Can anyone please give me some advice as to what "extras" you did in Year 4?
I have the joy
of b/g twins who will obviously both be taking it at the same time (2 years from now). I think they're both very bright and at the moment, believe that they'll do well at the local grammar schools, I just want to sit back in 2 years and say I did everything I could to help them, whatever the result.
Both are good at mental arithmetic - they have homework from the Schofield & Simms books and we occasionally do extra ones (every 2 or 3 weeks). Once a week or so, we do some online numeracy problem solving type questions from IXL or similar. Both seem quite "quick" with recall of times tables etc, working out etc (although make silly mistakes not reading the question properly sometimes).
Literacy - girl would read all day every day if she could and we were told at the start of Year 2 she had a reading age of 11. I think she will be fine with the exams, she's in top group at school for literacy / numeracy but just want to carry on with the encouragement. Boy - reads if he has to (more interested in sport although have just purchased some football books in the hope of combining the 2!) but doesn't have the range of vocab that girl does at the moment. No "flair" if you know what I mean. Conscious that the exam in 2015 will have a comprehension in it (instead of the VR) for the boys, so want to help develop this if I can. He seems to be in the 2nd group for literacy at the mo (not in daughter's group, spellings etc aren't quite as difficult). They have literacy homework, then word puzzles etc. We read every night (maybe 15 mins) and talk obviously, but wondered if I should be doing more, particularly with son?
Have a tutor reserved for next year (i.e. when they start Year 5) but just wondered if anyone can share their experience.
Many thanks in advance.