Helen I think your doing too much, at this stage...there is a good way to go
We checked with DD2 earlier today. She is in top groups for everything. We have embarked on a lot of reading. DD1 has to be top dog, so constantly reminds her that she "passed" the 11+.
I would get the tutor a little earlier than Sep 2016, only so that you have a better choice.
I don't think you can do too much reading, but it how to keep it fun, not something they have to do. My DD2 tries to impress me my saying how many pages she has read, so its been a bit of a slog to highlight that it's the quality of the reading and understanding the words that is more important. Sometimes I read to them just before bed, and that is a god opportunity to explore expression.
I have focused more on building speed with maths, but I am hugely conscious that it is vocabulary and speed with word choice, that is a key to success. As well as introducing her timed tests
looking back we had to cajole the older one and there is a good degree of "relative" older child arrogance, so the younger one is less self confident. Still at swimming earlier today she was using words like dismantling, when I broke something in the pool, so the vocab is building.
I guess my main concerns are
a) Avoiding getting burn out
b) dealing with the different temperament of DD2
c) Handling the difference in curriculum changes that Gove brought in. They are doing stuff especially around maths earlier than the older one. I am scared that the content will be broader, but less mastered.
d) I can't wait till I feel confident enough to do a timed Bond placement test, so I can compared the scores between DD1 and DD2
e) I will invest in mocks this time
f) It will be really interesting to have a look at the cohort average for scaled scores after this years SAT's. Had a chat with someone on a governing body, and I suggested that average could be as low as 39% raw score for 100 scaled score in the SATs, but we will see.
We're doing Sep 17 too, so its all good, and we have the advantage of being able to reasonably translate raw scores into a guesstimate standardised score using the MSD/ BOB1892 formula
All hail Bob and MSD, s
BTW she wants a phone having seen what DD1 can do with an Iphone (I hate music.aly), hopefully she will be content with a sparkly my little pony, but don't be unwilling to resort to bribery