About Peepal Tree Learning's 11+ Prep Course
The 11+ prep course is designed for children who are either planning to sit for the 11+ entrance tests or for those children who would simply like to benefit from increased confidence and performance in school.
Competition for places at top independent and grammar schools is tough – and is getting tougher every year. Naturally, you want your child to get into a good school, so they can take advantage of the best educational and extra-curricular opportunities the school has to offer. To make this happen, your child needs to pass the 11-plus exams with flying colours.
There is a fair bit of work involved in preparing for 11-plus and some children can feel overwhelmed. That’s where we come in. Our carefully structured after-school tuition classes help your child get to grips with the 11-plus curriculum, letting them learn at their own pace and supporting them to feel confident about taking the exam. With our help, your child can reach their full potential and achieve the best possible pass.
Students join us in year 4 when we work with them to develop their English and Mathematical skills. Both of these subjects including verbal and non-verbal reasoning are tested when sitting for Grammar School entrance exams. Following on in Year 5, children are encouraged to begin practice test papers as homework and bring in to the next class for feedback. These, along with the guidance from our tutors help develop the child’s cognitive thinking including improving their analytical skills.
We encourage children to revise and prepare for the 11-plus exams based on the curriculum followed by your chosen school. A typical class might include looking at past papers, exploring the techniques required to answer the different question types and helping your child develop effective study skills.We help your child to grow in confidence, encouraging them to think creatively and analytically, rather than ‘spoon feeding’ the contents of the curriculum. This approach is essential to success in 11-plus, as the exams require children to think for themselves as opposed to simply regurgitating information.
Our classes follow the national term dates for a period of 2 hours once a week. During this time the students practice both English and Mathematics including verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Please see our class schedule for a break down of dates and times.
There are lots of things you can do as a parent to help your child while they go through the process of preparing for the 11 plus exams. These include:
- Encouraging them to read widely, so they develop a great vocabulary
- Working through sample papers with your child which are readily available online
- Visiting museums, art galleries, concerts, plays, sporting events and so on – anything that helps your child enjoy learning will help!
- Supporting your child if they’re feeling anxious about the exams
- Making time to have fun! Passing 11-plus is important, but your child needs to relax and enjoy themselves as well.
For further information and guidance regarding the 11-plus process get in touch and we would be more than happy to assist you.