The 11+ exam is an important test for children who aspire to attend grammar school. One of the key subjects tested in the 11+ exam is maths, and it can be a challenging subject for some children. Here are some tips on how you can help your child prepare for the maths section of the 11+ exam:
Focus on the basics:
- Make sure your child is confident in their arithmetic skills, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. This will provide them with a solid foundation to build on when tackling more complex maths problems.
Practice mental maths:
- Encourage your child to practice mental maths regularly, as it is an essential skill for the 11+ exam. This includes being able to do calculations quickly in their head without the use of a calculator.
Use practice papers:
- Practice papers are a great way to help your child familiarize themselves with the types of questions that will be asked in the 11+ exam. There are many resources available online or at your local bookstore that provide practice papers specifically for the 11+ exam.
- The 11+ maths exam is not just about getting the right answer, but also about problem-solving. Encourage your child to think outside the box and come up with different ways to approach a problem.
Remember, it’s important to start preparing for the 11+ exam early, and to make sure your child practices regularly. With hard work and dedication, your child can excel in the maths section of the 11+ exam and achieve their academic goals.
The test for Trafford Grammar schools takes place in September of Year 6 which does catch some children out. It is recommended that your child practises over the summer holiday. Some of the Maths in these tests is not taught in schools and especially not taught in Year 5. Buy your child a range of resources to practise with. We recommend that you do not keep to one publisher. If your child is taking a mock test, beware that the mock test has been created by tutors ( or teachers if you are careful ). They do not have access to past papers or to the people who devise the test. Ideally, your child should be able to tackle some Year 6 Maths activities when they are in Year 5. I recommend that you buy them a Year 6 Maths book and practise at home.
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