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Friday, October 19, 2012

Pace and the Eleven Plus

During the build-up to the eleven plus examination next year some parents may feel, at times, a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of eleven plus preparation. There are books to buy, papers to work through, home work to be done and exercises to be completed. How do parents keep track of it all?

The `Advanced Course on Eleven Plus’ may help. Of course all parents in the know call this `Pace’. We know that anagrams have been used for many years. Most parents will remember: “The sum on the square on the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides.” Pythagoras, apparently, postulated this well-known mathematical theory and he also used anagrams in his teaching. When parents use the anagram `PACE’, they know they are following a rich tradition!

PACE requires basic familiarity with a spread-sheet.

Type of Data

Fractions to Decimals

Revision of Area

Work on 10 questions from Paper 2

A different use of the spread sheet could be to display key data pictorially.

Raw Score

Paper 3
Paper 6
Paper 7

Your Eleven Plus exercise with your resident child genius?

1.       Draw the graph
2.       Complete the labelling.
3.       Discuss why a pie graph is called a pie graph.
4.       Ask if the data could be shown differently.
5.       Remind all concerned about Pythagoras
6.       Chat about the part that anagrams play in verbal reasoning

Take your completed Pace exercise to your friend’s house and discuss progress. Try not to spend too long agonising about the eleven plus. As you know `All He Eon’ is  approaching and a discussion on costumes and food is far more important.