Years 1 to 6 Maths and English
We ensure our students have a solid foundation in maths and English, through independent working at an individual speed to suit each child. Whilst providing the necessary skills and fluency in each student, we also address weakness and knowledge gaps in every topic so they are well prepared and confident to sit their school and SAT exams.
SAT Examination in Year 6
In the summer term of 2016, children in Year 2 and Year 6 will be the first to take the new SATs papers. These tests in English and Maths will reflect the new national curriculum, and are intended to be more rigorous. There will also be a completely new marking scheme to replace the existing national curriculum levels.
- At the end of Year 6, children will sit tests in:
- Spelling, punctuation and grammar
These tests will be both set and marked externally, and the results will be used to measure the school’s performance (for example, through reporting to Ofsted and published league tables). Your child’s marks will be used in conjunction with teacher assessment to give a broader picture of their attainment.
At Leap Tutors, we focus on in-depth knowledge and fluency in all the above tests enabling your child to build confidence, increase their skills and achieve higher attainment.
Key Stage 2 Science
Not all children in Year 6 will take science SATs. However, a number of schools will be required to take part in science sampling: a test administered to a selected sample of children thought to be representative of the population as a whole. (Monday 6th to Friday 17th June is the science sampling test period in which your child might sit the tests.)
- For those who are selected, there will be three papers:
- Biology: 25 minutes, 22 marks
- Chemistry: 25 minutes, 22 marks
- Physics: 25 minutes, 22 marks
- It sounds very intimidating, but these are ‘questions in a physics/chemistry/biology context’, for example:
- Biology: ‘Describe the differences in the life cycle of an amphibian and a mammal’
- Chemistry: ‘Group a list of materials according to whether they are solid, liquid or gas’
- Physics: ‘Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, based on where the poles are facing’
When will KS2 SATs take place in 2016?
The Year 6 KS2 SATs will be administered in the week commencing 9 May 2016.
How will KS2 SATs be marked?
The previous national curriculum levels have been scrapped, and instead children will be given scaled scores. You will be given your child’s raw score (the actual number of marks they get), alongside their scaled score and whether they have reached the national average. The score needed to reach the national average has yet to be announced.
Leap Tutors have developed various techniques and teaching methods to help prepare your child for the huge change in SAT examination.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9/Ages 11-14)
At Key Stage 3, we help children adjust to the new teaching styles of senior school in all of the three core subject areas. We differentiate through all ability levels assisting with improving skills right through to extending gifted and talented children. We also provide specially adapted courses for students, focusing on the areas covered by the examination and developing exam technique.
- General Science
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11/Ages 14-16)
Tuition can be invaluable at GCSE as students are increasingly feeling the pressure to achieve the top grades. A number of universities now require Maths, English and Science GCSE as a pre-requisite for university admission; so, in many ways, success at GCSE is as important as it is at A-Level.
The volume of work that is presented to GCSE students is substantial; therefore the key to success is often exam preparation and organisation. At Leap Tutors we help students focus on a number of important revision strategies as well as providing exam materials and techniques that will help them answer GCSE exam questions clearly and concisely.
Subjects covered (all exam boards):
- GCSE English
- GCSE Mathematics
- GCSE Double Science
- GCSE Triple Science
There are seven grammar schools in Gloucestershire county council. Admission to Year 7 is competitive and, yearly, the entrance examination is held in September for entry to the following academic year. To gain a place, your child must first sit and achieve the qualifying standard in the Grammar School Entrance Test. For 2017 entry, the test will be held on Saturday 10th September 2016.
The exam board responsible for 11 Plus examination in Gloucestershire is the Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring at the University of Durham, CEM 11+ exam.
Format of the test
- The test consists of multiple choice style questions on:
- Verbal ability (comprehension, vocabulary and verbal reasoning)
- Numerical reasoning(Maths)
- Non-verbal reasoning
There are two papers each lasting approximately one hour which includes instructions and some worked examples. There will be a break between the papers.
The followings are the list of Grammar Schools in Gloucestershire
Pates is a co-educational school (boys and girls) and the only grammar school in Cheltenham. This school is well sort after because it’s been on top of the school league tables for years and the most recent rankings place Pates as the best co-ed grammar school in the country.
Sir Thomas Rich's
Also a school with many centuries of history, Sir Thomas Rich's is a boys only grammar in Oakleaze, Gloucester. The school has recently launched a trial programme of 'Enhanced Learning Opportunities' for Junior School Children. Rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted in 2007, the school has been awarded specialist status as a language, science and mentor college.
The Crypt School
Established in the early 15th century, the Crypt is a boys grammar school with a mixed sixth form. The school has recently announced planning to become co-educational within the next two years. This School is outstanding in all areas.
This is a boys-only Grammar school with a strong emphasis on Engineering. The school is situated in Stroud.
High School for Girls Still widely referred to locally by its old name 'Denmark Road, The High School for Girls ( girls only, obviously! ) has had Language College status since 2002. The school has a mixed sixth form.
Ribston is a girls grammar to the south of Gloucester city centre. The school has an impressive dance and drama studio and the school became Gloucestershire’s first Specialist Humanities College in 2005. Ribston Hall has a mixed sixth form.
Stroud High School
Stroud High School is a girls only grammar (although right next door, conveniently, to Marling! ) and gained specialist college status in Science/Maths (2004) and Languages (2008)
How we prepare students for exams
At Leap tutors, we adopt a diligent yet comprehensive approach in tutoring and preparing students for the 11+ exams. Due to our in depth knowledge and understanding of all four segments of the exams, we tailored our tutoring to address areas of weakness and knowledge gaps in each students whilst consolidating their strengths as well. We provide regular feedback to parents on their children's progress and ways to supporting their learning at home. We also assist parents in the grammar school application process, giving them the right information required to fill the form and choice of school as well.
A-Levels (Key Stage 5/Ages 16-18)
AS and A2 Mathematics
Leap Tutors' approach to A-Level tuition is a holistic one which means that students benefit from study skills, advice, exam preparation and organisation.
(Maths, English and ICT )
Mathematics and Bespoke assistance for Trainee Nurse
(One-to-One or Group Classes)
To work as a nurse, you need to complete an approved course. For this, you will need proof of English and Maths skills.
At Leap Tutors we provide bespoke tutoring for the adult learner studying to become a nurse.
Our proven and tested techniques together with our conducive environment will help you develop the confidence you need to succeed in your exams.
We also assist with homework, project work and preparation for examinations.
Functional Skills - Maths, English and ICT
At Leap Tutors we offer tutoring in fundamental skills in maths, English and ICT - with a particular focus on problem-solving and the ability to apply these skills in real situations.
If you have been held back in your career because you don't have the right qualification, these programmes are designed to develop your English, Mathematics or ICT skills as well as being used to support learners' progress towards GCSE.
Functional Skills qualifications are available across five levels:
Entry level 1 - 3
Level 1 - 2
We can offer you small steps of learning, developing your understanding and boosting your confidence along the way thereby increasing your chance of success.