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Mental Arithmetic 5

by T R Goddard, J W Adams and R P Beaumont

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Suitable for: Key Stage 2 / Key Stage 3 level for ages 9 to 11

ISBN: 978 07217 0803 4 | Pages: 47

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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.

Mental Arithmetic 5 is aimed at pupils in upper Key Stage 2 and covers the key subject areas of number, measurement, geometry, statistics, ratio and proportion, and algebra. Topics include negative numbers, composite numbers, BODMAS, simple formulae, converting units of measurement, finding unknown angles, unequal sharing and solving problems using line graphs. Three Progress Charts, together with four topic-based Check-up Tests, are also provided to monitor learning and identify any gaps in understanding. A separate accompanying answer book, Mental Arithmetic Book 5 Answers, contains correct answers to all the questions, making marking quick and easy.

Dimensions: 21 x 0.3 x 29.7 cm


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The Schofield & Sims Mental Arithmetic books have got to be by far the best value workbooks available to parents whose children are preparing to sit their 11+. I found this workbook much more useful than [other] test papers which are more expensive and require your child to sit a timed practice test whereas the Schofield and Sims books allow for more flexible study. Furthermore as each page covers all arithmetic principles, areas of weakness are easily highlighted. Most of the parents at my children's school rely on this series and without exception rate it very highly.

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I have used this series of books in my class for years. They are excellent at keeping the basic skills sharp!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I love these books, they keep me out of trouble and keep me interested.

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