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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:28 pm 
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how important is the extra activities for the 11plus exams , for example music, elocution etc.
We have reach a grade 2 in music and thinking of stopping now as there is a lot of work on the academic side.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:06 pm 
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bibi_a wrote:
how important is the extra activities for the 11plus exams , for example music, elocution etc.
We have reach a grade 2 in music and thinking of stopping now as there is a lot of work on the academic side.


Unless you are applying for music scholarships at independent schools, the music lessons are of no direct use when it comes to the 11+. However, is your DC merely having the lessons because they are 'useful', or does s/he actually enjoy them? I would also ask yourself whether an academically selective school is the right place to be aiming for, if the only way to get there is by abandoning everything not directly related to passing the entrance exam? All the grammar schools I am familiar with are justly proud of the extracurricular activities and achievements of their pupils, both in and out of school (and don't see sport, music, drama etc as being a hindrance to academic achievement - they expect their pupils to be able to do both).

If you and your DC are sure that the 11+ school is the way to go, then please have confidence in him / her and don't give up all the fun things :) .

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:57 pm 
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+1 and I'd like to add that music is not only 'food for the soul' but it also aids cognition and playing an instrument and reading music has been found beneficial when delaying the onset of dementia.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:44 pm 
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I urge you not to stop his music lessons as playing an instrument improves levels of concentration amongst other things.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:54 pm 
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If your child likes the activities I would not stop anything. In the year my ds took his, he was playing, rugby, football and cricket had swimming lessons and played the saxophone and keyboard. He made room for all of these as they were all important to him and regardless of the result he would continue with them. Don't pursue activities if you think they will give your child the edge it just isn't worth it, only do it if they enjoy the activities.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:59 pm 
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+1

My two did a wide range of sport/dance/music/etc activities before the 11plus and have continued since - they probably do even more now. Apart from dropping swimming which they only did because I made them...

They'd have been furious if I'd made them stop doing all the things they really enjoyed to do - eughhh - pure unadulterated studying. We all need a balance of activities and interests to keep us sane and keep our brains connected and active.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:21 pm 
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If DC enjoys the music then encourage them to continue. Learning to play and read music is a great life experience. It will also be a good escape from the 11 plus pressure which will build. As with previous posts, having other interests should be encouraged.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:48 am 
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In my experience extra curricular activities were complimentary to 11+ study. My DD continued ballet, swimming, violin, netball and choir throughout her Yr5. She did Bucks test on Thursday, came back and went for swimming in the evening. Next day, Friday, full time school, ballet in the evening, playing in the park on Saturday morning and Kendrick test in the afternoon.
We never thought of discontinuing any of her activity. Free play in the local park was very important for my DD. It helps her improve her concentration.


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