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]]>A key aspect of the new National Curriculum is solving word problems and we have many requests for more on this. Our latest sets of worksheets for Year 6 are all on word problems involving ratio and proportion. Many children find this tricky, but a good way to go about solving these questions is to use the bar modelling approach. This helps children to visualize the problem and work out what needs to be done to reach a correct answer.

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]]>For children to get the best marks they can in the KS2 SATs it is vitally important that they get the easy questions correct – and there are quite a few easy questions. One favourite is to complete a chart by making numbers 1 000 more or less than the given number. We have recently published a set of practice worksheets on 1 000 more or less, just like the SAT paper questions.

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]]>The autumn is now upon us and Year 6 children will have settled in to their last year at primary school, so it is a good time to make the 2017 KS2 Maths SAT Papers available. Full details of how the tests were marked, including answers are also provided. Over the coming months we will be looking at the questions from these papers in much more detail and providing plenty of practice in our KS2 Maths Booster category. Look out for regular updates.

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]]>Rounding has been a very popular subject ever since the KS2 Maths SATs started all those years ago, and the subject is still cropping up in recent papers. The examiners try to make it hard by asking for the same number to be rounded to the nearest 100, 1 000 and 10 000. We have plenty of practice for this type of question in our unbeatable KS2 Maths Booster category – an absolute must for any children taking the tests this year.

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]]>Drawing 2-D shapes accurately is an important part of the Year 6 programme of study. We have just published two sets of worksheets on drawing 2-D shapes given the dimensions and angles. All the shapes are shown with information about the length of sides and angle but they are not to scale. The tricky part is redrawing these accurately to scale, using a ruler, protractor and for the harder tasks, a pair of compasses.

When marking, look for accuracy.

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]]>Using co-ordinates with games such as Battleships can be really fun, but the co-ordinate questions that come up on a regular basis in the Year 6 SAT papers tend to be quite tricky.

By Year 6, children should be able to plot and interpret points in all four quadrants, using negative numbers as appropriate.

We have just published a really helpful set of pages on co-ordinates covering all the key ideas.

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]]>How mean can statistics questions get? As it happens not very mean at all, as they are usually quite straightforward. We tend to use the word average in everyday speech and finding the mean is very much the same as finding the average. It is quite easy to do: just add up all the numbers and then divide by how many numbers there are. It is a popular question in the KS2 SAT papers.

Whether it is how many shots Rory played on a variety of golf courses or the mean number of goals scored by Real Madrid we have a great selection of pages for this topic.

Our Year 6 Statistics pages also cover interpreting pie charts, conversion graphs and much more.

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]]>There are two key targets in Year 6 concerning angle. They are:

• 6G4a Find unknown angles in any triangles, quadrilaterals and regular polygons

• 6G4b Recognise angles where they meet at a point, are on a straight line, or are vertically opposite, and find missing angles

This has been reflected in the type of question now found in the KS2 Maths SATs, although the question papers have also included several questions taken from the Year 4 and Year 5 Programme of Study.

Having taken a close look at questions we have now published an excellent set of worksheets covering:

• acute and obtuse angles

• calculating angles on a straight line

• calculating angles that meet at a point

• calculating angles in a triangle

• the sum of interior angles of shapes

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]]>Why learning times tables is important.

Knowing times tables is very important for children for many reasons. Perhaps the most obvious is that it saves time when calculating.

If a child has to count up in fives and count on fingers to know how many lots have been counted (i.e. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30) it is going to take them a whole lot longer than knowing the answer ‘off by heart’. Knowing times tables up to at least 10 times 10 is an incredibly powerful tool and really does make maths easier.

Just as important is that the knowledge of times tables is needed to work out any written multiplication or division, whether the long or short method is used. Divide 39 by 7 for example. If we know that 5 times 7 is 35 then it is easy to see that 39 divided by 7 is 5 remainder 4. If we don’t know that 5 x 7 is 35 then the problem gets a whole lot harder. Not knowing these facts is a major reason why many children and indeed adults think that they are no good at maths and why division is one of the main problem areas in teaching maths.

The introduction to algebra also needs a good knowledge of times tables.

C = 6. What is 7C + 3? Easy if you know that 6 x 7 is 42. Just add another 3 to make 45.

What can I do to help?

Times tables will be taught at school, but every child works at a different rate. Some find learning facts by rote very easy, others really struggle. But there is a very limited time in school and much of the real work in learning tables will probably be done at home. Good old Mum and Dad!

How can they be learned? There are many different ways. Some believe that singing them really helps, others recite them, almost like a poem, whilst many children like to time themselves to see how quickly a table can be completed. Another option is a quick fire computer game and there is no reason why our maths games cannot be used. (You do need the Flash Player although we are hoping to bring out some new games in the near future which will not use the Flash Player.) All seem to have one thing in common – repetition. Even now in some classrooms the whole class recite a table; that was the way I first learnt them many, many years ago!

So what is the best thing to do in the short time available? Well, a great start will be to browse through the extensive collection of highly targeted worksheets that we have on the times tables. You will find each table written out in words, plenty of practice on individual tables as well as further work on mixed tables and even plenty of fun activities, all designed to help your child learn the times tables. All these pages can be found in the multiplication category of the year groups that the National Curriculum state that they should be learnt in:

Year 2: 2x, 5x and 10x tables

Year 3: 3x, 4x and 8x tables

Year 4: 6x, 7x, 9x, 11x and 12x tables.

But they can also be found as a complete collection in our category:

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]]>Because space is three dimensional (it has length, width and height) we use cubic units to measure volume. In the metric system the main units of volume are:

• cubic millimetres

• cubic centimetres

• cubic metres

• a litre is also a metric measure of volume, which is the space taken by a 10 cm by 10cm by 10cm container.

A cubic millimetre is incredibly tiny, each side being just a millimetre in length. Each side of a cubic centimetre is 1 cm long. A cubic metre can be made out of canes or one metre rulers and it surprising how children like to sit inside the final cube!

All our volume worksheets together with many others can be found in the Year 6 measurement category.

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