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Workshops

We run an online comprehension course, consisting of five 2-hour sessions. This is aimed at years 4-6 children and specifically at children taking an 11+ examination. Please check the requirements of your child’s particular examination, to see whether this course would be suitable.

Each session is 2-hours long with a short break in the middle.

There are 6 children maximum in the group.

The course is fully interactive, held over Zoom and led by a qualified and experienced teacher. 

The cost of the 10-hour course is £200.

Book now for the autumn term:

Time: Saturdays 1pm – 3pm
Dates: 19/9/20, 26/9/20, 3/10/20, 10/10/20, 17/10/20
Tutor: Dani

Comprehension Session 1: Introduction to Comprehension

  • This is an introduction to comprehension where we guide children through strategies of reading the passage and the questions. We look at the different types of question including literal, inference, vocabulary, summary and opinion questions. We will also reinforce the crucial ‘Point, Evidence, Explain’ strategy. The children will have a chance to answer questions from real exam papers, including multiple choice questions, and we will support children in how to answer them, ensuring they are not missing out on gaining easy marks.

Comprehension Session 2: Character Analysis

  • During this session, we will focus on ‘Character Analysis Questions’ which often come up in exam papers. For example, What impression do we get of Sam from the passage? In this session we will learn what is needed to answer these types of question which will include how to answer a character comparison question using specific vocabulary to assist them in structuring their answers well. The children will tackle character analysis questions from real exam papers and look at multiple choice questions too.

Comprehension Session 3: Evaluation Questions Part 1

  • This session begins to explore the trickiest type of question in comprehension; the dreaded ‘Evaluation Questions’ which crop up time and time again in exam papers. For example, How does the writer make this part of the story exciting? These are often worth lots of marks and take creativity to answer. In this session we will look at structural features associated with evaluation questions. The children will practise commenting on structural features from real exam papers; written and multiple choice.

Comprehension Session 4: Evaluation Questions Part 2

  • This workshop follows on from Session 3 and continues to explore ‘Evaluation Questions’. In this session the focus is on language features and the children will learn to identify language features within the passage and learn how to comment on figurative language including similes, metaphors, alliteration and personification. We will explore how to structure written answers as well as attempting multiple choice questions based on these language features.

Comprehension Session 5: Poetry

  • Some 11+ exams provide a poetry comprehension and this workshop teaches the children how to analyse and evaluate a poem. We will learn to comment on what the poem is about; who the poet is addressing; why the poet is writing the poem and how the poet gets their message across. In addition, we will look at emotions, patterns and themes, as well as identifying the poetic devices used and exploring what effect they have on the reader. 

“This course has helped me to identify different types of questions such as literal and inference questions. I also learned how to use the PEE and use fancy phrases to start sentences. I also learnt how to annotate texts and how to write character analysis questions too. I also learnt to use phrases for comparisons and differences. Furthermore, we tried out multiple choice questions and we learnt language devices and structural devices. Finally we looked at emotions and themes in comprehension of poetry.” (Tara)

“Our daughter took a one week English Comprehension course with Dani in July 2020. We were very happy with the course and the quality of the teaching. Dani put our daughter at ease from the start and guided her through gently and with encouragement. I think our daughter was surprised with her own ability at the end. The group size of 6 was just the right balance to give the children enough attention but also work off each other.
Wouldn’t hesitate to use again.”
(parent)

“Thank you for this comprehension course. I am not afraid to answer 8 mark questions or 10 mark ones now.” (Adelynn)

“Thank you so much for another wonderful course. My son enjoyed it a lot and seems to be more confident. He has started liking and exploring texts. Looking forward to seeing you again with another amazing course. Thank you.” (Faryal)

“I thought that the course was fun and I learned a lot. I enjoyed looking at the 8 mark and 10 mark questions even though at the start I didn’t really like them. I also liked the short 1 mark questions. Learning how to do comprehension with a poem was very helpful as that has always been something I wasn’t good at but now I feel more confident with this. I learned a variety of skills to help analyse a text, including SHAMPOP, PQRSTUV as well as learning the different types of questions including literal, language, summary, going over P.E.E and finally looking at characters. I feel I have learned a lot in this experience and I have taken away a lot more than what I had to start with. Thank you.” (Elsie)

“Hi Charlotte, I just wanted to say thank you so much for the comprehension course, it all sounded fantastic! So well structured, so much covered (and really difficult stuff!) and my son said he got so much from it ! So happy you told me about it.” (parent)

“This course has improved my writing and comprehension skills a lot. I have learned lots of different techniques such as PEE and PQRSTUV and I will use it in my comprehension to get full marks. I have also learned how to make my answer longer and how to explain question even better.  This course has been really helpful. Thank you for teaching me.” (Taha)

“My son really enjoyed working with you. He loves the way you teach and he always looked forward to his classes so thank you,  he learned so much on this course.” (parent)