Working together to learn

“Thank you for everything you have done. We've loved some of your imaginative teaching ideas.”

Mr & Mrs D., 2012


For those pupils facing exams, I offer one-off Exam Practice Group Workshops. These are available to everyone, not just current RSL clients. For private workshops, you need to organise a group of pupils (up to 6) all studying at the same level, agree whose house the group will meet at and then decide which of the workshops below you are interested in:


  • GCSE Maths Foundation paper (please specify exam board)

  • GCSE Maths Higher paper (please specify exam board)

  • KS2 SATS Reading paper (focusing on interpreting questions)

  • KS2 SATS Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation papers

  • KS2 Maths Arithmetic paper

  • KS2 Maths Reasoning paper


During the session, pupils will work through the relevant exam paper, with revision guides, worked solutions by Miss Richards and of course individual and group explanations by Miss Richards. Private workshops can be held on a weeknight where Miss Richards has availability or on Saturdays. There is no commitment to book more than one session.


Payment must be made via cheque or bank transfer at the time of booking. This is refundable up to 48 hours before the workshop. For up to three pupils, the rate is £36/hour. For 4-6 pupils, the rate is £45/hour. 

Rock Solid Revision - Exam Practice Groups
Rock Solid Artists - Art Workshops

Many children enjoy learning with friends. Rock Solid Learning provides workshops for academic purposes and for leisure. Currently available are Exam Practice Groups, the Art Workshops and the Sunset Sessions listed below.

Art lessons at primary school teach very few ‘art skills’ unless the teachers themselves have an understanding and enthusiasm for art. Without wanting to overwhelm young artists with jargon or confusing detail, Rock Solid Artists aims to give young learners (aged 8-12) some hints and tips, some clues to the basics of drawing, colouring and painting. Each 90-minute session focuses on a skill, tool or media type with warm ups and exercises leading to a finished piece that displays the session’s focus in practice. Sessions have been designed to run well in the order presented but that isn’t compulsory! Enjoy a workshop that suits you!

To book a private workshop:

  • Organise a group of children (although individual lessons are fine) and decide on a location.

  • Choose your workshop.

  • Email: to ask about availability and book something in the diary.

  • Pay online 10 days before your workshop. (This is refundable up to 48 hours before the workshop.)

Prices for 75-90 minute sessions: 1-2 pupils cost £30, 3-4 children cost £40

Lines and Shapes

Feel free to bring your own sketch pad, a range of drawing pencils (2H, B, 6B etc…), black ink pen (e.g. uniball), paintbrush.

We will experiment with different kinds of lines and mark making, and look at the shapes hidden within objects to produce some bold outlined drawings.

Light and dark

Feel free to bring your own sketch pad, a range of drawing pencils (2H, B, 6B etc…).

Looking at 3D objects, we will increase our observation skills to see where shading could make our artwork more effective. We will also look at different pencil methods for showing darker areas.

Watercolour washes

Feel free to bring your own watercolour paper, watercolour paints e.g. Windsor & Newton, mixing palette, three watercolour brushes of varying sizes, a water-soluble black ink pen.

We will look at how to get the perfect background in one colour or two colours (e.g. skies and sunsets) and then silhouette foreground objects in dark colours.

Boldness and colour

Feel free to bring your own watercolour paper, watercolour paints e.g. Windsor & Newton, mixing palette, water pot, three watercolour brushes of varying sizes.

After first creating a colour wheel by mixing paints, we will look at some photographs to learn that the intensity of colour weakens in the distance. Then we will paint a landscape of hills, creating depth in the image.

Still life in pastel

Feel free to bring sketch pad and/or watercolour paper and soft pastels or pastel pencils if you have them.

With a growing knowledge of drawing 3D shapes and using colour to create depth, we will switch media to create a still life of 3D shapes. Pastels will help us to understand blending and smooth and sharp edges

Near and far

Feel free to bring your own HB pencil, pencil crayons, ruler, sketch pad.

What is a vanishing point and how can it help us with perspective? We will create a street scene or a picture of a train to show how distance impacts the lines we draw. We can also use boldness of colour to exaggerate the distance.

Watercolour techniques

Feel free to bring your own soft pencil (e.g. B or 2B), watercolour paper, watercolour paints, mixing palette, three watercolour brushes of varying sizes.

After experimenting with water and the ways it can affect the paper and the colours, we will complete a guided step-by-step exercise in painting a watermelon. I’ll bring the salt and the hairdryer needed for this piece of artwork!


Feel free to bring your own soft pencil (e.g. B or 2B), watercolour paper, watercolour paints, mixing palette, three watercolour brushes of varying sizes.

Drawing together a lot of the skills we have learnt so far on watercolour techniques, boldness and perspective, we will create a landscape painting of the English countryside.

The Sunset Sessions

Sometimes it's good to work with other other people. Sometimes it's good to get out of the house for our learning. During the longer, warmer evenings of the summer, I offer The Sunset Sessions, which provide opportunities for up to three children to learn geography, history, art, music, RE and science skills on location in the local area. 


Sessions start at an agreed time after 6.30pm. Sessions are largely weather dependent and may be cancelled or postponed if the weather could impact the practicalities or enjoyment of the session. With this in mind, feel free to be more spontaneous and save booking until a weather forecast is given. Though please note, 24 hours' notice is needed in order to prepare resources.

A parent/carer of one of the participating pupils must be present throughout the entire session and take full responsibility for all pupils' actions and safety. 

For one pupil, the cost is £25; for two, it is £34; for three, it is £39 and for 4 it is £44.

'History of the canals' at Kingswood Junction, Lapworth

With a clipboard full of maps, pictures and questions, we embark on a two-mile walk around the Grand Union and Stratford Canal, taking in evidence of the past and working out how the canals were used and what is happening to them today. 

'Painting at Packwood House'

After completing some basic watercolour exercises, we will add some more details to a pre-drawn sketch of the house and then focus on building up layers of watercolour to complete a careful and detailed painting.

'River study fieldwork' at Barston Ford

Using some of our mathematical skills, we will take different measurements of the River Blythe and see what they teach us about water flow, erosion and deposition. Good, tall wellies and a towel are essential!

‘Christian Life at Knowle Parish Church’

What is it like to be a Christian worshipping at Knowle Parish Church? We will explore the building, beliefs and activities of this local church to gain a greater understanding of how faith impacts people’s lives. Hopefully we will be able to interview a parishioner or church worker to find out more!

'Investigating forces' at Brueton Park

Suitable for KS2 only. This session will involve a series of science demonstrations that will get us asking questions about forces such as friction, air resistance, water forces and balancing. Be prepared to describe, come up with a theory, make a fair test and explain results, as well as having fun with the activities too!

'Making music naturally' at Dorridge Park

Armed with some basic creative supplies, we will explore the woodland and parkland to collect various sounds and materials we can use to make sounds. We will then use our ‘instruments’ to create a short composition, learning how to use technical language to describe our music.