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Early Birds

Early Birds Club starts when children are in April of Year 3 at primary (or equivalent preparatory) and they will usually be seven or eight years old. This option is only offered to children who would benefit from an additional term of general literacy support. 

This class duration is one hour, and children learn to enjoy literacy, become avid readers, and have fun reading plays, poetry and other texts, and develop confidence in discussing them.

We begin consolidating spelling and punctuation skills.

In addition to reading, for which prizes and rewards are given in all age groups, around 40 minutes of homework is set per week.

When an Early Bird pupil reaches September of Year 4, they automatically progress to Junior Literacy Club if they have managed to attend classes and complete the homework well. Other children will start at Junior Club in Year 4.


Junior Literacy Club

 Junior Literacy Club starts in September of Year 4, when most children are eight years of age.

The class lasts for one hour.

Further emphasis is made on confident use of a wide vocabulary, as well as the ability to use punctuation and grammar well. The spelling program continues. Teaching is still sometimes delivered through board games, card games, and speaking games. There are no '11 Plus' papers to complete at this stage. We focus on teaching and enjoyment of literacy and literature. 

In addition to reading, around 60 minutes of homework is set per week. Home reading of at least 115 pages per week is also an essential homework task.

When a Junior Literacy Club member reaches September of Year 5, they automatically progress to Senior Literacy Club.


Senior Literacy Club

The older group starts when children reach September of Year 5, when most children are nine old. It continues until autumn, Year 6 when the 11 plus examinations for the Birmingham & Warwickshire Consortium, and Walsall Consortium, are held. The KES and KEHS examinations take place in early October. 

The class lasts for one-and-a-half hours. Children choose from two streams - one primarily focuses on Independent School exam preparation, and the other primarily focuses on Grammar School exam preparation. 

Children are now expected to memorise vocabulary well each week, and the program aims for a spelling age of at least 14 years by January, Year 5. Home reading of at least 150 pages per week is expected - most children read much more than this.

We focus on smart skills for comprehension, start practising papers relevant to the examination, and learn about verbal reasoning in specific relevant formats. 

The year starts with around 60 minutes of homework per week, increasing to up to 1.5 hours per week in the spring and summer term before the examination. 

Dedicated parental support is needed to help children manage their work timetable well.  


Writing Club. 

We focus on standard comprehension skills as well as effective essay writing skills. 

The Writing Club meets approximately once per month during Year 5, for children taking the Grammar Prep course but who also want to be well prepared for Independent School exams too. Children also increasingly attend this club during Year 6 to keep up their work and get ready for their Year 7 selective school entry.