About Mathsgo 11+ Club
Teaching for understanding with kindness
Prepare for the Kent Test with confidence
The Mathsgo 11+ Clubs in Canterbury and Deal are for children in Year 4 and Year 5 to help them prepare, not only for the Kent Test but for Secondary education generally. The classes provide a learning environment where they will: develop both their knowledge and reasoning skills; understand the positive effect and future learning benefits from making mistakes; and gain the self-belief that they are capable of learning and achieving. In all of the classes I have a teaching assistant, usually providing an adult to child ratio of 1:8.
The Year 4 classes are for 1 hour (3:40 – 4:40),
while the Year 5 classes are for 2 hours (4:45 – 6:45).
Both of the classes provide tuition, revision and support for all of the subjects assessed as part of the Kent Test:
and the use of activities, alongside more traditional workbooks, make it an enjoyable yet productive part of the week for many children. I believe that Maths teaching should be less about rules and speed and more about understanding; I use the principles of Mastery and Singapore Maths; exploring new concepts and ideas in a visual or pictorial way, before linking these with standard symbols and notations.
After Easter the Year 5 children practise one exam paper every week, and have the opportunity to attend Exam Practice Days, where they sit all four papers back-to-back, just like they will in September. In August they are further supported with the opportunity to attend Summer School Revision Classes and/or have 1-1 tuition.
Some facts about the Kent Test:
- Schools are not allowed to use curriculum time to help children prepare;
- Reasoning (1/3 of the Kent Test) is not taught in schools as it is not part of the National Curriculum;
- Much of the maths tested is in advance of what they will have experienced in school;
- The test is sat at the beginning of Year 6 in September - within a week of returning after the summer holidays;
- All questions are multiple choice;
- The writing task is only used, (in conjunction with the child’s Year 5 school books) to help a panel of headteachers’ decide whether a Grammar School place should be offered, when a child has missed the pass mark by just a few points.