Hi mystery, sorry I didn't mean to scare anyone... We are sitting for north London consortium, I am not sure if VR plays a part in it so we arent doing any VR at the moment, but the past papers available for Maths and English seem very demanding. My worry stems from the fact that by the time DD will sit the exam in January 2015, after 1 term in year 6, her school wouldn't have covered the work relevant to the exam.
Typically the last few questions on the paper are particularly difficult, and I guess this is what differentiates the candidates. I am taking this on myself so that DD stands a good chance of some of the more selective schools.
If VR does play a part in the assessment, then I would do this in year 5, but I am yet to find this out.
Thanks for your reply and ideas about practising number recall. You are right, having seen that DD takes time for her papers, it is hard to ignore! I will try to implement some of the ideas suggested by both you and moved - your suggestions are really appreciated