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]]>We are approaching one of the most important periods of time in school for children who are reaching the end of Key Stage 2. The KS2 Maths tests will be in May and now consist of three papers. The first paper is all about calculating, whilst papers 2 and 3 involve a much wider range of questions covering all aspects of maths. They are known as the reasoning papers. If you are unsure about what these papers look like then they can be downloaded completely free from the site. Answers and mark schemes are also available.

Go to Past KS2 Maths SATs Papers

If you feel that a little more practice is needed in certain areas, we have a superb collection of ‘Booster’ resources covering the types of question found on the papers

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]]>Problems involving money also come up on a regular basis in the KS2 Maths SATs, usually in the form of word problems which require two calculations to reach the correct answer.

Frequently a section of square paper is given for children to work out the answer and a mark may be given for correct method even if the working out has a mistake in it; so it is important to tell children to show all their working out.

Money has been included as part of the Measurement Programme of Study.

Go to KS2 Maths Booster: Reasoning: Measurement

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]]>The new style KS2 SAT Reasoning Papers cover all aspects of maths, including calculating, but the questions on calculations are usually in the form of word problems. Children do find these harder than carrying out a straightforward number calculation, as they have to work out what to do, as well as having to carry out the calculation correctly. We have just published a set of tricky 2-step word problems similar to those found in recent papers. Two distinct calculations have to be made to get to the answer and a mark is usually available for the correct method even if the calculation itself is not correct. These provide excellent practice and if children can master these they will have nothing to worry about in the tests!

Go to KS2 Maths Booster: Reasoning: Calculations

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]]>The SAT tests can be a worrying time for children and parents, but with our superb collection of revision materials there is every opportunity to do really well, and remember, the test has many questions from the year 4 and 5 programmes of study. Our latest pages look at a favourite type of question; converting periods of time. Questions on this occur in most test papers and are quite easy if children know the:

number of months in a year

number of days in a week

number of hours in a day

number of minutes in an hour

number of seconds in a minute.

With this knowledge they should find it straightforward to answer such questions as:

48 months = …. years

56 days = …. weeks

480 seconds = …… minutes

and so on.

With over 500 pages of SAT style questions our Booster category is the perfect place to go to help improve scores in the KS2 SATs.

Go to KS2 Maths SATs Booster: Measurement: Time

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]]>A real favourite with the KS2 SAT writers is to show part of a multiplication square (or grid) with missing numbers. If a child has not come across this style of question before it can be rather puzzling, but as with most things, a little practice can work wonders. We have just published three sets of worksheets which give plenty of practice and let’s hope a similar question comes up this year!

Go to KS2 Booster Reasoning Paper: Calculations

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]]>We continue to add to our superb collection of ‘booster’ worksheets to help children gain the best possible results in the KS2 maths tests. A favourite type of question in the last couple of reasoning papers has concerned ratio. One example might be:

James was selling vanilla and chocolate ice creams.

For every 7 ice creams sold, 3 of them were chocolate ice creams.

Altogether 9 chocolate ice creams were sold.

How many ice creams did James sell altogether?

If children have not come across this style of question before it could take up valuable time in the test thinking about how to solve it. With a little practice they become straightforward. Practice makes perfect is certainly true in this case!

Go to KS2 Maths SAT Booster: ratio

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]]>The statistics (or data handling) questions on the new SAT papers tend to be more about calculating from tables and charts than interpreting graphs. Our latest sets of pages reflect this with plenty of examples very similar to those found on last year’s Reasoning SAT paper. Well worth a look if you have children taking the tests next May.

Year 6 Estimating

It is quite hard to find very much in the way of estimating for older children, but we have just published some very tricky estimating questions for Year 6 using images. These are ideal for showing on a whiteboard for a whole class to see the range of answers that children come up with and the methods they use to reach their estimates.

Go to Year 6 Number: Estimating

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]]>Coordinate questions have been a favourite topic for the SAT tests for as long as they have been running. However, they are rarely straightforward, often asking to complete shapes on a grid including positive and negative coordinates. Once drawn a translation is often required. Our latest KS2 Booster pages provide plenty of practice on just this!

And don’t forget, we have probably the best collection of up to date KS2 practice material for both the Arithmetic Paper and the Reasoning Papers, that can be found anywhere.

Go to KS2 Reasoning Paper Practice: Geometry

Go to KS2 Booster

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]]>There was a very poorly written question in last year’s SAT Paper regarding algebra and cooking times. The time for cooking meat was shown in terms of a number of minutes per kilo plus some extra time, but not in the usual way. This led to some confusion. However, we have written a set of pages in a similar style, just in case it crops up again.

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]]>New this week are two sets of worksheets on place value with decimal numbers for older children. The first looks at writing the value of a digit in a number as a decimal, a fraction and in words. The second takes a close look at decimals, including thousandths as well as mentally multiplying and dividing by 0.1, which takes some considerable thought!

Go to Year 6: Number and Place Value

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