Step it up! Speed up your revision with the Galore Park Learning Ladders
By Natalie Bailey
01 Aug

The unique challenge of the 11+ is to develop your child’s mental agility and reasoning skills so they can out-think and outpace other children for the few places available at the school of your choice. A daunting task if you only have the summer holidays and a few weekends in the autumn term? Well, it depends how you spend your time! The Galore Park Learning Ladders can help you speed up the process in two ways.


1. Building confidence and speed
Working step by step from a basic grounding in facts (such as times tables, spelling and vocabulary) to the more complex thinking and reasoning skills (such as algebra and creating their own compositions) builds your child’s confidence and response times.


The Learning Ladders in all the Galore Park 11+ Revision Guides show these steps clearly to help you break down the available revision time. The steps tie closely into the chapter content thereby providing a simple visual method to help you discuss your child’s progress and the areas they find most challenging. Staged tests help consolidate this knowledge so that you can see how they are getting along!

2. Revising for unfamiliar tests
The chances are that your child will also be taking a non-verbal or verbal reasoning test, and sometimes both. The temptation can be to tackle their preparation with a pile of practice papers since much advice states that they can’t be formally revised for.

In fact, these exams are testing thinking skills related to maths and English, so understanding what the questions are actually looking at can be the key to your child excelling. Again, the Learning Ladders are here to help.


You will see that the non-verbal reasoning ladder has the same number of steps as the maths ladder, and the coloured steps show how the skills links together.

So, for example, if your child is working through the third step in the non-verbal reasoning book and is having problems identifying different shapes (‘Shapes and shading’), they can go to the section covering ‘Properties of shapes’ in the maths book to find out more, then complete further exercises there.


Similarly, verbal reasoning has many links to English.


So, if your child is having difficulty on the first step (‘Constructing words’), they can find guidance on how words are put together in the ‘Spelling’ section of the English book. The verbal reasoning text also makes these links explicit.


There are even some links from verbal reasoning to maths.

Some verbal reasoning tests include sequences, appearing on Step 5, ‘Applying algebra skills’. These link directly to maths and can be found in Step 5 of the maths ladder too (the ‘Algebra’ section of the Maths Revision Guide).



So, to help your child get a step ahead of the competition this summer, why not have a go at climbing up some Learning Ladders together!

Also, see our blog Fire up your summer 11+ revision with our top seven sizzling tips! for ways to boost your child’s confidence and thinking skills with everyday activities.

Tags: 11+, English, learning ladder, maths, non-verbal reasoning, revision, science, verbal reasoning

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