How can parents help their children build a strong vocabulary?

If you have a child in year three or year four then the answer is to read for half an hour a day, have plenty of interesting discussions between you at the table for instance and play some word games like Boggle or Scrabble. Reading and paired reading are of greatest importance.

If your child is in year five then the above should still form the core of your vocabulary work but you will also need to do some active learning (lists of synonyms with tests to check understanding) and some learning through doing test papers.

If your child is coming to preparation later on in year five and has not been an active reader (at least half an hour a day) previously then you can still improve by doing the above although you must recognise that without time the scale of improvements you can make may be limited.

If you have questions which we have not addressed in our forum pages, please feel free to submit them via the form provided below.

Your Name (*)

Your Email (*)

Your Message

Please enter text shown. captcha

Which 11 Plus Exam Preparation Options Are Right For You ?

11 Plus Private Tutors

  • Personalised Work
  • 1-1
  • High feedback levels

but

  • VERY Expensive
  • Lots of work at home
  • Lots of travel

11 Plus Tuition Centres

  • Structured work
  • Third party involvement
  • Some feedback

but

  • Some children don't progress
  • Lots of work at home
  • Lots of travel

11 Plus Guided Courses

  • Structured work provided
  • No wasted time
  • Help and advice on hand

but

  • High parental commitment
  • Cost higher than DIY

11 Plus DIY- Books

  • Parents in full control
  • Work can be totally tailored
  • Lowest cost

but

  • Difficult to plan well
  • Difficult to deliver well
  • Maximum parental effort