Elementary Pupil Reading With Teacher In ClassroomChildren sitting the 11+ exams should be reading for forty-five minutes to an hour daily. This will improve their general comprehension of passages and extend their vocabulary. It is a good idea for students to follow this process when they come across unfamiliar vocabulary:

  1. List the words that they do not know the meanings of.
  2. Look up and write down the dictionary definition of each word.
  3. Use a thesaurus to look up four or five similar word.
  4. Finally, the student should write the original word in a sentence.

This process ensures they fully understand how to use that word and thus it becomes a part of their vocabulary.

Recommended English Reading List and Authors

Hurricane Summer Robert Swindells
A Long Way Home Ann Turnbull
Fireweed Jill Paton Walsh
Scribbleboy Phillip Ridley
Johnnie’s Blitz Bernard Ashley
The Bolphin Crossing Jill Paton Walsh
Tom’s Private War Robert Leeson
Carrie’s War Nina Bawden
The Endless Steppe Esther Hautzig
Billy the Kid Michael Morpurgo
Stormchaser Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
No Friend of Mine Ann Turnbull
Red, White and Blue: Finding Out the Hard Way Robert Leeson
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Judith Kerr
Tom’s War Patrol Robert Leeson
Beyond the Deepwoods Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Midnight Over Sanctaphrax Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Tess of the d”Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
Snow Geese William Fiennes
Mill on the Floss George Eliot

Reading Comprehension Task

In addition to daily reading, it is essential to ensure that your child has a good understanding of the books that they are reading. The following exercise is a great way to develop comprehension, grammar and vocabulary skills:

Suggested Author List

  • Charlotte Bronte
  • HG Wells
  • H H Munro
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Anthony Trollope
  • Bronte Sisters
  • Charles Dickens
  • Charles Kingsley
  • Elizabeth Gaskell
  • George Eliot
  • Graham Greene
  • Herman Melville
  • R D Blackmore
  • R L Stevenson
  • Robert Graves
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Previous Book Extracts

Extracts from the following books have been used in previous years:

  • The Road to Wigan Pier
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Jane Eyre
  • Kipps
  • Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Tobermory
  • Silas Marner
  • The Snow Geese
  • The Mill on The Floss
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The Destructors
  • Longitude – Dava Sobel
  • Bleak House
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

It would be a good idea to include these on your child’s reading list.