At my DDs request, we have started some very light "coaching" for 11+ work. She has just started Yr 4, so I havent even begun with practise papers or anything like that - its mainly a 10 word Vocab list, some "classics" to read at bedtime and some reading aloud plus word games.
Tonight we were both looking at the Bond "How to do 11+ English" book and one of the first subjects was Comprehension - a short passage from Tom Sawyer. I asked my DD if she was familiar with a comprehension test and she said no. She asked to try it - and enjoyed it, even if the text was quite tough for an 8 year old, she didnt do at all bad for a first attempt. I am surprised that she hasnt come accross a comprehension test before though (albeit with simpler text). What sort of age or year group do schools start teaching this? Trying to think back to my school days (sometime ago
) Im sure I did it at Juniors.
Her Primary seems much hotter on maths than English (she regards Math as her "worst" subject but was marked at a level 4 for some work last week) and they do teach maths at quite a high level however Literacy / English seems to be rather lacking. Should I expect her to be doing at least some basic comprehension by now in school? Im not sure how the Yr4 work is structured, so if anyone can enlighten me, that would be great.