7+, 8+, 11+ English Exam Booster Workshop

This workshop is aimed at fine-tuning children’s comprehension, composition and grammar skills ahead of 7+, 8+ and 11+ independent school exams.  Groups are limited to 8 children.


Dates and times

Mon 18 Dec to Wed 20 Dec 2017, 10.00am - 2.00pm: 7+, 8+, 11+ Exam Booster Workshop, £320 – NEWLY ADDED

Please bring a packed lunch.
Workshops held at Parsons Green Prep School, 1 Fulham Park Road, Fulham, London SW6 4LJ


Who can attend?

7+ and 8+ Workshops: Children currently in Year 2 or Year 3 preparing for independent school exams.
11+ Workshops: Children in Year 6 who are preparing for the 11+ exams and children preparing for Pre-tests. 


What is covered?

7+ and 8+ Workshop

Day 1: Students will start by planning and writing a story. They will receive tips on planning, writing and reading it over. They will practise thinking of similes and cover other descriptive elements such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, etc. 

Day 2: The teacher will talk through the previous day’s story followed by a timed comprehension. The comprehension will then be discussed in detail with reminders of techniques for maximising marks.

Day 3: Students will start by writing a 20 minute piece of purely descriptive writing (not in a story format). Then the teacher will discuss a picture and what to look for in pictures.  Students will finish by writing about the picture under timed conditions.  

Covered throughout the 3 days: structure, timing, grammar reminders (full stops, capital letters, paragraphs, connectives, similes, direct speech etc).


11+ Workshop

Day 1: Students will begin by planning and writing a timed (30 minute) creative writing piece. Students will then read their stories and the teacher will talk them through ways to improve using a marking tick sheet.  They will review the best way to think up similes and metaphors and cover what examiners look for in their stories. Students will then finish with a punctuation reminder session – especially in direct speech.

Day 2: Students will start with a full timed comprehension paper- written especially for the course. This will be followed by a timed writing piece. Boys will do a creative writing story and girls will do a discursive/persuasive piece. The teacher will then talk through the the comprehension and answer questions on both story writing and discursive pieces.

Day 3: Students will be expected to write a book review (so they will need to have a book in mind before they arrive). This will be followed by a timed 15 minute ‘Mini Comprehension’. They will then be required to write a piece of purely descriptive (timed) employing the 5 senses. The teacher will then talk both the comprehension and descriptive piece through with the students. 

Covered in this will be an ongoing grammar reminder, full stops, capital letters, paragraphs, connectives and indirect/direct speech.