The Geek School Six-Week 11+ Revision Guide

Preparing for the 11 Plus exams, be it grammar school selection tests like the Kent or Bexley tests, or for independent schools can be a stressful process for children and parents alike. Some parents are often (wrongly) under the impression that children work well under pressure. However, research tells us that strategies that induce stress of this kind rarely have the desired effect.

In fact, children often experience a reduction inability for their essential skills (spellings, vocabulary and mental maths) when they are put under too much pressure or stress. As a result, I have never been a fan of putting children under undue stress when it comes to preparing for any exams, especially exams that are as competitive as the 11 Plus exams. I urge all parents to resist the urge to push your child to revise at every spare moment – it doesn’t work.

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Why your child does not finish 11 Plus papers in time

Passing the 11 Plus exams for grammar and independent schools requires children to show academic ability at the highest level. It is a tall order for even the brightest child, especially when some exam papers are developed in such a way that children are expected to run out of time!Continue reading “Why your child does not finish 11 Plus papers in time”

Free Key Stage 2 (and SATS) English Checklist for Homeschooling

We have been inundated with parents asking for guidance on Key Stage 2 English here at Geek School Tutoring Towers. So, in an attempt to help parents navigate what can be quite a complicated and not-so-transparent curriculum, we have created a free Key Stage 2 English Checklist.

Yes, it is true that reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling underpins the curriculum for years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Key Stage 2), but do you know exactly what your child needs to know by the end of Year 6?

This checklist lists out all the key learning outcomes in an easy way for parents to use while homeschooling – and to keep on track with what school is doing after the lockdown eases.

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Free Key Stage 2 (and SATS) maths Checklist


Thanks to homeschooling, many parents with children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 now know that their children are learning more than just addition, subtraction and timestables. This realisation has come as a shock for so many parents because up until March, that seemed to sum up the kind of homework children in these year groups got sent home every week.



During Key Stage 2 children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 should become much more confident with maths – they can comfortably navigate the four operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing), as well as mental calculations and problem-solving using time, measure or money.

Key Stage 2 Maths Topics

But those are just a very general overview of the topics your child will need to know by the end of Year 6. We’ve created a topic list for Key Stage 2 maths that you can download for free. You’ll get a comprehensive list of all the topics, and the details about what your child needs to know.

Once you have had a good look through the checklist, you can use our Maths Worksheet Generator to create practice worksheets (with answers).


Encouraging Reluctant Readers During the Coronavirus Quarantine – and Beyond!

It can be challenging to encourage your child to read during a typical school term when they have homework to do, levels to complete and friends to text.

However, when your children are at home for the whole day during quarantine, it’s a good idea to make the most of this time. Get creative in encouraging them to read, as a way of supplementing their home education – and to keep their brains ticking over!

We have compiled some easy ideas to try out at home, which will help even the most reluctant of readers to get engaged, and also enjoy the experience of reading.

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