I have some questions about preparing children for the common entrance taken in year 6 (most of the threads on here seem to relate to the year 8 exam). I'm about to start teaching in a prep school and will be teaching maths to children who will take this exam. What does it entail - I know English and maths, but also science? Verbal/non verbal reasoning? I've looked at the maths syllabus online. It looks largely similar to the NC, but practice papers I've seen include questions which wouldn't be covered in state schools any more - rotational symmetry for example. Is it a case of attempting to cover the entire y6 curriculum by Christmas? Clearly this isn't possible (if you only start in y6) - do people 'shift' the curriculum down and teach y6 stuff earlier to y4/5s who are ready to ensure coverage? I was intending to teach using white rose materials, but they are designed around a "mastery" curriculum, with ages spent on each topic; clearly this won't work if it all needs to be covered by Christmas!! Is it pass/fail, or do children just get told a %? And do different schools have different % they accept? Do most children attending private prep schools also have a tutor in your experiences, or do they rely just on school? Sorry if these are basic questions. I just don't want to seem unprepared in September, and a lot of the info on the website is locked down without a school log in. The school's previous maths teacher left a few months ago, and the people I've met so far at my school didn't seem hugely knowledgeable about the maths side of things. I'm worrie dim just going to be expected to get on with it and won't know where to start!