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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:34 pm 
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Hi All,
My DS is in Year 5 and will appear St. Olaves exams this year. He reads lots of books but writing is his weak area. Can you please suggest(PM) a tutor in Bexleyheath or Sidcup area ?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:35 am 
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I think St Olaves is all multi choice?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:55 am 
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No, there is a large element of freestyle writing. In the past it has been in the form of a report, a letter, and this year was a continuation of an existing text. Very hard to "revise" for, and my advice would be to trawl the web for interesting things for a 9 year old to write about and start getting him doing this maybe once or twice a week.

St O's expect a side at least of A4. (With a maximum of two sides).

My eldest is a good writer, and has just got into the school. My youngest is also good but far less inclined to show it, so this is the approach we will take with him for a while. Try and kindle the imagination and get him to write naturally with enthusiasm.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:35 pm 
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rosehulk wrote:
I think St Olaves is all multi choice?


Hi rosehulk,
The Maths is standard form, not multiple choice.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:44 pm 
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robofish wrote:
No, there is a large element of freestyle writing. In the past it has been in the form of a report, a letter, and this year was a continuation of an existing text. Very hard to "revise" for, and my advice would be to trawl the web for interesting things for a 9 year old to write about and start getting him doing this maybe once or twice a week.

St O's expect a side at least of A4. (With a maximum of two sides).

My eldest is a good writer, and has just got into the school. My youngest is also good but far less inclined to show it, so this is the approach we will take with him for a while. Try and kindle the imagination and get him to write naturally with enthusiasm.



Thanks roboship for sharing your experience. Did you use any books to help build creating writing ?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:52 pm 
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No, we didn't use a book. Our method was roughly this:

We got our son reading & reading and reading. And also reading to him. This started with Horrid Henry and Mr Gum, moved on to Alex Rider & Harry Potter and anything by Rick Riordan. This enhanced his vocabulary, and showed him how stories can be meticulously constructed. It also showed him how using words can be funny, or dramatic etc. Reading to (or with) them also helps them learn characterisation and how individual voices are different.

I think a camping trip where he and his friends started telling ghost stories at night made him want to start writing. And from there he really went off on his own without our intervention. He even wrote a 17 chapter "book"! After that, for the last 6 months, he had a tutor to fine tune him.

With DS2, the same grounding has been done, but he hasn't had the eureka moment yet. I intend to use something like the ideas presented here:

http://www.kidsplayandcreate.com/50-pos ... -for-kids/

to hopefully kickstart him. Get him to choose a few and go for it. DS1 was so easy, that I'm afraid I'm pretty much in your boat now with DS2.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 4:42 pm 
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Talk to me about Olave's.... :)

Maths:
60 mins, 30 Q. Be prepared to see some of the longest questions (full page long) and where you require to show workings in a neat handwriting and solve question with sleek methods.

English: Total 60 mins

Compre + Grammar - all MCQ. Very high standards and extremely ambitious vocabulary.

Creative Writing - 2 pages A4 is the max they want. You may write less with a risk of losing marks on quantity. This element is kind of decider as most of the top 120 boys do exceptionally well in Maths & Compre section.

The margins are quite narrow now. Even 1 or 2 odd question wrong in Maths are enough ruin the chances.

No wonder why it is called "Super-selective".


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