My DS takes the 11plus in a couple of months and is doing well with his prep but we are having problems with the 30 minute written piece. At school his creative and other written work is really very good and he uses complex sentences and sophisticated punctuation perfectly happily.
Under time pressure he seems to go to pieces and "cant think of anything".
Considering they only have thirty minutes to consider the title and genre and plan the piece and make sure it includes all the skills that need to be shown, it seems a big task to him.
We practice and he does badly and then gets demoralised. He can barely give me more than half a page of uninspired flat writing and spends a fair amount of time looking out of the window thinking.
He is starting to worry about this and I am running out of ideas to help him. I usually go back over what he's written and show him how things could have been written differently/better but I am beginning to think this might be unhelpful.
How many marks are given to the written piece and how can I help him to improve?
We are in Dorset and its GL nfer.