Ive soooo glad ive discovered this forum-brilliant job
My eldest ds is in yr 5 at the moment(he is 10,a Nov bday)and in the last few weeks its slowly dawned on us that he is actually quite bright(of course ALL our kids are...lol!)but it has hit us that our clever/lively ds is capable of going to GS(I think!)and it seems he really is quite up for it-or should i say his competitive streak is rearing its head as regards the 11+!
I had NO idea what all the 11+ "stuff"entailed and have been researching furiously.....
Gosh-what a surprise..scared and excited now!
Ok so my husband and I went and looked around Pates and STR last week-I ADORED STRS-seemed to just "fit"with us-slightly more relaxed/rugby/pressured but not to the point of losing the fact that they are only kids! etc..
We already have a great tutor for my step ds as he was struggling slightly with his GCSEs(he is 15)and ds has been "tagging along"for the last 6 mths-for fun really-odd child!He is getting on great and is in the year above for his lessons-SATs of 5a so far....verging on 6 for maths(not that i realised what these numbers meant till now-or actually how irrelevant as regards to the VR tests they are
The tutor is a great friend and has taught 11+ in the past so is happy to take up this with ds1.
Ive got the GL multiple choice papers(with a giraffe on)and the bright sparks papers along with the Susan Dougherty(?)books explaining how to do it all!!!!!!(for me!lol!)I realise the tutor will do all this but i like to "know!!!"control freak that i am!
Ive also downloaded some of the free info off here-great.
There is also a computer programm i found called BOFA...anyone know about this?looks good-ds1 tried a VR test(50 min)just "because"as he hadnt EVER seen one before and got 78%...he wasnt happy as he is used to getting alot higher but i thought in the first instance this was cool
-ive explained that its very different to what he has done before and now he is happy to continue to try to improve-hard i think when you are a perfectionist to realise that less than 95% is NOT a failure
I need to get him to read more i think(reading age fine...few yrs older etc)but he IS a lazy reader-boys!
We ALL loved STRS and would adore him to have a place this time next year-but at the same time the local comp is good.
God-this is a whole new world and one that scares me and thrills me at the same time-who knew thare was sooooooooooooooooo much to it?places/weird VR tests etc???!!!!
I think that it is x2 50 min VR only tests in Glos covering 21 different Q types-is this right?seems odd not to have a math/eng paper,but hey..
We are of the mindset to just give him the tools to do the best job he can in Oct(they told me the tests have been brought forward this yr too?)and go from there......how even bright kids do their best without seeing a VR test before i dont know
Anyway does it sound like we are on the right track so far?I really dont want it to be pressured and ds1 DOES put alot of pressure on himself so chilled is the way to go methinks,but he is enjoying it.....
Im a mum 5 beautiful boys(including a step son and one baby boy due in May)aswell as an angel baby girl x