Year 5 October Half Term Course

Face-to-Face Course
£140 per subject

  • Reading Comprehension & Essay Writing, Literacy, Maths, VR&NVR
  • 23rd to 27th October; Monday - Friday
  • Classes between 9am and 2:15pm
  • Max. 7 students per class
  • Choose your own subjects combination
  • Sutton Centre, Willow House, 47 West Street, Sutton, SM1 1SJ
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Our October Half-Term Year 5 Course offers the students a headstart in the marathon that is 11+ preparation. The purpose of this course is to revise topics that our students have learnt in previous academic years with a particular focus on introducing how to apply this knowledge in an examination setting to achieve top marks.

This course will be held in the quiet surroundings of our Sutton Centre, where students will have the undivided attention of our expert tutors and an exclusive space to focus in small groups on collaborative and individual study.


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Reading Comprehension & Essay Writing
  • 1 hour
  • This course seeks to develop style and substance in students’ writing and their exposure to, and analysis of, quality texts. Students will be taught the best approach to exam-style reading comprehension questions, a key examinable skill in the 11+ examinations, along with different creative writing tasks designed to explore a variety of genres of writing. From our 20+ years experience, we have found that the best creative writers are also the most avid readers, and we aim to look over a different piece of text each day, aiming to inspire the young minds of our students.
  • By the end of the course, our students will have covered:
    • Interpretation and analysis of quality texts of various genres.
    • Evaluation of language use and the effect of word choice on narrative and reader.
    • Articulating answers to 11+ style reading comprehension questions.
    • Ways to approach writing different genres.

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  • 1 hour
  • The focus of this course is to improve our students’ grasp of advanced vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation (SPAG). This is crucial foundational knowledge which when applied with confidence and accuracy leads to top marks in any written task. Moreover, a good understanding of SPAG is needed in achieving full comprehension of advanced texts - all of which is highly examinable in the 11+.
  • By the end of the course, our students will have covered:
    • How to evaluate and learn language patterns and irregular forms.
    • The identification and correction of errors in transcription, and its application to checking their own work.
    • Writing with range and accuracy, using complex sentence structures, advanced punctuation, and sophisticated vocabulary.

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  • 1 hour
  • Our approach for this course is to reinforce the core knowledge which forms the foundation of Maths exam technique. This course will encourage mathematical reasoning and build on the understanding of concepts taught in previous academic years, meaning that students are equipped with breadth and depth in their knowledge which is crucial for success in the 11+ .
  • By the end of the course, our students will have covered:
    • Revision of key examinable topics: number functions and operations, multiplication, division, area, perimeter, angles, basic algebra and many more!
    • Worded problem solving questions to gain confidence in systematic mathematical reasoning.
    • Enhanced exam technique for answering even the most challenging questions.
    • Clear presentation of working out to show mathematical reasoning.

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • The main aim of this course is to hone our students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, and logical reasoning skills. These skills form the foundation of many of the other subjects that we teach at OxBridge Centre, such as Maths and Literacy, and covers many transferable competencies for the 11+ examinations and also the independent school exams which are known to have a particular focus on VR/NVR.
  • By the end of the course, our students will have covered:
    • Pattern recognition and application
    • Improved vocabulary and spelling
    • Fully practiced and confident in answering a wide range of question types used in 11+ examinations

Dates and Times

This course runs from 23rd to 27th October, Monday to Friday. Each day, classes will run between 9am and 2.15pm. Each subject that you select will run for 60 minutes per day (except VR&NVR being 90 minutes), with a short break after each class.

Your timetable will be bespoke to you, as it is entirely dependent on your chosen subjects and availability, and will be confirmed to you once booking closes in October.

Homework and Marking

Students will be given a daily homework task for each subject, which will consist of completing their homework booklets from that day.

The day after submission, their homework booklets will be marked and returned to you with teachers comments, to give rapid feedback on progress, students’ strengths and weaknesses, and areas to focus on.

In case you’d like to review any of the work with your child after the course itself, markschemes will also be made available to view on the online portal, for 3 weeks after the date of the lesson.


5% discount is applied for 3 subjects combination bookings.

10% discount is applied for booking all 4 subjects.

5% stackable sibling discount


We will book students on to our courses on a first-come first-served basis, with 'All Subjects' bookings taking priority. All other combination of subjects will be offered a place depending on availability.

  • £140 per subject for the week; £210 for VR&NVR
  • £28 per hour;

The price includes:

  • A unique and proprietary OxBridge workbook with each lesson.
  • Daily homework marking with personalised Tutor’s feedback.
  • 60 minutes of tuition per subject, per day (90 minutes for VR&NVR).
  • Expert tuition, from tutors who have successfully passed hundreds of children through 11+ examinations.

To confirm your booking, we will require a £100 deposit, or full payment (whichever is less). It is possible to pay by installments, on arrangement with our Course Planning Team. All payments must be completed by 6th October 2023.