Reasoning

Wetherby Kensington, like Wetherby School, is almost unique in its delivery of reasoning lessons to boys throughout the school. At Wetherby School and Wetherby Kensington we would strongly suggest that the boys benefit from (and hugely enjoy) being exposed to as wide a range of non-verbal and verbal reasoning materials from as early an age as possible and that they most certainly can be taught strategies to tackle tasks and develop their capacity to think logically.

Our reasoning curriculum places equal emphasis on non-verbal and verbal reasoning skills. The non-verbal curriculum focuses on the ability to identify pattern, sequence and to understand and analyse visual information. In verbal reasoning, we aim to develop boys’ capacity to understand and assimilate verbal information and to think constructively about language, rather than at simple fluency or vocabulary recognition.

The use of practical resources runs alongside more formal materials. Boys are assessed in reasoning through standardised NFER testing methods from the end of their Reception year onwards. This, alongside performance in class work, enables us to closely monitor each boy’s progress and to support or extend him appropriately.