Attending a creative writing class and completing a 30-minute homework task once a week can see pupils go from being average KS2 writers to writing at KS3/GCSE level, says founder of Crystal Tuition Richard Gray.
Here are some creative writing competitions to enter this month – including The Canterbury Tales writing contest and The Reflections’s Project calling for submissions on the pandemic.
Entering competitions can be a great way to prepare for the 11-plus writing task – and you might win a prize in the process. The publisher Pearson is the latest to launch a lockdown-themed contest – write a story about your everyday hero. Here are some others – including the Young Muslim Writers Awards and a competition looking for a story including a taxi cab!
If you are preparing your child for the 11+, building up your child’s vocabulary needs to be top of your list.
My son is in year 4 at a private school. The schools I am targeting for him are as follows: QEB [Queen Elizabeth’s School], Tiffin, Wilson’s, Sutton Grammar School, Westminster School, St Paul’s, Dulwich College and the City of London School. He is doing well in maths, science and other subjects but needs help with English.
Descriptosaurus by Alison Wilcox is a vocabulary and phrase toolbox to help teach creative writing which is widely used among 11-plus tutors.
Set your child in year 3 the task of trying to read a book from each of the following sections.