11 Plus Virtual Courses

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Year 5 Virtual Lessons

Year 5 students attend two lessons per week, each lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes.  They are taken on the same day with a 30 minute break in between

  • Mondays from 4.30-5.45pm and 6.15-7.30pm (30 minute break between lessons) – Fully booked until September 2022 –   Book now for 2022-23 

Year 5 Virtual Lesson Term Dates

Autumn Term 2021 Spring Term 2022 Summer Term 2022
Monday 20th September Tuesday 4th January in place of usual Monday class due to bank holiday) Monday 25th April
Monday 27th September Monday 10th January Tuesday 3rd May in place of usual Monday class
due to bank holiday
Monday 4th October Monday 17th January Monday 9th May
Monday 11th October Monday 24th January Monday 16th May
Monday 18th October Monday 31st January Monday 23rd May
Half Term (no lesson) Monday 7th February Half Term (no lesson)
Monday 1st November Monday 14th February Monday 6th June
Monday 8th November Half Term (no lesson) Monday 13th June
Monday 15th November Monday 28th February Monday 20th June
Monday 22nd November Monday 7th March Monday 27th June
Monday 29th November Monday 14th March Monday 4th July
Monday 6th December Monday 21st March Monday 11th July
Monday 28th March Summer Holidays:
2022 11+ Summer Course
Easter Holidays:
2022 Easter 11+ Course
Year 5 Pre-exam refresher lesson:
Monday 29th August

What you can expect for your child on our 11 Plus Virtual Course

We develop pupils’ knowledge so they’re equipped to answer a broad range of challenging verbal, mathematical and non-verbal reasoning questions.

Small class sizes

All our Virtual 11 Plus classes are limited in size which means that your child will have valuable one-to-one attention with their fully qualified teacher. In the 2019/20 academic year, our average class size was just 7 students; that’s less than half the size of most independent school classes. Discover the proven benefits of small class sizes.

Assessment

Your child is assessed twice during each team – at half term and at the end of term. This means that we can check they’ve achieved their individual targets and devise a Tuition Plan that suits their needs and challenges. We’ll share all assessment results and Tuition Plans with you and you’re more than welcome to discuss them with us.

Marie Redmond Tuition ‘Bag of Knowledge®’

Resource Pack for Marie Redmond Tuition 11 Plus Courses in Buckinghamshire and SloughAt the start of the course, your child will receive a Bag of Knowledge® containing their class and homework books. From September 2021 this will include selected Marie Redmond’s Superbrain® resources, in addition to books that are carefully curated each year from a wide range of reputable publishers. All our students are presented with their books in a Marie Redmond Tuition® rucksack, featuring an electronic thesaurus, notebook and a pencil case containing pencils, an eraser and sharpener. The cost of your child’s Bag of Knowledge® is covered within the monthly course fees.

Marie Redmond’s Superbrain®

Marie Redmond's Superbrain® 11+ Verbal Reasoning BookWe are excited to introduce our exclusive range of Marie Redmond’s Superbrain® resources. Using the knowledge gained during her ten years of preparing students for the 11+ and independent school entrance exams, Marie Redmond MEd has written a range of Marie Redmond's Superbrain® 11+ Flashcards packaginginstructional verbal reasoning books. The books will be provided exclusively to Year 5 students attending our Easter and summer holiday courses from 2021, as well as those enrolled on our Year 5 term-time courses starting this September. Our range of books will be expanding over the academic year and ‘Marie Redmond’s Superbrain’® vocabulary cards will be given to all our students in the autumn term.

Homework

11+ homework at Marie Redmond TuitionTo help reinforce skills taught during the 11 Plus tuition course, we’ll provide homework at the end of each lesson – with reviews of each topic in the following session. This gives pupils the opportunity to ask any questions on areas they may have struggled with. As reading comprehension and vocabulary are such important parts of the 11 Plus exams, we recommend that parents encourage their children to read as wide a range of fiction and non-fiction books as possible.

The Marie Redmond Tuition® Book Club

Marie Redmond Tuition Book Club logoSharing our enjoyment of books is a fantastic way to encourage reading and therefore develop vocabulary and comprehension at home. The Marie Redmond Tuition® Book Club is an excellent platform for discussions about books, opportunities for creativity, promoting reading for pleasure and it allows time for some much-needed social interaction! Open exclusively to our term time students in Years 4 and 5.

Creative Writing Course

11+ Creative Writing Course for the Reading School entrance exam

The virtual creative writing course is exclusive to our Year 4 and Year 5 term time students and is taught by our experienced teacher, Anne, who has an immense passion for reading and writing and leads our Book Club, in addition to teaching 11+ courses. This option is particularly useful for boys preparing for Reading School but is open to all our students.

Students attend one creative writing lesson per week on Zoom, which lasts for 45 minutes. During every lesson they participate in a fun writing skills warm-up activity which might focus on grammar or a literary device, they might read and analyse a writing example or use a story prompt, and then work on creating their own text.

Every week there is a focus which can include story settings, characters, openings, events / problems and resolutions. Students practise writing in a variety of formats such as stories, plays, newspaper articles and letters. They are taught to use a variety of literary techniques and we show them how to draft their work, as well as reviewing and editing.

Homework is set every week. Students build upon the tasks in their lesson to create their own text. The texts are then reviewed at the start of the next lesson.

One lesson per week on Zoom, lasting 45 minutes. Tuesdays at 4.30pm, 5.30pm or 6.30pm.

Fee (including books): £16.20 per lesson.

Parents can select this option on their registration form, or contact us to join.

Virtual 11 Plus Course Fees

We offer a straightforward monthly payment plan for our Virtual 11 Plus Courses, which you can see on our fees page.

What do the Virtual 11 Plus Courses focus on?

Verbal Skills

  • Comprehension
  • Verbal reasoning (the production of words, relationships between words, letters and numbers)
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Punctiation

Mathematical skills

  • Basic skills (addition, multiplication, division and subtraction)
  • Mental maths development
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Extracting information from graphs and tables
  • Averages
  • Foundation algebra concepts
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Area and volume
  • 2d and 3d shapes

Non-verbal skills

  • Spatial awareness
  • Logical deduction skills
  • Mathematical concepts such as symmetry, rotation and reflection
  • Identifying relationships, similarities and differences between figures
  • Identifying sequences between shapes

FAQs

How will my child access their 11 Plus online lessons?

Online 11 plus tuitionLessons are taught via Zoom. Your child will need a laptop/computer and headphones. We will send you links to access each of your child’s lessons.

Will my child be able to speak to the teacher during their 11 Plus online lesson?

Yes. The lessons are interactive, so the teacher will be able to speak to the students and vice versa.

How similar are the 11 Plus online lessons compared to the usual classroom lessons?

Lessons closely follow the same format as our usual lessons. They incorporate whole-class teaching, 1 to 1 time with the teacher, independent work and games.

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