SCHOLARSHIP CREATIVE WRITING

Years 4 to 9 – 2 x 3.5 hour sessions

Our emphasis here is on the structure of an essay, the use of expressive and figurative language to engage the reader’s attention and the way to respond to an illustration or other prompts. We help students overcome common issues experienced when writing a creative essay and provide guidance and suggested timings for different exam formats. Students will complete three essays during the course and receive valuable feedback to use for specific improvement.

 

SCHOLARSHIP ANALYTICAL WRITING / OPINION WRITING / WRITE TO INFORM

Year 4 to 9 – 2 x 3.5 hour sessions

Our aim in these courses is to teach students the correct organisation of this type of essay, the use of effective language and the most effective way to express an opinion and substantiate a point of view. Students will learn to present logical, well-balanced arguments, including a rebuttal, where appropriate. Suggested timings will be provided for the different exam formats. Students will complete three essays during the course and receive valuable feedback to use for specific improvement.

 

SHS CREATIVE WRITING

Year 8/9 – 3 x 3.5 hour sessions

This course assists students to prepare for writing a 40-minute essay. Students will examine different formats such as memoir, letter, blog, journal and short story and learn the expected structure of the chosen format. There will be an emphasis on adding interest and detail to capture the reader’s attention and provide a text that includes a strong conclusion to leave the reader feeling satisfied. Students will be given suggestions on how to best to use their planning time and guidance on responding appropriately to the given prompt. Five essays will be completed by students during the course and comprehensive feedback will be provided from the teacher for each essay.

 

SHS PERSUASIVE WRITING

Year 8/9 – 3 x 3.5 hour sessions

Students completing this course will be guided in writing a 40-minute essay that responds accurately to the given prompt. A range of formats, such as argumentative essay, speech, editorial, letter to the editor, will be explored and students will be taught strategies to clearly express their opinions, using evidence to persuade the reader. The structure of each essay type will be outlined and students will be given recommendations for using planning time effectively to respond to the prompt. There will be an emphasis on using topic sentences in each paragraph and providing examples and explanations to link the idea to the topic. Students will examine persuasive devices and practise using these in their writing. Five essays will be completed by students during the course and comprehensive feedback will be provided from the teacher for each essay.

 

WRITING FOR SCIENCE

Year 9 – 2 x 3.5 hour sessions

This program encourages students to consider the different types of English language used in the context of science. Students are taught to write about science in a persuasive and analytical manner, and how to accurately inform an audience about a scientific area of interest. Students also receive guidance on the correct way of reporting on and analysing an experiment. Examples of each type of essay will be included to guide teaching and learning and students will complete three essays during the course, all marked by the teacher to provide specific areas for improvement.

 

SCIENCE REASONING

1 x 3.5 hour session

A half-day course to look at examples of questions relating to Science topics, so as to increase confidence in this style of reasoning. Topics include: graphs, drawing conclusions, grids, equality, time zones, cross sections, contour lines, estimation, mechanics and scale.

 

READING COMPREHENSION

Year 4/5 – 1 x 3.5 hour session, Year 6 & Year 8/9 – 1 x 6.25 hour session

This course aims to teach students the skills of inferential reading, including finding evidence within the text and making a logical conclusion, as well as how to interpret cartoons, maps, diagrams, charts, tables and illustrations. Prose, poetry and plays are included throughout the course. Figurative language such as idioms and proverbs are examined and there are sections on spelling, grammar and punctuation as well.

 

VERBAL REASONING

Year 4/5 & Year 6 – 1 x 3.5 hour session, Year 8/9 – 1 x 6.25 hour session

This course aims to develop the skills required to identify relevant language techniques and relationships, and to teach students to solve problems using words and language. Students will practise a variety of strategies to assist them to quickly and accurately answer these types of problems. These tests include verbal analogies, syllogisms, synonyms, antonyms, codes, translations and logical reas

 

NUMERICAL REASONING

Year 4/5 & Year 6 – 1 x 3.5 hour session, Year 8/9 – 1 x 6.25 hour session

The focus of this course is to explore the skills needed to ascertain relationships and solve problems using numbers. These tests include missing numbers, worded problems, sequences and logical reasoning. Students will develop their understandings about the ways patterns are used in a logical progres- sion, leading to improved numerical solution finding. This course helps students bridge the gap of abstract problem solving by returning to concrete methods, when called upon, by difficult questions.

 

ABSTRACT REASONING

Year 4 to 9 – 1 x 3.5 hour session

A half-day course to teach our techniques on how to attack and solve these puzzle-like papers. Students will learn and practise using strategies to quickly find patterns within the question, eliminate incorrect choices and pinpoint the right answer. Topics include: outside/inside, reflections, rotations, classifi- cations, sequences, analogies and positions.

 

MATHEMATICS

Year 4 & Year 5 – 2 x 3.5 hour sessions, Year 6 – 4 x 3.5 hour sessions, Year 8 & Year 9 – 4 x 4 hour sessions

Our maths workshops focus on problem solving skills and exam techniques. They are not intended to provide students with additional training in the basic processes of mathematics. Students applying for a schol- arship or entry to a selective school should already be proficient in mathematics.

There are two stages in solving any problem. Analysis – What is this problem really about? What data does the question have which may help solve it? Strategies – The skills that will help to solve the problem.

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