Why an online 11 plus easter school will be good for your child

Our online Easter School runs over four days for three hours each day (6th – 9th April; 9 am – 12 pm). It’s aimed at year 5 students with a maximum of eight in a group. Throughout the course, we will study both CEM and GL 11 plus practice papers. We’ll also provide in-depth revision of 11 plus Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning, and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Our Easter School is a stand-alone course and can be used to: 

  • complement the learning received during our weekly classes 
  • as a means of seeing how your child is progressing
  • another way to find out what they need to focus on
  • and it can top up your home tutoring

How Do We Do It?

Beforehand we carefully select the 11 plus practice papers that your child will be studying. These will cover a combination of topics they should know at this stage of the game. The practice papers need to cover topics they are familiar with, but also need to be sufficiently challenging. This way they’ll build your child’s confidence rather than denting it. 

11 Plus Maths

Students struggle with 11 plus maths reasoning questions. It can be difficult for them to figure out which topic they are being asked about. The questions on these practice papers are more akin to GCSE foundation maths questions, but they break it into parts to ‘guide them’ to an answer.

This is why Super Tutoring students also get to practice GCSE foundation maths exam questions during our weekly classes. We do this so that they gain valuable experience in answering reasoning questions at a high academic level. 

Your child will gain confidence and expertise in answering these questions, so that come the day of the 11 plus exam they will not be phased. 

This was so great for my daughter, she had her 11+ this week and she went in with confidence and strength, I felt the tutors really cared about my daughter and helped me navigate this 11+ world when i didn’t understand or had questions. Go for it even if it’s just to help your child with school.”

Y. W, Parent

Verbal Reasoning

Students may have considerable experience of doing reading comprehension at school, but not at the level required for 11 plus.

Primary school reading comprehension is easier. For the 11 plus, they require an extensive vocabulary and a good understanding of inference to do well. If your child’s vocabulary is lacking, we’ll provide you with advice to help them to improve it. 

The Easter school will also help, but it takes more than four days to improve vocabulary! If this is the case, it’s something that your child will need to work on between our online Easter School and the 11 plus exam. The good news is that there’s still time to improve.

Shuffled sentences, cloze, and the other elements of Verbal Reasoning are not taught at Primary School and can prove to be a challenge. However, with the extensive practice we’ll provide and tips they’ll receive during the course, they’ll find them considerably easier to tackle and feel confident to do so.

Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR)

Although Non-Verbal Reasoning is not taught at school, at this stage in the year, students who attend our weekly classes will be more than familiar with it. We’ll provide a recap of the main elements of NVR and what your child should be looking out for when attempting these questions. They will then get to practice exam-style NVR questions to consolidate their learning. By the end of the week, they’ll be spotting the patterns considerably quicker.

How does the Easter School differ from our Summer School?

Our Summer School is similar to our Easter School, but it runs over five days. On the fifth day, there’s a mock exam. We provide the results along with a written report so that you can see which areas require more study. 

There isn’t a mock exam at the end of our Easter School because there are still five months of learning and revision to be done. A low score on a mock exam at this stage could dent your child’s confidence and that’s not what we want.

How do we keep children engaged during online lessons?

Well, having the camera turned on helps. We will work together as a group and your child will have the opportunity to work independently.  Our teachers are experienced in monitoring and supporting the children as they work. 

We ask each child to explain their thinking and we can tell whether they understand or not. We always steer them back in the right direction if they’re heading down the wrong road, thereby improving their understanding. At the same time, they get used to explaining their reasoning. So, although they may be in a small group, they will still be receiving plenty of individual attention.

Consolidation phase

Consolidation usually takes place before moving onto the next subject. GCSE foundation questions (subject allowing) and 11 plus practice questions will be displayed. Students get to play teacher for a while by writing on the screen demonstrating how to answer the question to the class. All students will have an opportunity to do this. 

In the early days of my teacher training, I would break into an anxious sweat at the prospect of having to practice being a teacher in front of my peers, but children love it – even the quieter ones!  

Throughout the day they will have received plenty of praise and encouragement making them very keen to participate. We find that this improves their confidence and self-belief, which is part of the winning formula for 11 plus success. 

Our Easter school will go a long way to plugging the gap between what’s taught at school and what’s needed to pass the 11 plus. It will improve your child’s confidence and build their subject knowledge. Book a 15 minute chat with me to find out how we can help.