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First Mental Arithmetic 1

by Ann Montague-Smith

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Suitable for: Key Stage 1 level for ages 5 to 7

ISBN: 9780721711638 | Pages: 31

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First Mental Arithmetic provides rich and varied practice to develop pupils’ essential maths skills at Key Stage 1 and prepare them for all aspects of the national tests. 

Closely linked to the Key Stage 1 maths curriculum, each book contains test sessions presented in a unique three-part format comprising:

  • questions using pictures or simplified language
  • questions using relevant mathematical vocabulary and symbols
  • word problems or questions that test understanding of mathematical concepts. 

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 First 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 and whole-class maths practice, as well as for homework and one-to-one intervention.

First Mental Arithmetic 1 is aimed at pupils in Year 1 and includes 11 double-spread sessions covering the key subject areas of number, measurement and geometry, including addition, subtraction, money, 2-D shapes, counting patterns, positon and word problems. Regular Check-up Tests identify gaps in understanding, while a Language of Maths glossary at the start of each book helps develop children’s number vocabulary. A separate accompanying answer book, First Mental Arithmetic 1 Answers, contains answers to all the questions, making marking simple. Online answers are also available on the Schofiield & Sims website.

Dimensions: 21 x 0.2 x 29.7 cm


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I am currently working my way through the whole series of Mental Arithmetic books and they are fantastic

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These books are great. They are really helping the two SEN children I assist with their maths and help me identify areas of weakness.

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I am a maths teacher with boy/girl twins, currently in year 6. They have worked through every one of the mental arithmetic books (both KS1 & KS2). They have completed about ten minutes per day since the age of 5 until now, 11. They have both become excellent mathematicians. They completed these tasks independently with minimal to zero input from me. The steady progression of the books and the links to the primary curriculum have all been excellent. More importantly, being a secondary teacher I can clearly see how the different types of question have already prepared both of them for the GCSE curriculum. I can't recommend these books strongly enough. We have started using them as catch up books at my school and they have been highly effective for that purpose as well. The use of language, sequencing and progression are unparalleled in any other book, I have tried.

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