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5.0 out of 5 stars
well worth the money, 26 Nov. 2015
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Yet another good learning resource book from CGP! This is packed with questions, spread out over seven different sections, and also has an answer book at the back. There are also two practice tests which aren't part of the seven section tests.
The sections include number and place value, calculations, fractions, decimals and percentages. The book goes straight into the questions, being split into the different sections. There is a varuied amount of questions for each section depending on the topics within that section. This is a quite a bland book, no colour pictures or anything like that  tests shouldn't be fun! There is a little box next to each question for the child to write their answer and the margin of each page has a marking space for the parent.
I think this is well worth the money and has been very useful in helping my daughter to prepare for the SATs test next year.









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3.0 out of 5 stars
A bit flimsy, 26 Nov. 2015
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You have to assemble this yourself, which isn't difficult but the problem is that it is very flimsy when set up. During use, bits fall off constantly. I've took the advice of other reviewers and used superglue to hold the bits together, which has worked, for now! Also, I have put strips of sellotape across the cardboard display backings to strengthen them up as they are very flimsy too.
My daughter likes the secret keys, which when not in use make up part of the castle battlements. They open a drawer, a book and a chair. You also get a my little pony with it, which is a special edition Princess Twilight Sparkle.
I suppose for twenty quid I can put up with the flimsiness, as I said a little bit of glue has stopped the pieces falling off. Not bad for the price, but not great.









5.0 out of 5 stars
Hard to get bored with this rebuildable toy truck, 26 Nov. 2015
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We got this for our nephew, even though he is slightly younger than the recommended minimum age of 6. With a little bit of help, he can assemble the pieces together himself, we help him with following the design on the instruction sheet. There are 5 different style of trucks you can build with this kit, but yo can only have one assembled at once though as there are only enough wheels to make one at once.
The wind up motor works byu pulling the truck along the floor and letting it go, and is quite powerful for its size. The truck is very sturdy in its construction and can take being banged into a table leg etc without shattering into lots of tiny pieces. The beauty of this toy is that it can be pulled apart and remodelled into a different looking truck, which certainly prolongs the life of the toy before kids become bored. It's an interesting alternative to a premade toy car as you have to build it yourself.
The truck doesn't have to have the dumper on the back, it can be removed and made to look more like a beach buggy style truck. There are 50 pieces all together, and we keep them in a plastic storage box with a lid so that they all stay together and don't get lost.
i think it's just about worth the price, and it gets the full five stars from me.









5.0 out of 5 stars
A very handy test book from CGP, 26 Nov. 2015
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Yet another great book from CGP! We got this for my eldest daughter, she has taken her elevn plus (and passed!) but this is intended to keep her brain ticking over until she starts grammar school in Septmeber 2016, as she isn't being pushed at her Primary school. The book is aimed at 10  11 year olds and contains 32 tests, each ten minutes long and they have either 20 or 26 questions.
Scattered throughout the book are 6 different 'just for fun' puzzle pages, these are a welcome break from the tests. There is a pullout answer booklet at the back of the book which is a good idea as it stops cheating! There is also a pullout progress chart for the child to fill in.
I would recommend you check which exam board your child's eleven plus exam is with, as some of the questions will not covered by this book which is for the CEM exam board. All in all, a very handy book of questions, five stars from me.









3.0 out of 5 stars
Handy questions but no answers to main tests, 25 Nov. 2015
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This book covers all the different ways you can work with different types of number (whole numbers, fractions, decimals etc). The three sections in the book are: 1  Whole numbers  how to add, subtract, divide and multiply 2  Decimals  how to add, subtract, divide and multiply with decimals 3  Fractions  how to add, subtract, divide and multiply with fractions.
Each section is broken down further and there are some "mental maths" warm up exercises to do  these have the answers with them, but the main question sets do not and you are exoected to buy these seperatley if yo wish to check the marking. This might be a problem for some parents as maths isn't everybody's strong point. I feel this detracts from the usefulness of the book, normally I am very impressed with CGP materials but the lack of answers in this book makes me feel I can't give this any hoigher than a three star rating.
My daughter has found it helpful to have the questions as a form of practice at home, so there is some benefit as it gets her used to taking SATs style assessments  knowledge dispels fear so she should have no fears about taking the SATs for real.









5.0 out of 5 stars
Another great book from CGP, 23 Nov. 2015
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Yet another very good educational book from CGP! This very colourful book with lots of pictures covers plenty of subjects, these are:
number and place value calculations fractions, decimals and percentages ratio, proportion and algebra measure geometry statistics
For each topic, the book shows and explains how to do it, then gives a few worked examples after which comes a practice question at the end of each section. The answers are right at the back of the book next to the index and aren't detachable. There are 93 pages of revision practices and questions, and there are about 12  14 questions at the end of each section.
My daughter has done very well with this  some of the topics weren't her strong points but now after using this book to revise and learn from, she is doing very well in all areas that she will be tested on in the SATs tests.
This book would compliment the CGP KS2 Maths Targeted SATs Question Book  Advanced, it covers the same subjects that the advanced question book covers.
All in all this is a very useful revision book and think it fully deserves five stars, it is also worth the price.









5.0 out of 5 stars
Another very good Eleven Plus resource from CGP, 23 Nov. 2015
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There are 2 sets of practice papers in this book by CGP, each with their own set of answers which are completely seperate so that the child taking the practice tests can't cheat! The two sets of papers are split into two papers, so for example Set A, Paper 1 covers verbal reasoning and comprehension while Set A, Paper 2 covers non verbal reasoning. The maths based questions are mixed in throughout the papers. You get 15 minutes per section and there are 20 questions per section.
The papers come in a folder with a little velcro fastener tab, this is quite handy as it keeps them all together. For parents, it is very straight forward to mark them. I suggest making your child use a pencil so that the answers can be rubbed out and the papers reused at some point. My daughter passed her eleven plus a couple of months ago, but we have got her these so that her brain doesn't stagnate at school between now and when she starts Grammar school next September.
For those lookiing to buy these as practice for the Septmber 2016 eleven plus tests, check which test your school of choice is using eg CEM.
I think these tests are reasonably priced and can recommend, they are a very good way of getting your child ready to pass the exam as it familiarises them with taking the test which dispels fear / nerves prior to the big day.









4.0 out of 5 stars
Maths practice tests for KS2, 23 Nov. 2015
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This book is by CGP, who make a mhuge amount of educational resources that compliment the UK curriculum (SATs, GCSEs, 11 plus etc). We have had several of their books in the past. There are two practice tests in this book, one at the front and one at the end. Inbeteween are different sections for topics such as fractions, decimals, percentages etc.
There are spaces for the child to write their answer and parents can mark it in the grey margins on the pages with questions. Each section / topic is broken down with about 6 practice questions for each topic. The answer book is at the back of the booklet, but unfortunately it is not detachable.
This book is quite "dry" with no pictures or anything lighthearted in there like some CGP books have. it is quite straightforward to use though, and at the end of each section there is a little box that tells the student what now know and is rateable  the child can tick if they found it a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumb in the middle depending on how much they agree with what they now know, or not!
There's not much learing taking place in this book and is almost entierly focused on practice tests  I would recommend that you back it up by also getting a revision practice book where the child can work through how to do something before they jump straight in with the tests. It is good though and I think it's worth the money.









5.0 out of 5 stars
Great labels, 19 Nov. 2015
We grow our own veg so these labels have come in very handy for when we make jars of pasta sauce, chutneys, chilli jam etc. They stick to round glass well and look good too with a choice of a few different patterns on the labels. They dispense out of the box very easily and with no fiddling about. I will be buying these again.









5.0 out of 5 stars
Flowers are ace man, 19 Nov. 2015
As I'm stuck in the 90s a bit, this flowery shirt is ace, regardless of what my daughters say about it! The plain white background with the bold blue and red flowers works well and I'm quite happy wearing this on a night out. Fits as expected and I think it is reasonably priced also.


