By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 3:59 PM
If your child is in Year 5 and applying to a selective private school or grammar school, their 11 plus exam will be coming up in the autumn term. The Easter holiday is a great time to make strides with their preparation, alongside a well-deserved break.
Discover how to help your child use this time effectively to minimise stress and maximise confidence when the 11 plus comes around.
Atom's lessons provide a fun and interactive way to keep your child engaged with their learning during school holidays! They're free to attend for anyone, although Atom Nucleus subscribers can watch them on-demand any time from the app.
Atom has lessons for younger siblings too, with maths, English, science and reasoning sessions for children in Years 3 and 4.
Get your full Easter Holidays Live Lesson timetable here!
This free pack covers question types your child will see in the real 11 plus:
Verbal reasoning: odd ones out, jumbled sentences, anagrams, choose the word, letter sequences, deductions
Non-verbal reasoning: parts within a shape, find a code, match to a pair, sequences, reflections, nets from 3D shapes
We recommend Year 5 children spend 2–2.5 hours on home learning each week, broken down into short sessions of 20–30 minutes.
By now, your child should have built a solid understanding across the depth and breadth of the English and maths national curriculum, and all reasoning question types. Keep working through the Learning Journeys to help them maintain this knowledge.
With just under six months to go until the 11 plus in September, now is the time to introduce Mock Tests so that your child can get used to the timing and scoring used in the real exams. At the start of the Easter holidays, complete one Mock Test in each subject.
Always take a few minutes to sit down together after a Mock Test to review the transcript and talk through any corrections – and of course, celebrate their effort. This step helps consolidate learning and keep motivation up.
Use the test results to identify any knowledge gaps, and set Custom Practices to target these. Try setting two or three Custom Practices per week.
In this webinar, Gemma, Atom's Head of Customer Success, will help you get the most out of holiday learning at home. She discusses:
How you should be structuring your child's learning
How you can track and accelerate your child's progress using your Parent Portal
How you can keep your child motivated during the school break
Wondering how to make sure your child covers the depth and breadth of the entire 11 plus curriculum, stays on track with their progress, and gets help when they're stuck? Online learning is a particularly efficient, cost-effective (and fun) way to do this!
Atom Nucleus is the award-winning online 11 plus practice platform that gives your child everything they need to prepare for grammar school exams.
Children work independently through over 90,000 interactive practice questions in English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Teacher-created helpsheets and videos help them discover new concepts and consolidate their learning.
Atom's algorithm keeps children on their ideal learning path, tailored to their unique learning style and pace to keep them challenged and motivated.
Atom Nucleus gives children access to online practice papers. Our online tests are designed to mirror the format and style of the real exams used in your local grammar schools, so your child will go into the exam knowing exactly what to expect.
And what's more, everything is automatically marked for you.