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How to help your Year 5 child catch up in maths

Families of Year 5 children deserve a medal If you are a parent of a Year Five child, I take my hat off to both you and your child. So many Year 5s across the country  have missed out on so much school during the pandemic. Whatever your circumstance at home and however much effort you have put in to balancing family and work responsibilities with the needs of home schooling your children. it is inevitable that if your child  has missed out on some areas of maths that they simply need to know before transitioning to Year 6. Year…

A complete Year 6 Maths Tutoring package for private tutors!

How to use the app for private tutoring Supplement your income Tutoring is a fantastic way to supplement your income and a great way to witness a real impact on a child’s progress. Private tuition is becoming an increasingly popular choice for families as they recognise the importance of supplementing their children's learning. Save time on planning As a tutor myself, my pupils range from year 1 to year 11. While it means I avoid repetition of content, it also means a lot of extra time spent on planning and having to be really aware of age related expectations. I…

Calling all Year 6 teachers

The struggle is real As a Year 6 teacher, the pressure is intense. Nobody really understands it unless they've experienced it! The responsibility and accountability of getting 30 pupils with varied abilities and learning styles to reach their progress targets and age related expectations while ensuring breadth of curriculum, mental wellbeing and a love of school is huge. Now with the added complication of Year 5 children who have been out of school for so long during the Covid 19 pandemic, you have really got your work cut out! Too many resources to choose from? The internet has opened up…

Year 6 Arithmetic Test

What is the Key Stage 2 SATs Maths Arithmetic paper? The Maths SATs tests consist of three separate papers. Paper 1 is an Arithmetic paper whilst Paper 2 & 3 are Reasoning papers.  The arithmetic paper mainly tests skills in calculations, fractions, decimals & percentages.   When is the Key Stage 2 SATs Maths Arithmetic paper? This school year (2020-2021) the arithmetic paper will take place mid May 2021 and will take 30 minutes to complete. How different is the Arithmetic paper to the reasoning papers? The format of the questions are very different in the arithmetic and reasoning papers,…

End the Homework Battle!

Maths is the marmite of education But whether you love it or hate it, helping our children with their maths homework is never as easy as we'd like.       Homework can be a battle. Perhaps you don't want to confuse your child with the methods you used yourself at school or don't quite have an understanding of the latest methods being used in their school. Perhaps you struggle to find the time to support your child if homework is set on inconsistent days. Perhaps your patience is simply being tested and you don’t want the time you spend…

Year 6 SATs reasoning questions

What is a Reasoning Paper? The Year 6 maths SATs tests consist of 3 papers: 1 arithmetic and 2 reasoning papers. It is often the reasoning paper where children can get tripped up and many score significantly higher on their arithmetic papers. It is so common to hear that children are doing well in class but it isn’t reflecting in the scores they achieve on the reasoning papers. The reasoning paper is designed to assess a child’s ability in fluency, reasoning and problem-solving. This means that they are able to independently select and apply mathematical skills to solve a problem…