A box of plastic shapes can be an excellent resource to teach three-dimensional shapes for the 11-plus.
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An average of half an hour daily in year 4, building up to an hour a day in year 5 is ideal for 11-plus preparation, says Sannah O’Connor.
For Tiffin School, a student is expected to be naturally two years ahead of their peers, said a Kip McGrath Wandsworth representative.
For any parents of children taking the 11-plus this autumn the pandemic has thrown into question whether the tests will actually take place.
The Latymer School’s recent announcement that assessments will go ahead with social distancing is the first indication that grammar schools in England at least are unlikely to alter this year’s arrangements.
The Barnes Children’s Literary Festival (9-14 June) is online this year. It’s all free and includes top children’s authors Emma Carol (To the Lighthouse), Caroline Lawrence (Roman Mysteries), SF Said (Varjak Paw), Lisa Thomson (The Goldfish Boy), Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Millions) and Andy Griffiths (Treehouse series).
After weeks of lockdown children have worked their way through many films. That may be no bad thing depending on what they have been watching – good films can be excellent vocabulary builders. Here are suggestions for films they may not have seen yet.
Descriptosaurus by Alison Wilcox is a vocabulary and phrase toolbox to help teach creative writing which is widely used among 11-plus tutors.
A former student has been invited back to Spalding Grammar School to share his experience of racism as a pupil there while two more NI grammars abandon transfer test.
You have to find the right balance between work and play. Young children tend to burn out if they are given too much work, says 11plus Tutors in Purley.
Sir Roger Manwood’s in Kent has said it may have to close its boarding facility while the Education Endowment Foundation has said catch-up tuition would help poorer students after lockdown.