TutorBug programmes are designed by Speech and Language specialists.
With three main programmes and one-to-one tutoring support available, TutorBug focuses on a variety of core skills including vocabulary, communication and attention skills to ensure each child has the opportunity to fully access and understand the National Curriculum within schools.


TutorBug Language Programme

Start Date: 9th January 2020
End Date: 13th February 2020
Day and Time : Thursdays 4pm
Age Range: 4 - 7
Price: £85 per child

ChatterBug Language Programme is a 6 week intervention, suitable for children in Reception and KS1. The intervention is designed by specialists to develop children’s Language and Communication skills within 6 key areas: Attention and Listening, Vocabulary, Building Sentences, Telling Stories and Conversations. These areas are fundamental to accessing the National Curriculum within schools. Each session is highly engaging through the use of games, fast paced activities, practical resources and visual aids.

The Language programme will support children in Reception to develop the following skills within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum:

    • Listen attentively and form positive relationships with adults and other children by working as part of a group, taking turns and learning the rules of ‘Good Listening’.

    • Confidence to speak and express fictional and real life ideas with a group of peers.

    • Follow instructions involving several ideas and actions, to carry out activities.

    • Develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

    • Respond appropriately to what they hear or what has been read with relevant comments, questions and actions.

    • Answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

    • Talk about similarities and differences between objects.

    • Use talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas, feelings and events.

    • Extends vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring the meanings and sounds of new words.

    • Segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together (foundations of Early reading and writing).

The Language programme will support children in KS1 to develop the following skills within the KS1 Primary Curriculum:

    • Listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers.

    • Gain, maintain and monitor the interest of a listener when sharing ideas.

    • Discuss word meanings, linking new meanings to known vocabulary.

    • Composing sentences orally and sequencing sentences to form short narratives.

    • Predicting what might happen based on what has happened so far.

    • Give well-structured descriptions, explanations & narratives for different purposes, including expressing feelings.

    • Participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic, initiating and responding to comments.

    • Ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge.

Year 6 SATs Vocabulary Group

Start Date: 27th February 2020
End Date: 2nd April 2020
Day and Time : Thursdays 4pm
Age Range: 10 - 11
Price: £85 per child

The SATs Vocabulary group aims to develop children’s vocabulary skills and develop an awareness of how we learn words using a fun and motivating approach. Children will develop strategies they can use to learn, revise and use words linked to core areas of the Year 6 National Curriculum. A strong vocabulary supports all areas of Speech, Language and Communication development including reading and writing skills.
The vocabulary group will support children who have difficulties learning and using curriculum vocabulary, have difficulties retaining and finding the right words or simply as a way to revise vocabulary to support them through their final year and in their SATs tests.

Key Stage 2 Narrative Group

Start Date: 23rd April 2020
End Date: 21st May 2020
Day and Time : Thursdays 4pm
Age Range: 7 - 11
Price: £75 per child

Narrative Group supports children’s ability to tell a story or series of events with precision and clarity in oral and written form. Narrative skills are crucial in developing social skills and accessing the curriculum.

The group can support children who have difficulties with accessing the curriculum at an age appropriate level, reading for meaning and developing social relationships.

Curriculum Links - Range of speaking includes ‘telling stories real and imagined’ and drama activities include, ‘presenting…stories to others’. Under Skills, the requirements to ‘speak clearly and confidently’ and ‘to listen, understand and respond to others’ can be met by hearing and telling stories.
Places emphasis is on enabling students ‘to sustain their contributions in different contexts, adapting their talk to a range of purposes and audiences’. To use a style appropriate to the reader and develop ideas into structured written texts.

The Narrative KS2 group will support children in their understanding of question words by relating colour to questions, sequencing and problem solving and to help to create and extend sentences which make sense.

    • Applying colour helps to support consistency, word retrieval and sentence construction

    • It activates both sides of the brain to be more successful

    • A colour is given to each part of a sentence structure and a question to each part of the structure

    • Helps understanding of the underlying relationships in a sentence (who does what to whom)

    • This helps to create sentences that make sense with the words in the right order.