Introduction to 11+ Reasoning

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:

  1. Process verbal and non-verbal information
  2. Determine the inherent thinking processes involved 
  3. Apply logical thinking and problem-solving skills
  4. Practise their skills through answering 11+ style questions
  5. 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

£180 for the 5 days (7.5 hours in total)