My name is Rachael Lillis, the creator of Little Scholars Academy. I am an experienced primary school teacher of 16 years. I have taught in a range of school settings across the Dudley, Sandwell and Birmingham boroughs. In my last role I was Phonics co-ordinator.
I have two young boys of my own, and it’s because of them that I decided to change the direction of my career path. Being both a teacher and a parent, I realise the importance of preparing children for the challenges they face when starting school.
Exciting sessions for children
Wouldn’t it be great if children could learn without realising they are doing so? That’s the aim of Little Scholars Academy. There will be singing, stories, actions, music, sensory activities and crafts.
Your child will start school already having a head start with reading, handwriting and maths.
Informative for parents
As a teacher, I had many parents approach me seeking advice on how to support their child with reading and maths. They often said that they either didn't feel confident about how to support their child at home, or they didn't want to teach them a different method to the one at school.
Little Scholars Academy is aimed just as much at parents as it is for children. Not only will you be able to watch your child grow in confidence, have fun, make friends and learn the skills they need to be school ready, you will learn along with them. When you attend parents’ evening and the teacher talks about segmenting and blending, CVC words, finger spelling, graphemes, digraphs, Kinetic letters, you’ll nod along, feeling smug that you understand all this ‘teacher talk’.
PHONICS: At Little Scholars Academy, your child will be introduced to all the initial phonic sounds through stories, actions, songs and games. Once your child has leant the first set of sounds, they will be taught to put sounds together to read simple words.
KINETIC LETTERS: Children will begin the first two strands of their Kinetic Letters journey (Handwriting) in readiness for school.
Making bodies stronger
· Physical strengthening of the body
· Motor and spatial preparation
Learning the letters
· Dynamic movements for learning letter shapes
· Sensory experiences for memory and recall
MATHS: Mathematics is an important part of learning for all children in the early years, and receiving a good grounding in maths is an essential life skill. Sessions will be practical and fun, allowing children to explore shape, pattern and number.
Wednesdays: St Thomas’s Church, Stourbridge - 9:30 - 10:15am
Wednesdays: The Bridge House, Stourbridge, 1.30pm
Thursdays: The Oakfield Centre, Brierley Hill - 9:30 - 10:15am
Book a FREE trial session
Book a block of 10 sessions for £65
Term time only