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June 19, 2018

Help! Do I need a tutor for the 11 Plus?

The short answer is it depends. Every child is so different, that there are some factors you need to consider, and I’ll outline them below. Read More

June 18, 2018

Grammar Schools: Will Your Child Get In?

Will your child get into a grammar school? This is a question that comes up a lot when parents get in touch with Geek School Tutoring. If you’re reading this and want to know a bit about the thinking behind grammar school preparation and the tutor or not tutor debate, Geek School Tutoring’s managing director, Joycellyn Akuffo speaks on this very topic. Read More

May 2, 2018

Year 6 Reading List – for SATs and 11 Plus Prep…and beyond!

At Geek School Tutoring, we are often asked to recommend books that are popular with children and have a good literary content. In year 6, children have often read all the classics in preparedness for the 11 Plus or SATs tests. So, this reading list is mainly to ensure they keep up their reading, and to also give them exposure to more genres, in readiness for secondary school.

The list is order of the authors, not in pririty order, so please choose. Read More

May 2, 2018

Reading Lists for Year 3 Children

With younger children, we try not to be too presciptive about what they should read – it’s al about reading for enjoyment. The reading list below is grouped alphabetically witht he author’s sruname – not in order of preference or importance.

Watership Down Richard Adams
The James III Sequence Joan Aiken
* Skellig
* Kit’s Wilderness
David Almond
Playing on the Edge Neil Arksey
Kelp Linda Aronson
* Little Soldier
* Rapid
Bernard Ashley
What’s Your Problem? Sherry Ashworth
Amistad Junior Novelization Joyce Annette Barnes
Squashed Joan Bauer
* Carrie’s War
* The Outside Child
* The Real Plato Jones
Nina Bawden
Song of Be Leslie Beake
Hacker Malorie Blackman
The Memory Prisoner Thomas Bloor
Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret Judy Blume
Music on the Bamboo Radio Martin Booth
* River Boy
* Midget
Tim Bowler
The Chalet School Series Elinor M Brent-Dyer
* Billy Elliot
* Junk
* The Baby and Fly Pie
Melvin Burgess
* The Pinballs
* Cracker Jackson
* The Summer of the Swans
Betsy Byars
The Big Bazoohley Peter Carey
Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
The Puffin Father Brown Stories G K Chesterton
And then there were none Agatha Christie
The Guardians John Christopher
Worm Songs Ann Coburn
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
* The Dark is Rising Sequence
* The Boggart
Susan Cooper
Bully Yvonne Coppard
* The Wanderer
* Walk Two Moons
* Chasing Redbird
Sharon Creech
Moondial Helen Cresswell
Wolf Gillian Cross
Beowulf Kevin Crossley-Holland
Angels Unlimited Annie Dalton
Tangled Webs Nicola Davies
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
The Village By The Sea Anita Desai
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
* Granny was a Buffer Girl
* A Parcel of Patterns
* Children of Winter
Berlie Doherty
My Favourite Animal Stories Gerald Durell
T S Eliot Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
Deborah Ellis The Breadwinner
Anne Fine * Up on Cloud Nine
* The Tulip Touch
Catherine Fisher * The Empty Hand
* The Snow-Walker Sequence
Nicholas Fisk * A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair
* Grinny
* Trillions
Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl
Jackie French Hitler’s Daughter
Paul Gallico * Jennie
* The Snow Goose
Leon Garfield * Black Jack
* The December Rose
Alan Garner The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
Carlo Gebler August ‘44
Jean Craighead George * Julie and the Wolves
* My Side of the Mountain
Adèle Geras A Candle in the Dark
Rosa Guy The Friends
Cynthia Harnett The Wool-Pack
Libby Hathorn Way Home
Esther Hautzig The Endless Steppe
Nat Hentoff The Day They Came To Arrest the Book
Odo Hirsch Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman
Anne Holm I am David
Polly Horvath Everything on a Waffle
Janni Howker * Badge on the Barge
* Martin Farrell
Norman Hunter The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn
Brian Jacques The Redwall Series
Robin Jarvis * The Deptford Mice Trilogy
* The Whitby Witches
Catherine Jinks Eye to Eye
Reinhardt Jung Dreaming in Black & White, translated by Anthea Bell
Erich Kastner Emil and the Detectives
Elizabeth Kay The Divide
Gene Kemp The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler
Dick King-Smith The Crowstarver
Madeline L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time
Elizabeth Laird * Secret Friends
* Kiss the Dust
Charles & Mary Lamb Tales FromSkakespeare
C.S. Lewis The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Joan Lingard The Guilty Party
Penelope Lively The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
Michelle Magorian * Back Home
*Goodnight Mr Tom
Margaret Mahy * The Ghost of Thomas Kemp
* The Haunting
Jan Mark Stratford Boys
John Masefield The Box of Delights
William Mayne Cuddy
Geraldine McCaughrean Gold Dust
Karen McCombie Allys World: The Past, the Present and the Loud Loud Girl
Ian McEwan The Daydreamer
L M Montgomery Anne of Green Gables
Michael Morpurgo * Out of the Ashes
From Hereabout Hill
Beverley Naidoo The Other Side of Truth
Bill Naughton The Goalkeeper’s Revenge
Linda Newbery Blitz Boys
Jenny Nimmo * Griffin’s Castle
* The Snow Spider
Mary Norton The Borrowers
Alfred Noyles The Highwayman
Robert C O’Brien Z for Zachariah
Judith O’Neill So Far From Skye
Pat O’Shea The Hounds of the Morrigan
March 22, 2018

Reading List for the 13 Plus (Year 7 and 8) Preparation

Reading is a crucial part of preparing any child for the 13 Plus exams. With technology taking over the spare time of many children, these days, it can be an uphill struggle to get them to read. However, reading is important for all subjects – not just for English.
Here is a list of mixed genre books to read in preparaton for the 13 Plus exams.

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