Fun ways to prepare for the 11+ Exam during Half-Term: Using games & real-life scenarios
The 11+ exam can be a daunting prospect for many children and their parents. However, the half-term holidays present a fantastic opportunity to mix both play and learning, thereby taking some of the stress out of the preparation. Using games and real-life scenarios is a fun and effective way to prepare your child for the big day. Here are some tips from our qualified teachers with ideas on how to get started!
1. Vocabulary Games
Scrabble or Boggle: These classic board games are fantastic for expanding vocabulary. They challenge children to think of different words and offer bonus points for longer or more complex words, whilst introducing some friendly competition too!
Word Search Puzzles: Create custom puzzles based on 11+ vocabulary lists. Not only does this help with word recognition, but it also enhances focus and concentration. If your child studies with KSOL, utilise any unfamiliar words they have come across in their online programme.
2. Maths in the Real World
Supermarket Maths: Turn grocery shopping into a Maths lesson. Ask your child to weigh produce, compare prices, calculate discounts, or even work out the best value for money.
Baking: Following a recipe requires careful measuring and calculations. Baking is a delicious way to practice fractions, addition, and multiplication, whilst eating some tasty treats along the way!
3. Logic and Reasoning Games
Sudoku and Crossword Puzzles: These are excellent tools for developing logical thinking and problem-solving skills. They come in varying difficulty levels, so you can select ones that challenge but don’t overwhelm your child.
Board Games: Games such as Cluedo teach reasoning and critical thinking, essential skills for the 11+ exam. They are also perfect for a rainy day!
4. Reading Comprehension Activities
Reading: Let your child choose a book to read over the half term and ask them to discuss it. Ask open-ended questions about the plot, characters, and setting to enhance comprehension skills. If you are looking for any book suggestions, please utilise KSOL’s recommended reading list below:
Remember, the goal during the half term should be to mix fun with learning. Too much pressure can be counterproductive. If your child is a KSOL student, use these activities alongside their daily tests to ensure your child remains engaged and enthusiastic about their 11+ preparation. With the right balance, you’ll be setting them up for 11+ success!