At Holland Park Education, we work with students of all ages, and that includes toddlers who are about to take their very first assessment, the 4+. Many parents want to know if it is even possible to “prepare” for such a test, and we are here to suggest a few ways the family can work together at home to start to build a foundation for their child’s academic future.
- Academics and areas for assessment at 4+
Numeracy, Literacy, Early language ability is all encouraged by reading, conversation, discussion and taking time to explain basic numbers and letters. Discussion and asking questions will empower the student’s reasoning and thinking skills, two areas that continue to be a focus through to university!
- Social strengths
A tough one right now given the pressure of a pandemic, but play time and engaging with others is a way to nurture social strength. Schools will look for children who interact with each other, are learning to share and communicate socially. When the virus allows, be sure to bring the child around people and other kids where possible.
- Manual skills
Building blocks, putting together puzzles, holding a pencil, or working with Play-Do. Many schools observe children playing with these toys as part of the assessment.