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English

Children have to use and respond to English in many different ways during primary school. Each year they develop their understanding of the core elements of communication, language and literacy through a range of objectives that are set out in the Primary Literacy Framework.

Core to the framework are:
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Presentation

In the Eleven Plus, the English exam includes short passages of text. A series of comprehension questions will follow to see that they understand the meaning, both literal and non-literal, of the passages. The student will be best positioned to answer these questions when they understand the format of the question being asked. The more practice a child will have had in seeing these questions and the way they are structured will give them the advantage in the exam.

What sort of questions are in the English 11+ exam?

Here are some examples of the types of things found in the exam. This list is far from exhaustive. Expect questions where the child has to:
  • Show that they have understood sections of a set text
  • Identify mistakes in a list of statements
  • Complete a sentence with the logical next word
  • Determine which words will join two sentences

How can I help my child with English?

It might be stating the obvious, but: read! Expose them to a wide range of texts, fiction and non-fiction, prose and poetry. But more than that, discuss what they have read. How did they feel? What do you think the character was feeling? What type of person is this character?

Furthermore, encourage them to write small pieces of text describing a recent trip or day out. Ask them to include connectives, paragraphs, speech and other linguistic devices to put variety in their writing.

The best way to practice is with 11 Plus Swot online testing and paper downloads.
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