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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Eleven Plus Fairy Tale

When you start worrying about the amount of work that needs to be done between now and the Eleven Plus examinations, just think back to the days when you were reading those `5 Minute Tales’. These were stories about giants, ogres and fairy tale castles. You will remember how you had to tell some of the same stories over and over.

Eager ears were listening. “Read it again, please. I’m not ready for bed. Please read it again.

With these words ringing in our ears we need to try to recreate the same mood and attitude towards Eleven Plus papers.

The Ugly Duckling

Five Minute Story: All about an ugly little duck with no confidence.

Eleven Plus Story: A child with no chance of passing the Eleven Plus, but hard work and dedication worked!

Jack and The Beanstalk

Five Minute Story: A boy who climbed a great big bean, too on a giant and won the gold.

Eleven Plus Story: A boy who was not very good at Verbal Reasoning, but did lots of reading and learnt many new words – and went on to pass!

Sleeping Beauty

Five Minute Story: A dreadful countess who placed a spell on a beautiful girl – who went to sleep – only to be wakened by the kiss of a prince!

Eleven Plus Story: A child who had never done much work at school. Started working through demanding mathematics and challenging non verbal reasoning exercises. Saw the light, worked hard, and passed with flying colours.

Five Minute Ending: The prince asked for the princess’s hand in marriage and they both lived happily ever after.

Eleven Plus Ending: Passed the examination and went to grammar school. Did well at university. Found a wonderful job, made lots of money and bought a fabulous house for parents (you!).

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