Found this: http://100wc.net/?page_id=6
Sounds interesting but it seems children can only take part if school signs up?
I am struck by the amount of competitions some of the preps I admire seem to enter. The Falcons Girls school in London seems to encourage the girls to enter very many, Daunt Books short story competition (deadline is March I believe if anyone is interested), this 100 word challenge, Radio 2 500 word challenge etc.
Falcons used to show their curriculum on their website with a term by term, year by year breakdown. It was useful and interesting to follow. Do any other prep schools do this? It would be very helpful. They now have a blog ( Y5 & Y6 - Baldworm) which is available for public to view. I do find it rather depressing in many ways. The english teacher/s seem unbelievably dedicated and enthusiastic and the teaching methods seem quite brilliant not to mention inspiring.
I noticed that Y2s are using semi-colons in the 100 word challenge, presumably taught at home? Or in the G&T group mentioned in the earlier post?
Perhaps the answer is simple, take your perfectly 'average' child and teach them a few levels ahead of the expected level in Y1 etc and hey, presto a G&T label will follow and extra resources given? All helpful in the long game of 11 plus success? They won't remain 'average' for long due to all the work they are putting in.
I spoke to a prep school head the other day who told me that his son was a level 3B for writing in Y1. No outstanding genius child just had a Dad who knew what the school would be looking for and when. Of course once identified as able this child grew in confidence, natural curiosity and success bred success.
I love the Falcons ideas of pupil collaboration and getting children to write to deadlines. Lots of great study skills so inculcated early on. If you enter enough writing competitions as a child your chances of success increase dramatically. A win could lead to huge amounts of confidence and ongoing enthusiasm for the child? All good stuff and the composition part of the CE or 11 plus will be like falling off a log...Our Y5s & Y6s will have perhaps one or two school timed 'tests' (which they won't recognise as an important assessment) before they go on to sit any 11 plus exam or similar. When you compare that to a prep the difference is quite startling and the advantages of the prep obvious.