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 Post subject: 11+ diy
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:47 am 
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Hi

can someone please suggest good maths books to prepare for 11+ at home?

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 Post subject: Re: 11+ diy
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:22 pm 
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Hi dplumb and welcome to the forum.

Re. maths books, it depends on how good your DC's maths is. For example, CGP 11+ maths workbooks are very good if your DC is good at maths generally, but if you think they may have some gaps, it may be worth starting with any KS2 maths revision book from WHSmith, suitable for your DC's age. You could also try Bond's Maths 'Up to Speed' and ''Stretch' series, as they have sections organised by topics, rather than just mixed question assessment papers. Working through topics will help identify potential weakness areas, if any, and help focus practice on what needs improvement. Lett's 11+ series is also worth looking at, as well as Mental Arithmetics by Schofield and Sims. Later on, you can move on to practice test papers by CGP and First Past The Post.

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 Post subject: Re: 11+ diy
PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:59 pm 
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Hi,
We only used CGP practise papers for Maths. I would agree if there are specific areas of weakness those can be worked on with general KS2 maths books.
We also went over long multiplication and division a lot and printed off practise sheets from the internet - not 11+ related.
Good luck with it all.


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 Post subject: Re: 11+ diy
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:10 am 
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We had a quick look at all the 11+ books in a famous book store :wink: and (dismissing all the GL Assessment ones as DD was sitting the CEM Test) DD thought the Bond books would challenge her more than CGP. But as booellesmum and PurpleDuck states, there are plenty of ordinary KS2 books and internet papers available to help with Maths preparation.


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 Post subject: Re: 11+ diy
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:31 am 
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Thanks all, my DS is fairly good in maths but he keeps forgetting concepts. I will start with CGP and Bond's.


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 Post subject: Re: 11+ diy
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:38 am 
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In my opinion CGP and First past the post are in a different league to Bond. Is your DS in Y4 or Y5? DG


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 Post subject: Re: 11+ diy
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:52 am 
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DS is in Y5, hope he still has time to prepare.


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 Post subject: Re: 11+ diy
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:56 am 
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Are these for state grammars or independent schools? If the latter not everything in the test may be covered by KS2. Also some state grammars also test beyond the KS2 curriculum, unfair as that may seem, St Olaves is one I hear from other parents that is particularly tough so do research what type of maths will be needed and adapt accordingly. Some tests are also very much about speed, others accuracy. Kent is very tight on time in the maths but some others less so. DD found the Letts ten minute tests helpful for the state grammars and past papers of independents for the more advanced maths.


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 Post subject: Re: 11+ diy
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:18 am 
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Thanks PettswoodFiona

We are limiting ourselves to state grammars in and around Sutton. My DS is struggling with time and I feel that's because he keeps forgetting concepts. Sometimes he can solve a question on a topic in couple of mins since he remember concept, and few weeks later he takes 5-10 mins for similar question.


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 Post subject: Re: 11+ diy
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 10:21 am 
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When you say forgetting concepts, are you referring to basics or strategies involved in solving a question?


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