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"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body"  

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)


Reading and writing are two essential skills for life.  However, for many children learning to read and write is a difficult experience that results in anxiety and distress for both the child and the parent.

There are three main parts to English learning:  Reading - Writing - Speaking and Listening.

At Redwood Scholars we begin by assessing student's reading, comprehension and spelling abilities:

  • Reading skill is the process known as decoding - reading words by sight or using phonics, whereas the meaning is irrelevant;
  • Comprehension skill assesses the ability to understand and analyse a passage of written text;
  • Assessing spelling skills provides us with additional information about how a student recognises sounds and is able to translate (code) them into their graphic equivalents - letters.

To support the learning of English, we use multi-sensory approach to developing reading and writing skills.  Through the teaching of decoding, vocabulary building and grammar we are able to build on reading comprehension skills and help your child close the knowledge gap, develop or exceed the skills needed at their level in the classroom.

Following the assessment, we build an individual learning programme made up of a variety of techniques covering the following aspects of the English language:

  • Phonics
  • Early Reading
  • Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Sentence Development
  • Handwriting and Presentation
  • Creative Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation

Support your child's English development

Get in touch to discuss your needs on 01777 854343 (Retford Centre), 01302 943274 (Doncaster Centre)  

or to book a Free Assessment.

Contact us

What our parents/students are saying

My daughter Rachael started attending for English lessons in autumn.  She loves coming for the lessons, always does her homework and the progress she made has given her confidence.  Her last report from school indicates that she is now above her target level for English.  We are very pleased with the tuition she gets and look forward to her continued progress.

Melanie, Rachael's (Year 8) mum