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4+ Mock Assessment – 8 September 2024

To support parents who are considering sitting their child for the 4+, we provide a mock assessment which consists of three parts.

The 4+ Assessment is the point of entry for children who wish to join a selective school in Reception. These are becoming a more popular choice for parents every year as they realise the advantages of gaining a place for their child at an earlier stage.

One of the biggest advantages is that if a child gains a place at 4+, they will usually be automatically ensured a place throughout that school and so saves them the need to sit further entrance assessments at a later stage. Also, as pre-preps’ and preps’ reputations rely heavily on their exit results, they provide in-school preparation for pupils who are sitting future entrance examinations such as the 7+, 8+, 10+, 11+ or 13+. This is not provided for in state schools. Furthermore, gaining a place at these schools provides the advantages of smaller class sizes and higher expectations academically. This has therefore increased the demand for 4+ preparation towards these points of entry.

Additionally, there is a large focus on looking for a student’s learning potential through what are called the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’: curiosity, engagement, motivation, sustained concentration, autonomy and creating and thinking critically. These areas are assessed through making observations of the child’s behaviour and the skills they are demonstrating alongside their peers within an Early Years environment.

Preparation for the 4+ is based on the EYFS curriculum. This means that although reading, writing and maths are assessed, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, and communication and language, are also key. Additionally, there is a large focus on looking for a student’s learning potential through what are called the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’: curiosity, engagement, motivation, sustained concentration, autonomy and creating and thinking critically. These areas are assessed through making observations of the child’s behaviour and the skills they are demonstrating alongside their peers within an Early Years environment.

To support parents who are considering sitting their child for the 4+, we provide a mock assessment which consists of three parts: a group assessment, a 1:1 assessment of the student and a detailed written report followed by a feedback session with the parent.

Group Session

The group session will be held on Sunday 8th September at Brooklands Infants School NW11 6EJ with up to five other children of the same age and is primarily to assess the EYFS Prime Areas of Learning. There will be activities for the children to access which will provide opportunities for them to demonstrate their personal, social, emotional, communication and language skills alongside the other areas of the curriculum. Adults will assess each individual against the curriculum through interaction and making detailed observations.

Individual Session

This is a separate 1:1 session held on the same day as the group session at Brooklands Infants School. It is conducted by an EYFS specialist who will assess the student’s current ability in the EYFS Specific Areas of Learning through a series of planned activities. The areas of learning assessed will include fine motor skills, reading, writing and number.

The Report

This includes a detailed written report and a 30-minute telephone feedback session with the parent to discuss the report and answer any queries they may have. The written report will state which objectives the student is currently achieving in all areas of the EYFS curriculum, will highlight particular areas of strength and areas that need developing in order for the student to demonstrate age related expectation at the time of the assessment. It will also provide suggestions as to how the parents can support their
child in reaching these expectations and resources they can use.

The cost for the complete package is £599

Bookings & information: Katie Krais at katie@jkeducate.co.uk or call +44 (0) 203 488 0754

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