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I really like the CGP Workbooks and this is one of a series called "SAT Busters" which cover all the various parts of the curriculum your child will need for their Year 6, KS2, SAT exams in both English and Maths. This particular book gives lots of practice in maths questions about shapes, measures and data. It is a simple book, in black and white, and makes up in substance what it lacks in style. It is packed full of questions, with one section each for shape, measures and data. So, for example, the section on measures includes pages on units, reading scales, time, perimeter and area. There is also a useful self assessment box for your child to tick, which makes them think about how much they know.

The only reason I have dropped a star from my review, is that the answers are not included. Admittedly, you probably will not need them for this age group and they are included in a separate answer book which covers three workbooks, "KS2 Maths SAT Buster Answer Book (Number, Shape, Measures and Data, Mental Maths)", but it is much easier/quicker to have the answers included and, although the answer book is not expensive, it is still annoying to have to purchase it separately.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This is a nice, solid revision book for Year 6 pupils designed to target the specific areas of Shape, Measures and Data through the medium of SATS-style questions. The book provides good practice in a fairly no-frills format: giving questions alone, without any explanations.

Had I been purchasing this, rather than receiving it as a free review copy through the Amazon Vine programme, I would probably have bought the 3-in-1 Maths Buster bundle which includes this title as well as sister books on Number and Mental Arithmetic, and can often be picked up for only a few pennies more than buying 2 of the separate books.

Like the other books in this series, this has no answers included (although these can be separately purchased).
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This SAT Buster book contains lots of mathematical questions regarding shapes, measures and data. It is important to note that this isn't a "learn how to..." book as there are no examples and explanations - just lots of SATs-style questions. There are also no answers in this book, (I believe they're available in an additional book), so you may need to consider purchasing that too if you're not confident in your ability to check the work.

Shape, measures and data has been highlighted as one of the areas that my son is weakest in, so it was interesting to let him loose on this and see how he did. Overall he seemed to find the questions clear and easy to understand and, in marking his answers, I gained a much better understanding of the areas where a little brushing up on knowledge was required. If you're after a book for this purpose then I would highly recommend the SAT Buster. If, however, you need a book that helps to reinforce/teach these areas then a different book is probably required.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
This being a CGP book, is clear and has wording and images that are clear and concise, but the biggest letdown is that if you're a parent trying to help your child at home, you don't get any answers included in this book or online. However, there is a specific answer book that covers this one and 2 more - an additional expense.

My son is currently in his final two weeks of teaching Yr6 before he qualifies as a teacher, and he has used examples from this for his lesson planning. He commented that the middle-ability and high-ability children would probably do quite well with the book, but that the majority of the class, who lack attention to detail, and so in part earning themselves the low-ability tag, would struggle with this, as there are no given examples

So, this is a workbook rather than a revision tool, and one that needs to be used with an adult who knows what they're doing.
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VINE VOICEon 23 December 2014
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43 pages of KS2 maths questions focusing on shapes, measures and data analysis, with one section devoted to each of the three topics. There is no time limit set for these questions, and no practice tests or answer sheets like there are in the sister product KS2 Mental Maths (ISBN 978-1847628152). It is designed to be self-scoring, this time with an alligator theme, from a baby alligator just hatching from an egg, through a small wobbly toddler alligator to a Shape&Datagator. However, and as I found with the Mental Maths book too, the answers are not provided anywhere in the book, making it difficult to self-score. For that you need to purchase the KS2 Maths SAT Buster Answer Book, ISBN 978-1847627865, which I think is wrong, a marketing stunt in poor taste, and one for which I cannot therefore award with 5 stars.

Section 1 in this book is for Shapes and covers 2D Shapes, 3D Shapes, Angles, Angle Calculations, Coordinates, Symmetry and Transformations. Section 2 is for Measures and covers Units, Reading Scales, Time, Perimeter and Area. Section 3 is for Data and covers Tables and Charts, Analysing Data, Chance and Likelihood and Problem Solving.

However, these section titles actually cover a lot of different concepts and, unlike with the Mental Maths book, I found that this book was trying to cover too many topics in too few pages. What this means is that if your son, daughter or student is struggling with certain concepts, they are not going to get lots of practise using this book, as it covers everything, and generally there is one question for each concept. So this book may be ok for general widespread testing, to determine which topics they need more help with, but once you've found the topics that need work, you're on your own, and once you've used the book once you probably won't be able to use it again, as it'll be easier than the Mental Maths tests to remember the answer from last time (partly due to the lack of a time limit and partly because each question is distinct and therefore easier to remember).

Frankly if you can find a bigger book with more questions covering Shapes, Measures and Data, it may be better than buying this one, as I don't think this one exercises each discrete topic well enough.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
The KS2 Math's SAT Buster is actually a book of revision and, in a way, testing knowledge and ability in the subject. Shape measure and data is about shape recognition, drawing regular and irregular polygons, 2D and 3D shapes, angles and co-ordinates, symetry, transformations, units of measurement and scales, time, perimeter and area, tables charts and analysing data, chance and liklihood (probability) and problem solving. It is what a year six learner is expected to know or to have some knowledge about. I was surprised at the range and what is actually required for this age group, since I teach much older learners who would be challenged by much of what this book contains. If you have primary school age children it is definitely an advantage if they are secure in this knowledge before they enter secondary school and parents might like to use this as an aid to what they are doing in school or simply a check to understand just what a year six learner might be expected to know. I did find one question on weight hat requires a simple enough calculation, but requires the learner to extrapolate mass from weight, which might be confusing and is not strictly compatible with the question, since mass is about of resistance rather than weight, or so I thought. Anyhow, this is a good crammer for shape, measures and data, but with reference to SAT's, I'm not so sure: tests are about what you know or can deduce and this book offers no instruction or methodology, so might not be a way of improving unless suitable tuition is available to guide the learner. It is a book of tests and, assuming parents will do this with their children, they will need to know the answers: CGP describe it as a self assessment to help the learner work out how well they are getting on.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Some Maths test books come in bright colours and have fun tasks to attract children, but at year 6 children really need to get used to a more formal system that mirrors their forthcoming SATs tests.

The KS3 Maths SAT Buster books are designed to do just that. They even look like SATs papers and have no colourful pictures (or colour, for that matter), just questions that are bound to be asked in the test itself.

This particular book focuses on Shape, Measures and Data, one of the main parts of SAT tests. This is one of three areas that will be covered, the others are covered in the Number and Mental Maths books.

Far from feeling daunted, my daughter (who is not exactly the best at Maths) was quite pleased to be able to practice answering these questions in a home environment and found it a good way to alleviate some of her fears over the test itself. A lot of children do get a bit frightened by the idea of the SAT tests and so anything that will help is good.

Aside from the main book, there is a practice test with answers here and this can be used to do a proper timed test should you wish, to check knowledge or just get used to a timed test. There is also an audio version of the SAT Buster available on the CGP website, with details on how to log on and download it in the package.

The only downside to all of these SAT Buster books is that you don't get the answers to the main book's questions included, you need to buy a set of answer papers that cover a few books at a time. It's an odd way to package things and it would have made more sense to include the answers to each paper with them.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Firstly (for me) this is a another book that needs to be waved under the noses of people that like to say 'schools learn kids nuffink'. It's quite awe-inspiring to see the breadth and depth of mathematical knowledge that year-six children are expected to grasp. Should one have one of these books around and the the 'nuffink' conversation arises, it would be marvellous to ask them a few questions from this range of Maths books.

The Amazon page has a rather good 'Look Inside' feature for this book. Anyway ... lots of great exercises with 'shape&datagator' assessments (my daughter likes the dinosaur link). The topics include:

SHAPES including:

2D shapes
3D shapes
Angles
Angle calculations(!)
Coordinates(!!)
Symmetry
Transformations (!!!)

MEASURES including:

Units
Reading scales
Time
Perimeter and area (at this point I have run out of 'Gasp' exclamation marks).

DATA including:

Tables and charts
Analysing data
Chance and likelihood
Problem solving

Lots of well written and easy(?) to understand questions ... complete them in pencil for extra-long torture (sorry; I mean't value).

Answers are not provided but are available as a separate purchase, Hopefully it won't be necessary because surely mum and /or dad can answer maths questions for a year-six student!

Overall, this is a useful , insightful resource. KS2 assessment will change in 2016, but I suspect the content of this book will remain useful regardless of changes.
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Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
The book is for KS2 children with the exercises designed to give practice for year 6 SATS. It is not a timed practice paper. Published for 2013

Section 1 Shape
2D shapes 3 D shapes Angles Angle Calculations Coordinates Symmetry Transformations

Section 2 Measures
Units Reading scales Time perimeter and area

Section 3
Tables and charts Analysing data Chance and likelihood problem solving

43 PAGES

I'm not a fan of separate answer books, and reviewing this product for Vine was difficult without the answer booklet. For instance even if you think you can help your year 6 student preparing for sats this year you still need guidance on whether marks can be awarded for showing workings even if one error.

Buyer beware small print on inside cover;
photocopying this workbook is not allowed even if you've a CLA license

Prefer;

KS2 Maths SATs Practice Papers - Set 1 [Paperback] RRP £4.50

Which comes with paper 1 and paper 2 and mental maths practice paper including an answer booklet showing you how to mark your paper and what level your child is working at. Which was provided free for all year 6 students at my sons school. Along with the advice that 2014 sats have no practice paper available for the changes in this years exam and will be non calculator for 2014. So It will be interesting to see how the 2014 Sats compare to this revision materials we have been using.

Good luck everyone taking their SATS this easter.
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VINE VOICEon 18 May 2015
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There has been a lot of news about SATS and the stress that 11-year-olds feel under when doing them. So is it a good idea to get these books for your child? Well in my opinion with my children I think that these can only help. The more practice they do, the more prepared they should feel, so they should feel under less stress.

I got this for my 8-year-old because she is quite advanced in Maths. Obviously for her she has not been taught everything that is in this book at school yet but having a Maths background I am able to help her, plus the level is pretty simple so most adults can hopefully help. For example she hadn't been taught what probability is yet.

The good thing at the start of this book is that it tries to make it fun. It talks about the student becoming an Shape&Datagator, and that is followed through in the book with the marking system.

The bad thing is that all the maths books are available to buy separately. This one covers Shape, Measures & Data so doesn't fully cover the SATS programme. Other maths SATS books available are "Number" and "Mental Maths". The answers book is only available separately too. So maybe you might want to look at getting the full set if inclined that way.

Overall though my 8-year-old is enjoying doing this in her own time (she said "this is fun") and without any parental pressure.
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