A box of plastic shapes can be an excellent resource to teach three-dimensional shapes for the 11-plus.
Name: Sannah O’Connor, Sannah Private Tuition
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.
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).
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.
Lockdown has inevitably led to more screen time for many children – it may be wishful thinking but wouldn’t it be fantastic if some of that screen time could be harnessed for 11-plus preparation?
There has been no government announcement that grammar school entry tests in England will be cancelled this autumn but primary principals from 24 primary schools in Northern Ireland have called for transfer tests to be suspended.