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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:58 pm 
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Hi, I'm currently doing a DIY campaign - currently we've been doing a work cycle of 2 days of VR, then 2 days of English, 2 days of NVR and 2 days of Maths. (Half an hour per morning).

I'm now wondering if it would be better to do a week of one subject at a time, thus rotating the subjects every 4 weeks, with my reasoning being that a week of solidly doing VR eg rotation tasks, would be a significant amount of time to understand, absorb and practice, thus the learning being better retained than would be on the 2 day schedule. The 2 day schedule reduces the likelihood of my child getting bored though.

Just wondered if anyone has any experience or ideas on scheduling the work areas and for how long. DD is y4. I was intending to work on on speed and testing next year. Just looking at basic learning regarding how to approach tasks this year.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:57 pm 
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Love your name. Very surprised no one else had already used it.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:56 pm 
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Which schools are you interested in? is it a MC or standard paper? Is the VR/NVR a first round to get through? The answers to these questions will determine your approach. DG


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:31 pm 
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Thanks.

I'm looking at Trafford grammars and Manchester independents so GL assessment. As far as I know there is no first round, entrance exams are basically one sitting followed by interviews.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:01 pm 
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Lol! I thought it was a play on a medical procedure most of us feel, after too much 11+ stuff!!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:23 pm 
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enema wrote:
Thanks, it's my initials, a la Eminem style.

I'm looking at Trafford grammars and Manchester independents so GL assessment. As far as I know there is no first round, entrance exams are basically one sitting followed by interviews.


Try the Practice and Pass series by Peter Williams perhaps? he is a Trafford tutor who wrote these books to help with prep for 11+ in that area.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:08 pm 
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Thanks, is not the materials I'm seeking advice on though - it's the prepping schedule! Think will stick to the 2 day pattern and maybe extend it as and when we get to something that she finds particularly tough.


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Does each school you are going for use all four papers? Or do they have a combined VR/NVR paper which has equal weighting with the English and Maths ones? DG


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:22 pm 
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They're a mix - one grammar is VR, NVR and Maths, each as a separate section; another is similarly VR, Maths, English; and 2 independents are all four plus a creative writing exercise. English and Maths are taught at her state primary so theoretically she should have more exposure to these subjects, whereas VR and NVR are not - we're in a non-grammar authority but live a couple of streets away from a grammar LA boundary.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:42 pm 
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Hiya. One week per subject worked best for us.


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