What is the most effective way of preparing your pupils for the context free maths tests?

Teaching in preparation for the new written arithmetic papers to be taken by children at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 is probably one of the biggest challenges we face at the moment.

It is not just that the questions are simply a test of fluency in undertaking mathematical calculations and require the use of formal/informal methods to solve specific arithmetic questions. 

But there is also the issue that if any child slips behind in his/her understanding of maths early in this process, then everything goes amiss. One can’t after all understand fractions without understanding division. One can’t understand division without first grasping multiplication.

Thus it is absolutely vital to ensure that pupils are making regular progress, every step of the way,and for this reason we have produced six books, each containing 30 weeks of written arithmetic questions.

Each book contains carefully graded arithmetic questions suitable for the individual year of primary school that it covers. 

Sample pages from each book can be found by visiting our site. Just click on the cover of the book that is of interest, and then click on the “Sample pages” link.

As always, you can order any of our resources in the following ways:

Published by Topical Resources on Monday, January 18, 2016 in Topical Resources Blog


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