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]]>Children must not be put under undue pressure in the lead up to the KS2 Maths SATs, but it is important that their SATs results reflect their true ability. We’ve found the best way to assure this is by increasing confidence and reducing stress in the run up to the test. Both these can be achieved by giving practice in the kinds of questions which come up year after year.

Our Booster resources not only give free access to relevant past papers but also supply a great range of pages with very similar questions to those found in recent tests. All carefully written to include both questions from the calculations paper and the two reasoning papers they form part of a complete programme of revision material.

So if you’re looking for resources that can help your child increase confidence, reduce stress and perform to their true potential then go to our fabulous Booster category.

This week we have published two new sets based on last year’s Reasoning Papers. The first looks at equations with two unknowns and the second at writing expressions. Each of these is quite tricky.

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]]>There appear to be an increasing number of algebra questions in the KS2 Maths SATs with two types of question being especially prevalent.

The first is writing expressions. A problem is written in words and children are expected to choose the correct expression to match the problem. For example:

Sam says, “I had £30. I gave some money away.”

Which expression shows how much Sam has left?

a is the amount of money, in pounds, that Sam gave away

Is it: 30 x a, a – 30, 30 + a or 30 – a

If children have not had plenty of experience writing expressions this type of question could be quite mystifying.

The second type of algebra question involves equations with two unknowns. For example:

2x + y = 10

x and y are whole numbers less than ten

What could x and y be?

For those used to algebra this is quite simple, but for children struggling to understand the idea of letters standing for numbers this can be very confusing and much background work needs to have been done before the SATs are taken.

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]]>Working out the best deals for a holiday can be a tricky task and this is certainly true for our latest problem solving activities for Year 6. A variety of discounts and offers are available for trips to Llandudno, Snowdonia and Anglesey; but which are the best value for money?

For example, a twin room at the Waves Hotel in Llandudno costs £102 including bed, breakfast and evening meal for two Maths Rats, whereas the Pier View Hotel charges £78 for bed and breakfast for two but offers 20% off evening meals which usually cost £14.25 each. A further complication is the option for an evening meal of fish and chips at Flippers Restaurant for just £10.50.

These pages would challenge most adults and require a considerable amount of detailed maths if the very best options are to be found. Children should be encouraged to show all working out to prove that guessing has not been the method. Not an easy task!

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]]>We continue to study past SAT Papers in detail and this week take a close look at measurement questions that have come up recently.

There is often a relatively easy question, such as how many days are there in 3 consecutive months, but of course, this is only easy if the facts have been learned: it is worth spending a little time revising this.

Another popular question involves comparing measurements such as mass. The most recent was ordering masses that are all using the same unit, such as:

5.06 kg 6.56 kg 5.56 kg and 6.05 kg

Perhaps harder was a conversion from miles to kilometres which came up last year. However, vital information is given as to how to do it, using 8 kilometres equals 5 miles, making this more of a calculation question than a measurement.

We have plenty of examples of these questions plus many more, ideal for those wishing to boost KS2 SAT results. Remember, leaving this until the last minute before the tests is not the best way to ensure success; a little time now could be very worthwhile.

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]]>Whilst there is a separate Calculations Paper there are also many calculation questions in the other two Reasoning Papers, making calculating by far the most important part of the tests. It is just that the questions are designed differently and not set out in the standard written format. We have just added a considerable number of new pages, all based on the types of questions found in the 2019 papers, including solving 2-step problems, identifying factors and prime numbers, number sequences and place value.

Altogether we have 29 separate sets on just this one aspect of the tests, providing a great resource for anyone looking to boost SAT scores next May.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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