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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.

Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis
The Demon Headmaster series Gillian Cross
The Diamond Brothers series Anthony Horowitz
Paddington series M. Bond
The Iron Man Ted Hughes
Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl
The Sheep-Pig Dick King-Smith
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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March 22, 2018

Year 4 Reading List for the 11 Plus Preparation

Reading is a crucial part of preparing any child for the 11 Plus exams. You may think that Year 4 is too early to prep, but children who excel in English from an earlier age can find it a lot easier later on. Additionally an ability to read and understand questions across not only English, but maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning goes a long way!
Also, with reading comes increased comprehension, an expansion of vocabulary and the space to be able to digest complicated texts that show up on papers in the 11 Plus exams. It’s therefore never too early to start preparing.
If you’re looking for a guide on the type of books to encourage your child to read in Year 4, here is a short list. If you can squeeze in one book per month, that’s a good start. If you can squeeze more in, all the better.

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