KS2 Maths - Mental Maths Buster (with audio tests) Paperback – 29 May 2015
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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 book covers the important skill of Mental Maths. It is a simple book, in black and white, and makes up in substance what it lacks in style. There are sections on Number Problems, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Mixed Calculations, Doubling and Halving, Rounding and Estimating, Fractions, Percentages and Decimals, Units and Measures, Time, Shapes, Angles, Ratio and Proportion and Algebra. There are also four Practice Tests. The answer sheets are in the book and you can either read the questions aloud from transcripts included in the book or download the audio tests online (details are in the inside cover).
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. Overall, though, this contains a lot of questions and covers all the important areas of the maths curriculum on which they will be asked.
The audio files for the practice tests (on the CGP website) are really good, they are authentic-sounding test recordings and will let the child practice in a test-like environment. If that is too formal you can also read out the text yourself.
One major niggle is the lack of answers. OK, so the maths is for primary kids and not terribly difficult, but it would have been so much better not to have to calculate everything yourself to check whether the child has got it right or not - supremely annoying and a bit of a time-waster. How hard could it be to include an answer sheet?!
You need another book for the answers, although most parents should be able to mark these without reference to it.
There is a 3-pack available - this book, Number and Mental Maths - which represents a saving from buying the three individually.
Overall,another decent practice book from CGP. A bit thin, but with high quality content.
I was surprised no answer sheet came with it, or am I missing something?
Maths has changed somewhat in the years since I was my sons age so this has also been a learning experience for me though luckily the school has had some parent evenings and workshops to help us get to grips with how things are done now.
Working out the answers was no great ordeal and helped brush aside the cobwebs. Now that there have been so many changes to the curriculum and there is a new emphasis on mental maths there is no harm in using resources such as these.
Just practice in bite sized chunks to keep it fun so it doesn't become onerous.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really useful book as it covers individual topics and also SATs type tests.Published 4 months ago by Annamarie Pearson
Came damaged with ripped edges luckily only on the outer covers to the book.Published 7 months ago by Dianne Elizabeth Thackeray
This is purely an exercise book to prepare for SAT tests. Like all CGP workbooks, this one is strictly focused on exercises that prepare for the tests. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nish Pfister
This is the best type of practice book that will help your children with the complexity of maths,this will be the book that will help your children make it through the KS2,there... Read morePublished 9 months ago by C. I. Smith
This book is very specific to the mental maths SATS test. It provides very good practice material which would be hard for parents or tutors to generate themselves without... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Claretta
There are lots of mental maths questions in this book. The problem is none of the answers are given so your child will be oblivious to whether they've got them right or not unless... Read morePublished 10 months ago by debbie8355
Firstly the answers aren’t supplied with this workbook, they are in a separate Answers Book, although to be fair most adults won’t have a problem. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Les Williams
This book is a good volume of practice examples for mental maths.Published 11 months ago by Dr. Peter Davies
CGP is a name that you just can’t go wrong with. This SAT Buster Mental Maths book is a good example! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Moonless