Category: Key Stage 3

Best New YA (Young Adult) Novels

Think you know the story of The Little Mermaid? Think again…
This is a book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.
Blurb, Amazon

The windows on all the skyscrapers are smashed . . .
No power, no lights, no people . . .
It’s a parallel New York of some kind.
Blurb, Goodreads

Great introduction to a character not many people get to know.

Mera is strong and ferocious while exuding kindness and struggling to find a way to balance her own beliefs with what she thinks is best for her kingdom.Goodreads reviewer

The Kaiser murdered Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen, when Theo was only six. He took Theo’s country and kept her prisoner, crowning her Ash Princess–a pet to toy with and humiliate for ten long years.Blurb, Goodreads

Kellen and Reichis have just finished fighting a duel in the desert when Kellen inadvertently smears blood on the Daroman flag – an act of treason for which the Marshals have no choice but to arrest him. Just before he’s put before the Queen to be executed, Kellen is given a strange piece of advice from one of his fellow prisoners: kill the Queen and he’ll be given clemency by those who take power.Blurb, Amazon

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Stress-Relief Ideas for the Mind, Body and Soul

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Quick English Grammar Quiz

QUESTION 2: “That’s my brothers’ bedroom.” – How many people live in that bedroom?

a)one

b)two or more

c)zero

d)I don’t know

QUESTION 3: ____ you get home, we’ll be having lunch.

a)By the time

b)In time

c)On time

d)I don’t know

QUESTION 6: Which of the following sentences is INCORRECT?

a)I wish could do that!

b)I wish she wouldn’t do that.

c)I wish I were stronger.

d)I don’t know

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Verbal Reasoning: 50 Question Multiple Choice Test

Assessment: Verbal Reasoning

Practice Questions

This page will test your Verbal Reasoning word and vocabulary skills.

You can do your working out on a piece of paper. Note down your answers as you go along – you can check the answers at the end in the comments section.

There are 50 questions altogether. See if you can finish them within 25 minutes!

QUESTION 1: Choose two words, one from each group, that are closest in meaning. Note down both words.

( angry tired smile ) ( yawn face cross )

QUESTION 2: Find one letter that will complete the words in front of the brackets, and begin the words after the brackets. You should end up with four complete words. Make a note of the letter.

DAU ( ___ ) ALL SLO ( ___ ) ELLOW

QUESTION 3: Use the same rules as question 2.

THRE ( ___ ) RITE FLO ( ___ ) RATH

QUESTION 9: Choose two words, one from each group, that are opposite in meaning. Note down both words.

( easy prevent eager ) ( unwilling stopped complete )

QUESTION 10: Use the same rules as question 9.

( proud lethargic smiled ) ( grinning merrily ashamed )

QUESTION 11: Use the same rules as questions 9 and 10.

( astonished ready grateful ) ( thanked tarnish unprepared )

QUESTION 13: Use the same rules as question 12.

Show is to ( place sow display )

as through is to ( enter trough begin )

QUESTION 15: Use the same rules as question 14.

We won extra time in sport

QUESTION 16: There are two pairs of words in brackets. Choose one word from the list below that would fit equally with both categories, and note it down.

( dirt speck ) ( clean polish )

mud spray dust scrub shine

QUESTION 17: Use the same rules as question 16.

( journey excursion ) ( stumble fall )

voyage hurt walk holiday trip

QUESTION 23: Which of the following words are incorrectly spelt?

  • A) separate
  • B) ordnance
  • C) obviously
  • D) sucess
  • E) none of these

QUESTION 27: Which of these words is the odd one out?

  • A) verify
  • B) authenticate
  • C) confirm
  • D) ask
  • E) substantiate

QUESTION 28: Paper is to timber as ——— is to hide

  • A) tree
  • B) seek
  • C) ox
  • D) animal
  • E) leather

QUESTION 30: Find two words, one from each group, that together make one correctly-spelt word, without changing the order of the letters. The word from the first group always comes first. Note down both words.

(out by open) (bite like side)

QUESTION 32: Find the number that will complete the sum correctly and note it down.

100 ÷ 5 = 4 x [ ? ]

A)8

B)10

C)5

D)3

E)12

QUESTION 33: In this sentence, a word of four letters is hidden at the end of one word and the beginning of the next word. Find the pair of words that contains the hidden word and note them down.

The film ended happily after all.

A) The film

B) film ended

C) ended happily

D) happily after

E) after all.

QUESTION 34: One letter can be moved from the first word to the second word to make two new words. The letters must not otherwise be rearranged and both new words must make sense. Find the letter that moves and note it down.

pound or

A)p

B)o

C)u

D)n

E)d

QUESTION 35: Use the same rules as question 34.

chain rot

A)c

B)h

C)a

D)i

E)n

QUESTION 36: Three of the five words are related in some way. Find the two words that do not go with these three and note them down.

black mouse red green hut

A) black

B) mouse

C) red

D) green

E) hut

QUESTION 37: Use the same rules as question 36.

handle hammer chisel hand saw

A) handle

B) hammer

C) chisel

D) hand

E) saw

QUESTION 38: Use the same rules as questions 36 and 37.

river stream pour tip brook

A) river

B) stream

C) pour

D) tip

E) brook

QUESTION 39: Use the same rules as questions 36, 37 and 38.

around long tall wide across

A) around

B) long

C) tall

D) wide

E) across

QUESTION 40: In this question, letters stand for numbers. Work out the answer to the sum, then find its letter and note it down.

If A = 2, B = 10, C = 12, D = 18, E = 20, what is the answer to this sum, written as a letter?

C + D – E = [ ? ]

A)A

B)B

C)C

D)D

E)E

QUESTION 43: Find the two words, one from each group, that will complete the sentence in the best way. Note down both words.

Book is to (library leaf tree)

as money is to (paper bank pig)

QUESTION 45: Use the same rules as question 44.

Two is to (pair apple number) as blue is to (green colour sky)

QUESTION 49: Use the same rules as question 48.

(combine share do) (state nation red)

QUESTION 50: A word of four letters is hidden at the end of one word and the beginning of the next word. Find the pair of words that contains the hidden word and note them down.

They are all going on holiday.

A) They are

B) are all

C) all going

D) going on

E) on holiday

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Year 10 & 11 Bucket List

Here are some practical and fun suggestions for things to do as you’re nearing the end of school!

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Alphabet Quiz

B: Pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically.

C: On the subject of or in connection with.

E: Used to refer to every one of two or more people or things, regarded and identified separately.

F: For all future time.

G: Of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above average.

Q: Moving fast or doing something in a short time.

V: Disappear suddenly and completely.

W: With extreme tiredness.

Y: Belonging to or associated with the person or people that the speaker is addressing.

Z: Great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.

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