Transfer Test English revision – resources we love
Doing some Transfer Test English revision? Want to know how to get your child ready at home for the AQE Test? How to revise work covered in school, and make sure your child is ready to answer English and Maths topics in the test?
We recommend some general resources for getting organised for the Transfer Test, including our opinion on practice test papers.
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Transfer Test English grammar & punctuation workbooks
Educational publisher Scholastic has a huge range of resources for learning at home, whatever stage of school your child is at. Of course, we’re focused on Transfer Test here, so what is useful right now for AQE English?
Maybe your child is tripping up on grammar and punctuation?
If so, check these two books out.
Scholastic’s English Skills: Grammar and Punctuation Workbook (Year 5) is a useful starting point.
Scholastic English Skills: Grammar and Punctuation Workbook (Year 6) is the next level and covers more than you need to know for AQE English.
If you need help with spelling & vocabulary for Transfer Test English
This is really important for Transfer Test English. While it helps to encourage your child to read plenty, you can work on general vocabulary and accurate spelling in short sessions.
We love these tricky spelling flashcards from Usborne. They’re wipe-clean, so you can use them over and over again. With 300 words to learn, they’ll expand your child’s vocabulary too.
Word games are great family fun, and don’t feel like work, which is a bonus.
Bananagrams is really light and portable. It’s a bit like a speedy version of Scrabble. You can easily bring it travelling, and don’t need any pens or paper to play.
We’re big fans of using games to back up English revision. The Whizz series will help expand your child’s vocabulary. This game is good for questions on word meanings.
Transfer Test English topic dictionaries
Looking for a book that covers all the main topics in English? One that will keep you right a parent, and maybe provide a little refresher (cough!) on some topics you may have forgotten yourself?
Easy Peasy English provides a good summary of the English rules your child needs to know, in a bright appealing format.
If your child doesn’t read much poetry
Reading poetry is a major skill for the AQE Test. Two of the comprehension passages are always poems.
And yet many children never read poetry outside the classroom.
If this is the case in your house, you probably need to get your child used reading more poems.
We love this poetry anthology for its variety and simplicity. The beauty of reading poetry is that it’s so quick and easy to read one poem together a day. Even the most reluctant reader can concentrate for the time it takes to read a poem.
Sometimes talking about the meaning of the poem can spark interesting parent-child conversations too.
If your child needs help categorising words
There’s always a word category table in the Transfer Test – where your child has to sort words into these categories – noun, adjective, verb and adverb.
Often parents struggle more with this than kids!
These books are a great refresher, and quick to read.
You’ll find a whole selection of other English topics in the Words are Categorical series on Amazon.
Have you read about the General Resources we recommend for the Transfer Test?