then push the magnetic letters together, or type the letters into the computer game, sounding and blending them to pronounce the word.




  • Kinaesthetic exercises and activities to help speed and flow of writing.
  • Experimenting with a variety of pencils, pens and grips.
  • Learning individual formation of letters, size and proportion of letters and letter joins for cursive (joined) writing in a structured way. Back to top



Comprehension exercise.

Comprehension exercise.


  • Discussing the books read and answering questions verbally.
  • Answering specific questions on set texts to improve literal and inferential comprehension.




  • Using activity sheets and games.
  • Proof reading work. Back to top




Punctuation game.

Finding the capital letters and explaining when they are needed.

Finding the capital letters and
explaining when they are needed.



Reading, planning and writing in different genres.




  • Investigating and creating stories, plays, poems, reports, instructions, arguments etc.
  • Choosing interesting vocabulary.
  • Using complex sentences.



Structuring a story

Structuring a story.


Using a writing frame to help structure written work.




Pre-school children.

The cost of a private lesson is 20.00. (5.00 per lesson is payable half termly in advance and the remaining 15.00 is paid at each lesson).

School children.

The cost of each private lesson is 25.00. (5.00 per lesson is payable half termly in advance and the remaining 20.00 is paid at each lesson attended).

What to do if you want your child to attend the School Skills Club.

Please contact Jacky Gurney and she will arrange a day and time for lessons if there is a vacancy or place your child’s name on the waiting list. Back to top


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