From April students should be completing a mock paper every week under timed conditions. Previous papers where a score of 90% has not been reached should be repeated. Any problems with answers should be brought to the next lesson with me to go over.
Book a mock exam with me before your Year 5 child takes a mock exam at one of the organisations found under the Links page to external mock organisations. This gives students confidence and gets them used to working under timed conditions. Personal feedback in the next tutor session will motivate them and help to take away the fear of sitting tests. It will also enable us to see what needs to be improved.
Students should be taking mock examinations aiming for 90% plus.
Are you a parent worried about the education of your primary aged child? A small word of advice at a time when you are considering entrance tests and tutoring. The following is written by a teacher and a parent living in Kent.
'Your child may be a high flier who just needs some practice at the way tests are structured so that they feel more confident when it comes time to take the exam. In that case they may only need a few months of tuition and some practice at home in order to pass.
Your child may be quite able but a little less confident. They are an avid reader, but they find a few areas of Mathematics quite a struggle. In my experience it is usually the maths paper that brings the scores down. Therfore six months to a year of tutoring would be recommended, focusing on any gaps in knowledge before even looking at a past paper.
Or maybe your child is a whiz at maths and really struggles at Literacy. Turn their computers off and take them to the library. It dosen't matter what they read; science fiction, vampire fiction, Top Gear Annuals, comics, What Car magazines - anything. The aim is to increase their vocabulary so they will recognize all the words in the verbal reasoning paper. Audio stories are also good and available in libraries - you can all listen to these on car journeys! Then they may need about six months of tuition.
Then finally we have the children who are 'borderline'. They do quite well in all subjects, but they don't really fly. They struggle with some areas of both Maths and English. They may also struggle with organizing their learning and doing any homework can be a major battle. How long should they be tutored for?
May I suggest that you reconsider what you want for your child? Are you thinking of the best choice for your child or what you would like for yourself? I know there can be a lot of pressure from other parents, grandparents, the media and even your child's other parent.'
Children should be writing a diary most days in the holiday - encourage them to use a wide vocabulary.
Use the Easter Holidays to visit the library and encourage your children to choose books they enjoy - fiction or non-fiction - children should read to parents too - share the joy of reading.