As the summer holidays begin the 11+ will be forefront of many people’s minds.
How can they support their child and help them to pass the 11+?
You will know that the 11+ is broken in verbal and non-verbal reasoning, English and maths.
The benefit of additional support in maths is that regardless of which school the child goes to in year 7, this additional support will stand your child in good stead.
There are many worksheets that can be downloaded for free or text books that you can buy to support your child. These are great as they will prepare your child for the type of question and content they will encounter in the exam.
However, you may decide (and I would encourage you to consider) alternative revision techniques than just worksheets and text books. If you want to read more on the benefits of using varied learning styles you can download a section of the e-book I have written in supporting children with their times tables.
Download the chapter of the e-book here
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Teachit maths is a fantastic website for presenting mathematical resources in alternative formats it traditional worksheets.
They use codes to break (also very valuable in the 11+), dominoes, etc. Many of the resources can be accessed on the free plan. All that is necessary is submitting your name and email address to register. (I’m not an affiliate, it’s just a website I’ve found that has some amazing resources and is well worth checking out).
Here are 3 of my favourite alternative games for supporting your child’s maths and helping them to pass the 11+
Noughts and crosses can be adapted in so many ways.
This game is so quick and easy to create.
Draw 2 lines vertically. Then draw another 2 lines crossing them horizontally.
In each square (where I have drawn a number in the illustration) write an example question. Before you can claim your square and head towards your row/ column of 3 you need to answer the question.
This is a very brief description but I hope it makes sense.
I will go into more ways of how to adapt it in future blogs.
I love this game. It is fantastic for encouraging your child to look for patterns and sequences.
Even beyond the 11+ I am confident you will receive hours of fun from it.
For the benefit of the 11+ I normally allow pairs and odd numbers to form a sequence as well as just as straight run of numbers.
This is another fairly simple game to produce. Create a grid on a piece of paper which is approximately 6 squares by 4. (Leaving you with 24 squares).
On 12 of these squares write a maths problem/ question.
On the other 12 squares write the corresponding answers.
Now place all 12 squares face down on the table between you.
Take it in turns to turn over 2 squares. If you pick up a question and corresponding answer you win the pair and get another go.
If they don’t match place them back down and the other person gets a go.
The person with the most pairs at the end is the winner.
Regardless of how you choose to support your child with their maths for the 11+ I highly recommend that you ensure your child is confident with their times tables.
A thorough knowledge of the times tables is like providing a strong foundation when building a house.
It’s obligatory to progress on to higher more difficult levels.
I have recently put together the 11+ million times tables challenge.
I explain it in more detail in the following page if you are interested:
Any trouble downloading the extract or if you are looking for a tutor this summer to help your child stand a better chance with the 11+, please do get in touch.