News: KS2 SAT results.

The Key Stage 2 Maths SAT test results

The Key Stage 2 Maths SAT test results are beginning to hit schools. Some will be happy and some will be disappointed. The debate is still open as to whether this is a test of individual children’s ability or of the school’s ability to teach. The levels were always rather dodgy, with the average 11 year old meant to be achieving a level 4, which is less than one level’s progress a year, but they have now brought in grades between levels! Madness! Don’t take the results too seriously.

Maths worksheets: Recognise prisms. Y3

prisms, maths, recognising shape

shape1Prisms, prisms all around us!

In year 3 shape the main new 3D shape to be able to recognise and describe is the prism. A prism is a shape that has the same cross section and the same size throughout its length. Some shapes, such as cones and square based pyramids have the same shape throughout their length (ie circle and square respectively) but they are not prisms because the size of the circle or square changes as you move from one end to the other. Continue reading “Maths worksheets: Recognise prisms. Y3”

Maths worksheets: Describe 2D and 3D shapes. Y2

Describe 3D shapes, Describe 2D shapes

shape13D shapes are all around us. Use opportunities to discuss shapes as you come across them in everyday life at home. Just think – clocks, bath plug, holes in the road, fencing posts, pencils, DVDs, plenty of gardening ideas etc. Continue reading “Maths worksheets: Describe 2D and 3D shapes. Y2”

News: Hampton Court Flower Show

Hampton Court garden and maths at home

rhsThe Growing Schools Garden has been launched at the Hampton Court Flower Show, aimed at promoting learning outside the classroom. Designed by Chris Beardshaw it has involved over 30 schools and is a collection of distinctive areas, including an aquatic garden, a poetry garden, a zone for reading, and boulder walls demonstrating outdoor pursuits. Continue reading “News: Hampton Court Flower Show”

KS2 Maths: The Study Book by CGP: Book review

CGP maths book review

cgp1KS2 Maths: Study Book Pt. 1 & 2 (Study Books)

Just one of a great collection of primary maths books. They also do Science and English; with the Science probably being the best of all. Popular with schools as well as parents – many schools are recommending it as a revision guide, which is a pretty fair description of it. Full of good humour ( the jokes aren’t bad if you are 10 years old) and colourful explanations. Probably the biggest drawback is that there is a limited amount of work to actually do. Think of it more as a guide on how to do maths rather than a practice book. Having said that, they pack an awful lot into 112 pages and I have yet to find anything better in book format for Key Stage 2 tests. If you need lots of practice then the companion book KS2 Maths Question Book at £3.50 would be a good buy.

Currently at £4.50 ( a little less on Amazon) you could do a lot worse than invest in a copy.

8 out of 10
Maths content
8 out of 10
Value for money
8 out of 10

Free Y1 maths worksheets: Recognise triangles.

free Y1 maths worksheet: recognise triangles, shape, 2D, 3D

shape1Shapes are all around us, so it is easy to find activities which help young children understand shape. Don’t be afraid to introduce the names of 2D and 3D shapes early on. Here are some ideas such as:

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