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11+ Maths

11+ maths tests cover a broad spectrum of maths principles and concepts. They examine how effectively a child can understand and manipulate numbers. 11+ maths exams may differ from region to region, but a paper will generally require children to display:

  • The ability to think and calculate quickly
  • Sound knowledge of multiplication tables
  • The ability to apply the four number operations (+ - x ÷) accurately
  • A fundamental understanding of number relationships, measurement, mental arithmetic, geometry and data handling

A good time to check up on basic maths skills is the summer term of Year 4. That gives you the summer holidays to:

  • practise and reinforce any knowledge or skills that are a little shaky
  • consolidate tables and number bonds
  • practise halving and doubling numbers
  • become familiar with different types of measurement using activities such as cooking.

Once your child is settled into Year 5, it is important to establish a regular routine of practising tables – try to introduce a couple of quiet, uninterrupted sessions a week for practice.

It is best to practise little and often, with an emphasis on quick thinking and rapid feedback. In 11+ maths, children are expected to show dexterity in manipulating numbers and the ability to solve problems of all kinds logically and with understanding.

Remember your child should be covering all aspects of maths that he or she will need for the 11+ exam at school. Working to prepare for 11+ maths outside school should therefore focus on highlighting particular difficulties, consolidating skills and developing time management skills.