New Curriculum Practise & Learn: Mental Maths for Ages 9-11 Paperback – 17 Mar 2016
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This book is easily read and understood, with its colourful images (that had an additional, if slightly distracting, bonus of starting discussions about food and games!) and clear instructions. Some of the 'big' words, such as 'subtraction', 'doubling' and 'halving' needed to be explained to the children in simpler terms, but the images helped. It definitely made learning fun.
It is a book aimed at three separate year classes, so don't expect a 5yo to finish it; it needs to be used in conjunction with what is being taught in class. However, if you do want your child to get ahead, this is a very good book to start with, and if you're not very good at Maths yourself, it's easy to refer to the (removable) answers section.
It is great value for money, as the pages can be rubbed out, and the book can then be used as a refresher. It is a 2013 edition, so is in line with curriculum.
This particular book is the first Mental Maths workbook - there are three books in all; the first for 5-7, the second for 7-9 and the third for 9-11. The book contains questions in adding, subtracting, number facts to 10 and 20, counting by 1 and 10, bigger numbers, doubling and halving, multiplying and dividing by 2, multiplying and dividing by 5, multiplying and dividing by 10, the two times table, five times table, ten times table and problem solving. The pages are colourful and the questions aimed to engage children - in one page, for example, the children have to colour in the correct answers to calculations to help a seal make his way across ice floes to his dinner. There is a pull out answer section and the back cover has a game to play. Overall, a really good book and a series of workbooks which look extremely useful and cover a good range of subjects.
* Number Facts to 10
* Number Facts to 20
* Counting by 1 and 10
* Bigger Numbers
* Doubling and Halving
* Multiplying by 2
* Dividing by 2
* Multiplying by 5
* Dividing by 5
* Multiplying by 10
* Dividing by 10
* Two Times Table
* Five Times Table
* Ten Times Table
* Problem Solving
I can see that we will have fun with a our little ones in the future with this, and this book will make learning maths more fun.
The mental maths challenges are engaging, and I like the way they progress and cover useful concepts.
The answer pages are in the centre of the book, so can be easily removed. The text and explanations are simple, brief, but effective.
Firstly the book is supposed to cover the age range 5-7, which is 3 years of rapid development - i.e. vast in terms of the level of Maths work children should be doing - this means that the book has very easy pages and very hard pages - you won't be able to work through it from page to page unless your child is at the top end of the ability range. There are a good few pages in the book, but the coverage isn't that great as it is spanning a big range of abilities.
Secondly, the book isn't really sure what it is doing. The top of each page contains a teaching section, but I didn't feel these were particularly clear, and as the Maths covered in this book is for ages 5-7 I would think that most children wouldn't be able to read this part and would need it explaining by mum or dad. Mum or Dad could probably explain the concepts just as easily themselves! This means that on each page there aren't that many questions for the child to answer - and the key to getting good at Maths is tonnes and tonnes of practice so that the calculations become automatic.
If you want worksheets too do with your child here are so many free websites with downloads - you could then find out which areas your child is covering at school and download something on the same theme instead of doing whatever is in this book.
Lastly, I find the concept of a mental maths BOOK to be a contradiction in terms!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first book of this type that I've tried using and I've been pleasantly surpried.
It is easy to follow, provides clear information and explanation with just... Read more
This is a great maths book. My kids love these types of books to do for fun and this one kept them busy for a few weekends. The sheets are clearly written and fun to do.Published on 25 Jun. 2014 by Jessie
I like these books, they cost lesss than most comics do these days and your children will actually learn something!
5 Stars seems about right.
I found this book to be very good for practice questions. It's varied, well laid out and covers various elements of simple mathematical concepts. Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2014 by Neil
In general, you can guarantee that the CGP products will provide you with a good product. This is no exception. Read morePublished on 29 May 2014 by J. R. Atkinson