hi yummycool again
Regarding the comprehension, I cannot understand how she is doing so well at school and reads so much, if she does not understand it. As you say, work in progress.
I don't know what the English exam is like for your chosen school/LA but I can
understand why you feel some confusion.
It's such a positive thing that your DD loves to read and I bet she does
understand what she reads...and then some
But sadly, the extracts they use are incredibly challenging - some are "A" Level texts and way beyond what even a really seriously able KS2 pupil can interpret, inference-wise. Sadly the comprehension part of the 11+ is only the beginning - it's the inference that's the killer for many
I hope that I can help to put things into perspective without sounding patronising? DD1 didn't really stand much of a chance of passing when she took the 11+ but she desperately wanted to have a go - we have VR, Maths and English. She'd had SENCO help up until YR 4 but everyone knew she was very intelligent - huge vocabulary, good comprehension skills, good reader - in a nutshell, really good at English despite having a really poor start. She pushed herself but we all knew she'd need an awful lot of luck to pass. However, we kept slogging on, despite everything life chucked in our path. We all felt that even if she didn't pass, the help we'd given her to improve her Maths, English and VR skills-base, could only benefit her for the rest of her life - afterall, no education and learning is wasted
She didn't pass but she was incredibly proud of her ranking and that she'd hoiked her Year 6 SATS up to the highest you could get then. Basically, many had written her off but we knew she had some pretty amazing talents and above all, was determined and self-motivated
So, what I'm saying is that at times, it frustrates me that I'm having to encourage DD2 to analyse a text to this level and then I have to watch her struggle and lose confidence. I know how you feel because like you, I know DD2's understanding a wide range of reading matter but we're finding it hard to bridge that gap between YR 5 KS2 comprehension and 11+ inference skills. But with the experience of both DD1 and DD2 I'll say hand-on-heart, that whatever the outcome, please know that what you're doing for your DD and what she's doing for herself, is an amazing thing and will set her up for the rest of her educational journey..and more importantly, life!