In this blog, Rosie sets out a step-by-step guide to phonics: a method which teaches children to read by identifying the individual sounds in a word and blending them together.
Rosie May, 2019
In this blog, Rosie talks all things "Phonics", and sheds light on key terminology used by teachers, which some parents may find unfamiliar.
Rosie May, 2019
In this blog, Hannah shares her top lessons learned from 2018/2019 round of 7 Plus and 8 Plus exams. If you are considering entering your child for the 7+ or 8+, these helpful tips and observations from a full-time, professional tutor will give you a flavour of the kinds of things to expect from these assessments.
Hannah February, 2019
Are you hoping for your son to win one of the places at St Paul's Junior School at 8+? Read on! This blog tells you everything you need to know about the application process: from registering your son, to pre-tests, exams and the interview.
Are you hoping for your son to win one of the places at Kings College Wimbledon at 8+? This blog tells you everything you need to know about the application process, from registration to the assessment day itself.
Hannah July, 2018
Finding high-quality books which your child enjoys reading is the first step to ensuring they become good readers and writers.
This blog gives some 'must reads' for children aged 6 to 8. The books listed are both good quality texts and highly popular with children of this age group.
Children are naturally curious and inquisitive creatures who love to learn. However, the high expectations set by schools and the pressures created by exams can often lead children to see their learning as a chore. This post gives some tips and advice on how to foster a child’s natural enthusiasm for learning and keep exam preparation fun.
Rosie December, 2017
As both a teacher and a tutor, Hannah has worked with many children who present as reluctant writers or who appear to not have many ideas to begin a story. "Talking Pictures" is a simple yet highly effective 4 step strategy to get your child’s creative juices flowing and to kick-start the story writing process.
Hannah August, 2017
In this blog, Hannah sets out five activities which can help your child to prepare for their 7 Plus or 8 Plus school entrance interview. Using these five activities as part of a long-term strategy will build your child's confidence in speaking and ensure their personality shines through on the day.
Many entrance exams at 7+, 8+ and 11+ ask children to write a story – usually giving around half an hour for this part of the assessment. In such a short time, the beginning of the story should be captivating! In this blog, Hannah sets out how you can help your child to develop their story writing skills and grab the attention of the examiner.
Hannah November, 2016