Keeping the 11 plus momentum over summer

17 August 2015

Clients and school teachers keep asking me about how to keep momentum over the summer. It needs to be said that children at any stage will certainly need a real break over the summer. Those preparing for 11 plus are no exception and yet it can work well to keep working through some online and paper materials for a couple of hours each week. This enables your child to hit the ground running in September, having kept up with new maths skills, comprehension, writing and private reading.




1. Try a fresh approach. Summer holidays provide a brilliant time for using new resources, a new schedule and exciting new reading materials.


2. Mix it up. Use both online and paper activities to keep the interest. All going well the summer, will be full of hundreds of fun distractions, so any work you plan for your child needs to be interesting, varied and supported with good resources.


3. Be sociable. Why not try using BrightLeap together with your child or give your child the chance to use it with a friend?


4. Read together. Try reading a more challenging book with your child. You have the whole summer to plough through it!


5. Limit the computer games. Children, especially boys, love them but the concentration poured in to games will come at the expense of quality time with you, peers and the precious 11 plus preparation time you can fit in.


6. Postcards! Mixing BrightLeap with postcard writing really works. Why not try the vocabulary questions (English) and then encourage your child to use the words he didn't previously know in his holiday postcards to relatives.


7. Be planned. It helps to plan no work for the first week or so, some work in the central weeks of the holidays and then more intensive practice and preparation just in the final week before term begins.


8. Be flexible. If your child is feeling unwell or tired, don't hesitate to cancel a planned work time. If study becomes a battle, the summer will be exhausting.


9. Mock tests. Try BrightLeap mock tests towards the end of the holiday. If your child manages to complete the practice exercises well then it is time to try the mock tests. These are intense and take a longer patch of focussed time so bear that in mind when scheduling.


10. Don't look sideways. Every child is different and whilst one 10 year old might plough through a stack of tricky novels, finish 10 sections of BrightLeap and write interesting stories for fun, many won't. Even if the amount of work your child can get through is quite limited it can still be hugely valuable.