Nine Plus (9+) resources for English and Reasoning

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November 12th, 2018

Nine Plus (9+) resources for English and Reasoning

I was recently asked by a parent to recommend some resources for the 9 Plus, specifically around English and the reasoning component, and realised that there isn't a huge amount out there when compared to the 7 or 8 Plus. I did some digging and put the below together, and hope this is useful!


There are comparatively few resources available from schools or elsewhere for the 9 Plus, due to the relatively small number of students who sit these exams. The below set of resources are in no way meant to be exhaustive, and instead are meant to help parents get started. Year 4 reading list from Westminster Cathedral Choir School: http://www.choirschool.com/downloads/Year_4_Suggested_Reading.pdf Year 5 reading list from Westminster Cathedral Choir School: http://www.choirschool.com/downloads/Year_5_Suggested_Reading.pdf St Paul’s Juniors 8+ reading list: https://www.stpaulsschool.org.uk/assets/img/banners/8-Recommended-Reading-List.pdf The following blog on our site concerning developing reading skills. The title says 7 Plus, but it is really about standard techniques for reading taught across Primary: https://owltutors.co.uk/how-to-create-excellent-writers-from-reading/ Our 8+ reading list: https://owltutors.co.uk/advice/8-plus/reading-list/ In regards to apps and games, we built the following sets of flashcards in-house. Again, its for 7+, but it will be helpful to brush up on spellings: https://owltutors.co.uk/advice/7-plus/spelling-flashcards/ I’m not aware of any resources specifically targeted at the verbal and non-verbal reasoning element of the Nine Plus. There are various smart phone apps that claim to develop memory and reasoning skills, and these might add some on-the-move fun to the revision process: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/23/brain-training-apps-five-of-the-best And lastly, although its a little out of date, a few years ago the following video game was very popular, and might be an enjoyable extra treat. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dr-Kawashimas-Brain-Training-Nintendo/dp/B0029XAXZI

 
I hope the above is of some use. If you have any suggestions to help improve it please let me know in the comments below!

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Mike is resident geek at Owl Tutors. He is passionate about education, technology and can usually be found reading about the latest developments in teaching. He runs the in-house training for our tutors, and is our resident nerd, spending ever-more time building and coding our various websites.