During school holidays, we run a variety of one-off online workshops. These are aimed at years 4-6 children and some are specifically aimed at children taking an 11+ examination. Please check the requirements of your child’s particular examination, to see whether these workshops would be suitable.
Each workshop is 2-hours long with a short break in the middle.
There are 6 children maximum per workshop.
All workshops are fully interactive, held over Zoom and led by a qualified and experienced teacher.
Each workshop is £35.
*These are now all SOLD OUT. Please contact us if you would like to join the waiting list for the next round!*
Comprehension Workshop 1: Introduction to Comprehension
- This is an introduction to comprehension where we guide children through strategies of reading the passage and the questions. We will reinforce the crucial ‘Point, Evidence, Explain’ strategy. We will also practise answering simple literal and inferential questions from real exam papers, supporting children in how to answer them and ensuring they are not missing out on gaining easy marks. This workshop is for children who will have a written comprehension paper within their 11+ examination.
Comprehension Workshop 2: Character Analysis
- During this workshop, 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 workshop 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. This workshop is for children who will have a written comprehension paper within their 11+ examination.
Comprehension Workshop 3: Language Analysis Part 1
- This workshop begins to explore the trickiest type of question in comprehension; the dreaded Language Analysis question which crops 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 learn how to recognise these questions and how to answer them using key literary terminology linking to sentence structure, literary devices and punctuation. The children will get to practise answering language analysis questions from real exam papers. It is advisable to attend both Workshop 3 and 4 as they follow on from one another. This workshop is for children who will have a written comprehension paper within their 11+ examination.
Comprehension Workshop 4: Language Analysis Part 2
- This workshop follows on from Workshop 3 and continues to explore the Language Analysis Questions. We look further at how to comment on figurative language including similes, metaphors, alliteration and personification. Furthermore, we identify adjectives and verbs, learning how to describe them in context to the passage, as well as commenting on the impact that these have on the reader. We will work through a range of real past paper questions, particularly those questions worth more marks. This workshop is for children who will have a written comprehension paper within their 11+ examination.
Comprehension Workshop 5: Poetry
- Some 11+ exams provide a poetry comprehension and this workshop teaches you 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, contrasts and themes, as well as identifying the poetic devices used and exploring what effect they have on the reader.