Maths Star’s brand new Level 5 Mathematics Pack is now available to download!

July 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

The level 5 maths pack covers 36 all-important topics aimed at students in Years 5 and 6 at school. The 36 topics have been chosen to relate to the 11 Plus maths topics, so they are a perfect revision aid for the exams. They also build important SATs skills and help to revise all the different areas of maths that are likely to appear in Year 6 SATs tests.

Each topic has a full and detailed explanation with exam reminders, followed by a series of practice questions. At the end of the pack are 7 revision sheets that students can use during their final week before the exam to brush up on their skills.

You can choose to have the pack emailed to you or you can pay extra to have it printed and posted to you. Emailed versions will be attached to your confirmation email. Posted versions will be with you within 5 working days. If you have any questions or have problems with your order, please contact us at mathsstaruk@gmail.com

Click here of list the topics covered in this pack

Our new Level 5 Maths Pack is designed to help your child with 11 Plus topics
The pack contains worksheets & answers covering 36 topics and 4 revision sheets

Make Learning Fun!

November 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Let’s face it, getting children to do their homework can be hard enough, let alone trying to help them learn with you at home! Often, children can find plenty of other activities to distract them at home and often it can be a frustrating experience.

The problem is that the idea of “learning” with Mum or Dad just isn’t appealing! So instead, why not make it “playing” with numbers?! There are so many games and activities available online for children of all ages. For younger children, there are magnetic numbers, chalk boards, play money, colourful clocks and lots of other learning based toys available. If your child is struggling with learning money, why not try a toy cash till so they can pretend to be the shopkeeper. Tiddlywinks is a great game for helping learn number skills . . . whilst having lots of fun! Number bingo is excellent for helping with times tables.

The fact is, learning isn’t always about homework and worksheets. While worksheets are important learning tools, try to mix in a little fun . . . It will make teaching your child so much easier!

For some great online games, try the Woodlands Junior Maths Zone then back it up with a worksheet from Maths Star!

How To Do Percentages

November 1, 2010 § 2 Comments

Percentages are another tricky subject that often confuses children at school! Just like fractions, there is so much to learn about working with percentages: finding the percentage of a quantity, changing decimals and fractions into percentages and vice versa, not to mention finding one quantity as a percentage of another! Percentages, though, are a vital tool for later life. Many of us use percentages in our day-to-day life without even thinking about it, simply by working out VAT!

So, what is a percentage? A percentage is a way of expressing a number as a portion of 100.

How do we use percentages? We say that 100 is the whole of something and the percentage is the amount of it we are using. (For example, we say that a whole cake is 100%. If I eat half of that cake, we are left with 50%.)

Very often, it is much easier to use fractions, but when it comes to really complicated fractions, it is sometimes just easier to say 79% instead of 79 hundredths! Again, percentages is one of those topics that a child can often fall behind in because they have not understood a certain part of it. That’s why it’s always best to start at the beginning if your child is ever going to be confident about using percentages in the 11+ exams or at any stage in their school life. Don’t forget that percentages will take up a few questions in GCSE mathematics!

Do I know what a percentage is?

Can I change a fraction into a percentage?

Can I change a decimal into a percentage?

Can I find the percentage of a quantity?

Do I know the simpler methods for using percentages like 25% and 50%?

If your child can answer “yes” to all those questions, they are a percentages maths star! If there are a few “no”s, try Maths Star’s 11+ Percentages page.

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