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]]>The questions on the Maths SAT Reasoning Papers tend to be very similar from year to year, which means that, with practice, children can become confident answering the type of questions that they will meet. Shape/Geometry questions are extremely popular in the KS2 Maths Reasoning Papers and we have just published 5 sets of excellent worksheets covering the style of questions found in the 2019 papers, which are very likely to come up again next year.

Firstly, children need to know what acute and obtuse angles are, as questions come up such as:

‘When you halve the size of an obtuse angle you always get an acute angle.’

This is not a simple yes/no answer, as the mark is awarded for a good explanation as to why the above is correct.

Measuring angle correctly is also a popular question and we have an excellent selection of pages based on previous SAT Paper questions.

Using co-ordinates is a favourite with the examiners and we have just published two new sets on describing position using co-ordinates and reflecting shapes on a co-ordinate grid. Also new this week is an excellent set of worksheets on reflecting shapes in a mirror line. All these topics came up in this year’s tests.

Go to KS2 Maths SATs Booster: Geometry

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]]>Some of the hardest Year 6 Maths can be found in the Fractions, Decimals and Percentages strand. Fortunately, we have an extensive range of resources to help with this and we have also just reorganised them to make finding exactly what you want easier and quicker.

The resources are now organised into sub-categories to include:

**Understanding and ordering fractions**

This includes understanding equivalent fractions, improper and proper fractions and ordering fractions.

**Decimals and fractions**

Using decimal notation and working with decimals up to thousandths are part of this section as well as understanding the relationship between decimals and fractions, converting between the two.

**Rounding decimal fractions**

Rounding decimals including to the nearest tenth and hundredth. Also rounding amounts of money, which can prove to be quite tricky.

**Addition and subtraction of fractions**

This becomes quite difficult as children are expected to add and subtract fractions with different denominators as well as working with mixed numbers.

**Multiplying and dividing fractions**

Year 6 children are only expected to multiply simple pairs of proper fractions and to divide proper fractions by whole numbers.

**Percentages**

Finding percentages of numbers and solving problems involving percentages are an important part of work in Year 6.

We continue to add further resources to our fractions category and even more can be found in our KS2 Maths SATs Booster section where we have a great collection of worksheets all based on the most recent test papers.

Go to Year 6 Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

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]]>Questions about number form an important part of the KS2 Reasoning Papers, with varying degrees of difficulty. There are always one or two questions taken from both the Year 4 and Year 5 Programme of Study, which should be easy marks to pick up. There are also several from the Year 6 Programme which require a good understanding of large numbers.

The questions tend to fall into several categories, which come up frequently. These are:

1. More than/less than

Fairly straightforward, usually involving thousands, with questions such as:

*What number is 1,000 less than 9,072?*

2. Number sequences

These are very popular and vary in difficulty from:

*Write the missing numbers*

*? 42 49 ? 63 ?*

to using larger numbers:

*The numbers in this sequence decrease by the same amount each time:*

*303,604 302,604 301,604 300,604*

3. Place value

Questions usually involve numbers in the millions, such as:

*3,576,219 Which digit is in the ten thousands place?*

4. Rounding

Always a popular topic, coming up every year. One of the favourites is to ask for a number to be rounded to the nearest 10,000. For example:

*Round 39,476 to the nearest 10,000, 1,000 and 100.*

5. Negative numbers

Often in the form of a chart of temperatures, involving answering questions such as:

*How many degrees colder was Paris (-4 degrees centigrade) than Rome (3 degrees centigrade)*

Our Booster pages cover all the above topics, giving children plenty of practice with very similar questions and in a similar format to those found in the tests. They are ideal for giving confidence and boosting results when faced with the Reasoning SAT Papers.

Go to KS2 Maths SATs Booster: Reasoning

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]]>Using SAT papers to help prepare for the test

The KS2 Maths SAT papers for 2019 are now freely available on the site. They consist of three Papers and a Mark Scheme.

Paper 1 is an Arithmetic Paper, with 30 minutes to answer 36 questions, so there is not a lot of time! Some are easy, with questions taken from the Year 3 Programme of Study (or content domain references as they are referred to in the Mark Scheme)., such as:

?? = 6,000 + 90

Others are much harder, such as:

51% of 900 = ??

Some require good mental skills, others require formal written methods to be used in order to gain full marks.

The questions are mainly from the Calculations Programme of Study but also include a considerable number of Fractions.

Papers 2 and 3 are Reasoning Papers, with 23 questions and 35 marks on each paper. Children have 40 minutes to complete each Reasoning Paper. These Papers cover a wide range of mathematics, taken from the Programmes of Study from Year 3 to Year 6, although there are usually only two or three related to Year 3, whilst there may be as many as 14 or 15 taken from the Year 6 Programme.

There are still questions taken from the Calculations Programmes of Study, sometimes as many as 8 or 9, but they tend to be in a different form such as word problems. Other areas of maths are also included, including Number and Place Value, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics.

The mark scheme is full of useful advice and should be read when marking answers.

The past papers are excellent practice for the real test but the time aspects do not have to be followed. We would strongly suggest that it is much better to do a few questions, mark them immediately and if there are any problems or difficulties go on to our excellent Booster resources for plenty of further practice. In our Booster section you can find many more questions, all related to past questions and written in the same style: a brilliant resource!

Go to Past KS2 Maths SATs Papers

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]]>Over the next few months we will be concentrating on creating the most up-to-date resources to cover the KS2 Maths Reasoning Papers. This week we have published a set of pages on counting in steps of powers of 10. (The content domain reference is 5N1: Year 5 number statement 1.)

This might sound relatively easy but a couple of points

a. the sequences given are often in descending order

b. the number to be found often crosses the ten thousand or hundred thousand boundary, such as in this question:

The numbers in this sequence decrease by the same amount each time.

503,702 502,702 501,702 500,702

What is the next number in the sequence?

To be correct a child must firstly work out how many the number is decreasing by each time and then successfully subtract this from the last number in the sequence. Tricky for those not confident with working with larger numbers.

Go to KS2 Maths SATs Booster: Reasoning: Number and Counting

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]]>There are always one or two questions on algebra in the KS2 Maths Reasoning Papers and this year one question looked at sequences. The rule to get the numbers was given but some of the numbers were missing e.g.

Rule: multiply by 2 and then add 3

Write the missing numbers:

?? 25 53 ??

Finding the last number in the sequence is easy; just follow the rule by multiplying 53 by 2 making 106 and then adding 3. Answer: 109.

It is the first number which is harder to find. Because it is the first number in the sequence a child will need to look at the second number (25) and work in reverse:

subtract 3 from 25, making 22 and then divide by 2 to get 11.

One mark for each answer in the test. This question could easily fluster children, but we have just published a whole series of similar questions in our maths Booster section, well worth a look if your child is going to be taking the test next year.

Go to KS2 Maths SATs Booster: Reasoning: Algebra

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]]>Year 4 Problem Solving

High quality reasoning and problem solving activities are not easy to find in a search of the web but we have a wide range of pages for all year groups and have just published two more challenging sets for Year 4; one on finding numbers from given clues and one on place value counters. To succeed both require logical thought and perseverance.

Go to Year 4 Reasoning/Problem Solving

Year 5 Addition of decimals

New this week is some more practice at adding decimals. Key to this is understanding the value of each digit and when to exchange (crossing tenths, ones, tens etc).

Year 6 Place value with numbers in the millions

Children in Year 6 are expected to deal with very large numbers, up to tens of millions. This is not easy and our latest set of pages on knowing the value of digits up to 10 000 000 will certainly show if this has been mastered.

Go to Year 6 Number and Place Value

Adverbs of degree

Adverbs of degree can tell us more about the intensity or degree of an adjective. They are usually placed before the adjective they are modifying.

Here is an example of an adverb of degree which tells us more about the adjective:

Tim dived into the extremely cold sea.

The word extremely tells us more about how cold the sea was.

We have just published three excellent sets of worksheets to help with understanding adverbs of degree, ideal for Year 4/5 children.

Go to English: Grammar: Adverbs

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]]>Sorting shapes and creating repeating patterns is an important practical aspect of Year 2 work. New this week is a collection of great pages on 2D shape patterns where children have to predict what the next shapes will be, as well as spotting mistakes in patterns.

Year 4 Counting

Counting can easily be overlooked in Year 4, but there are still many important targets to meet, including counting in 25s and in whole thousands. Take a look at our very latest bright and lively pages.

Go to Year 4 Number and Place Value

Year 6 Drawing pie charts

We have just published a super set of pages on how to draw pie charts from given data. Finding the number of degrees needed for each set is not easy and knowledge of how to use a protractor is essential. Don’t forget to look at our interpreting pie chart pages as well.

English writing for young children

I love these simple, colourful pages for young children to complete, using the pictures and words to help, including assistance from our famous maths rats.

From pirates to dragons, from zoos to football matches, our inspirational worksheets for Year 1 and Year 2 provide a range of topics for writing sentences and short stories, with plenty of words and images to help. The pages help children with planning and writing down ideas and key words, including new vocabulary they might like to use. Add colourful illustrations to the equation and story writing becomes fun and enjoyable.

Go to English: Writing: Story Writing Year 1-2

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]]>Year 3 Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Our Year 3 fractions pages are incredibly popular so we have just published a further set of pages on adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator. Great stuff!

Go to Year 3: Fractions

Year 4 Counting in multiples of 9

Not as easy as it sounds when the numbers are in the thousands! Plenty of practice available with our very latest pages.

Go to Year 4: Number and Place Value

Year 6 Decimals and Place Value

Place value charts are a great way to help with the understanding of dividing decimals by 10 and 100. Why not take a look at our latest worksheets?

Go to Year 6: Number and Place Value

May Day free resource

May Day is an ancient spring festival and has been celebrated in Britain for over two thousand years, taking us well into pre-Christian times. May 1st is often thought of as the first day of summer and many towns and villages still have traditional rites and celebrations, including Morris dancing, crowning of a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole. It is a time to look forward with joy and hope as warmer weather comes, trees blossom and flowers grow.

We have a free comprehension worksheet on May Day which can be found in our English, Special Occasions category.

Go to English: Special Occasions

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]]>Timed challenges for times tables

Just how many times table questions can you answer in a minute? Find out now: tables from 2 times up to 12 times. I think 16 or more is a good score!

Go to Times Tables

Year 1 Describe Position

Lots of colourful new resources for Year 1 to help with describing position, directions and movement, including left and right turns.

Go to Year 1: Geometry

Year 2 Describe Position

In Year 2 we have just published new resources concentrating on quarter, half and three-quarter turns, as well as clockwise and anticlockwise. Great fun!

Go to Year 2: Geometry

Year 3 Time

Over 40 new worksheets and answer pages on time, including problem solving activities, journey times, a.m. and p.m. and the 24 hour clock.

Go to Year 3: Measurement and Time

Year 5 Measurement

Really tricky new pages on converting measurements, such as millimetres to metres and fractions of metres to centimetres. A good understanding is needed for these!

Go to Year 5: Measurement

Year 6 Fractions

Multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000 should be easy but can pose problems when using decimals. Take a look at our latest set of pages.

Go to Year 6: Fractions

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