Product description for teachers and tutors
Mental Arithmetic provides rich and varied practice to develop pupils’ essential maths skills and prepare them for all aspects of the Key Stage 2 national tests. It may also be used as preparation for the 11+, and with older students for consolidation and recovery.
Tailored to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum for primary mathematics, each book contains 36 one-page tests designed to build confidence and fluency and keep skills sharp. Each test is presented in a unique three-part format comprising:
- Part A: questions where use of language is kept to a minimum
- Part B: questions using number vocabulary
- Part C: questions focusing on one- and two-step word problems.
Structured according to ability rather than age, the series allows children to work at their own pace, building confidence and fluency. Two Entry Tests are available in the Mental Arithmetic Teacher’s Guide and on the Schofield & Sims website, enabling teachers, parents and tutors to select the appropriate book for each child. All the books can be used flexibly for individual, paired, group or whole-class maths practice, as well as for homework and one-to-one intervention.
The Mental Arithmetic Book 1 is aimed at pupils in lower Key Stage 2 and covers the key subject areas of number, measurement, geometry and statistics, including place value, simple fractions, times tables, telling the time, giving change, and 2-D and 3-D shapes. Three Progress Charts are provided to monitor learning as pupils work through the book, while topic-based Check-up Tests at the back of the book identify any gaps in understanding. A separate accompanying answer book, Mental Arithmetic Book 1 Answers contains correct answers to all the questions, making marking quick and easy. Online answers are also available on the Schofield & Sims website.
Dimensions: 21 x 0.3 x 29.7 cm
Until I bought this from Amazon, I didn't know if the arithmetic I was 'teaching' at home was too hard, too easy or just plain useless. Now with this book I have the perfect assistant, because I know that the specific topics covered and the level of difficulty is exactly matched to what my daughter is studying at school, so it's an excellent revision tool, and it's even enjoyable too! Strongly recommended, I have no doubt that with regular use of this book at home my daughter, and her younger sister when her time comes, will have a much better chance of making the necessary grade in Year 6. In its way, this little book can actually change the course of your children's lives.
I swear by these books. I have used them for over 12 years. My three children all have used them and have excelled with their Maths. I am now tutoring a friend's daughter who has gone from bottom set to 3rd of 7 in just over a year. These books give lots of variety of questions and plenty of them. Use it to find out where they are struggling and then focus on that area with lots of repetition.
My little boy age 6 loves all of his Schofield & Sims workbooks and actually asks if he can sit and work through them. His confidence in answering questions has grown and it's lovely to see that he's enjoying the extra work at home. I would highly recommend these books to anyone.
I have used this series of books in my class for years. They are excellent at keeping the basic skills sharp!
My son uses these books. He started using them 2 years ago and is now on the 4th one. He finds them very useful and fun.
My son has used these books for the past 3 years.They have improved his mental maths tremendously. I plan to get my 5 year daughter started with this series as well.
I have used these books in schools for nearly 30 years. They are just as useful now as they were then. An EXCELLENT resource with wide-ranging questions that get children to think for themselves.
I love these books, they keep me out of trouble and keep me interested.
My primary school used these books. For children with the right motivation and backing, they are quite simply the best.
This gets sent home for homework once a week. It's seen by the children as a test? Which it is. Swapping through addition,subtraction,fractions, giving change, and all sorts in the same homework sitting is not consolidation of what's been taught that week in class. As parents we don't know what's been taught that week or the week before, or the approaches used,methodologies taught..nothing. We have no text book to consult with the work programme in it either. Testing children repeatedly, sometimes on topics they haven't even covered yet leaves the children deflated and makes homework frustrating. Are the books meant to be used this way?
I'd rather have consolidation homework on one topic sent home..with an explanation of context and methodology, basic concepts to be understood and a couple of more stretching questions for kids who get that particular topic and need more challenge...as optional. Leave the assessments and testing for school classroom time. Imagine sending home reading comprehension tests without the book they are based on as English homework. You couldn't support your child, aged 6yrs old, with their English homework. That's how I feel about thus series as homework. Painful.
If it's meant to be used to refresh learning already completed on a regular basis.. fine..but as a homework task...it's not working for me or my child.
I am a teacher, tutor and parent to three children. I have used these books throughout my career and with all of my own children. To really excel in maths you need to cover and practise all the different areas each week and this is what these books enable you to do. I recommend parents using these books to see which areas their children need more work on and then spending the time going through these topics with their children. If a child is finding it hard going - break the three sections up and do a small part each day. If you put the work in - these books are fantastic.