Book reviews - Collins/Letts

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Foundation Stage 

First Phonics Ages 3-4 (Collins Easy Learning Preschool)

Collins Early Learning is an exceptionally good series to give children a head start in learning. The activities are carefully age-matched to give children progression and confidence; they really can be tackled by 3 year olds. Early phonics are fun for children with this colourful introduction. It covers the first sounds, covered in the order in which they are taught. It begins with s and a, t and p, i and n and goes on to finish with y, z and qu. There are activities for each sound and children are also encouraged to say the letter sounds. Each set of sounds is reinforced by a 'Practice time' page. There are hints for adults throughout the book, as well as additional activities for children to enjoy. Answers are included. It's a good introduction that will help parents who may be unfamiliar with phonics.

Reading and Rhyme Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool)

This book is in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, so parents can be sure they are supporting school work in the best way possible. For home educators, it gives assurance that the curriculum is followed. As with all the books in the Easy Learning series engaging, colourful illustrations make it attractive and appealing to children. The book includes questions that allow children to practise the important skills learned at school, with colourful activities that make learning fun and motivate children to learn at home. Parents are helped by the helpful tips and answers so that they can support their child’s learning.

Starting School Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool)

Parents want to do the best they can to help their children but sometimes they can be unsure of the best way to help. That's not a problem if using the Collins Easy Learning books, because each one has a comprehensive 'How to use this book' page at the beginning which is packed with valuable advice. This is a good way to prepare children for school as many of the activities will be done in school once children start; by familiarising them with the work expected, their confidence will be boosted. The activities are engaging and children are encouraged to show how they feel about them by ticking the box next to the face that shows how they feel about the work - this is good preparation for self-evaluation in school. Complementing this book but with a whole range of different and equally stimulating activities is Starting School Workbook Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool). Use them together for an excellent grounding.

ABC Workbook Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool)

Children are really keen to learn at this age, so make the most of it by ensuring they have a range of colourful books available so they can learn at their own pace. They will have an interest in letters and will start observing letters in the world around them - foster that interest with this engaging ABC activity book which is in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. The combination of useful letter sounds with engaging, colourful illustrations, this ABC workbook helps to boost your child’s confidence and develop good learning habits for life.Complement the book with ABC Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool) which works through the alphabet from a to z, encouraging children to trace around the letter and then do activities associated with it to reinforce learning. .

Writing Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool)

Early writing starts with patterns, and this book has several pages of increasing difficult pattern activities before moving on to the letters of the alphabet. These are not arranged alphabetically, but in order of writing difficulty. The activities make good use of pictures as children are encouraged first to join pictures with a variety of lines, and then to trace over the letters and circle the letter to match the pictures. At the end of the book, there is the whole alphabet to trace over as well as a colourful reward certificate. The Writing Workbook Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool) also starts with lines and patterns to draw before moving onto the letters, which are in the same order; it's a good way to get extra practice used alongside the Writing book, rather than after it, as the skills overlap.

Numbers Workbook Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool)

Giving children plenty of experience of numbers is a good way to increase their confidence and give them a head start at school. This workbooks works systematically through, starting with 0-5, 6-10; then working in smaller groups before going on to numbers up to 20. Children are also taught how to write the numbers. The activities are colourful and fun, using objects familiar to children. There are useful tips for parents which focus on using numbers in everyday life - this incidental learning is easy to carry out. The work in this book is preceded and supported by Numbers Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool), which works through the numbers 1 to 20.

Shapes, Colours and Patterns Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool)

This engaging activity book will really help boost your child’s progress and is in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage,. It will be valuable for both children learning at school and for home educators. The book starts with introducing colours - red, blue, yellow, green - and then introduces simple shapes including circle, square, triangle and rectangle. It then goes on to slightly more advanced work. Every stage is easy to follow with plenty of ideas for incidental learning. Each fun activity is designed to give your child a real sense of achievement and there's a certificate at the end. Size and Measurement Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool) covers another important early learning topic and looks at comparative sizes, such as big and small, heavy and light and more or less. As with all the books for 3-5 years olds, the activities are carefully graded and can be successfully completed by children, really boosting their confidence.

Counting Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool)

Boost your child's counting skills and give them the confidence that comes from a secure basis of knowledge with this easy to use and helpful early counting book. Parents can use the helpful advice at the start of the book to make sure they get the best out of it. The book includes numbers, counting, how many, more or less, adding and take away, all dealing with numbers up to five. It's essential that this understanding is fully grounded as it will be the basis for future learning, so use this colourful and engaging book along with the complementary Counting Workbook Ages 3-5: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning Preschool) to put that learning into place. Children will just think they are having fun, but really they will be undertaking important learning.

Phonics Ages 4-5 Practice Workbook (Letts KS1 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Parents are keen to support their children through the early years at school; phonics can be a tricky subject but this excellent book will give parents all they need to support their child. The best thing is the presentation - it really making phonics enjoyab;e as children work through the varied activities, which are enhanced by colourful images and diagrams. It goes beyond just phonics by developing your child’s reading and writing skills at the same time, giving plenty of practice. Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, this KS1 Phonics practice workbook contains plenty of useful questions and answers to test children’s understanding, and engaging images and diagrams to make learning more enjoyable. It starts off at a basic level but soon moves on to more challenging activities. The book is easy to use, with the topic for each page shown down the side of the page. The book concludes with 10 short tests which check knowledge. An excellent start for phonics - see the books under KS1 for continuation.

Writing Age 3-5 (Letts Monster Practice) by Carol Medcalf and Becky Hempstock

This colourful series has all the appeal of character-based activity books whilst being packed full of learning ideas. Children will respond positively to the colourful approach which shows them that learning is fun. This title offers plenty of practice and reinforcement of the writing skills covered in school. Children start by drawing shapes then progress to learning how to write each letter. Each page has a little story about some of the monsters, and then activities for children to do to support the story. Encouraging comments aimed at the child show how to develop writing skills, and parents are told how to help their child. "Monster Practice is all about making learning fun and rewarding. The friendly monsters introduce your child to English and maths concepts using engaging and educational activities." See the whole range and meet the monsters on the Monster Practice website.

Phonics Age 3-5 (Letts Monster Practice) by Carol Medcalf and Becky Hempstock

Did you know that a group of monsters is called a scare? Well, these books have a scare of monsters here to help children learn the key skills they all need - and these friendly monsters are far from scary! Engaging activities introduce the sounds in the order children will learn them at school, so the book is perfect for getting a head start before school or for reinforcing learning. Children are rewarded at the end of each set of exercises by Fun Zone activities; these include monster-themed puzzles, spot the difference, join the dots, and creative activities. The principles are the same throughout the series, so the comments also apply throughout. "Friendly monsters introduce key Maths and English skills to prepare for KS1, helping to make learning fun and engaging. The curriculum-based skills practice is accompanied by fun activities, stickers and a monster mask to reward and motivate."

Counting Age 3-5 (Letts Monster Practice) by Carol Medcalf and Becky Hempstock

Children can get plenty of practice with numbers up to 20 in this colourful book; the pages are really clearly laid out and the activities are easy to follow. A useful point in this book is that children are also taught how to write the numbers, with dotted lines to trace over. All the answers are included too. "This unique series for children Aged 3-7, combines all the fun and appeal of traditional character-based activity books with real educational value. Parents can be assured that these books match the new curriculum and provide invaluable practice in key skills, whilst children will love the characters, stickers, fun activities and monster mask."

Alphabet Age 3-5 (Letts Monster Practice) by Carol Medcalf and Becky Hempstock

Each story in this book concentrates on one letter, and that letter is put in bold in the story so children can easily identify it. As well as learning the write the letters, there are plenty more engaging activities for children to enjoy, and all the time they are reinforcing their skill. Carefully planned to cover all aspects of the Early Years curriculum, this is an superb series that parents will thoroughly enjoy doing with their children. "Original and appealing monster characters that kids will love; Real educational value – curriculum-based skills practice; Lots of added value – stickers, monster mask and supporting website; Plenty of practice and reinforcement of writing skills covered in school." Teachers will be pleased to know that school prices are available - see the website for information.

Maths Age 3-5 (Letts Monster Practice) by Carol Medcalf and Becky Hempstock

This book is best used after Numbers and Counting, as it introduces more advanced concepts which build on earlier learning. These include time, fractions, weights and estimating; there is also lots of counting practice. Of course, all the way through, the friendly engaging monsters are here to guide children. At the end of every book, children will love to find the Monster Match - each time they finish a topic in the book, they are awarded a shape number; they then colour in the appropriate part of the monster to see him gradually come to life as they work through the book. What a great incentive! There's a different monster mask in each book to cut out and colour.

Numbers Age 3-5 (Letts Monster Practice) by Carol Medcalf and Becky Hempstock

Numbers 1 to 10 are covered in this book. With a wide range of activities to enjoy, children will soon become familiar with their numbers and will become competent to use them on a daily basis. To make the books even more fun (as if they are not fun enough already!), colour stickers and a monster mask to cut out or trace are included in every book. This really is a superbly though-out series which contains so many different ways to facilitate learning. Whether for home or school use, I highly recommend the series as a way to support early learning and make it a positive and enjoyable experience.

Collins Primary Focus - Book A: Handwriting by Sue Peet

Suitable for those teaching children in Foundation Stage this book on hand-eye coordination and pencil control, giving practice for vertical, lateral and curved movements. It's not a book of letter formation; it is the preceding stage with lots of lines and shapes and patterns to trace over. Each shape clearly indicates the direction of writing so children are establishing correct technique from the start. The activities are fun and engaging - draw lines to make kite tails; join the lines to make a train - many also offer the opportunity for colouring, further enhancing pencil skills. The same content is available as a write-in workbook Collins Primary Focus - Workbook 1A: Handwriting The extensive teaching notes that introduce the book provide support for teachers, teaching assistants and parents. This progressive book gives an excellent foundation and children will enjoy the activities.

ABC Age 3-5: Book 1 (Collins Easy Learning Age 3-5)

We need to make early learning fun, so children enjoy what they are doing. This book, with its bright clear layout and pictures which relate to children's lives, will stimulate and encourage. Talking to children of this age about what they are learning is vital and there is plenty to talk about - for example when you follow the maze for the letter c, there are lots of items beginning with c along the way. The pages feature useful tips to help parents in a practical way and there is also a comprehensive introduction on how to use the book. There is a page for each letter and a variety of fun learning activities. It's an ideal way to give your child confidence in recognising letters before starting school.

KS1 

Addition & Subtraction Quick Quizzes Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

This new series is ideal for quick revision and reinforcement. This book includes 32 quizzes to test children’s addition and subtraction skills. There are 15 questions in most of the quizzes which is just right for a short practice session. Every quiz includes a motivating ‘colour in your score’ chart. Topics include addition facts, partitioning, using the inverse and word problems - the coverage is comprehensive.

Phonics Quick Quizzes Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

This is a really attractive series that makes good use of illustrations to ensure that children will find the quizzes enjoyable to do. Ideal to check your child's understanding of phonics, the colourful quizzes take just one page, meaning you can spend just a short time or combine quizzes if your child is enjoying them and being successful - always let your child be your guide so learning at this stage is enjoyable. Topics include all that KS1 children will need, including x or cks, ck words, word endings, f or ph and silent letters.

Maths Quick Quizzes Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

Another well laid out and attractive book that includes a series of short quizzes which covers the basic maths learnt in KS1, including addition, number bonds and estimating. Handy hints are included on every page to help guide children through the quizzes; this includes practical advice like using a number line, how to estimate and adding tens first, then ones.

Times Tables Quick Quizzes Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

An all-important topic and one where practice really does help. The book goes through the tables in the order they are taught - 2, 5 and then 10. If I have one small niggle about the series, I would like to see a contents page so it's easy to locate a particular topic when revising, although I appreciate that children will generally just work through the book. Answers are included to help you to support children’s learning at home.

Multiplication & Division Quick Quizzes Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

Once children have mastered the basics of addition and subtraction, they will be ready to move on to multiplication and division, but please ensure those basics are firmly in place first - and a good grasp of early tables too. This book starts with the basics - arrays, grouping and halving included. It then moves on to cover 2, 5 and 10 and concludes with some useful word problems. The progression is good, with each activity building on the preceding one.

English Quick Quizzes Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

A few minutes in the car, waiting for an appointment, or any other opportunity, would be the perfect chance to tackle one of these quick quizzes to boost your child's English. The basics are all covered, including tenses, questions, apostrophes, tenses, adjectives, plural nouns and much more. With a single colourful page devoted to each concept, this is ideal for reinforcement and to identify any areas where extra help is needed.

Fractions Quick Quizzes Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

Once again, we have a really attractive book that makes excellent use of pictures to make learning enticing. Halves, quarters and thirds are covered' presented in a variety of ways and using terminology which will match up with the methods children are taught at school. The page layout is clear and the questions are easy for children to follow unaided - although at this age, parental input is really encouraging. The answers are, of course, included.

Grammar & Punctuation Quick Quizzes Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

All the books in this excellent series follow the same format, and the consistency of approach means topics are well covered in a familiar and reassuring way. These are enjoyable and engaging quizzes to test children’s grammar & punctuation skills - an essential for all aspects of learning. The simple, clear layout with colourful illustrations encourages children, who are motivated by the ‘colour in your score’ chart for every quiz. Handy hints help guide children through the quizzes, and are useful aids for adults. The answers are included to help parents to support children’s learning at home, whether school or home taught.

Spelling Quick Quizzes Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

Most children in KS1 will come home from school with spellings to learn each week, but spelling is an area where as much experience as possible is really beneficial; the more children experience quick spelling tests, the better they will retail their learning. This visual book takes a different approach to the majority of school spelling tests, anyway, giving a valuable extra way to learn. Each page focuses on a very specific topic, eg er, ir and ur; syllables and homophones. helpful tips are included on every page.

Spelling Word Searches Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

As adults, we enjoy word searches, so encourage your child to enjoy these while you get some relaxation tackling your own word searches! Each word search is set against a colourful background and focuses on a specific topic eg talking about place, long vowels, story time and verbs. This variety makes the word searches great fun to do as well as offering the benefit of a different way to learn.

Spelling Ages 5-6: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

This easy to use book provides parents with all the help they need to support their child's spelling in Year 1. It starts with a practical section on how to use the book. Key features of this title include boxes which introduce a topic and outline the key spelling ideas, arranged by spelling pattern or vowel sound - these are followed by practice questions which take a highly visual approach, to suit the age of the learner. The book indicates when it would be useful for the child to use a dictionary - I really like this feature which embeds the use of a dictionary from an early age. There are also boxes which suggest activities and encourage discussion to consolidate learning. The same format is followed for children in Year 2 with Handwriting Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

Handwriting Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

Learning to write can and should be enjoyable for children - and this book with its companions makes it fun. The book starts with small letters, then moves on to tall letters and descenders. It moves quickly on to the all-important joins, making sure children are learning these right from the start - six different types of join are described and practice examples given throughout. Pairs of letters, tricky letters and break letters follow; finally, there are capitals, numbers and days of the week. Each topic has a full page, meaning there is plenty of space for practice. Handwriting Workbook Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1) should be used as a follow-on - it gives detailed explanations and practise arranged by letter shapes, word endings and vowel sounds. It's a more advanced approach and the practice questions reflect this. For excellent value, buy Handwriting Bumper Book Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1) and ensure your child has an excellent grounding and can write neatly and fluently; this title has different content to the preceding ones and goes on to include more difficult writing.

Phonics Ages 5-6: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

During Year 1, children will do the phonics screening check - make sure they know all they need with the help of this practical book which will give them the necessary confidence. Parents will find the 'parent tips' very helpful as they work through the letter sounds - make sure you have them correct or you will confuse your child. The book starts with the earliest sounds - s, a ,t p, i, n and works through gradually, ensuring children really understand every step. There are activities for every sound and these are colourful and engaging - although the comprehensive nature of the book means there is just one activity for each sound. It's well worth noting that children are also given the opportunity to practise writing all the individual sounds. Once the book moves on to blended sounds there are more activities. These are well graded and perfectly appropriate for the age. The layout is clear and uncluttered, and focuses attention clearly on each topic.

French Ages 5-7: New edition (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

Parents may feel reluctant to start teaching their child another language, but we all know that the younger you start, the better. So give your child a good start with this colourful book packed full of activities for children learning French for the first time. There's plenty of support and guidance for parents and teachers, so you can be confident in helping. A wealth of information and ideas for using French in context means that you can enjoy using simple French from the very start. It's all very practically based, with pages for topics such as counting, family, animals and pets. There is a very practical two page spread packed with ideas for language practice.

Grammar and Punctuation Ages 5-7: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

All the basic information children will need to cover the National Curriculum requirements for grammar and punctuation are in this book, with a two page spread for each individual topic. Grammar and punctuation are not covered as discrete items but in the order they will be taught. There is a simple explanation for each topic, followed by enjoyable activities. Boxes at the ends of the pages give additional information that parents can use to help their children. Two 'How am I doing' sections check learning - and all answers are given.

Comprehension Ages 5-7: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

Comprehension is an essential skill. Start children on the right track with this colourful and engaging book which begins with exercises making use of illustrative material to check understanding - this is a good way to start. Following this, children will go on to read passages of text and answer questions. The texts include fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as required by the National Curriculum. Included in this book are questions that allow children to practise the important skills learned at school, colourful activities that make learning fun and motivate children to learn at home and helpful tips and answers so that you can support your child’s learning

Fractions Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

This engaging book is designed to introduce your child to the basic concepts they will need to understand fractions. Including helpful questions and answers, this Maths book provides reassurance whilst supporting your child’s learning at home, and giving them a full understanding of the topic. Combining useful Maths practice with engaging, colourful illustrations, this Fractions practice book helps to boost your child’s confidence and develop good learning habits for life. Each fun activity is designed to give your child a real sense of achievement. The explanations and exercises are simple and practical, based on situations children will meet in everyday life.

Mental Maths Ages 5-7: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

Mental maths is one of those areas where reappeared practice really does pay off - the more children answer questions, the quicker and more accurate they will get and this will pay dividends when it comes to tests and exams, as well as in everyday life. Despite the title, these are exercises in written format, but they will speed up the processes children need for oral questions. An excellent feature of this book is the use of games to help learning - there is a game many of the topics. These will be fun for children to play as well as increasing their learning and speed of thought. Games include double the cards, say the difference and say the total. Measurement and geometry are also included and there are progress tests.

Numbers Ages 5-7: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

If you used the Numbers 3-5 book in the series, then this will be a good follow-on. Even if you didn't, this book provides useful information and practice, and shows parents what children are expected to know in KS1 (years 1 and 2 of school). In this book, complete pages are given over to explanations, followed by one of three pages of exercises for children to enjoy. These are colourful and varied, ensuring children find them fresh and interesting - just a few minutes a day will really benefit your child. All the answers are included.

Addition and Subtraction Ages 5-7: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

The book starts with understanding addition and subtraction, then has addition and subtraction facts to 10 and to 20, multiples of 10, adding three 1 digit numbers, and adding and subtracting one and two 2 digit numbers. Again, the book makes good use of games as a learning tool, ensuring children find addition and subtraction fun. The Addition and Subtraction Workbook Ages 5-7: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS1) follows exactly the same order, so the books can be used consecutively or side-by-side; I'd suggest the latter, so parents can ensure each topic is firmly embedded before moving on. The workbook is black and white, so it would be more fun to use it alongside its colourful companion.

Multiplication and Division Ages 5-7: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

All the books in the Easy Learning series are easy for parents to use with their children. This book includes yellow boxes which introduce the key multiplication or division ideas; example boxes which show how to do the activity; and orange shaded boxes which offer useful advice to parents helping them to consolidate their child's understanding. This is another book which includes lots of suggested games and this is a really good feature, making learning enjoyable and a shared activity.

Telling the Time Ages 5-7: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

Telling the time is an essential part of learning, but it's not always one which comes easily. It is complicated by the fact that children have to learn in two different ways, too. This book starts off by focusing on key times of day, and also looks at yesterday/tomorrow, days, months and seasons - always concentrating on activities familiar to children. It then introduces hours, half past, quarter past and other times, always using analogue and digital together to ensure children use and understand both. With lots of practice questions, this book is a really good way of ensuring your child can tell the time confidently.

Times Tables Ages 5-7: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS1)

Tables are far from boring with the fun activities in this colourful book. It starts with two, ten and then five times, followed by mixed tables; then three and four with mixed tables, and finally two, three, four, five and ten mixed questions. All the questions are well illustrated to add to the enjoyment of the varied activities. 'Did you know' boxes give handy hints to help understanding of the key times tables ideas. The Times Tables Workbook Ages 7-11: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2) follows the same format and offers lots of practice to reinforce learning; use the two books together. Individual tables are briefly covered in the Times Tables Bumper Book Ages 5-7 (Collins Easy Learning KS1) but its strength lies in the large number of mixed practice questions which will really reinforce and consolidate learning. For fun, children can spot and colour the little monkey on the pages.

Times Tables Ages 5-7 Practice Workbook (Letts KS1 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

This well laid-out book is an excellent way to embed the learning of times tables for your child. Individual pages are dedicated to 1, 2, 10, 5, 4 and 3 times tables, then there are pages for 5 and 10; 2 and 4; 2,3 and 10; and 3, 4 and 5. This approach ensures that KS1 children see the tables in relationship with each other; there are mixed times tables to follow. The book has a range of activities, ranging from simply writing out the tables and going on to a variety of colourful exercises to reinforce learning. The book includes speed tests with progress charts so children can see the improvement in their own learning. A practical book to support the learning of an essential skill; the lively approach will make the work enjoyable.

Phonics Ages 5-6 Practice Workbook (Letts KS1 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

This colourful and enjoyable book starts with excellent guidance on using the book, which points out to parents the importance of working through the book unit by unit. It emphasises the importance of ensuring each concept is grasped fully before moving on to the next. Explanations of key terms are also given. The clear content page lists all the sounds included in the book, under main headings which clarify the context. It will be a very useful book to ensure children's learning is well established prior to the phonics screening check which takes place in Year 1. The activities are exceptionally good - they are guaranteed to appeal to children who will really find them highly enjoyable. There's lots of variety and plenty of practice for each sound. Parent's tips on every page give excellent advice for helping your child. This is an outstanding set of books that will really give children a solid grounding in phonics as well as providing them with lots of enjoyment.

Phonics Ages 6-7 Practice Workbook (Letts KS1 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

If you have used the two previous books, your child will by now have a really good grasp of phonics - build on that with this book which is as outstandingly good as the rest of the series. With lots of opportunities to practise letters, sounds and reading skills as well as really helpful practical guidance for parents and a ‘What have I learned?’ section to check progress, this is practical and appealing. The presentation is lively and colourful and the activities are well chosen to capture children's interest. If you want to help your child with phonics, then I highly recommend getting the whole series and working through it in line with your child's learning at school.

KS1 Maths Practice Test Papers (Letts KS1 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

This book includes three realistic test papers that provide useful maths practice and revision for KS1 National Tests, or for consolidating work done through the key stage. The tests are split into two parts, in line with the new tests - arithmetic and reasoning and the format follows that of the actual tests. The book starts with useful advice on taking the tests and answers and mark schemes are included at the end. The maths and English test papers can also be purchased in a good value bind up at KS1 Maths and English Practice Test Papers (Letts KS1 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

KS1 English Practice Test Papers (Letts KS1 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

In line with the new National Curriculum, this book of English practice test papers includes two complete sets of papers for Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, in the same format as the actual tests, thereby giving your child confidence when faced with the tests in school. The book starts with guidance on administering the tests, and how to do this to closely replicate conditions in school. The book contains plenty of useful questions and answers to test children’s understanding as well as engaging images and diagrams to make learning more enjoyable. Easy-to-follow answers and marking schemes are included.

Telling the Time Age 5-6 (Letts Monster Practice)

I love this series and children will do too. With its lively characters and colourful presentation, work really does become fun. Children can find it tricky to get to grips with telling the time, but with the practice and reinforcement offered by this book, they will soon get the hang of it. Fun activities introduce the topic by means of days and dates, followed by time words. Then the various elements that make up time are introduced, followed by plenty of practice in telling the time with both analogue and digital clocks. The colourful stickers and friendly monsters make learning fun and engaging - there's even a monster mask as a reward for hard work. Of course, all the books in the series are closely matched to the new curriculum so parents can use them with confidence, knowing they are giving their children the best possible start in learning this essential skill.

Fractions Age 5-6 (Letts Monster Practice)

Fractions are fun with this excellent book in the Monster Practice series. The friendly monsters are here to guide Year 1 children on their initial journey into learning about fractions. From sharing a pizza by dividing it into halves, to colouring a tablecloth, making sure the bus has three quarters of a tank of fuel and on to making flags using equivalent fractions, the activities are lively, engaging and relevant to children. I like the inclusion of two sets of fraction word problems - this is an important area which is sometimes overlooked. Throughout the book, the explanations are clear and age-appropriate, with plenty of examples and illustrations to ensure a complete understanding. At the end of the book, children can colour in the shapes on a monster horse as they complete each topic; there are lots of stickers for motivation too.

Grammar and Punctuation Age 5-6 (Letts Monster Practice)

Classroom learning, matched to the curriculum, can be reinforced at home in a way children will really enjoy with this well designed book. Included are fun activities, stickers and friendly monsters to make learning fun and engaging, as well as a monster mask as a reward for hard work. Each of the main topics has a two page spread, with explanations, examples and questions; the fun zone on each page helps with learning in a fun way. Two monster challenges offer the chance to check understanding. The series is an excellent cross between the fun and appeal of traditional character-based activity books and conventional workbooks. All the books in the series match the new curriculum and provide invaluable practice in key skills. There's plenty of added value, with the friendly monsters, stickers, monster mask in each book plus a supporting website www.monsterpractice.co.uk. A highly recommended series.

Maths Age 5-6: New Edition (Letts Make It Easy - New 2014 Curriculum)

Not quite so much fun as the Monster Practice series, but still designed to be appealing and engaging, the Make It Easy series is based on the new curriculum and will fully prepare KS1 for national tests, giving them the confidence that comes from thorough knowledge of a subject. With colourful illustrations and simple topic explanations, the book works through 31 activities and these are followed by quick tests based on the same topics. Step-by-step activities allow children to work at their own pace - don't rush them through, but make sure they have fully understood each concept before moving on to the next - that is where learning at home can be so beneficial. Monitor your child's progress with the ‘Testometer’ to colour in and the chart to help you keep track. The book recommends working through the activities, then tackling the tests; you may prefer to do the test immediately after the activity. Usefully, the tests do include revision reminders which is a really good feature and they are not just repeats of what has gone before.

Maths Age 6-7: New Edition (Letts Make It Easy - New 2014 Curriculum)

This book follows on perfectly from the previous book, with enough repetition to ensure learning is secure, but with plenty of new topics introduced to keep up with what is being done in the classroom - or for home educators to ensure they are covering all that is necessary. Again, there are 31 activities; these are clearly laid out and focus on a discrete topic. Good use is made of colour to make the pages appealing without being overly distracting; instructions are clearly set out in boxes at the top of each page, and there are activities on each page to ensure a full understanding.

English Age 5-6: New Edition (Letts Make It Easy - New 2014 Curriculum)

Guide your child through the first year of the KS1 curriculum with this colourful easy to follow guide, which covers all the essential elements of the English curriculum. There are 31 topics, each explained on a single page. The learning information is clearly set out in a coloured box; this is followed by questions that check the child's understanding. When children have completed the learning, there are 30 quick tests; these take around 10 minutes each, so it's not hard to persuade children to sit down and do just one. All the answers are provided. The books offer a clear progression, with just enough practise to ensure children have fully understood but not so much they are put off. Let your child guide you and work at their pace, so they find the work enjoyable and helpful.

English Age 6-7: New Edition (Letts Make It Easy - New 2014 Curriculum)

This KS1 English activity book should be used to follow on from the Year 1 (age 5-6) book reviewed above - that way, you can be sure that you have covered the entire English curriculum with your child, and that they are fully prepared for national tests. All the books in the series are in line with the new National Curriculum, guiding children through the learning they are doing at school. Every book in this series includes Simple explanations of every topic with clear examples; Step-by-step activities to progress ability; Quick tests to help you and your child to check their understanding; Colourful, fun illustrations to engage children in learning; A ‘Testometer’ to colour in to help track your child’s progress; A chart to help you track your child’s progresss.

KS1 English Revision Guide (Letts KS1 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Whether your child learns best by seeing, hearing or doing (or a mix of all three), this unique English revision guide uses three different approaches to help them engage with each topic and revise for success at Key Stage 1. With colourful images and diagrams throughout; hands-on revision activities for every topic; and a free audio walk-through of each topic available through the website, you are sure to find a learning style that suits your child. Complement this book with the one below.

KS1 English Practice Workbook (Letts KS1 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

This follows the same order of learning as the revision guide above so the two go well together. Inside the front cover parents will find a clear guide to using the book. There are colourful images and diagrams throughout the book, with two pages of practice for every topic, ensuring children have a really firm grounding in every area of the curriculum. The mixed questions at the end of the book ensure children are well prepared, and there are easy to follow answers and mark schemes. Top tips and parent tips are especially useful. The book emphasises that learning should be enjoyable and parents are encouraged to make it so - this book will certainly help.

KS1 English Revision Guide (Collins KS1 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum)

This English revision guide contains practice opportunities to help improve performance in tests and assessments at Key Stage 1. Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, this KS1 English revision guide contains clear and accessible explanations of every topic with lots of practice opportunities throughout. It's a comprehensive guide with clear, easy to follow explanations; it's laid out to be appropriate to the age, with plenty of illustrations and information clearly set out in boxes.

Year 2 English Targeted Practice Workbook (Collins KS1 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum)

We are often asked by parents for targeted work for specific year groups, so this book will satisfy that requirement - but please remember that all children work at different speeds, so please ensure your child is working at the level appropriate for them, and that they have a full understanding of one level of work before moving on to the next. Based on new research that proves repeated practice is more effective than repeated study, practice workbooks are guaranteed to help improve performance in tests and assessments. The book includes questions for every topic organised into three levels of increasing difficulty; progress tests throughout the book for ongoing assessment; a section where children can record their results and track their own progress (this matches well with what is required at school in terms of pupils tracking their own work) and a pull-out answer section.

KS1 Maths Revision Guide (Collins KS1 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum)

The book is divided into key topics, eg numbers, fractions and place value. For each, there are revision sections, practice questions and review questions. Mixed questions really consolidate learning, by ensuring children can confidently move from one topic to another. Finally, Test on the Go are flash cards that can be printed from the collins website; these are questions and answers for use out and about. Everything is thought of, and the book will be ideal to have to hand throughout KS1, so you are prepared to support your child, knowing you will be teaching what is taught in schools; ideal for home educators too.

Year 2 Maths Targeted Practice Workbook (Collins KS1 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum)

Specifically written to cover the Year 2 curriculum, and to help children prepare for the end of key stage tests, this revision guide has all that children need. This Maths practice workbook targets every topic in Year 2 of Key Stage 1, and contains practice opportunities to help improve performance in tests and assessments. Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, this Maths practice workbook is designed to target every topic in Year 2 of Key Stage 1. Based on new research that proves repeated practice is more effective than repeated study, practice workbooks are guaranteed to help improve performance in tests and assessments. With plenty of illustrations and diagrams plus clear layout, this will encourage children to enjoy maths.

Handwriting Age 6-7 (Letts Monster Practice) by Shareen Mayers

Children will love the friendly monsters who lie at the heart of this colourful and engaging series. Written to tie in with the curriculum, practice is accompanied by fun activities, stickers and a monster mask to reward and motivate. The book focuses on joined handwriting, starting with the letters f and k and moving on to the various styles of join. Little stories introduce each activity as children find out how to help the monsters. "This unique series for children Aged 3-7, combines all the fun and appeal of traditional character-based activity books with real educational value. Parents can be assured that these books match the new curriculum and provide invaluable practice in key skills, whilst children will love the characters, stickers, fun activities and monster mask."

Addition and Subtraction Age 6-7 (Letts Monster Practice) by Alison Oliver

Even adding and taking away are fun with the friendly monsters! All sorts of topics are covered in this book, ensuring that children will have a thorough and well reinforced knowledge of all that is covered in the maths curriculum. Children will join the monsters on their learning journey and along the way there are lots f fun activities to enjoy including making footprint monsters, making peg monsters and word searches; there is an activity for every two page topic and these are a super way to encourage children to work through the exercises before enjoying the activity. Colourful stickers are a great incentive too.

Multiplication and Division Age 6-7 (Letts Monster Practice) by Alison Oliver

As children progress through these super books, they will enjoy meeting their favourite monsters again - a great incentive to work through the series, which means they will be reinforcing their learning without it being a chore. The monsters introduce and explain the concepts in a way children will find friendly and approachable. The curriculum-based skills practice in this, and the rest of the series, is accompanied by fun activities, stickers and a monster mask to reward and motivate. Plenty of practice and reinforcement of the multiplication and division skills covered in school is provided, ensuring that parents can see any areas of weakness and children's confidence grows as they successfully complete the book.

Spelling and Phonics Age 6-7 (Letts Monster Practice) by Shareen Mayers

Parents can be confident that they are helping their children in the right way, as all the books in the series are based on the new National Curriculum. Phonics can be a tricky subject for parents to help their children with, but the explanations here are clear and straightforward. We all know that teaching methods change, but these books reflect the most recent initiatives. Often, spelling and phonics are treated as separate subjects for books, but they are interwoven so it's good to see them taught together in this book. There is a huge amount of detail in this book and it really gives comprehensive coverage to give children a solid grounding and self-confidence. The activities are really fun to do and children will find them stimulating and enjoyable.
A super series that really makes learning enjoyable - the bite-size activities are just the right length and the presentation is spot on for the age group. Excellent - and good value too.

KS1 Maths Practice Workbook (Collins KS1 Revision and Practice)

This book contains practice questions for every topic covered in Years 1 and 2. Colourful images and diagrams are used throughout to ensure children enjoy using the book. Mixed practice questions are found at the back of the book. Easy-to-follow answers and mark scheme are included in a pull-out central section - each page has a space for marking and for a total for each paper. As with all the new Letts/Collins guides, this supports the 2014 curriculum. Clear layout makes this an easy book to use.

KS1 Maths Revision Guide (Letts KS1 Revision Success)

All types of learner have been carefully considered in this book. Whether your child learns best by seeing, hearing or doing (or a mix of all three), this unique revision guide uses three different approaches to help them engage with each topic and revise for success. The explanations are clear and easy to follow - even parents who find maths a struggle will be able to follow and help their children. Each topic has questions to check understanding. A free audio walk-through of each topic is available. Colourful layout and clear headings make the book easy to follow.

Year 2 Maths Targeted Practice Workbook (Collins KS1 Revision and Practice)

This substantial and comprehensive workbook, specifically aimed at children in Year 2, really does give all the practice that children will need. As the publishers remind us, repeated practice really does pay dividends when it comes to retaining knowledge and doing well in tests. Questions for every topic are organised into three levels of increasing difficulty so children can work through at their own pace. The progress tests throughout the book allow for ongoing assessment and show where extra work is needed. Just as they do in school, children can record their results and track their own progress. For parents, a pull-out answer section included. An excellent book to have to hand throughout the year.

KS1 English Practice Workbook (Collins KS1 Revision and Practice)

Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, this KS1 English Practice Workbook contains practice questions for every topic studied in KS1, as well as progress tests. With three levels of difficulty - Challenges 1, 2 and 3 - the book will suit all children and offers the opportunity to progress steadily and without undue pressure. The challenges are set out clearly and distinctly and the layout within each box allows for answers to be written into the book. With its variety of question styles and types, the book is excellent preparation for tests as well as a good way to reinforce work done in class.

KS1 Science Revision and Practice (Letts KS1 Revision Success)

Letts ensure that their revision guides are suitable for all types of learners, so you can be sure that this book will suit your child. Whether your child learns best by seeing, hearing or doing (or a mix of all three), this unique revision guide and workbook uses three different approaches to help them engage with each topic and revise for success. With simple explanations of every topic, parents will enjoy helping their children get to grips with science; they can then check understanding with quick tests and practice questions. There are hands-on revision activities for every topic plus a free audio walk-through of each topic. The book makes good use of colour illustrations which are relevant to the topics and the layout is clear and attractive.

Fluency in Number Facts - Teacher's Guide Years 1 & 2 by Peter Clarke

This is a comprehensive resource bank of whole-class activities. They are arranged according to the three Key Aspects: Number, place value and rounding; Addition and subtraction; Multiplication and division. The wide ranging activities ensure children have a firm grounding in all key areas, with experience of using them in many different situations. lists of the resources required ensure smooth lesson planning. The book comes with a CD which contains all the supporting material needed to gain the full value from the book, including assessment and recording sheets. There is a complementary pupil book - Fluency in Number Facts - Facts and Games Years 1 & 2 and the series covers the primary years so by using the whole series, teachers can guarantee complete coverage of the topics. A truly comprehensive resource which explains all the activities clearly and gives a huge range of different experiences to enhance learning. The activities are really enjoyable for children - The Caterpillar's Boots game, Who's left standing? and Clowning Around - even the titles intrigue and will capture attention.

English: Revision Guide (Letts Key Stage 1 Success) by Lynn Huggins-Cooper

Support all your child's KS1 English learning with this easy-to-follow revision guide. The sections are relatively brief - just enough to cover the points without children being overwhelmed. Quick tests on each topic are excellent for assessing learning and there are longer tests (plus answers) at the end of the book. Fun activities such as the word snake game will engage children and make the books a good classroom as well as home resource. The clear layout with good use of colour makes the pages appealing; the fonts are clear and different fonts differentiate the various teaching points. We all know that tests are not the be-all and end-all of learning and this books, while being perfect for test revision, also provides a rounded approach to covering all aspects of English.

English: Revision Workbook (Letts Key Stage 1 Success) by Lynn Huggin-Cooper

Don't be put off by the somewhat dull cover of this book - inside, the presentation is as lively and colourful as any child could want. This book complements the Revision Guide (above) and taken together, the books will provide help on every aspect of English covered in the KS1 curriculum. The answers are in a pull-out booklet inside. The book makes good use of colour so children can readily see where to write their answers and the fun characters with their amusing comments will capture children's attention. The book is split into sections on reading and writing with a wide range of exercises for each. I like the unusual approaches to learning that the book offers - for example, the word bangles to help spelling. The book will be useful right through KS1 with many challenging activities to stretch children.

Handwriting Age 5-6 (Letts Monster Practice) by Shareen Mayers

Meet the friendly monsters who are here to help your child learn vital early learning skills n an appealing way. The letters are arranged in order of difficulty, so children start with c, o, a and d. They are shown how to draw each letter and there are some fun exercises for each as well, so it's much more than just a handwriting book. As well, there's Fun Zone on each page with another activity. Attractively laid out, with plenty of pictures, this is an attractive book. This is one in a child-friendly series which crosses the line between fun activity books and educational workbooks. Each book focuses on a key skill with a range of enticing learning activities carefully designed to engage and teach children in a fun way - aided by plenty of bright stickers. There's a super website to supplement the books at www.monsterpractice.co.uk.

Addition and Subtraction Age 5-6 (Letts Monster Practice) by Alison Oliver

Children will immediately be drawn to this range with its happy monsters on the colourful covers - and they won't be put off when they look inside either! Each concept (all in line with the new National Curriculum) is clearly explained before your child is offered plenty of practice questions. All the pages in this book feature the monsters in one way or another, ensuring that children find the potentially boring topics of addition and subtraction. Fun Zone offers a range of enjoyable activities and there are stickers for added interest. Each book in the series features a colourful monster mask on the back cover, which can be cut out - a good incentive for reaching the end of the book!
   

KS2 

Multiplication & Division Bumper Book Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

With the attractive layout which is such a feature of Collins Easy Learning books. Combining multiplication and division practice with engaging, colourful illustrations, this bumper book helps to boost your child’s confidence and develop good learning habits for life; with focused practice for separate topics, this is a really good way to do revision. Each fun activity is designed to give your child a real sense of achievement. I'm pleased to see the book includes a contents section for easy location of topics.

Fractions & Decimals Bumper Book Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

All the topics children in lower KS2 are covered succinctly in a way that is perfect to encourage revision. Included in this book are questions that allow children to practise important number skill s taught at school in a friendly approachable manner that children will really respond to well. The colourful activities make learning fun and motivate children to learn at home - they won't need too much persuading to tackle a page or two a day.

Comprehension Bumper Book Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

Children will need to study a wide range of genres, and learn to read with understanding. This book gives a really wide coverage, including fiction and non-fiction, poetry, letters and history. With three multi-part questions for each passage, there's just the right amount for a practice session. The helpful tips and answers give parents the confidence they need to support their child’s learning; these really do help whether your child is taught at school or home educated.

Telling the Time Quick Quizzes Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

This is an excellent series which allows parents to check and reinforce their children's learning in a fun way that children will really enjoy. The layout of the pages is colourful and appealing, encouraging children to want to do the quizzes. This title includes all the aspects of time that children in lower KS2 will need, including time facts, word times, comparing times and 24 hour times. The variety is excellent and the different approaches to learning ensure there is something for everyone.

 Multiplication & Division Quick Quizzes Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

This fun and easy way to test key skills taught at school will really help children to develop the quick recall that they need when using division and multiplication, and the more practice they get, the better. The clearly defined topics allow children to focus closely on specific concepts, reinforcing learning. Each topic is found on a single page and they include using number facts, scaling problems, missing numbers, commutativity and partitioning; many of these have extension pages to ensure the topic is comprehensively covered. Children will enjoy the smoothie recipe to complete!

Fractions & Decimals Quick Quizzes Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

The simple, clear layout with colourful illustrations that is a feature of these books makes them attractive and appealing without detracting from the main purpose. Recognising fractions, unit fractions, equivalent fractions, ordering fractions, number lines and rounding decimals are just some of the topics included. This division into discrete topics is excellent for revision and for reinforcing classroom or home learning.

Mental Maths Quick Quizzes Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

As children work through the quizzes, they can complete the motivating ‘colour in your score’ chart for every quiz, by colouring in their score on one of a series of fun charts such as a massive ice cream cone, a cook juggling a pile of cakes or a tankful of fish. The straightforward numerical questions are set out under specific headings such as adding money, what's missing? and working with ones.

Times Tables Quick Quizzes Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

As children work through the quizzes, they will find useful the handy hints which give helpful guidance for every quiz - parents should ensure children are made aware of these. Children may be reluctant to practise their tables, but practice really does pay off so that children will eventually have instant, flawless recall. With these short quizzes, children don't have the opportunity to get bored, and doing one a day will really reap dividends.

Addition & Subtraction Quick Quizzes Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

Adding tens, subtracting hundreds, mising numbers, problem solving, place value... just some of the topics covered. To ensure full coverage, suited to children in Years 3 and 4, many of the topics have second quizzes for instance more problem solving, more estimating, more number problems. Answers are included in all the books to help parents to support children’s learning at home.

Maths Quick Quizzes Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

All the quick quizzes offer: fun and engaging quizzes to test children’s maths skills; a fun and easy way to test key skills taught at school; simple, clear layout with colourful illustrations; a motivating ‘colour in your score’ chart for every quiz; handy hints to help guide children through the quizzes plus answers are included to help you to support children’s learning at home.

   

English Quick Quizzes Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

Use the fun quick quizzes to reinforce children's learning of comprehension, consonants and vowels, alphabetical order, prefixes, present perfect... just a few of the topics covered. This is a really comprehensive book - I am impressed with what it covers and it really will reinforce all the English learnt in Year 3 and 4.

Spelling Word Searches Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

I love this idea; using wordsearches is perfect for practising spelling and it makes it so much more fun for children than ploughing through yet another spelling test. Perfect for holiday times, as children won't feel they are being forced to work. Written to match the new primary curriculum, each of the 25 word searches ensures that your child covers a key word lists required at school, for example adverbs, homophones, ch, gue and que words, and plenty of mixed words - there's even a holidays one. The answers are included.

Maths Word Searches Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

Another book which makes learning fun. Written to match the new primary curriculum, the word searches cover times tables, addition and subtraction skills taught at school. They are set out is separate topics, eg 2, 5 and 10 times tables, division facts, fractions, decimals and money - good for revising specific topics. The book contains 25 puzzles and the answers are included. Children must answer the calculations first and then find the answers in the word search; this is a fun and motivating way for children to develop number skills, and gives them the chance to check that they have the right answer. A great idea.

Spelling Quick Quizzes Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

I like these quick quizzes because they are perfect when parents and children have a few minutes to spare in their busy lives. Perhaps when waiting to go into school, or waiting for a sibling - use these times profitably with some of these quizzes. And don't worry, your child won't find them a chore, as they are presented in a lively fun way that children will enjoy. Each quiz focuses on a particular spelling type and these include making adverbs, -sure or -ture, possessive apostrophes, homophones and making nouns.

Fractions and Decimals Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

This engaging Fractions and Decimals activity book makes learning what can be a tricky subject fun, thereby really boosting your child’s progress. Some pages teach the two topics together so children can see the relationship between the; some subjects have a two page spread to themselves, including equivalent fractions, subtracting fractions and putting decimal numbers in order. There are also money problems. It includes helpful questions and answers coupled with engaging, colourful illustrations and clear layout. Each fun activity is designed to give your child a real sense of achievement, consolidating their learning in an enjoyable way.

Telling the Time Ages 7-9: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

As with all the books in this excellent series, clear attractive layout encourages children to enjoy their learning. The careful grading of the questions ensures that children progress at a steady rate, gaining confidence as they go. More than just telling the time, calendars and timetables are also included; they've even thought to include Roman numerals, so often overlooked. The book includes questions that allow children to practise the important skills learned at school; colourful activities that make learning fun and motivate children to learn at home; and helpful tips and answers so that you can support your child’s learning.

Addition and Subtraction Ages 7-9: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

Practice, practice, practice - that's what children need to embed adding and subtracting skills so they can carry out these essential tasks quickly and accurately. This colourful and well laid-out book is a good way to give children the experience they need. It includes adding pairs of 2-digit numbers, subtracting a 2- or 3-digit numbers and tens, onto subtracting large whole numbers; all the National Curriculum requirements inbetween are covered. The books also usefully includes adding and subtracting money. As well as an excellent range of different types of questions, every topic also includes a game to make learning fun and these are ideal to do as a family; it's an excellent extra feature that makes these books stand out from others.

Mental Maths Ages 7-9: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

The aim of the Easy Learning series is to build learning skills, boost confidence and develop a love of learning. By providing engaging activities matched to the National Curriculum, with clear explanations and wide-ranging questions and enjoyable activities, Collins meet these objectives exceptionally well. This book includes, among many other topics, fractions and decimals, measurement and geometry, multiplication and division.The problems and puzzles adds an interesting extra dimension and learning is checked by quick checks and progress tests. Each of these come in part 1 and part 2, giving logical progression and enabling parents to match their child's work to the correct year group - but always be guided by your child's ability.

Multiplication and Division Ages 7-9: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

This series of books is excellent for home educators; it represents good value and helps those teaching at home ensure their child's learning is on track. Like all the books in the series, the book starts with advice on how to use the book. This gives practical tips such as encouraging children to check their own answers as they complete each activity, and discussing with your child what they have learnt. The first part of the book focuses on times tables up to 12; the rest is multiplying and dividing a range of numbers. As always, the activities are well thought-out and appealing for children.

Comprehension Ages 7-9: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

This practice book includes a good mix of questions and different text types presented in the attractive and clear manner whih is a hallmark of the Collins Easy Learning series. All the types of questions that children of this age will encounter are here including inferential and evaluative. The answers are all included. The variety of textx meets the National Curriculum requirements and includes poetry, fables, factual accounts, dialogue, a contents page and fiction - this is an excellent range and really will give children confidence in tackling any type of text.

Spelling Ages 7-8: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

It's really good to see that there is one of these books for Year 3 (ages 7-8) and Year 4 (8-9). This helps parents and home educators know exactly what their child should learn in each year - but always be sure that earlier learning is well grounded before moving on. A single page is devoted to each topic - for example, letter pattern 'que', suffix 'ly', tricky words and words ending in 'ture'. Each page has a clear explanation with examples followed by practice exercises; these encourage children to think about the words they are spelling. This book is followed by Spelling Ages 8-9: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2). Spelling types in this book include letter pattern 'sc', suffixes that start with a vowel and prefixes 'bi', 'semi', 'tri' and 'oct'. The breakdown makes it easy to focus on specific spellings, ensuring children develop confidence.

Grammar and Punctuation Ages 7-9: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

This useful book will really help children in lower KS2 get a good grasp of the essentials of grammar and punctuation. Each page introduces a concept, such as clauses, determiners, pronouns, direct seech, apostrophes and conjunctions, with a simple explanation followed by practice exercises. Additional information and exercises are given in boxes at the end of the pages - these really do extend learning and are an excellent feature of the book, often giving practical exprience of using the technique. The layout is clear and uncluttered; it's child-friendly with appealing illustrations.

Handwriting Ages 7-9: New edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

Children still need to practise their handwriting in KS2. It's easy for bad habits to slip in, so regular practice will help to avoid this and will embed good habits. It's an activity most children enjoy, so make the most of that by giving them this book to enjoy. The book uses cursive writing throughout, and begins with useful tips for parents. The writing starts with each letter of the alphabet and then moves on to a range of activities all carefully selected to have a theme of interest to children. There are alphabet actions, tongue twisters, greetings and sound words among many others. Children will definitely benefit from this practice which can be continued in Handwriting Workbook Ages 7-9: New edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2) . This book will also help with spelling, as children will practise spelling patterns, silent letters and words within words, as well as a wide range of other interesting activities. The Handwriting Bumper Book Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2) offers masses more practice, with lots of fun activities such as idioms, around the world, book titles and proverbs. These have been carefully chosen to enhance learning in many areas as well as handwriting - it's been well thought out to offer fantastic value.

Times Tables Ages 7-11: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

If you encourage your child to work through this excellent set of three times tables books, they really will have a solid grounding in times tables that wull ensure they have quick and accurate recall in any situation. Throughout the books, the activities are varied and engaging, giving children a wide range of experiences and question types. This book works through the tables from three times, finishing with work on mixed tables. The books all combine useful maths practice with engaging, colourful illustrations, this Times Tables practice book helps to boost your child’s confidence and develop good learning habits for life. Each fun activity is designed to give your child a real sense of achievement. Times Tables Workbook Ages 7-11: New Edition (Collins Easy Learning KS2) follows a similar format but with more work on mixed tables. The excellent value Times Tables Bumper Book Ages 7-11 (Collins Easy Learning KS2) has masses more questions to ensure your child has a complete grasp of all the tables. If you just do a page or two a week with your child through KS2, they will really benefit.

French Ages 7-9 (Collins Easy Learning KS2)

Follow on from the KS1 French book with this which helps children to learn French in an engaging and active way. It is packed full of colourful illustrations and activities, just like the rest of the series, making learning fun. In addition there’s plenty of support and guidance for parents and teachers, and this will be very welcome as many adults are not confident with French. The book also includes a wealth of information and ideas for using French in context means that children can enjoy learning French from the very start with a good understanding of how the language is used; there is more learning about French language and culture through useful information and tips. The good teaching style of Collins Easy Learning ensures that children are encouraged to develop good learning habits for life. The books make learning is made fun through a range of colourful and motivating activities. A very useful book.

Spelling Age 7-9 Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

It's really helpful to parents to know what work children will do at specific stages in school, so they will appreciate these two books which cover lower and upper KS2 work separately. This colourful book has plenty of images to make the work enjoyable for children. It provides a bank of questions to test children’s understanding of all the key topics taught in Years 3 and 4, ensuring that they use correct spelling, grammar and punctuation in all their work. The book includes two-page spreads, each devoted to questions on a concise topic eg he suffix -ly, common roots and the possessive apostrophe - this detailed coverage makes it easy to focus on one point at a time. There are four short tests at the end of the book.

Spelling Age 9-11 Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

This book builds on the good foundation given by the previous book and ensures complete coverage of the spelling, punctuation and grammar needed by the end of KS2. It really does include a vast amount of knowledge - topics covered include negative prefixes, using the hyphen to link words, unstressed vowels and Anglo-Saxon suffixes; this just gives you an overview of the excellent coverage. It's easy to use too, as each topic has its own two page spread with explanations followed by practice activities and a test your spelling section. It's colourful and attractive too. There are 6 tests at the end of the book, two of whichh reflect the SATS spelling task.

Grammar and Punctuation Age 7-9 Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

The accessible practice questions help to build confidence and accuracy in grammar and punctuation. Not just for test revision - this book, with its clearly defined subject areas is ideal to reinforce classroom learning or as a practice workbook for home educators. Grammar and punctuation are a key focus of the new primary curriculum. This English Grammar and Punctuation practice workbook will help children to develop these skills and convey clear and accurate information when speaking and writing. Each topic is covered on a two page spread which contains key to grammar/punctuation and practice activities. The colourful layout and good use of attractive illustrations makes the book enjoyable for children to use. The practice activities offer lots of questions to see how well your child has grasped each skill, and answers are included. A very good resource.

Grammar and Punctuation Age 9-11 Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Continue the good work started in the preceding book, and ensure your child has comprehensive coverage of the KS2 grammar and punctuation curriculum, with this colourful and easy to use workbook. The book starts with practical guidance for parents, and is then in sections for grammar and punctuation; a mixed test concludes the book. Topics covered include modal verbs, adverbial phrases, active and passive voice and ellipses; there are guidelines for each followed by plenty of varied practice questions to ensure that children have really understood. The answers are in the centre pull-out for ease of use. Attractive and colourful, it's straightforward to use with good explanations.

Comprehension Age 7-9 Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

These books which are set out for children in lower and upper KS2 are ideal for parents who want to help their children's schoolwork. They support the curriculum so parents are reasssured that they are teaching work appropriate for their child's age - but as always be be guided by your child and make sure they have fully understood the work before moving on.The book covers a wide range of text types - fistion, plays, poetry and non-fiction, as dictated by the National Curriculum. Within the main sections, the book explains the different types of text, such as fairy tales, play scripts and types of non-fiction texts. The explanations are followed by appropriate short passages with practice activities and test-style questions

Comprehension Age 9-11 Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Improve your child’s reading comprehension at home and support classroom teaching using this invaluable English skills practice workbook. The varied practice questions help to build confidence and prepare children for the KS2 national tests. Ensuring children can read with good understanding is one of the main aims of the new primary curriculum. This English comprehension practice workbook helps to improve comprehension skills across fiction, plays, poetry and non-fiction. With colourful images and diagrams throughout, along with good use of colour, make the book enjoyable to use, and the short sections are perfect for extra work at home. Easy-to-follow answers and marking scheme help parents and the top tips are helpful prompts for your child as they read the extract or approach the questions.

Times Tables Age 7-11 Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Times tables are an essential part of mathematics as they provide the building blocks for moving on to multiplication and division; build your child's confidence and help them develop the immediate recall of tables which is fundamental to learning. This Maths practice workbook covers the necessary times tables skills needed at KS2. Illustrated throughout with colourful images and diagrams, it's intuitive and appealing to use, with an easy-to-understand introduction to each times table. Parent’s notes provide ideas for motivating your child and suggest extra activities to do in everyday life - it's easy to find excuses to use tables as we go through the day. The variety of tasks and questions will engage your child and their learning can be tested by short tests and speed tests. The progress charts enable both you and your child to monitor progress on a regular basis and are a good incentive.

Mental Arithmetic Age 7-8 Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Mental arithmetic is an important part of the primary curriculum and will help your child to manage everyday situations in later life. This book covers a wide range of mental arithmetic skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, measures and fractions. With colourful images and diagrams throughout, the book is clearly laid out and easy to follow. Mixed practice questions at the back of the book allow parents to check children's understanding - it's important to ensure all the principles are firmly entrenched before moving on the the rest of the books in the series . The short, timed tests that can be repeated so your child can try to improve their score and so you can ensure this complete understanding is in place; there are answers to every question. Follow on with Mental Arithmetic Age 8-9 Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum) adds decimals to the topics covered.

Mental Arithmetic Age 9-10 Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

The series that Letts produce, with one workbook for each academic year, hepls parents ensure that they cover every topic children need, in a consequtive manner that builds on and reinforces earlier learning. If the work seems too hard or too easy for your child, be guided by them and look at earlier or later books in the series. This practice workbook has learn and revise sections to introduce each topic, followed by plenty of practice activities. Each group of subjects is followed by practice tests. The book concludes with several speed tests, which can be repeated to gauge progress, plususeful key facts. An excellent way to support your child's learning in Year 5.

Mental Arithmetic Age 10-11 Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

This book follows the same layout as the books reviewed above and ensures that children will have covered the KS2 curriculum completely after using the books. The book starts with useful tips for parents. Topics covered include place value, multiples and factors, fractions and ratio and proportion. Each topic is introduced by a succinct and easy-to-follow explanation which is followed by a variety of practice activitiess which firmly embed each topic. Answers are in a central pull-out section. A firm grasp and quick recall in mental arithmetic are essential, not only for the SATS test which includes a mental maths section, but also for the move onto secondary school where a good foundadtion will pay dividends - so use this excellent progressive series throughout KS2 to support your child.

KS2 English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Practice Test Papers (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

This book contains three sets of grammar, punctuation and spelling tests for KS2 SATS. They are not the same papers as the book reviewed below, so they offer valuable additional practice. It begins by giving instructions, and explaining how to mark the tests. Each paper follows the format of the actual SATS paper, including spaces for marking; this ensures children are familiar with the layout and approach tests with confidence. The variety of question types is good and again, reflect the actual tests. The spelling test administration instructions are on perforated pages at the end of the book, making it easy to use them.

KS2 English Practice Test Papers (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

clarity, I should explain that this book contains tests for both the reading and the grammar, punctuation and spelling parts of the KS2 English SATS test. The realistic test papers provide invaluable English practice and preparation for KS2 National Tests (SATs), with a similar layout and room for children to write their answers on the page, helping children in Year 6 to become familiar with the content and style of the tests, so that they can prepare with confidence. Personally, I find it a little confusing that the two reading are bound into the end of the book - I recommend that you mark these so that children can easily flick back and forth. Useful guidance on administering the tests is given and the mark schemes are comprehensive and helpful; there is definitely a real benefit to be gained from going therough all the answers with your child after, though. These tests are also included in KS2 Maths, English and Science Practice Test Papers (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum) , along with the tests from the maths practice book reviewed below.

KS2 Maths Practice Test Papers (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Fully in line with the new National Curriculum, the two complete papers in this book help children in Year 6 to become familiar with the content and style of the tests, so that they can prepare with confidence. The first paper is arithmetic and the layout includes space for children to show their working out, just as the actual test papers. Answers and mark scheme are included. These tests, along with the tests in the English test paper book reviewed above, are included in KS2 Maths and English Practice Test Papers (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Letts KS2 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum - KS2 Science Tests

Written for the new (2014) curriculum, this Science tests book comprises short tests designed to check children’s understanding of all the key topics taught at Key Stage 2. It contains a comprehensive bank of useful questions and answers to test children’s understanding of all the key KS2 topics, enabling parents and teachers to see which areas have been fully understood and which need some extra help. The book includes short tests with a mixture of question styles to reinforce understanding, as well as easy-to-follow answers and a progress report.

Maths Age 7-8: New Edition (Letts Make It Easy - New 2014 Curriculum)

The combination of activities, examples and illustrations work well together in this series, offering a good balance to reinforce classroom work - of course, they are completely in line with the new National Curriculum. The series really excels in layout, with good use of colour and plenty of lively illustrations to engage children's attention and make learning enjoyable. The topic explanations are simple and straightforward and the opportunity to work through examples ensures learning is consolidated. This title guides children through the learning they are doing at school and is part of the simple, fun and engaging Letts Make It Easy series.

Maths Age 8-9: New Edition (Letts Make It Easy - New 2014 Curriculum)

With 31 activities and 30 short question papers, this book builds on the learning of the previous title. Children will find the short activities enjoyable and they will apprecu=iate the way the book builds on waht they have learnt in the classroom. Every book in this excellent series includes: Simple explanations of every topic with clear examples; Step-by-step activities to progress ability; Quick tests to help you and your child to check their understanding; Colourful, fun illustrations to engage children in learning; A ‘Testometer’ to colour in to help track your child’s progress; A chart to help you track your child’s progress. Children ike the security of a familiar format - it gives them a feeling of security and enhances confidence.

English Age 7-8: New Edition (Letts Make It Easy - New 2014 Curriculum)

All the books in this excellent series follow the same format, so you can be sure you are giving your child work that is suited to their level, and which is presented in a clear and engaging way. Short topics, eg word families and spelling verbs, are covered on a single page. A coloured box defines the explanation, which is clear amd succinct; following this children will find two sections of questions. The page layout is uncluttered; there is room to write in the answers; good use is made of pictures and colour to make the pages appealing. This section is followed by 30 short tests to reinforce learning and highlight any areas of concern.

English Age 8-9: New Edition (Letts Make It Easy - New 2014 Curriculum)

With the combination of activities, examples and illustrations, this KS2 English activity book makes learning more enjoyable and engaging. Fun English activities and quick tests will energise young learners and fully prepare them for national tests with confidence. Fully in line with the new National Curriculum, children will enjoy this KS2 English activity book that includes colourful illustrations and simple topic explanations. This title guides children through the learning they are doing at school and is part of the simple, fun and engaging Letts Make It Easy series - an excellent series which I highly recommend.

Maths and English Age 10-11: 10-Minute Tests (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

These 10 minute tests are perfect to tackle after a busy day at school - to ask a child to take just 10 minutes seems very manageable and yet, if this is done regularly, huge amounts of work will be covered. The 30 quick Maths tests and 30 quick English tests test understanding and improve progress by spotting areas which need extra work. The wide range of clearly presented curriculum topics help prepare your child for the tests by tackling key topics one at a time; there are also mixed tests. Fun activities provide extra practice and make a refreshing change. The clear answers and progress reports help parents support their child’s learning at home. It's easy to work at the right level for your child, as there is also Maths and English Age 9-10: 10-Minute Tests (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum) Maths Age 9-10: 10-Minute Tests (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum) contains the maths tests from the previous book.

KS2 Science Revision and Practice (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

We all know that there are different styles of learning and the books from from Letts take account of this. Whether your child learns best by seeing, hearing or doing (or a mix of all three), this unique Science revision guide uses three different approaches to help them engage with each topic and revise for success at Key Stage 2. The workbook contains simple and concise explanations of every topic, as well as quick tests and practice questions to check understanding. Colourful images and diagrams throughout combines with hands-on revision activities and a free audio walk-through of each topic, ensuring all learners are catered for.

Year 6 Maths Targeted Practice Workbook (Collins KS2 SATs Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum)

Make sure your child is well prepared for the SATS tests in the summer term, as well as for the important move to secondary school, by using this targeted book which covers all they need to know in Year 6. There is a starter test at the beginning - make sure your child is ready for this book by using this first. The book is clearly laid out by topic, with a wide range of questions for each; these are followed by mixed papers. The book contains a huge amount of practice questions, giving a really solid grounding in answering all types of question. With clear layout and room for marking and assessment, the book is easy to use.

KS2 Maths Practice Workbook (Collins KS2 SATs Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum)

Practice makes perfect! Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, this Maths practice workbook contains practice questions for every maths topic at Key Stage 2. New research shows that repeated practice is more effective than repeated study, so practice workbooks are guaranteed to help improve performance in tests and assessments; of course, if your child struggles with some of the questions, do go back to a revision guide to ensure they fully uderstand. Included in this book are questions for every topic organised into three levels of increasing difficulty. The progress tests throughout the book allow for ongoing assessment, and there is a secction where children can record their results and track their own progress. For simplicity, there is a pull-out answer section.

KS2 Maths Revision Guide (Collins KS2 SATs Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum)

This comprehensive revision guide is ideal to have to hand throughout KS2. When your child comes home with maths homework, or says that a particular topic is hard to understand, you can pick up this easy-to-use book and look for the exact topic you want. It includes Revise; Practice Questions: Mixed Questions and Review Questions. There's also a link to the Collins website where you can print off a set of free flashcards, ideal for quick revision anywhere - make good use of those times when you are waiting around!

KS2 Maths Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Created to follow the new National Curriculum, this Maths Practice Workbook provides a bank of questions to test children’s understanding of all the key topics taught at Key Stage 2. It a=includes a good range of useful questions (and answers) to test children’s understanding, and engaging images and diagrams to make learning more enjoyable. The colourful images and diagrams throughout the book make it interesting and appealing for children to use. The mixed practice questions at the back of the book are good for checking understanding and ensuring your child can move around confidently between types of question. Easy-to-follow answers and marking scheme are useful for parents and teachers.

KS2 English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

This colourful book has plenty of images to make the work enjoyable for children. It provides a bank of questions to test children’s understanding of all the key topics taught at Key Stage 2, ensuring that they are well-prepared for the test, as well as using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation in all their work. The book includes two-page spreads, each devoted to questions on a concise topic eg suffixes, hyphens and ellipses, and relative clauses. There are also mixed practice questions at the back of the book as well as easy-to-follow answers and marking scheme.

Year 6 English Targeted Practice Workbook (Collins KS2 SATs Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum)

This comprehensive book offers focused practice to target every topic in Year 6. To give an idea of the variety - types of poetry, formal and informal writing, possessive apostrophes, precis, commas and synonmys are covered. Each topic has three levels of challenge. There are also four progress tests and the book starts with a starter test so parents and teachers can assess understanding before starting the book. Clear layout makes the book easy to use, and children will have great confidence if they work through this book.

KS2 English Revision Guide (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Whether your child learns best by seeing, hearing or doing (or a mix of all three), this unique English revision guide uses three different approaches to help them engage with each topic and revise for success at Key Stage 2. Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, this KS2 English revision guide contains simple explanations of every topic, as well as quick tests and practice questions to check understanding. The three-pronged approach ensures all children learn effectively: colourful images and diagrams throughout; hands-on revision activities for every topic and free audio walk-through of each topic meet this requirement. The presentation is very attractive for a revision guide, with plenty of colour and use of photography.

Challenging English Age 10-11 (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Specifically written for children working above the expected level for Year 6, this excellent book os perfect for ensuring children are stretched and their abilities given the opportunity to be used. With top tips, revision pages and practice questions, this English activity book challenges children to progress beyond their expected level. Repeated practice and revision improves children’s confidence and supports their learning. A page of revision and a page of practice questions side-by-side to help pupils learn the topic covered. Top tips giving additional guidance to help pupils progress with confidence. It would be very useful as preperation for starting secondary school.

KS2 English Revision Guide (Collins KS2 SATs Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum)

Practice makes perfect and the huge range of books produced by Letts/Collins ensure there is a book to suit every child, every learning style and every lestage of learning. This revision guide contains plenty of information about every English topic studied in KS2. After studying the information, there are practice questions and review questions - answers are supplied. Comprehensive and easy to follow, this will really help children develop their understanding and confidence.

KS2 English Practice Workbook (Collins KS2 SATs Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum)

Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, and following the format of the book above for easy reference, this English practice workbook contains practice questions for every topic at Key Stage 2. Keep a copy to hand throughout KS2 for reinforcement to support school work; ideal for home schoolers too. Based on new research that proves repeated practice is more effective than repeated study, practice workbooks are guaranteed to help improve performance in tests and assessments. The questions are organised into three levels of increasing difficulty, so parents can be sure they are giving children work at the appropriate level. Progress tests throughout the book allow for ongoing assessment; children can record their results and track their own progress. Answers are included.

KS2 English Practice Workbook (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, this KS2 English Practice Workbook provides a bank of questions to test your child’s understanding of all the key topics. Each subject area is covered eg Reading; within that area are two page spreads for smaller topics eg fiction and non-fiction texts. The naming follows the National Curriculum so parents can understand what their children are learning. This is just a question book; the revision guides explain the topics. There are mixed practice questions at the back of the book to give added experience. Easy-to-follow answers and a mark scheme are included. The clear layout makes the book easy to follow and pleasant to use.

KS2 English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Revision Guide (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Whether your child learns best by seeing, hearing or doing (or a mix of all three), this revision guide will work for them, as it uses three different approaches to help them engage with each topic and revise for success. Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, this book contains simple explanations of every topic with quick tests and practice questions to check understanding. The explanations are clear and straightforward, easy for children to understand and to use to support classroom learning. A free audio walk-through of each topic is available. Using all the books in the Letts KS2 Success series ensures a consistent and comprehensive covergare of topics.

KS2 English Tests (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

This KS2 English book comprises short tests designed to check children's understanding of all the key topics. It tests reading comprehension, grammar, punctuation and spelling skills and each test contains a mixture of question styles to reinforce understanding and to ensure children are familiar with any question type they might encounter in tests. Parents will be pleased to know that easy-to-follow answers and mark scheme are included. The presentation is attractive, especially in the comprehension pages which include appropriate illustrations. However, I found the fact that the Reading Booklet is bound into the back of the book a little confusing; the pages are perforated so easy to tear out but they are not accached together so I fear they will get lost or out of order.

KS2 Maths, English and Science Tests (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, this KS2 Maths, English and Science book is made up of short tests (reading comprehension, grammar, punctuation, spelling, arithmetic and problem-solving and reasoning skills) to check your child’s understanding of all the key topics. The book is a bind-up of three separate books - maths, English and science tests, so make sure you don't duplicate your purchase. Personally, I think children would find it less daunting to have the separate books, although this is obviously better value. The range of questions is excellent and the presentation is good for preparing children for KS2 tests. I think the message to parents at the start of the book is well worth highlighting - it reminds parents that the book should be an enjoyable learning experience; little and often is the key. I like the short format of the tests which encourage this approach. The same questions are contained in the smaller volume KS2 Maths and English Tests (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

KS2 Maths Tests (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

These are the same tests as the books above but personally I prefer the single subject approach. Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, this KS2 Maths book is made up of short tests to check your child’s understanding of all the key topics. The papers test arithmetic, problem-solving and reasoning skills and each test contains a mixture of question styles to reinforce understanding. Easy-to-follow answers and mark scheme included. I do like the approach of these short tests; they are perfect to reinforce learning without over-burdening a child who has probably had a busy school day anyway. The first 6 tests focus on arithmetic and the next 12 tests are entitled Using Mathematics; calculators are not allowed. Make the best use of the tests by looking at the results then encouraging your child to revise tricky areas.

Maths Age 10-11: 10-Minute Tests (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

These short tests are designed to take just 10 minutes - what a good way to encourage children; they know they only have to dedicate a short fixed amount of time, so they won't feel threatened or overwhelmed. The pages are set out over a two page spread, 33 in all, they include a fun element of Sudoku. The majority of the tests focus on a specific topic area and the book also includes mixed tests. With clear layout, well laid out pages and a good mix of question types, these short tests are a good way to assess your child's understanding and build confidence, speed and familiarity.

Challenging Maths Age 10-11 (Letts KS2 SATs Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum)

Many parents feel their child is not sufficiently stretched at school - if you feel this, this book will be a good way to verify your thinking. This Maths activity book challenges children to progress beyond their expected level and is fully in line with the new 2014 National Curriculum. A page of revision and a page of practice questions side-by-side to help children learn the topic covered and top tips give additional guidance to help children progress with confidence. Answers are provided for the practice questions and a supporting glossary is included as well as practical tips for parents to help then develop their child's maths skills. This book makes good use of colour to set out the pages and distinguish the sets of questions; this is well managed as these papers are a little more complex than others and the layout needs this level of clarity.
   

Maths Age 9-10 (Letts Wild About) by Pamela Wild

Matched to the KS2 National Curriculum, this book, just like each one in the series, takes your child on a wild adventure, where they will practise key Maths skills and explore the amazing world of animals along the way. All the Wild About books feature: accessible activities that support learning at school; quick tests to check understanding; explorer’s logbook to track progress; and are packed with Wild Animal Facts that children will love reading. This title has a sea theme, with many marine animals pictured and discussed - a great way to learn about animals. The series is supported by www.wildaboutmathsandenglish.co.uk.

Maths - Arithmetic Age 9-11 (Letts Wild About) by Melissa Blackwood

As children reinforce their arithmetic skills, they will be learning about freshwater creatures - if children are reluctant to do maths but fascinated by animals, this is definitely the series for them as they will be encouraged to learn through their interest in nature. It's a really clever concept. Topics are covered in two page spreads which have a clear explanation followed by a series of different tasks; these are all related to the freshwater animal theme of the book. The books are bright and colourful with animal pictures as the background to every page and children will find them a real pleasure to work through - a far cry from old-fashioned workbooks.

Maths - Problem Solving & Reasoning Age 9-11 (Letts Wild About) by Melissa Blackwood

The more practice children get with maths, the better prepared they are for tests and exams, for moving on to secondary school, and for using maths throughout life. Problem solving and reasoning are areas which really benefit from repeated practice. The explanations are clear and simple and the activities support learning done in school; the round-up tasks reinforce these skills. The books are excellent value - there are plenty of questions on each topic with added value given by the information about animals. Special prices are available for schools and evaluation copies can be requested on the Collins website.

Maths Age 10-11 (Letts Wild About) by Pamela Wild

Woodland animals are the theme behind this engaging, colourful and practice-filled book. Accompanying the maths questions are wild facts and fact files to ensure children enjoy their learning. The questions all follow the animal theme and are, of course, closely matched to the curriculum, giving parents confidence they are supporting their child's school learning. An ideal purchase if you are looking for a fun and engaging way to improve your child’s maths skills.The Wild About website has activities and puzzles, wild animal facts, competitions to enter and you can find the whole series here - it's a great resource which complements the books well and gives an added dimension of interest.

English - Grammar & Punctuation Age 9-11 (Letts Wild About) by Louise Williams

This really is an excellent series. It stands out from others and will really engage children, even the most reluctant learners. The books will provide plenty of enjoyment and children will thoroughly enjoy the added dimension of learning about animals. Each topic is covered on a two page spread, for example pronouns, adverbials, vibrant verbs, apostrophes and commas. Each topic has an 'Exploring Further' section which stretches children and is ideal for differentiation.

English - Reading Comprehension Age 9-11 (Letts Wild About) by Rachel Grant

This book takes your child on a wild adventure, where they will practise reading comprehension skills and explore amazing animals along the way. Each topic is introduced in a simple clear way and there are plenty of activities to complete so children's learning is reinforced. All the animals in this book live in deserts and children will learn plenty of interesting facts made more memorable by the questions to answer. Throughout the books, the animal theme is closely adhered to, with all the questions related to the theme - well and consistently handled, this is a notable feature.

English - Spelling Age 9-11 (Letts Wild About)

Animals of the polar regions form the theme of this book and there are spelling activities galore to reinforce this most vital skill. Spelling practice can seem boring but it certainly won't with this book to help. Wide-ranging, it includes hyphens, prefixes, spelling rules, homophones and much more. The Explorer's Logbook which is a part of each book allows children to record their progress and is a good incentive

English Age 9-10 (Letts Wild About) by Alison Head

Alongside the wide variety of English topics, children will learn many inetersting facts about nocturnal animals; they can record the animals seen and skills learnt in their Explorer's Notebook. The layout of these books is really attractive - good use is made of colour and boxes to separate the various parts of each page; the pages are full of information but are still clear and easy to follow; the consistency of approach is a good feature too and one which will aid children as they work through the books in the series. All the books in the series are written by teachers to encourage the development of key skills at home.

English Age 10-11 (Letts Wild About) by Alison Head

Key English skills are learnt here along with lots of information about rainforest animals. The engaging presentation and clear explanations makes these books a real pleasure to use. Some of the topics sovered are verbs, suffixes, punctuation and clauses - all aligned with the curriculum.The amount of practice material and the animal information, coupled with great presentation make these books great value for money.I can see that children will actually be asking for these books - they will thoroughly enjoy the animal themes which are so well integrated and I can well imagine that they will want to build up the whole series - what a great way to encourage learning!

Collins Primary Focus - Vocabulary: Pupil Book 1 by Louis Fidge

For ages 6-11, this book is an excellent way to boost word knowledge, ensuring that pupil's writing is engaging and informative with a wide and varied vocabulary. It also helps to develop a love for English language as children see how good use of language can improve speaking and writing. The book includes plenty of stimulating and age-appropriate activities that help to build fluency in reading and enrich children’s writing. The excellent use of colour and the attractive layout makes the book stimulating and engaging and the varied question types encourage thinking.

Collins Primary Focus - Writing: Pupil Book 2 by John Jackman

So often, workbooks are, however worthy in content, boring for children. These books from Collins are exceptionally well presented, with good use of clolour and layout - a real incentive for children to use and enjoy them. This book includes a wide range of different text types, including fiction, factual accounts, poetry and plays, giving children a good opportunity to read and analyse a variety of genres. There are plenty of stimulating tasks with hints for children to use when writing their own pieces.

Collins New Primary Maths - Pupil Book 3A by Peter Clarke

Once again, what really strikes me is the attractive layout and careful selection of topics which appeal to children - just a quick flick through the book showed clowns, fruits and ice creams. The book is divided into units which follow the curriculum so parents know they are doing the appropriate work with their child - the three clear levels of differentiation allow teachers and parents to work at the right level for each child. The fun activities consolidate the objectives covered in the daily maths lesson and the objectives at the top of each page help children to assess their own learning. It's a comprehensive book with a wide range of activities and questions but please note that answers are not included.

Collins Primary Focus - Comprehension: Pupil Book 3 by John Jackman

This book is designed to encourage children to read and understand varying fiction and non-fiction texts. Comprehension requires children to answer differing question types - literal, deductive, evaluative and inferential - and there is a good range represented alongside a varied selection of texts which include all the genres dictated by the National Curriculum. The passages are well selected with topics and authors which children will appreciate. The design is good, with excellent use of complementary illustrations and colour. Answers are not included, so parents will need to discuss the answers with their child - a good way to review work anyway. Just doing one passage a day will ensure children have an excellent grounding.

Collins Primary Focus Maths - Level 6 Maths: Pupil Book by Rachel Axten-Higgs

This book contains key facts and practice activities for all Level 6 content objectives as well as Level 5 consolidation opportunities. It is divided into 35 discrete units, making it easy to pick appropriate topics for revision. Each topic shows what is expected at both Level 5 and Level 6 with clear succinct explanations, followed by practice exercises. Working at Level 6 is also useful preparation for moving on to secondary school - summer holiday revision is a good way to boost confidence before that all-important new start! The book enables assessment of children's learning with a very useful review of all learning questions - these reviews do have answers but unfortunately the rest of the answers are only available in the Teacher's Guide.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling: Revision Guide (Letts Key Stage 2 Success) by Rachel Axten-Higgs

Written to fit with the new SPAG test, this comprehensive book allows revision of all the grammar, punctuation and spelling skills that will be tested. Not just for SATS preparation though - these are essential skills all children need. The layout is clear and accessible, making it easy to locate the required topics. The Top Tips offer useful advice and revision strategies and test questions allow parents and teachers to check understanding. As with all the Letts guides, the pages are clear and easy to follow, with good use of colour to separate the topiss; the labelling at the sides of the pages makes it easy to flick through to find the topic - although the good contents page can also be used for this, of course. The index helps when searching for smaller topics. Altogether, all that is needed to revise these vital topics.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling: Revision Workbook (Letts Key Stage 2 Success) by Rachel Axten-Higgs

This is the logical follow-on to the book above, before moving on to actual test papers in the book below. Comprehensive answers are in a pull-out central section. Laid out in exactly the same order as the rpeceding book, use the two together to revise then test understanding. There are explanations for each topic and these are easy to follow with plenty of practical examples. The questions are excellent - a wide variety of types, with topics that will interest children (and amusing pictures too).  As children work through the questions, they will find the Top Tips useful and memorable. The glossary is very helpful to identify unfamiliar terms, and then you can use the index to lacate the explanation.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling: Practice Test Papers (Letts Key Stage 2 Success) by Rachel Axten-Higgs

These papers, based on the format of the actual SATS test, give children the chance to familiarise themselves with the test and parents and teachers the chance to review any areas of weakness. The clear instructions and guidance on the tests ensure that test conditions are met and give the experience of the actual test feel. There are detachable answers and mark schemes to help. As this is still a relatively new test, all papers are very welcome and it is good to see that Level 6 is included.

Science: Revision Guide (Letts Key Stage 2 Success) by Paul Broadbent

Even though pupils in most schools no longer take science SATs, they still need to reinforce their KS2 learning before moving on to secondary school. This clear accessible guide takes each topic and gives clear explanations accompanied by simple diagrams which are easy to follow and memorise. The 'Have a go' sections re great for encouraging pupils to extend their own learning - they are thought-provoking and practical. There is a quick test on each topic plus more comprehensive tests at the end. Well laid out, the pages are clear and easy to use with concise information that is just sufficient to cover each topic. The extensive glossary at the end is excellent - a good, well balanced book.
 

 

11+

11+ Maths Quick Practice Tests Age 9-10 for the CEM tests (Letts 11+ Success)

Most schools don't specifically prepare children for the 11+, so additional practice at home will really pay off - and this range of Quick Practice Tests is ideal to give children the extra confidence they need, without being too onerous. Each test is timed to reflect the timed sections often used in the CEM exam paper to help prepare children for working under time pressure - this is a key part of preparation. The book covers the 11+ Maths syllabus in both multiple-choice and written form and includes short and long numerical reasoning question types.

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Quick Practice Tests Age 9-10 for the CEM tests (Letts 11+ Success)

The concepts of non-verbal reasoning may not be taught per se in schools, so it's good for children to gain as much experience as possible at home. A wide range of CEM-style question types are included: Figure Matrices, Figure Similarities, 3D Spatial Reasoning: Perspectives and Cubes, Figure Reflection, Odd one out, Codes and Figure Analogies. The questions will, of course, be beneficial for all children, to extend their reasoning abilities. It's good to see these practice tests are age-linked, so children can really gain confidence at this level before moving on to the next step.

11+ English and Verbal Reasoning Quick Practice Tests Age 9-10 for the CEM tests (Letts 11+ Success)

There's plenty of variety in these tests, including A wide range of CEM-style question types - Comprehension, Cloze, Vocabulary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Odd one out, Shuffled sentences, Unnecessary words, Missing letters, Grammar and Spelling. Answers can be entered directly onto the pages of the book. The timed tests give children essential experience in working under the constraints of time, absolutely key to success in the 11+.

11+ Maths Quick Practice Tests Age 10-11 for the CEM tests (Letts 11+ Success)

Familiarisation with 11+ test-style questions is a critical step in preparing your child for the CEM 11+ tests. This is a compilation of one and two page tests, with five to ten questions to complete within a given time. Each test is timed to reflect the timed sections often used in the CEM exam paper to help prepare children for working under time pressure. This range of Quick Practice Tests gives children lots of opportunity to test themselves in short bursts, helping to build confidence and ensure test success. The book covers the 11+ Maths syllabus in both multiple-choice and written form and includes short and long numerical reasoning question types.

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Quick Practice Tests Age 9-10 for the CEM tests (Letts 11+ Success)

Give your child plenty of experience of the range of non VR question types, including A wide range of CEM-style question types are included: Figure Matrices, Figure Similarities, 3D Spatial Reasoning: Perspectives and Cubes, Figure Reflection, Odd one out, Codes and Figure Analogies. The short timed tests are perfect to reinforce learning, and to encourage children to tackle just one or two tests at a time on a regular basis - little and often is definitely the best way to prepare.

11+ English and Verbal Reasoning Quick Practice Tests Age 10-11 for the CEM tests (Letts 11+ Success)

Familiarisation with 11+ test-style questions is a critical step in preparing your child for the CEM 11+ tests. This range of Quick Practice Tests gives children lots of opportunity to test themselves in short bursts, helping to build confidence and ensure test success. Each test is timed to reflect the timed sections often used in the CEM exam paper to help prepare children for working under time pressure. A wide range of CEM-style question types is included: Comprehension, Cloze, Vocabulary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Odd one out, Shuffled sentences, Unnecessary words, Missing letters, Grammar and Spelling. Ideal for Common Entrance, and for keeping Year 6 work going before the start of secondary school as well.

11+ Practice Test Papers (Get started) for the CEM tests inc. Audio Download (Letts 11+ Success)

This is the first book in the Letts practice test paper series, which is split into three levels of difficulty to gradually build your child’s confidence and get them ready for the test. This is a really good way of ensuring ground is fully covered before progressing as it introduces children to test-style questions at an easier level. The books all contain: 2 complete tests (4 papers in total); An answer sheet for each test and a complete set of answers with explanations; Guidance for parents and Free audio download for a realistic test experience

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11+ Practice Test Papers (Get ahead) for the CEM tests inc. Audio Download (Letts 11+ Success)

Follow on the format of the previous book with this, Get Ahead. Children can practise answering CEM-style questions under timed conditions to become familiar with the assessment process and ensure success in the 11+ tests. A really good feature is The opportunity to download additional answer sheets from the Letts website free of charge so you can reuse the books as often as you like! Perfect to really build children's confidence.

11+ Results Booster: for the CEM tests (Letts 11+ Success)

Designed to support preparation for the new CEM 11 Plus tests, this book gives practice in two key areas: the knowledge and skills gap between the 11 plus tests and the national curriculum (it is commonly known that the majority of state schools do not prepare pupils for the 11+) and the question types with which pupils taking the 11+ tests frequently struggle. The book includes 24 short tests covering numerical, verbal and non-verbal reasoning; these allow a quick assessment of areas needing additional help and allow pupils to focus on one skill at a time. With a variety of question types included, pupils can become familiar with these. The book includes a complete set of answers with explanations, helpful notes for parents and a score sheet to track scores over multiple attempts. CEM is the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, a research group based at the University of Durham. They produce 11+ entrance tests for schools and local authorities and many schools and regions have opted to use the CEM 11+ test instead of GL Assessment tests; for this reason; it is excellent to see that Letts have produced such a wide range of resources.

11+ Practice Test Papers Bumper Book for the CEM tests (Letts 11+ Success)

If you want comprehensive coverage of the 11+ papers for your child, then this good-value book is for you. It contains complete sets of tests (8 papers) in the exact style and format of the new CEM 11 Plus tests. These papers provide familiarisation and realistic practice ahead of the tests to build confidence and ensure success. This book contains all the tests from Book 1 and Book 2 (reviewed below) in one great value edition. You can re-use as often as you like – download additional answer sheets from the website free of charge http://www.collins.co.uk/page/letts11plus. My only negative comment is that I feel a book of this size could be daunting for pupils; I would prefer to see a bundle of individual test papers. Alternatively, buy the two separate books reviewed below.

11+ Practice Test Papers Book 1 for the CEM tests (Letts 11+ Success)

Also available 11+ Practice Test Papers Book 2 for the CEM tests (Letts 11+ Success) Each book includes four complete sets of tests (eight papers); each consists of an English and a maths and non verbal reasoning paper. The tests are created in partnership with 11 Plus Tutoring Academy, who include guidance for parents, to give experience answering CEM style questions under timed conditions - however familiar pupils are with the format, the pressure of time can offer a challenge so it is essential that timed tests are experienced. An answer sheet for each test and a complete set of answers with explanations is included - the explanations are well worth working through with your child. See sample papers and find the free audio download on the Letts website. On the whole, the range of questions is excellent and challlenging; good experience working towards the 11+ and ideal for giving pupils experience of the exact look of the papers.

11+ English Practice Test Papers - Multiple-Choice: for the GL Assessment Tests (Letts 11+ Success)

This, and the three books below, are for pupils preparing for the 11+ as set by GL Assessment, who provide tests for amy grammar and independent schools. Always make sure which tests your child will be taking, as this varies school by school, region by region and year by year. Make sure you get the right book - the GL books only tell you inside the front cover that they are for GL Assessment. This title contains four test papers in the exact style and format used in the 11+. These papers are intended to provide familiarisation and realistic practice ahead of the tests to build confidence and ensure success. Each paper starts with clear instructions on completing the test - go through these with your child, making sure they understand fully what is expected. The questions are designed to be answered on the multi-choice answer grids, which are found on perforated pages at the end of the book.

11+ Verbal Reasoning Practice Test Papers - Multiple-Choice: for the GL Assessment Tests (Letts 11+ Success)

Four Verbal Reasoning test papers in the style and format of the GL Assessment 11 Plus tests used by selective state schools in England. These papers are intended to provide familiarisation and realistic practice ahead of the tests to build confidence and ensure success. VR and non VR are particularly important areas to reinforce at home as they are not tuaght as such in state schools; practise is key with these areas of learning. There is a definite skill in working out the answer, then translating that answer onto the answer grid. The more children practise and become familiar with this concept, the better able they will be to cope with the 11+, so this format is invaluable to ensure meximum success. I like the fact the books include several pages for notes; adults and children can use these to jot down thoughts, problems and anything they want to refer back to - much better than scraps of paper!

11+ Maths Practice Test Papers - Multiple-Choice: for the GL Assessment Tests (Letts 11+ Success)

Here are four complete Maths test papers providing invaluable practice for the 11 Plus tests (GL Assessment), including notes and information for parents. As parents, make the most of the additional features that accompany these tests. Notes and information for parents are included so you get the best from using the tests with your child. Of particular value are the explanations for all answers which improve understanding - if your child gets an answer wrong, they can learn from this by using the clear and practical explanation; a huge confidence boost when next facing a similar question.

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Test Papers - Multiple-Choice: for the GL Assessment Tests (Letts 11+ Success)

With all the same excellent features of the rest of the range, here we have four non VR papers, giving vital experience in an area where practise really does pay dividends. You can download additional multiple-choice answer grids from the web site free of charge, so that you can reuse the papers as often as you need - but remember to be guided by your child and ensure that practice never becomes a chore. All these books are new editions, so completely up-to-date with current formats - and the papers look just like the test paper children will encounter on the 11+ day, so they are really valuable to give confidence and familiarity. An excellent and comprehensive series.

KS3

KS3 English: Complete Coursebook (Letts KS3 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum Edition) from Letts

This comprehensive book covers the entire KS3 English curriculum - in line with the 2014 changes. It is not set out year-by-year, but by topic so that the learner can see exactly what needs to be covered through the key stage; this facilitaes working at the correct level for the individual rather than being cobstrained by what should be done each year. We all learn in different ways, and this book supports all learning styles, with visual information, audio material and hands-on activities. This three-pronged approach ensures all students learn what they need to by the end of KS3 and are well-prepared for their GCSE years. Unlike many workbooks, this is illustrated in full colour with plenty of engaging photographs for visual stimulation. Comprehensive but not too daunting, an excellent guide.

KS3 English: All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins KS3 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

Buying separate revision guides and test papers can work out quite expensive, so this book which contains the content and questions from the KS3 revision guide as well as practice tests is great value for money. The revision notes are under the three main headings of reading, writing and Shakespeare with review and practice questions interspersed. The explanations are clear and easy to follow and I like the fact that appropriate questions can then be tackled to assess understanding. There are free Q&A flash cards to download online too. Remember that the books reviewed here are a sample of the huge range of resources - go to the Collins/Letts website  to see the full KS3 range.

KS3 Maths Year 7: Workbook (Collins KS3 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

This workbook provides focused skills practice specifically for Year 7 and offers practice in problem solving, reasoning and financial skills and helps ensure mathematical fluency. It's vital for students to test their knowledge as they go and the inclusion of practice questions to reinforces and tests understanding. The answers are in a pull-out centre section. Pupils can record their scores and assess how they feel about their progress. Books are available for Year 8 and Year 9 too.

KS3 Maths (Standard): Revision Guide (Collins KS3 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

I like the layout of this - it's clear and easy to follow, with just enough colour to break the pages up into manageable sections. The explanations are easy to follow and the topics cover the 2014 curriculum. There are concise revision notes followed by five practice opportunities for each topic. Each topic includes: quick tests to check understanding; end of topic practice questions; topic review questions later in the book plus mixed practice questions at the end of the book. Comprehensive and detailed, this is an excellent basis for KS3 maths.

KS3 Maths: Practice Test Papers (Letts KS3 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

Doing practice papers is immensely valuable, even though pupils may not agree! This set of KS3 Practice Test Papers provides realistic test practice, with a wide range of question styles that ensure students are fully prepared for any forthcoming tests and exams; it's excellent practice to vary the question types. The tests thoroughly examine students’ grasp of all the key concepts and skills covered in the KS3 Programme of Study, giving the opportunity to spot areas of weakness. The questions all they key areas of maths including mental maths, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. There are 3 complete sets of tests, split into calculator and non-calculator papers and answers are at the end of the book.

KS3 Maths: Revision Guide (Letts KS3 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

In contrast to the books which cover material year by year, this book is arranged by topic and tests learning on specific topics eg gradients and intercepts, functions and graphs, sets and experimental probability (among many others). This approach allows pupils to focus on specific topics and works well alongside the other books, giving reinforcement when needed and also showing how learning will progress. This book shows Collins' awareness of the different learning styles we have and provides coverage of the KS3 programme of study in a variety of styles to suit visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learners. Encourage your student to try the different styles to find which works best for them - or it may be that a combination of methods will work well. Whichever it is, this innovative approach will help every learner. The magazine-style layout of this guide has information neatly 'blocked' and makes good use of colour and visual aids such as mind maps. There are hands-on activities for every topic to support Kinaesthetic learners and the free audio tracks available on the website aid auditory learners. Take the Learning Style Quiz to find out what sort of learner you are.

KS3 Maths: Workbook (Letts KS3 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

In layout, this is a mirror of the Revision Guide, so to get the greatest benefit, use the books in tandem - revise the subject and try the questions in the Revision Guide, then go on and use the questions in the Workbook to consolidate learning and expose any areas of weakness. The books works logically through the work covered in KS3 and any student who has completed the two books together will have an excellent foundation for moving on to KS4. The questions offer plenty of challenge and the answers are included in a pull-out central section. Three question types - multiple-choice, short-answer and test-style question ensure pupils are well prepared for any tests and exams.

KS3 Maths (Advanced): All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins KS3 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

This revision guide is for pupils working at or above the expected level in KS3 maths and as such is valuable both for teachers who are looking for differentiated work and for parents whose young people want more challenging resources. Clear and concise revision notes are complemented by seven practice opportunities for every topic, making this a truly comprehensive and excellent value book. Teachers - go to the Collins website and you will find special prices for schools, making these books affordable classroom resources.

KS3 Science: All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins KS3 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

This is an excellent resource for all KS3 students to have on hand through Years 7 to 9. It gives a thorough grounding in all the key areas, divided into biology, chemistry and physics. The required knowledge is clearly listed and then there is factual information followed by review and practice questions. These allow immediate reviewing of learning; at the end of the book, the workbook section has themed questions followed by mixed questions. The pages are clearly laid out, explanations are easy to follow and colour is well used to help navigation. A good value book which will see plenty of use.

KS3 Science Year 7: Workbook (Collins KS3 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

Specifically focused on the topics relevant to Year 7, this book enables students - and parents and teachers - to have confidence that all the topics required by the 2014 curriculum are covered during the course of the year. The questions for each topic cover key skills - vocabulary builder, maths skills, testing understanding, working scientifically and science in use. The book includes answers in a pull-out section.

KS3 Science: Revision Guide (Letts KS3 Revision Success - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

This book is set apart from others by the way it supports all learning styles - the original magazine-style layout communicates all the essential information effectively for visual learners; hands-on activities for every topic provide revision opportunities for Kinaesthetic learners and the free audio tracks available on the website talk auditory learners through key points. The differing types of revision guides and workbooks produced by Collins/Letts means that students have a wide range of resources to choose from, all following the same basic themes and layout; this helps with revision.

KS3 Geography: Revision Guide (Collins KS3 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

It's good to see a comprehensive range of resources on a variety of subjects and I like to see parents and pupils encouraged to place importance on these subjects - take a look at the Collins website to see what is available. There is a great deal of information packed into this book and good use of visual material aids understanding alongside the clear and accessible explanations. There are five practice opportunities for each topic - based on research that proves repeated practice is more effective than repeated study, this is valuable in obtaining good results.

KS3 History: Revision Guide (Collins KS3 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

It's all change with the new curriculum, so books like this which give a general overview are to be valued. Each title in this format includes quick tests to check understanding, end of topic practice questions, topic review questions later in book and mixed practice questions at the end of the book. There are also free Q&A flash cards to download online - these are great for pre-test revision. The extensive use of bullet points in the information sections makes it easy to pick out and memorise key facts and key points are given added emphasis by being featured in boxes.

KS3 French: Revision Guide (Collins KS3 Revision and Practice - New 2014 Curriculum Edition)

With clear and accessible explanations of all the KS3 content, this revision guide provides concise revision notes, plus five practice opportunities for each topic. This is the final book from the exceptional range of Collins/Letts revision guides and workbooks that I was sent for review. I am impressed with the variety and the fact that there is something for every style of learner and also books for the whole key stage or year by year. This is all well supported by the Collins/Letts website - and look there for many, many more books.

Aiming for Progress in Reading: Book 1 by Keith West

This first book in a comprehensive series aims to help teachers ensure their students make good progress in Key Stage 3, building on their achievement at Key Stage 2 and carrying forward towards GCSE success. It's an approachable book with in-depth student-friendly explanations and activities to build, develop and extend literacy skills. It's a flexible book which can be dipped in to for a one-off lesson or use as the basis for a longer programme of study. This Aiming for book is the perfect starting point for students arriving at secondary school with a secure Level 2 or a low Level 3 in reading. The layout is clear and the purpose of each section clearly defined. The topics are chosen so they will engage students and the layout is appealing.

Aiming for Progress in Writing and Grammar: Book 2 by Caroline Bentley-Davies

As with the title above, this book is one of a series which has been updated to support the 2014 curriculum. Each book in the series concentrates on moving students up one level in reading or writing, covering each of the Assessment Focuses in turn so it is easy to choose the appropriate level of work. It covers key skills, each broken down into easily managed sections with explanations, examples and activities. It gives examples for students to read and then try for themselves and the 'check your progress' summaries ensure pupuls are aware of their own learning. The texts are varied and the questions and examples allow pupils to explore a wide range of genres.

KS4

 

GCSE English Language and English Literature: Complete Revision & Practice (Letts GCSE Revision Success - New 2015 Curriculum)

This guide supports all learning styles (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic)so that every student can achieve the best results, based on revising using their preferred style. The book covers all the topics that will be assessed in the exams - unseen non-fiction; unseen fiction; writing; poetry; Shakespeare; 19th century fiction and modern fiction. This unique revision guide combines three different approaches to revision and ensures accessible and effective revision for all learners. 30-minute revision modules help students plan their learning and split it into manageable chunks. Good use is made of diagrams and charts to communicate key concepts in a clear and visual way, aided by good and appealing page layout. Quick tests and exam-style practice questions are given for every topic. Exam Boards covered are Edexcel, AQA, OCR & WJEC Eduqas. The book is also available as GCSE English Language and English Literature: Revision Guide (Letts GCSE Revision Success - New 2015 Curriculum) and GCSE English Language and English Literature: Exam Practice Workbook, with Practice Test Paper (Letts GCSE Revision Success - New 2015 Curriculum).

AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature: All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - New 2015 Curriculum)

This comprehensive book contains clear, accessible explanations of GCSE content, arranged by key technical skills, reading and writing; English language 1 and 2; Shakespeare; the 19th century novel; modern texts; and poetry. Ample practice opportunities for each topic are found throughout the book. More topic-by-topic practice and a complete exam-style paper are found in the added workbook. Learning is reinforced by quick tests to check understanding plus end-of-topic practice questions; these are followed by topic review questions later in the book plus mixed practice questions at the end of the book - a really goodly amount of questions. To suit all learners, there are are free Q&A flashcards to download online plus an ebook version of the revision guide There is a huge amount of information in this book and it represents excellent value, giving pupils an excellent base from which to work. The Revision Guide is available separately: AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature: Revision Guide (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - New 2015 Curriculum).

GCSE English Language and English Literature: All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - New 2015 Curriculum)

Suitable for the new Edexcel, AQA, OCR and WJEC Eduqas GCSE courses, this English Language and Literature revision and practice book includes clear and concise revision notes for every topic covered in the curriculum. As with the books above, the pages are clearly laid oud, despite the high volume of information; good use of subheadings with colour, plus information boxes and bullet points saves the information from appearing overwhelming. Photos are also used to good effect. The book includes quick tests to check understanding; end-of-topic practice questions; topic review questions later in the book; mixed practice questions at the end of the book; free Q&A flashcards to download online and an ebook version of the revision guide. GCSE English Language and English Literature: Revision Guide (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - New 2015 Curriculum) is available separately.

GCSE Maths Foundation Tier: All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - New 2015 Curriculum)

Exam Boards covered in this book are Exam Board: Edexcel, AQA, OCR & WJEC Eduqas. Every topic is clearly explained in the revision guide, which gives opportunities to revise, practise, review, mix it up and test yourself on the go; more practice is ab=vailable in the workbook section. Seven practice opportunities ensure the best results on exam day and Q&A flashcards can be downloaded for free online. More topic-by-topic practice and a complete exam-style paper can be found in the added workbook. Included in this book are quick tests to check understanding; end-of-topic practice questions; topic review questions later in the book; mixed practice questions at the end of the book; free Q&A flashcards to download online and an ebook version of the revision guide. For those taking the Higher Level GCSE, Edexcel GCSE Maths Higher Tier: All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - New 2015 Curriculum) is available.

GCSE Maths Higher Tier: All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - New 2015 Curriculum)

Based on new research that proves repeated practice is more effective than repeated study, this Maths all-in-one revision and practice book is guaranteed to help you achieve the best results. Containing clear and accessible explanations of all the GCSE content, there are lots of practice opportunities for each topic throughout the book. Suitable for the new Edexcel, AQA, OCR and WJEC Eduqas GCSE courses, this Maths higher tier revision and practice book includes clear and concise revision notes for every topic covered in the curriculum. They are clearly sub-divided, allowing students to focus on the areas they need. Those sitting the exam at Foundation Level need GCSE Maths Foundation Tier: All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - New 2015 Curriculum)

GCSE Maths Foundation: Complete Revision & Practice (Letts GCSE Revision Success)

This book is for pupils working towards the Foundation Tier maths GCSE and is a bind-up of the two books reviewed below - GCSE Maths Success Foundation Tier Revision Guide and Exam Practice Workbook.

GCSE Maths Foundation: Revision Guide (Letts GCSE Revision Success)

Visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learners ( or a mixture of learning styles) are all well-served by the Letts revision guides. Free audio books can be downloaded from www.collins.co.uk/lettsgcserevision. This book, and the accompanying Exam Practice Workbook, are suitable for the new Edexcel, AQA, OCR and WJEC GCSE Maths courses, covering all the topics that will be assessed in the exams. It's always good for students to have a revision schedule and the 30 minute modules presented in this book are ideal to slot into a schedule. The book uses a magazine-style format to engage students and good use is made of diagrams and charts to reinforce and explain. Quick tests and exam-style practice questions for every topic are included to ensure students have understood what they have read. Attractive presentation and clear information make for an excellent guide.

GCSE Maths Foundation: Exam Practice Workbook (Letts GCSE Revision Success)

Build on the knowledge and understanding in the revision guide by giving students experience of exam-style questions. This workbook provides invaluable practice in answering exam-style questions ahead of the new, more challenging GCSEs. The first section is organised by topic for focused revision. The second section features a complete GCSE Maths Foundation Tier exam practice paper. The modules are presented in the same order as the revision guide, with a question paper on each of the modules. To complete the book, there are three complete, timed exam papers. These are valuable in the weeks leading up to exam time, to ensure pupils can tackle mixed questions and make good use of the time available.

GCSE Maths Higher: Complete Revision & Practice (Letts GCSE Revision Success)

This is a good value bind-uo of the two titles below - Maths Higher Tier Revision Guide and the Practice Workbook.

GCSE Maths Higher: Revision Guide (Letts GCSE Revision Success)

This revision guide supports all learning styles (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learner) so that every student can achieve the best results. Whether you learn by seeing, hearing or doing, or a mixture of these, this guide will work for you. The book s suitable for the new Edexcel, AQA, OCR and WJEC GCSE Maths courses, covering all the topics that will be assessed in the exams. Students can plan their work easily as the book is organised into 30-minute revision modules. Subtle use of colourin a mimited palette throughout the book clarifies without being overpowering, and the clear layout will encourage students to work through the book. The main sections are number; algebra; ratio, proportion and rates of change; geometry and measures; probability; statistics. For each topic, there are detailed explanations followed by a ‘hands-on’ revision activity.

GCSE Maths Higher: Exam Practice Workbook, with Practice Test Paper (Letts GCSE Revision Success)

This workbook provides invaluable practice in answering exam-style questions ahead of the new, more challenging GCSEs. It starts with topic-based practice for focused revision; the appraoch also allows students to spend more time on areas they know can be more challenging for them. The second section features a complete GCSE Maths Higher Tier exam practice paper in three sections. The questions are suitable for the new Edexcel, AQA, OCR and WJEC GCSE Maths courses. Use the questions can be used in conjunction with the Letts GCSE Success revision guide for through exam preparation. It's good to see both short, focused papers and a complete exam paper, so students can work towards the actual exam, building familiarity and confidence.

GCSE Maths Foundation Tier: Revision Guide (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice)

Collins have produced a truly comprehensive set of GCSE revision resources, covering all the major exam boards. There is a revision guide for Foundation and Higher tiers for each. The first set reviewed here are suitable for the new Edexcel, AQA, OCR and WJEC GCSE Maths courses. There are clear and concise revision notes for every topic covered in the curriculum, plus five practice opportunities to ensure the best results. Each of the books includes quick tests to check understanding as pupils work through each topic plus end-of-topic practice questions. Topic review questions are found further on in the book and finally there are mixed practice questions at the end of the book. Supporting the books, and ensuring that all types of learner are catered for are free Q&A flashcards to download online plus an ebook version of the revision guide. The Higher tier is covered in GCSE Maths Higher Tier: All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - New 2015 Curriculum)

Edexcel GCSE Maths Higher Tier: Revision Guide (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice

The books make a clear distinction between the knowledge required for each tier of the GCSE exam. Each topic lists at the top the knowledge pupils will need - eg for Inequalities, at foundation level, students must be able to solve linear equations in one or two variables; represent solutions to inequalities on number lines or graphs. At Higher level, there is the added requirement to solve quadratic inequalities in one variable is added to the list. The questions reflect the additional learning. This makes the learning required really clear. The explanations are clearly set out with plenty of examples. Students working at Foundation level will need Edexcel GCSE Maths Foundation Tier: All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - New 2015 Curriculum).

AQA GCSE Maths Foundation Tier: All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice

The final books in this sequence have all the attributes of the previous books. In addition, these books include workbooks bound-in. Of course, answers are always supplied. The layout is clear and easy to follow, with limited use of colour to add clarity.  AQA GCSE Maths Higher Tier: All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE Revision and Practice - New 2015 Curriculum) completes the line up. Personally, I prefer the separate books, as it can be a little confusing to see where the revision ends and the workbook starts, but they do offer excellent value.

Dictionaries

Collins Dictionaries are the comprehensive choice for home, office, school, or on the move. Collins dictionaries have long been favourites in schools.
 

Collins Junior Illustrated Thesaurus

Collins have always been renowned for their excellent school dictionaries and thesauri and here we can see just why they have that reputation. This thesaurus, suitable for 6+, is well laid out with plenty of illustrations and with a useful alphabetical list on every page to help find the location of words. It's more than just a list of synonyms - every word is written into a sample sentence so children can see exactly which is the most suitable word to use. Other features include colour headwords and a full index make it easy to find the right word. There are also antonyms and helpful guidelines on making good use of the book. Using this excellent thesaurus is a great way to increase children's vocabulary and writing skills as well as their confidence in using reference books.

Collins First Dictionary (Collins Primary Dictionaries)

Using a simple dictionary from a young age (this is suitable for 4+) gives children an excellent grounding in essential skills. These include learning the alphabet, English spelling, and the basic meanings of everyday words. Simple to use, with alphabet at the edge of every page, and each letter a different colour, it is easy for children to learn how to recognise different letters, look up words and find out how to spell them. The illustrations will appeal to children as well as enhancing understanding and sample sentences show how the words are used. The simple grammatical labels provided introduce children to different types of English words. This dictionary is a real pleasure to use, with its clear layout and generous use of pictures so children will really want to use it so good vocabulary will be developed from an early age.

Junior Illustrated Dictionary (Collins Primary Dictionaries)

This colourful dictionary uis written for children age 6 - 8; I like this narrow age band as it means it is entirely appropriate for all children using it. It includes full sentence definitions and child-friendly example sentences, along with beautiful colourful illustrations and photographs, colour headwords and an A-Z on every page. By including key dictionary features such as parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective or adverb) and other forms of a word, for example plurals or past tense of a verb, it shows children just what an essential - and enjoyable - tool a dictionary is. The Collins Word Wizard supplement gives extra help with vocabulary through illustrated word topic pages, and support for writing including grammar, punctuation and spelling tips. Another excellent learning aid.

Collins School Dictionary (Collins School)

Ideal for KS3 students with its clear design and use of colour for headers this easy to use dictionary is comprehensive and full of features. The clear layout makes location of words easy and full definitions are given in simple language, often in complete sentences. There are 20,000+ entries, including national curriculum vocabulary up to Key Stage 3 or 4 as well as general vocabulary for students aged 10+. Spelling and punctuation tips within the body of the dictionary are extremely practical. The “Essential Guide to Spelling” supplement is in the centre of the main dictionary (shown by blue edges). It outlines key spelling rules and lists words that are commonly confused or misspelled. This means that students can identify and master the trickiest spelling problems. The neat size of the dictionary means it will be easy to carry around and store.

Collins School Thesaurus (Collins School)

Our language is rich and varied but so often we are guilty of not using it to full advantage. This practical thesaurus offers a wide range of alternative words and examples, making it easy for the user to choose the most appropriate alternative for the context. Easy to use with an alphabetical indicator on each page, there are thousands of synonyms and antonyms as well as short definitions for all main entry words. Usefully, examples are given for all synonyms to show how they are used so that pupils can ensure they get the perfect word. In the centre of the dictionary is an excellent section - "An Essential Guide to Good Writing"; this is good and comprehensive enough to be a book in its own right! "Word Studies" encourage students to use a wider range of words in their written work and help is given to help avoid over-use of very common words.
   

Graphic novels

Cyber Shock (Read On) by Tommy Donbavand Al's new friend is Mark, but the other students think there is something odd about him. This is borne out when Mark hurts himself during a six-a-side match - he was holding his knee but Al was surprised to see that, instead of blood, there was a long, metal bar and loads of coloured wires. But is Mark the unusual one? There's a very surprising end to this story. Read On is an excellent series which is designed to motivate lower ability Key Stage 3 readers to read for pleasure and progress towards Level 4, with exciting fiction and non-fiction books from real authors at exactly the right level. Each book has stimulating ectivities including reader challenges and quizzes - these all help readers get the most out of the books. Find out more about the Collins Read On series here.

Extreme Survival (Read On) by Alan Parkinson

Many reluctant readers are happy to read non fiction so it's good to see that included in the series. This book tells the real-life stories of people who have survived in extreme situations from plane crashes to getting lost in the jungle, desert or mountains. Learn the basics of survival and take part in survival quizzes to test your knowledge. With some amazing stories, this is a fascinating read. A key feature of the series is the excellent quality of the illustrations which are perfectly pitched to appeal to the target audience; the look and feel of the books don't give any outward indication of being for reluctant readers, so there is no stigma attached to reading them.

Football Fanatic (Read On) by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore

life's not easy as a supporter of the bottom team in the football league - especially when your team is up against Kingston, who won the Premier League last year. Their team is stuffed full of famous players from all over the world. Alex Beasley dreams that one day Mudchester FC will play at Wembley in the FA Cup final. Maybe - just maybe - this could be the year it all changes. Suitable for KS3 students with a reading age of 8.

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