Year 4 Essay (1hr/wk)
Once students have grasped the basic English skills in grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and comprehension, they are encouraged to apply these skills in their own writing. This course helps them gain the ability to write down their ideas with a reasonably good degree of accuracy and with a good sense of punctuation.
OxBridge Centre tutors consolidate students’ writing skills, vocabulary, sentence structure and their knowledge of linguistic terminology, as well as making sure that the students build on what they have already learnt; in particular, the range of their writing and the more varied grammar usage, vocabulary and narrative structures from which they can draw to express their ideas.
Students will learn in class how to demonstrate understanding of figurative language, distinguish shades of meaning among related words and use age-appropriated, academic vocabulary.
Year 4 (Preparatory) Literacy (1hr/wk)
This course is designed to prepare students for the 11+ exams from early on in Year 4.
Although the usual preparations for the 11+ exams start in Year 5, we gently introduce the concepts behind verbal and non-verbal reasoning early on. The classes mostly cover general English but the inclusion of verbal and non-verbal reasoning concepts help students to broaden their depth of vocabulary and improve on grammar and comprehension skills.
When the actual 11+ preparations begin in Year 5, most students tend to feel the pressure of increased workload, and understanding new concepts may be difficult. However, this preparatory course has proven to be effective in bringing students’ levels up in school and boosting their confidence as well as preparing them for what is to come.
Most of all, this course has helped students have fun whilst studying.
Level D Maths (1hr/wk)
The SEM Maths classes at the OxBridge Centre not only cover all the topics in the National Curriculum, but they also encourage students to stretch their abilities further by ensuring sound understanding in all the topics being taught. There is a specific focus on the areas which students tend to struggle with the most.
In particular, repetitive practice in calculations is provided for students who are not so quick and able in mental arithmetic, to enhance their basic calculating skills. Lessons on topics which students tend to find more challenging, such as fractions, percentages and decimals, are taught over a number of weeks throughout the year to achieve perfect understanding. Short tests are given every 7 weeks to provide revision of previous topics that have been taught and to assess students’ understanding and application.
The weekly workbooks covering a variety of topics not only enhance students’ abilities to tackle different types of questions, including problem solving questions, but the materials have also been specifically designed to bring out the fun in maths. Students who were not so keen on maths will be led to enjoy maths as their favourite subject.We, at the OxBridge Centre, are confident that the students will continue to make sound progress as they take our carefully prepared SEM maths classes.
Level D Problem Solving
Problem Solving workbooks focuses on worded problems and the method to approach each question which is a key element in the Stage 2 Test. Every week, there will be two or three different topics covered ranging in difficulty, and one topic will be focusing on the content that was covered in SEM Maths Level D the previous week. The workbook will have 10 pages covering the topics and 2 pages to advanced questions to challenge the students further.
There are 3 main sections:• Warm Up!
This section contains more basic questions based on their current knowledge of the topic, to prepare the students for more difficult questions.• Work Out!
This section contains questions which require more in depth thinking. Students are also required to show their working out.• Cool Down!
This step will give students a break by providing easier questions than the previous section, yet still more challenging than the 'Warm Up!' section.* Tips are given in certain questions, which consist of a formula or a step to help answer the question.
Level D Numeracy (1hr/wk)
The numeracy workbooks are designed to help students with their calculation skills. Each book is divided into different sections: The first section (2 pages) consists of topics that students have covered previously in the SEM Maths Level D to review their understanding.
The main section is divided into 3 stages:• Ready
This will containt arithmetic sums, in particular finding missing numbers in different calculations.• Steady
This will contain similar questions to the 11+ Stage 1 Test; it will be more difficult than the questions in 'Ready'.• Go!
This will contain a few challenging questions, which are usually at the end of the 11+ Stage 1 and 2 Tests.* The last few pages consist of different questions that students can work through as consolidation and to help them improve their calculation skills.