Sonia nn wrote:
Thanks everyone for your responses. Im working on his timestables and he is quite good at them so will continue to practice. Is it a good idea to get specific grammer books, like tyhe cgp punctuation, grammer and spelling question book?
As advised by previous posters - mental maths speed is crucial as there is a lot of time pressure in 11+ maths tests.
Spelling, grammar and punctuation are always very useful to practise. Regardless of whether they are going to come up in the SET (first stage exams) for Sutton grammars, they will be needed in the second round of exams, which includes an 'extended writing' English paper. Apart from Bond and CGP books (their 11+ series is very good), I really like Collins Key English Skills for year 5 and 6 - it is a workbook that covers all skills you need - comprehension, cloze, writing, grammar, vocab, punctuation - and gives your child a solid preparation for everything he will need later... It's divided into 14 or 15 sections of 6 pages each and from memory, we managed to work through year 5 book in about 3 weeks. My DS's English did come along very nicely and we were able to move on to 11+ test papers from there.
Amazon seem to be out of stock, but you can see inside the books if you follow these links, I bought mine from WH Smith.http://www.amazon.co.uk/English-Skills- ... kills+9-10http://www.amazon.co.uk/English-Skills- ... ills+10-11
If your DS doesn't like writing too much, you can go through some of the comprehensions exercises verbally - it's quicker and gives you a chance to talk through the text and help you DS improve his text analysis skills.
As for Bond maths books, they are good to use in the beginning, but in my view they are not demanding enough in final stages of the exam preparation. Bond Comprehension, on the other hand, is quite hard and worth doing.
I wouldn't be without Schofield & Sims Mental Arithmetic books 5 and 6 (they bridge KS2 and KS3) - the way they formulate some questions can be quite different from Bond or Letts, so they challenge DC's thinking. Also, the same publisher's 11+ Progress Papers, both in English and maths.
Edit: I've checked with the publisher and the Collins English Key Skills books are out of stock, with no plans to re-print. A shame, because they are really good. You may still be able to get hold of them from some internet second-hand book sellers. Hopefully Google will help