With entrance exam season looming, we kick off our look at the resources available to help you and your child by focusing on the 7+.
1, Private schools generally expect very high standards of spelling (higher than in state schools). With an English paper to sit, it's imperative that your child gets their correct spelling rate up - fast. Here are some ideas on how you can help your child to achieve spelling success.
2. Haberdashers' Monmouth is one of the country's leading independent schools. On their 7+ entrance page, they give some excellent guidelines as to what they will expect from your child. These are fairly standard so use them to prepare your little one for the big day.
3. Chris Woodhead, former Chief Inspector of Schools, wrote a snappy yet informative article for The Times on how to choose the right prep school for your child. If your child gets into more than one school, you'll have to make a choice, and this could help you decide.
4. You might be wondering what the advantage is of putting your seven year old through an entrance exam (or three). In this interesting article, mum of four and teacher Carrie Symes gives an honest and reassuring account to help you understand the pros and cons. Scroll down to the paragraph entitled "Moving at 7/8".
5. Invest in a good quality reasoning textbook when preparing your child for their entrance exam; teachers place great store in prospective pupils' ability in this area. We suggest the popular MW Educational packs for 6-7 year olds, available through our very own First Tutors Resources section.