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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

Go to KS2 SAT Reasoning: Angle

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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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]]>Our aim to have full coverage of every aspect of the Maths KS2 SAT Papers edges ever nearer with a new collection of worksheets on fractions and decimals. A great emphasis was put on fractions in the new Programme of Study in 2014 and this has been reflected in the number of fraction and decimal questions found on the test papers.

The new resources concentrate on several types of question which the question writers particularly favour, including:

a. ordering fractions with denominators that are multiples of the same number (e.g. put five sixths, two ninths and one third in order)

b. ordering decimals with up to three decimal places (e.g. put 0.65, 0.609, 5.8, 0.097 and 4.007 in order)

c. finding half way between two numbers (e.g. what number is half way between 1.4 and 2.3?)

d. finding decimals that total 1 (e.g. two decimal numbers that add together to equal 1. One of the numbers is 0.013. What is the other number?)

e. Adding two decimals (e.g. circle two numbers that add together to equal 0.25: 0.24 0.05 0.2 0.21

f. solving money problems involving fractions (e.g. Lara had some money. She spent £1.75 on a drink. She spent £2.15 on a sandwich. She had three quarters of her money left. How much money did Lara have to start with?)

g. word problems involving multiplying decimals (Yasmin thinks of a number. She says, “If I multiply this number by 7, the answer is 0.14.” What is Yasmin’s number?

Plenty here for anyone looking for KS2 SAT revision material and all the pages are laid out in the format of the test papers, so that children can take the test confidently and be familiar with the layout as well as the type of question.

Go to KS2 Maths SAT Practice: Fractions and Decimals

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]]>When introducing percentages children are usually asked to work out the percentage mentally e.g. 50% of 200 is 100 or 10% of 50 is 5. This uses the knowledge that 50% is the same as half and 10% is the same as one tenth. However, when presented with a question such as:

37% of £45

many children find it difficult to know what to do.

What they tend to forget is that ‘percent’ means out of 100 and 37% means 37 out of 100, which can be written as a fraction: 37/100.

To find 37/100 of a number multiply by 37 and divide by 100.

So to find 37% of £45, multiply 45 by 37 which equals 1665 and then divide by 100, making 16.65 or £16.65

(A short way of doing this is to multiply 45 by 0.37)

We have just published two new sets of worksheets on percentages, the second of which have some really tricky questions, such as (32%of £80) x 24 = ??

Not for the faint-hearted!

Go to Year 6 Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

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]]>It is not too long now before the Year 6 tests and we have just published four new sets of questions to help with some of the harder style questions on the KS2 Maths Reasoning Paper.

The first looks at multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.

The second looks at common multiples with questions such as:

Write all the common multiples of 2 and 9 which are less than 50.

Easy, as long as children understand what common multiples are!

The third and fourth sets look at some of the harder word problems that have been in the most recent papers. We have tried to keep the style and difficulty as close to the actual papers as possible, including squares for showing working out. These are all great for children who are confident at maths and are looking to achieve a high score.

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