Holiday workshops | Ages 6.5 to 12 years old (April of Y1 through to Y7) | Fulham
We offer a range of English exam preparation workshops to help your child in their everyday English skills and also in helping to prepare for the 7+, 8+ and 11+ entrance exams:
Venue: Parsons Green Prep School, 1 Fulham Park Rd, Fulham SW6 4LJ
Depending on the Workshops, groups may be limitied to 6, 8 or 10 children. Please bring a packed lunch. Fun facts and general knowledge are part of all our workshops.
English Skills Booster: 20-24 August, 17-19 December
Comprehension & Composition: 16-20 July, 28-31 August (repeat of 16 July workshop), 22-26 October, 29 October-2 November (repeat of 22 October Workshop - venue TBC), 20-21 December
Creative Writing: 16-20 July, 23-27 July, 20-24 August, 28-31 August, 22-26 October, 29 October-2 November, 17-20 December
Please see the calendar for an overview of workshops and interview practice.
How it works: English Skills Booster
These workshops are aimed at improving children’s overall English skills. Each course takes the form of an A4 sized booklet divided into different days (booklet taken home at the end of the course). There is a group introduction each day (related to writing) break/outside time (weather permitting) and lunch (bring a pack lunch). See below for an example of a Workshops content for a week (workshops may vary slightly).
- Improving vocabulary (for example: alternatives for ‘got’ ‘get’ or ‘went’), using WOW words
- Multiple choice comprehension (Guidance and support given throughout)
- Discussing and planning a story for the next day
- Punctuation testing
- Talk through senses/feelings
- Writing a descriptive story, discuss and share
- Grammar/verbal reasoning test
- Grammar/punctuation support
- Discuss figurative writing methods: similes etc as physical feelings
- Write a purely descriptive piece (Anagrams/short extras)
- Timed mock exam comprehension with written piece, step by step talked through by teacher
- How to improve
- 11+ Idioms discussed
- 8+ what to look for in picture questions
- Story from previous day talked through
- Mini Comprehension
- Mini descriptive writing
- Writing similes for: happy, sad, angry, frightened and excited
Summer 2018 Dates of Workshops: 20-24 August
How it works: Comprehension & Composition
7+ & 8+ Workshop suitable for: Mainly for students sitting exams in the coming exam season: Dec 18/Jan 19. Y2 or Y3 (as of Sept 2018) children preparing for independent school exams. This can also useful for children who need extra comprehension and composition support, but we recommend joining a year below their current year group.
11+ Workshop suitable for: Only for students sitting exams in the coming exam season: Dec 18/Jan 19. Y6 (as of Sept 2018) children preparing for the 11+ exams and Y7 children preparing for Pre-tests.
These workshops are aimed at improving children’s Comprehension and Composition skills for 7+, 8+ and 11+ independent school exams.
The sessions will consist of a variety of comprehensions, giving children the experience of different ways in which they may be tested. Composition and descriptive writing linking to the comprehension is covered.
Each child will work through a booklet containing English papers that are produced by Yellowbird Education and are based on independent school school exams.
Children will first have a go at answering questions under timed conditions and then the teacher will carefully guide the children through each answer showing them how to answer exam questions correctly, giving them the best advantage possible.
The children will then be guided through the composition piece. Timing is crucial and children will be taught how they can work quickly through a paper. Exam techniques are key: watching the clock, strategies for finding the answer quickly, answering questions to gain the most marks in the given time are all covered.
2018 Dates of Workshops:
- 16-20 July
- 28-31 August (repeat of 16 July workshop)
- 22-26 October
- 29 October-2 November (repeat of 22 October Workshop)
- 20-21 December
How it works: English Skills Booster (December only)
Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 Workshop
Suitable for: Ages 7 to 9 (as of Sept 2018) children preparing for independent school exams or for those who need extra English practice.
Covered throughout the 3 days: structure, timing, grammar reminders (full stops, capital letters, paragraphs, connectives, similes, direct speech etc).
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.
2018 Dates of Workshop: 17-19 December
Suitable for: Y6 (as of Sept 2018)children preparing for the 11+ exams and Y7 children preparing for Pre-tests
Covered in this will be an ongoing grammar reminder, full stops, capital letters, paragraphs, connectives and indirect/direct speech.
Day 1: Students plan and write a timed (30 minute) creative writing piece. Students then read their stories and the teacher will discuss 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 then finish with a punctuation reminder session, especially in direct speech.
Day 2: Students 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 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 min ‘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.