11+ Verbal & Nonverbal Reasoning | Holiday Workshops
Suitable for Y5 & Y6 | 2 Locations: SW London & NW London
4-day courses | Cost:


After a very successful partnership with Natasha Twine: Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Specialist in 2018, Yellowbird Education is pleased to announce our 2019 11+ Verbal & Nonverbal Reasoning Workshops. 

Our Reasoning Workshops are designed to teach children how to approach Reasoning and CAT questions for a variety of schools. These include schools in the 11+ London Consortium, ISEB exams and for those children sitting exams set by GL Assessment and CEM. 

All too often students approach reasoning papers with random guessing, having been given no guidance on how to tackle the questions. Whilst it is true that some children have a natural ability to spot patterns, that does not mean that those who don't are a lost cause – they simply need to be shown the way!

Time: 10am to 1.15pm or 2.15-5.15pm
SW Venue: Parsons Green Prep School, 1 Fulham Park Rd, Fulham SW6 4LJ
NW Venue (New!): St Anthony’s School, Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, London NW11 7SX
Includes: Supervised outdoor time, snacks and drinks

How it works

There are some key concepts that we will focus on that will help children to succeed with reasoning exams.

Verbal Reasoning methods

The children will learn methods and techniques for solving a variety of question types, including numerical and alphabetical pattern recognition; code breaking; word structure and building; and worded logic problems.

Vocabulary skills

During the workshops we will work on developing the children’s broader vocabulary skills, both in and out of context. It is important that children have techniques to fall back on when faced with unknown words. We’ll look at how words are built; identifying a verb, adjective and noun form; identifying root words; understanding prefixes and suffixes; working with homophones, homonyms and homographs. 

We aim to give the children a set of vocabulary skills that they can use going forward that will enable them to broaden their vocabulary and get the most from every new word they learn. These skills will help the children to succeed in both verbal reasoning and comprehension, and will be useful in questions involving cloze exercises, word connections, and synonyms and antonyms.

Non-verbal Reasoning methods

The workshops will focus on the children’s understanding of the fundamental spatial operations, including rotation, translation, and reflective & rotational symmetry. We will learn a number of skills to help them break down a multi-step problem, decipher codes, identify operations, and avoid falling into traps and trick questions.

3D & Spatial Reasoning 

Having secured an understanding of the 2D spatial operations, we’ll look at how these can be applied to 3D problems such as working with cubes and nets, and fold and punch questions. Even children who find it impossible to visualise a 3D shape in their head can solve these problems once they have some visualisation tricks under their belt!

Exam skills

Throughout the workshops we’ll be discussing a variety of exam techniques and will be making the children aware of the various methods used to test their reasoning ability. We will discuss multiple choice answering, working to a tight time limit and adaptive computer testing.

With a maximum of 8 students in a group, each child will have ample opportunity to ask questions and work at their own pace, whilst benefiting from the thoughts and questions of other members of the group. 

Please note: workshops within the same month will repeat the same material. For example, the April 1-4 workshop will cover the same material as the April 8-12 workshops and the July 8-12 workshop will repeat the week of July 15-18. Please do not book your child into both weeks in the same month.


We strongly believe that verbal and non-verbal reasoning can be taught and that children who become familiar with this type of testing will do better on the day.


Date & Times


Summer 2019 Workshops:
8-12 July, 2.15pm-5.15pm, NW London
15-18 July, 10am-1.15pm, SW London
15-18 July, 2.15pm-5.15pm, SW London
19-22 Aug, 10am-1.15pm, SW London
19-22 Aug, 2.15pm-5.15pm, SW London
27-30 Aug, 10am-1.15pm, SW London
27-30 Aug, 2.15pm-5.15pm, SW London

October 2019 Workshops:
21-24 Oct, 10am-1.15pm, SW London
21-24 Oct, 2.15pm-5.15pm, SW London
28-31 Oct, 10am-1.15pm, SW London
28-31 Oct, 2.15pm-5.15pm, SW London

December 2019 Workshops:
16-19 Dec, 10am-1.15pm, SW London