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English Programme

Help with English for children is available on our literacy course: the Language Sense Programme. English tutoring is aimed at helping children become skilful and effective verbal and written communicators. Students develop a deeper understanding and sense of the written and spoken word; their creativity and independent-thinking. As a result they increase cognitive function, verbal reasoning and aptitude. The English programme helps develop study skills by practising with supervision in class, and from homework assignments that require key organisational and learning skills. Pupils improve exam technique and confidence, with many opportunities of exam and test practise. It is kids' literacy taught at a very comprehensive level.

What is the Aim of Our Language Sense Programme?

Language Sense is a course designed to help children:

  • write intelligibly and more frequently
  • speak and write using a wider vocabulary and with interesting language
  • understand written instructions
  • read, better understand and enjoy challenging novels
  • perform at their best in SATs, 4+, 5+, 7+ and 11+ exams develop a love of reading
  • build a solid English language foundation to excel in most subjects and in all likelihood rise to the top groups at school

It is ideal for

  • children in state or independent schools
  • preparation for 4+, 5+, 7+ and 11+ entrance examinations
  • fluent readers
  • ages 4 to 11 years

Language Sense Main Topics

Our Language Sense Programme ensures that your child will develop and improve skills in:
  • creative writing
  • comprehension and deductive reasoning
  • spelling
  • vocabulary
  • grammar and punctuation
  • verbal reasoning technique

The Language Sense Method

Creative Writing
Some of the strategies we use include:

  • creative writing workshops
  • modelling and guided writing
  • story elements analysis
  • graphic organisers
  • proof reading techniques
  • publication of stories
  • Eleven Plus and Seven Plus programmes include practise of story titles which re-occur in exams
  • Eleven Plus includes extensive practise in developing persuasive writing skills on topical issues

Comprehension
Some of the strategies we use include:

  • research based methods
  • direct, explicit instruction on reading strategies
  • instructions cover finding main idea & details
  • compare and contrast
  • context clues for word meanings
  • making predictions
  • deductive reasoning techniques
  • Seven Plus and Eleven Plus exam practice papers

Spelling
Some of the strategies we use include:

  • research based methods
  • direct, explicit instruction on spelling strategies
  • fun reinforcement activities
  • improves memory for appearance and usage of words

Grammar and Punctuation
Some of the strategies we use include:

  • research based methods
  • direct, explicit instruction on important grammatical rules
  • structured, engaging reinforcement
  • correct grammar and punctuation becomes automatic

Vocabulary
Some of the strategies we use include:

  • research based methods
  • explicit, systematic instruction on critical vocabulary
  • practise through speaking, listening, reading and writing activities
  • develop robust vocabulary necessary for academic success

Eleven Plus (11+) and Seven Plus (7+) General Knowledge

For Eleven Plus (11+) and Seven Plus (7+). Some of the strategies we use include:

  • reading and comprehending the news
  • topical issues comprehension
  • persuasive writing on topical issues for 11+ students