Entrance Exams for Trafford’s Grammar Schools in 2014
Entrance exams for Trafford’s grammar schools will take place in autumn 2014.
It goes without saying that your child should already be working hard to ensure they reach the required level. GL Assessment Practice Test Papers may be used as a guide to the level expected (you can follow the link to order them online, or find them in Urmston Bookshop on Flixton Road). They will help identify areas your child still needs to cover. Don’t pick your way through this complex system on your own – book a FREE assessment or some tuition with Better Tuition at our Urmston tuition centre and let us help your child succeed. You may also wish to book a practice entrance examination to give your child experience similar to the ‘real’ thing.
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VR workbooks are available from Urmston Bookshop.
In addition to using GL Assessment practice papers, your child can use online resources for some variety.
- There is a rather impressive array of free practice worksheets on the Eleven Plus Exams website.
- Athey Educational have a superb, comprehensive website offering tips, information, practice papers (many of which are free) and online tests.
- Interactive quiz
- A quiz you have to mark yourself (but answers are provided) and another here.
- An extremely tough quiz for the more able child!
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Spelling and Grammar
Spellings need to be accurate and your child will need to practise identifying spelling errors.
We like the mnemonics activities here http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/spellits/home_flash.shtml
The spelling activities on this game are excellent http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/english/spelling_grammar/spelling/play.shtml
An abundance of grammar related links can be found here http://tinyurl.com/3kwb3v5.
Your child will need to be working around a level 5 for entrance exams, so make sure their handwriting is joined and fluent (if you can – we know this is a tall order for many ten year olds), that they write in complex sentences, organised into paragraphs and that they make use of a wide, imaginative vocabulary. They should also try to include interior punctuation such as commas, dialogue, colons and semi-colons in their written work.
Previous entrance exam topics have included the opening paragraphs of a ghost story, a description of a garden in winter and a description of the city at night, so you may wish to have them practise these.
Most of your creative writing study should be done with pen and paper, but for variety there are some useful links below:
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/English/story.html– tips on story writing.
Story starts are a very engaging, easy to use resource for reluctant writers http://www.storystarts.co.uk/ and this website http://home.freeuk.net/elloughton13/characte.htm has some inspiring ideas for characters to write about.
The myth machine http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mff/mythmachine.htmhelps you brainstorm a myth of your own.
Alternatives to ‘nice’: http://www.saintambrosebarlow.wigan.sch.uk/Fun_and_games/nicewords.htm.
Each year we find there are particular topics which confuse, perplex and puzzle our Entrance Exam candidates, so here is an alphabetical list of the main offenders, with a useful link for each one. We have found the best websites with the clearest explanations and learning games where appropriate. Don’t imagine that games, quizzes or interactive activities are not effective ways to learn: they keep children motivated and encourage them to practise. They are a useful bolt-on to your child’s studies. ^ back to top
Download a list of Entrance Exam Maths Topics.
Some more basic practice
Beyond the basics
Algebraic expressions quiz – easier
Algebraic Expressions quiz from quia.com – harder
Everything you need to know about angles (plus how to use a protractor, which is needed for Key Stage 2 SATs, but not for entrance exams).
Calendar, the – how to remember how many days are in each month.
Capacity – game
Further Fractions – with percentages
Fractions of quantities interactive lesson from BBC Key Stage 2 Bitesize
General number skills – Woodlands Junior School in Kent provides a vast treasure trove of educational games and interactive activities.
Multiplication – Woodlands Junior School has some great tricks and tips to help you remember multiplication facts.
Probability – BBC Skillswise factsheets and worksheets
Properties of shapes – various links – a host of shape-based activities, including 3D shapes and nets, courtesy of Woodlands Junior School.
Ratio – a complete guide from BBC Skillswise.
Ratio – Ratio Blaster game from Arcademic Skill Builders.
Reflections and rotations – An activity from BBC Bitesize.
Word Problems – there are many word problems activities online but we particularly like this one; its all about head lice …
Volume – factsheets and worksheets from BBC Skillswise.
For practice papers and targeted worksheets, it’s hard to beat Eleven Plus Maths.