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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...

Fridge magnet anagrams

Fridge magnet anagrams are a great way of helping your child to learn their spellings.  They are also good preparation for the verbal reasoning part of your child's eleven plus.  Find the letters of the word you want to make and put them in a jumble on your fridge...

11+ practice – mathematical facts

When preparing my daughter for her 11+ I typed up questions and answers about all the important things she needed to know (list of prime numbers, formula for finding area of a triangle, how many metres in a kilometre etc) then laminated them.  I got her little sister...

Ratio and proportion

My son really struggled with proportion so I had to think of a way to use resources we already had in the house to help him.  Connect 4 was the most fantastic tool!  I would give him a scenario, for example: 'There are eight boys in the playground.  One in four is...

Prefixes, suffixes and root words

Teach your child about prefixes, suffixes and root words with this fun, visual activity. Get your child to draw and colour in a tree. Print out some root words (for example: help, enjoy etc) and place these over the roots of the tree. Print out some prefixes and...

Timing 11+ activities

Make sure your child gets used to timing themselves when doing 11 plus practice.  Ensure they sit facing a clock and know exactly how long they have to do a certain activity.  Encourage them to skip questions that are too hard and go back to them at the end.

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