Around 10 months to go until the exam, it already feels around the corner!
Let's share ideas, advice, concerns, stay on this journey together and support eachother!
I, for one, need a lot of support.....
My DD is in year 5 and will be taking Bexley and newstead wood exam in september. We still haven't decided about the Kent exam, we live in Petts Wood and all schools seem so far away!
In April this year she started preparing for the exam slowly by slowly, timetables, adding, substracting, vocabulary, familiarise herself with NVR etc. She is an avid reader and has always been top of her class at literacy. Maths though has a lot of gaps, and we have started filling them slowly and steadily.
We finished 8-9 Bond books, we are not doping 9-10 Maths Bond, 10-11 VR (she found the levels below quite easy - as I said, this is definetly her strong point), NVR we are working on easy exam papers downloaded from this website.
As I work Mondays and Tuesdays, we rarely do any homework whatsoever, only vocabulary (I printed the list of words for VR on this website, I think Patricia posted it online for us, and we are learning around 10 words per week ). We do about 1 hour on Wednesday, she has 1 hour tuition on Thursday, and at the weekend we usually do 1-2 hours over 2 days. She enjoys it, and it is generally motivated, but we do have the odd days when she feels like throwing the books down the toilet! SHe is a perfectionist, and she gets really upset when she gets things wrong, no matter how much I explain that by making mistakes, she learns! It's her personality, just like my husband
.... I dread to think what will happen if she doesn't pass the exam!
Unfortunately we are not in the catchment area for any great non selective, so we are really hoping (secretely, not putting any pressure on our DD of course) on a successful 11+.
I hope to hear from you and to help eachother on this very stressful but important stage in our kids life.