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Maths

Numeracy is the ability to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts. To be numerically literate, a person has to be comfortable with logic and reasoning. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic, although this is vital to the Eleven Plus exam. It includes competence with numbers and measures, and the ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Mathematics also demands understanding data gathering by counting and measuring, and comprehending graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

The Primary Numeracy Framework underlines the core competencies covered in the 11+ exam. The National Strategies site contains a lot of information about this including useful downloads and sheets on topics. The fundamental strands include:

  • Number
  • Shape and space
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Measurement
  • Data handling
  • Problem solving

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

These can include (but are not limited to):

  • Translating numbers in words into digits (and vice-versa)
  • Calculating perimeter, area and circumference of regular and irregular shapes
  • Rounding decimal numbers
  • Knowledge of prime and square numbers
  • Temperature scales
  • Being able to visually estimate angles
  • Calculating with time
  • Being able to work out money problems
  • Interpreting charts and tables

How can I help my child?

Encourage them to complete daily exercises by practising Maths in everyday life. For example:

  • Getting them to keep score when playing a game
  • Trying the puzzles in the daily papers
  • Adding up the shopping as you go round the shop, or asking questions like "how much would 2 of those cost?" or "I've only got £5, can I afford these three different items?"
  • Determining how long until something happens ("It's 2.15pm now and your favourite TV programme starts at 4.05pm. How long until it's on?")
  • Ask them to figure out the change you should get when paying for something
The best way to practice is with 11 Plus Swot online testing and paper downloads.
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