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11+ Preparation Blogposts

What is the 11+ CEM Select Exam?

What is the 11+ CEM Select Exam?

What is the CEM Select Exam? CEM Select is a computer assessment designed for selective independent schools, partially-selective state schools and grammar Schools. They are used for 11+, 13+ at Year 7 entry and in other year groups for late transfer. CEM Select...

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Getting your Child Interested in the News

Getting your Child Interested in the News

Why is it important to encourage your child to be interested in the news? Awareness of the world: The news provides information about current events, both locally and globally. It helps children understand what is happening in the world, including social, political,...

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Preparing for 11+ Interviews

Preparing for 11+ Interviews

Interviews can be a daunting time for children, especially for those who feel they lack confidence in these situations, but they needn’t be! Have a read of our blog post all about helping your child to prepare for their 11+ interview. Why do schools interview...

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What is the London 11+ Consortium?

What is the London 11+ Consortium?

In 2022 the Consortium introduced a new bespoke assessment process, for entry in September 2023 onwards, which goes beyond testing cognitive ability alone and seeks to discover a child’s potential in creative and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and...

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Creative Writing Blogposts

Igniting Writing: Why it Matters in 2024

Igniting Writing: Why it Matters in 2024

In July 2023, the National Literacy Trust published a report entitled, Children and Young People’s Writing in 2023. The report summarises the findings from their 2023 Annual Literacy Survey, which was completed by 71,351 children and young people aged 5-18 in schools...

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11 Plus Creative Writing Tasks List

11 Plus Creative Writing Tasks List

The questions your child might be asked in an 11+ creative writing assessment is endless but here is a list which you could use to guide you. These tasks are all taken from real 11+ papers, from schools including Latymer Upper, St Pauls Girls, The Perse School,...

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Christmas Creative Writing Ideas

Christmas Creative Writing Ideas

10 Summer Holiday Creative Writing Ideas for Key Stage 2 Here are a few ideas to keep your children writing over the summer holidays!  Happy writing! My Favourite Summer Memory: Write about your most cherished memory from a past summer holiday. Describe the location,...

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Reading and Comprehension Blogposts

Summer Holiday Reading Challenge

Summer Holiday Reading Challenge

Reading challenges can be a fun and effective way to encourage children to read more and improve their reading skills. Here are a few ideas for reading challenges that you can use with your primary school-aged children:   The Reading Bingo Challenge: Complete...

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Reading with your Children

Reading with your Children

Why is reading so important? It broadens vocabulary. It allows children to immerse themselves in a different world. It gets their creative juices flowing and stimulates thinking imaginatively. It expands their understanding of the world around them. It expands their...

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Phonics Blogposts

Phases 4-6 Phonics

Phases 4-6 Phonics

How is Phonics Taught? Phonics is taught in phases, starting in the preschool setting and continuing until year 2. Phase 1 is usually covered in the preschool setting as well as in Reception and is all about speaking and listening. Following on from this, Phase 2...

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Phase 3 Phonics

Phase 3 Phonics

How is Phonics Taught? Phonics is taught in phases, starting in the preschool setting and continuing until year 2. Phase 1 is usually covered in the preschool setting as well as in Reception and is all about speaking and listening. Following on from this, Phase 2...

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Phase 2 Phonics

Phase 2 Phonics

How is Phonics Taught? Phonics is taught in phases, starting in the preschool setting and continuing until year 2. Phase 1 is usually covered in the preschool setting as well as in Reception and is all about speaking and listening. Following on from this, Phase 2...

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