The 11+ exam, in all its forms, is primarily an intelligence test that assesses your child’s problem-solving skills when working at speed and determines how effectively they can process information. Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning is not part of the National Curriculum and this style of assessment can feel quite strange for many children in the state system.
Holiday workshop: Monday to Friday | Open to children in Years 4 & 5
The five days will introduce the underlying thinking processes inherent in the reasoning papers through the use of our Metacognitive tools and activities.
With the basic skills in place and a solid understanding of the types of questions set, pupils will be able to:
- Process verbal and non-verbal information
- Determine the inherent thinking processes involved
- Apply logical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Practise their skills through answering 11+ style questions
- Receive targeted feedback from highly experienced 11+ teachers
Monday: What is reasoning?
- Introducing the core thinking processes tested in VR & NVR papers
- Using Thinking Frames to plan answers
Tuesday: Verbal Reasoning
- Sorting words: Common themes, opposite/similar, odd one out, identifying categories
Wednesday: Non-Verbal Reasoning
- Details! Details! Using a mnemonic to check all aspects of things that can change
- Identifying different question types
Thursday: Verbal Reasoning
- Make new words by adding, removing or changing letters and combining words
- Vocabulary! Vocabulary! Games and puzzles to improve your vocabulary
Friday: Non-Verbal Reasoning
- Multi layered questions
- Spatial thinking with nets and cubes