11-plus Maths and English Course

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Course for Year 6 Children sitting 11-plus exams in January 2017
Date: Sunday 19th November 2017
Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm
Location: Woodhouse College, Woodhouse Road, London N12 9EY
What will the course cover?
1 hour Maths – The maths session will look at the more challenging problems that are typical of independent schools papers. Your child will be given the opportunity to tackle multi step problems and discuss different ways to approach these problems.
1 hour and 15 mins English –  The English session will focus on one of the longer questions that typically appear on comprehension papers for independent schools. There will be instruction on the creative writing paper focusing on how to approach a choice of titles or how to write about a picture stimulus.
There will be a 15 minute break in between the two sessions where your child can approach the tutors with questions.
Fee: £110.00 for the course and Succeed 11-plus mock on 3rd December (usual combined price for course and mock £125.00)
Fee: £55.00 for the course date only

TO BOOK THIS COURSE OR COURSE AND MOCK  PLEASE VISIT  http://www.succeed11-plusmocks.co.uk/course/course-english-maths-11-plus/

Review – Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford

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Dear Ross,

I chose your Time Travelling with a Hamster for a group of year 7 children recently. I had previously read it with a group of years 4,5 and 6s and they enjoyed it so I wanted to pass it on to the older group. The loved it… the boys in particular. And anything that gets boys reading gets a huge thumbs up from me!

We had a long discussion about the characters and how well-drawn the characters were. One boy did not like the step-dad at all! But they all love Grandpa Byron. They also would have loved to have driven a scooter  like Al! They were all uncomfortable with the kitten scene but understood why it was in the book. Here are some of the letters they wrote – they are not very long… year 7s  don’t want to do much writing after a long day at school.

Thank you for reading their letters! Helena

Dear Mr Welford,

Thank you for writing the book. I think it is really good and thoroughly enjoyed it. Keep up the good work! I especially liked the part when Al’s mum jokes and tells him that his Dad is dead and got killed by a gang at the end.


I found the book Time Travelling with a Hamster thoroughly enjoyable. My favourite character was Grandpa Byron as he was very wise. My favourite scene was when Al stole the moped. I didn’t like it when Al was bullied though.


I have read your book and I loved it! It was perfect in every way. How did you get the amazing idea of time-travel and dying fathers? It was awfully interesting.

Thank you for taking the time to write it.

J.H. (a book club somewhere in Southgate)


Thank you for writing Time Travelling with a Hamster. I enjoyed it a lot. It was a fun and interesting read. Keep writing!


P.S. I am really jealous of Al – I wish I had the adventures he had.

I was really impressed with how you crafted your characters in Time Travelling with a Hamster. My favourite character was Grandpa Byron and his little head shake. I enjoyed learning about some of the foods and history of Bangladesh. You don’t find many books where the main character is Asian and that is what is unique about this book.


Poetry at The Story Room

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When people ask us why a child should read, write or listen to poetry we always refer them to The University of Cambridge’s article… The Case for Children’s Poetry because it says it all!

If you don’t have time to read it – in a nutshell it says

‘Children’s responses to poetry are innate, instinctive, natural’

‘It enlarges the sympathies, helps us understand ourselves better, gives us the pleasure of vicarious experience and offers us insights about being human’

‘The poet and teacher, Charles Causley,  sums up neatly why children are a worthy audience for poetry : “For the child possesses by nature that valuable quality all adult artists seek to retain or regain: the ability of being able to view the world … as if for the first time … unblurred by time or experience or tact or expediency.” ‘

And we quote the Poetry Society too –

The Poetry Society says: Pupils who read and write poems become skilled in using language carefully…..The language skills they gain will benefit them in all areas of the curriculum and beyond.

In short, poetry is good for children in so many ways. It teaches them to look at language in another way and to find other ways to express their feelings and the world around them. Writing poetry with children is sheer pleasure. They never cease to amaze us with their ability to write poems that are always either beautiful, funny, honest and tragic (or a mixture of all of those things.)

Whether your child is taking their first steps in poetry or wants to improve their poetry skills… we believe The Story Room is a good place for them to be. We love poetry, read all sorts of poetry (there really are so many forms of the art) and have had poetry published and performed in public.

And the children love it! So why not try one of our poetry workshops…..


Thursday 26th October

Poetry Magic

There is always magic to be found in words and poetry, especially when the poems are written by children. In this workshop we will work with the children using poetry, music and the garden (weather permitting)  to inspire the poets within each of them.

Workshop run by… Helena

Time: 9.30am to 10.30am  (yrs 1-2)

10.30 to 12.30pm (yrs 3-4)   1.00pm to 3.15pm (yrs 5, 6 and 7)

Location:We are in the newly refurbished ….Friends House,  59 Church Hill, London N21 1LE

Fee: £15.00 for years 1 and 2 £25.00 for all other sessions.

There is a ten per cent discount for siblings who book onto the same workshop date.

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