Compound words

Help your child to learn the spelling of compound words with this engaging activity: take a piece of lined A4 paper and hold it portrait.  Fold both sides inwards so that the sides touch in the middle.  You will probably want to use two lines of the paper per word....

Number bonds to ten – hidden number

  Write numbers 1 to 10 on the bottom of ten lolly sticks.  Roll out some playdough and then stick the lolly sticks (hiding the numbers) into the playdough (or you could use sand).  Ask your child to take out any number.  What number do they have to add to this...

Prime numbers

A prime number is a number that can only be divided by one or itself.  It is important your child knows their prime numbers off-by-heart for their 11+ as the concept is very likely to arise.  This game will help them to have fun while doing this!  Cut up some card so...

SATs practice motivation

It is common for children to find reading comprehensions boring and laborious.  A good way to prepare for the reading part of your child's SATs test, is to give them short, daily reading comprehensions (lasting no more than 15 - 20 minutes).  It is also good to tackle...

Square numbers

  Help your child with square numbers by printing off squares made up of smaller squares (so you have a 2x2 square, 3x3 square, 4x4 square etc.)  Ask your child what number each one represents (4, 9, 16 etc).  You may want to get them to colour in the squares....

11+ practice – this much I know……

The following tips are things I have learnt from 11+ practice: - Schedule a particular time to work every day (say 5pm until 5.45?)  This way it becomes 'non-negotiable'. - You may want to do a different activity each day (reading Monday, verbal reasoning Tuesday...