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KS1 study guides and revision books

KS1 Discover & Learn: Science - Study & Activity Book, Year 1

The child-friendly approach of this book, which covers Our World, Plants, Animals and Materials, makes it really appealing for children and they will enjoy reinforcing their science learning with it. It covers every topic from the new Year 1 curriculum, with easy-to-read notes, examples, diagrams and photos on clear, full-colour pages; the mix of facts, pictures and activities is well-balanced and inviting. There are also plenty of engaging practice questions and activities for each topic - perfect for testing children’s understanding in an enjoyable way. These are varied in format and including questions to be answered by drawing or by completing words.

KS1 Discover & Learn: Science - Study & Activity Book, Year 2

In line with the Year 2 curriculum, this book is divided into four sections - Living Things, Plants, Animals and Materials; within those sections, a double page spread covers sub-topics. Again, we have really appealing books which look far more like activity books than boring textbooks - perfect to encourage children to enjoy and understand science. These two books are highly informative, a real pleasure to use and a great way for parents to support their child's learning at home; they are also valuable for parents in giving an overview of what their child will be learning so they can plan supporting activities. Also available - KS1 Discover & Learn: Science - Teacher Book for Year 1 & 2 (Includes CD-ROM)

New KS1 Maths Study Book

Written for the new (2014) curriculum, this book ensures children are learning in accordance with that curriculum. Just like all CGP books, this introduce an element of fun, which is especially important in these early years, so children find maths enjoyable. They will be happy to tackle this book, with it's child-friendly approach, copious use of illustrations and clear layout. The book is divided into seven sections, with topics covered on a single page. This approach is just right for children who are already busy learning at school, but just want the confidence that come sfrom reviewing their work. Topics are simply and graphically explained and even mathematically-challenged parents will find the work easy to explain to their child. Plenty of useful tips are found throughout the book.

KS1 Science Year One Workout: Plants & the Seasons

This CGP Workout book is packed with practice covering everything Year 1 pupils need to know about Plants and the Seasons - all clearly laid out, with plenty of white space to make the information clear for children. Materials, Describing Materials and Selecting Materials are the sections of the book, to tie in with the science curriculum. There’s a range of questions for each topic, with a mixed section at the end of the book that tests children on everything they’ve learned. Practical mini-projects are also included to help pupils develop their scientific investigation skills. Answers to the questions are included on the pull-out centre pages, along with a useful A3 poster that pupils can colour in - a useful revision and memory aid.

KS1 Science Year One Workout: Animals & the Human Body

This covers the complete curriculum for the topic in easily-assimilated pages of information. Each topic is afforded one to three pages, depending on the complexity, ensuring that sufficient coverage is given without the artificial constraints of single or double pages. Each page includes a brief explanation, followed by a series of questions. There is also an 'Investigate' box for each subject, which encourages questioning and further investigation - ideal for extension work in the classroom. KS1 Science Year Two Workout: Uses of Materials (for the New Curriculum) is the third in the series.

KS1 Science Year Two Workout: Habitats

As with the Year 1 books, these have all been written for the new curriculum, so parents and teachers can use the books with complete confidence that they are teaching in accordance with current requirements. Following on from the Year 1 books, these everything Year 2 pupils (ages 6-7) need to know in science. As we expect with CGP, the layout is clear and user-friendly, with plenty of drawings. There are questions for each topic, with a mixed section at the end of the book that tests children on everything they’ve learned, allowing parents and teachers to pick up any gaps - and revise them with the help of other CGP books. Answers to every question are included on the pull-out centre pages - practical and easy to use. Also available - KS1 Science Year Two Workout: Growing Plants .

KS1 Science Year Two Workout: Growing & Staying Healthy

This is an important topic in science, of course, but it is also essential that we teach children about healthy lifestyles, so adults can make good of this book as the basis for discussion. Practical mini-projects are also included to help them develop their scientific investigation skills, for example looking at different forms of exercise or finding out how camels can survive without food' these encourage children to think in a practical way about what they are learning. Each book includes a useful A3 poster that pupils can colour in and then display as a reminder; also good for classroom use. This extremely practical and good value series is completed by KS1 Science Year Two Workout: Uses of Materials, which builds on the Year 1 work.

KS1 Maths Targeted Study & Question Book - Year 1

By giving Year 1 children this colourful and interesting book which covers all they need to know through the year, they will learn that maths is enjoyable. Divided into six key sections and further sub-divided into topics, each topic has a page of clear explanations followed by a page of practice questions. The questions allow immediate assessment of understanding, so any poblems can be cleared up before moving on to the next topic. Each page has room for children to assess their own learning, fitting well with what is expected in school.

KS1 Maths Targeted Study & Question Book - Year 2

Continuing the good work started in Year 1, this builds on the topics previously covered, with the addition of statistics. Good use of colour, duagrans and layout make the book acessible and easy to follow. Each book also contains two objective tests - one to assess children’s skills at the start of the year and one to measure their progress at the end of the year; this is excellent for assessment and for showing children just how much they have rogressed through the year. All the answers are included in a cut-out-and-keep section in the middle of the books, and there is a useful illustrated glossary of all the key maths terms at the end.

KS1 Pupil Progress Booklet for English, Maths and Science - Year 1

This useful and inexpensive (especially at the school price of just 30p from CGP) booklet is ideal for keeping track of children’s progress in English, Maths and Science throughout Year 1. Every learning statement from the Key Stage One Programme of Study (starting in September 2014) is listed, split up by subject and topic so that it’s easy to check off each one as pupils work through the year. There are also spaces for teacher comments. These books are available for Years 1 - 6, giving teachers a consistent approach to assessing progress through the primary years. Buy for Year 2 - KS1 Pupil Progress Booklet for English, Maths and Science - Year 2

Practise & Learn: Spanish (Ages 5-7)

Children (and adults wanting a very first introduction to Spanish) will get a real feel for the language by listening to the included CD-Rom, which is recorded by native Spanish speakers. Listen to it as you go through the book page by page, or simply use it to absorb the sound of the language. A double page is dedicated to each topic - hello, how are you, what is your name start the book. Each has colourful and fun activities to reinforce learning - and answers are included.

Practise & Learn: French (Ages 5-7)  Richard Parsons

This useful book is equally valuable for classroom use or for some basic language learning before a holiday in France. It takes a fun approach to learning the language, based on everyday events and objects. There are plenty of enjoyable activities to reinforce the learning and children will thoroughly enjoy these. Colouring, writing, puzzles and games - all attractively presented to encourage children to learn and have fun at the same time. There's a great variety too, so no chance of boredom! Carefully thought out, the activities are relevant to daily life. A pull-out section gives all the answers. There's  a 'Listen and Learn' CD of words and phrases recorded by native French speakers. Excellent value, as with all CGP books.

Practise & Learn: Mental Maths (Ages 5-7) Richard Parsons

Mental maths is an essential skill which we all need in everyday life. Children need to learn these skills early and it really is an area where practice makes perfect. There will be no problem in getting children to practise with this fun book, which ensures that every question is attractive and enjoyable - they will hardly realise they are learning!  Each topic, eg adding, subtracting and tables, begins with a reminder about the important techniques, then questions on the topic. All the answers are included in a pull-out section which exactly duplicates the appearance of each page, so no hunting around for the answers. Children can enjoy the 'Race to the Beehive' game to hone their skills.

English Ages 5 - 6 (Practise and Learn) from CGP

This colourful book has English practice at just the right level for Year 1 children. They could undertake just one topic ( a single page) each day so that the work will be fun, not a chore. There is guidance on the topic, followed by tasks and activities. There's also a pull-out answers section with helpful tips if your child is struggling with the topic. The presentation and style of the book makes it one that children will look forward to using, with plenty of colour and topics to appeal. It's really like an activity book, in the style that children will have enjoyed when younger, so they will be very happy to work through this and reinforce basic learning in an enjoyable way - and parents can be reassured that all the key topics are covered. The answers are in a central section that can be torn out and are cleverly arranged as exact copies of the page with answers inserted.

Maths Ages 6 - 7 (Practise and Learn) from CGP

If you are wondering what your Year 2 child will learn in maths, you can find out in this practical and colourful book. The colourful pages start with guidance on the topic, then have plenty of sums, fun exercises and brain-teasing problems. There's also a pull-out answers section with helpful tips if your child is struggling with the topic. It's excellent value (as with all CGP books) and not too thick as to be daunting for young children. Each section is very manageable and it's good to see answers provided in the same format as the page, making marking quick and easy.

KS1 Maths Question Book by Richard Parsons

Like all CGP books, this is designed to give children a solid grounding in key topics whilst always including a good smattering of fun. Four sections - counting; plus and minus; times and divide; shpaes and measure ensure coverage of the key KS1 topics. Generously illustrated, each page has a set of questions on a topic giving plenty of practice. Perfect to reinforce learning in preparation for KS1 SATS.

Key Stage 1 maths - the study book by Richard Parsons

Learn all the key maths concepts studied in the first three years of primary school in a fun way in this entertaining book. It's full of colourful pictures and diagrams and easy-to-follow text to keep children focused and interested in the book. It's a great way for parents to work through maths with their children at home, following the methods used in teaching today.

KS1 science - the study book by Richard Parsons

It can be hard for parents to approach science at the right level for 5 to 7 year olds, so this book will be a great asset when helping with homework, topic work or for home schoolers. There are lots of activities to strengthen children's understanding and stimulate discussion - for instance 'How do you use each of your senses each day?'. The illustrations will help concepts to be memorised.

 KS1 English - Advanced Practice Book

This useful guide refreshes punctuation and writing skills and goes on to reassure children that comprehension is not difficult, as long as they read carefully and then look for the answers. There are plenty of practice questions, all entertainingly illustrated, and the answers are there too. The wide variety of passages covered - stories, poetry, factual writing - take children through all forms of writing they might encounter in tests, so this is a super book for practice.

KS2 study guides

KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Comprehension - Year 3 (for the New Curriculum)

This KS2 English Targeted Question Book is perfect to help Year 3 pupils (age 7 - 8) refine their comprehension skills and increase their vocabulary. It contains fifteen texts - including fiction, non-fiction and poetry - ranging from well-known classics to modern authors. Each text is accompanied by practice questions to help build pupils’ comprehension skills, matched perfectly to the new KS2 Curriculum requirements. Question types include inference, fact retrieval, use of language and open response. With the passage on one side and the questions facing, the texts are easy to use, and there is plenty of room to fill in the answers. Follow on with KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Comprehension - Year 4 (for the New Curriculum). Answers to this book (and the Books for Years 4, 5 and 6) are available in KS2 English Targeted Comprehension: Teacher Book, Years 3-6 (for the New Curriculum)

KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Comprehension - Year 5 (for the New Curriculum)

This book, like all in the series, includes a wide range of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry, with every type of question that will be covered in the new curriculum. The 15 texts include three non-fiction, four poetry, four fiction, two news articles, a memoir and a playscript. An interesting extra at the end of each of the four books gives children the opportunity to write their own passage, create questions, and then ask their friends to answer - a great idea to get children involved and one which ties in perfectly with evaluation and self-assessment. Clear layout, varied fonts plus line drawings make for an attractive book, easy to use and easy to mark. Working through the series of books will ensure pupils have a really firm grounding, enabling them to tackle tests with confidence, as well as enhancing their pleasure in reading. Finish off the series with KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Comprehension - Year 6 (for the New Curriculum)

KS2 Maths Targeted Study Book - Year 6+, Challenging Maths for Year 6 Pupils

Perfect for all parents who feel that their child is not being challenged enough at school; equally useful for some holiday reinforcement before starting secondary school. It covers every Year 6 Learning Objective in more depth than is generally taught, with tougher examples and different approaches for each topic. Everything is explained with clear study notes and worked examples, and there are practice questions at the end of each section to test understanding. Included are enrichment activities and investigations throughout to encourage pupils to think about the material independently. With this wealth of supporting material, the book will really help parents who want to ensure their children are being stimulated by their maths. It's very well thought out, attractive to use and packed with information. The back cover refers to 'mastery' of maths - one of the options being used for assessment without levels, so teachers too will really welcome this book as they work with their more able pupils.

KS2 Maths Targeted Question Book - Year 6+, Challenging Maths for Year 6 Pupils

Follow on from the excellent book above with this book which is full of questions to offer an extra challenge. It’s packed with tough SATS-style questions that will deepen their understanding and mastery of every Year 6 topic, plus enrichment questions and investigations to encourage them to think about the material independently. There are also assessment tests at the start and end of the book to help measure how much progress pupils have made. Answers and mark schemes for every question are included at the back. An excellent range of questions that will really stretch and challenge pupils, encouraging them to think about their maths and go well beyond the requirements of the Year 6 curriculum.

KS2 English SATs Practice Papers: Pack 3 - for the 2016 SATS and Beyond

This pack contains two full sets of realistic KS2 English SATS practice tests, all fully matched to the style and content of the new SATS in 2016 and beyond. Each set of tests includes three separate papers: one for Reading and two for Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar. I like the fact these are separate papers rather than being in book form, as they really do replicate the exact format of the tests. Complete answers, mark schemes and instructions are included to support parents so they can find out how well children are progressing. Perfect preparation for the new style SATS tests and excellent value too.

KS2 Maths SATs Practice Papers: Pack 3 - for the 2016 SATS and Beyond

As close as you can get to the real thing, these KS2 Maths SATS practice tests, are all fully matched to the style and content of the new SATS in 2016 and beyond. Each set of tests includes three separate papers: one for Arithmetic and two for Reasoning. It's a good idea to familiarise your child with the format of the new tests as they are quite different now. What’s more, complete answers, mark schemes and instructions are included, so it’s easy to find out how well children are progressing.

10-Minute Tests for 11+ Verbal Reasoning (Ages 10-11) - CEM Test

The CEM Test is the test set by Durham University - remember, it's vital that you check with your child's school so you know which form of test will be taken. Little and often - children can revise in bite-sized chunks with these times tests. There are over thirty 10-Minute Tests, each covering a mixture of topics and skills so children get use to moving quickly between question types. Step-by-step answers with clarification are included in a pull-out booklet. There are also fun puzzle pages throughout to challenge children’s Verbal Reasoning skills in a more relaxed style - these are a nice break from the formal tests. A progress chart at the back of the book enables you and your child to track learning. With so many questions, all the books in this series offer really good value.

10-Minute Tests for 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning (Ages 10-11) - CEM Test

Non-verbal reasoning covers a huge range of question types and CGP, as you would expect, have managed to cover the range very effectively, with a good mix in each test. Fun puzzle pages are found at regular intervals - try these as a family! The pull-out answer booklet includes useful explanations to the answers. I found the glossary very helpful, with its explanation of terms such as rotation and reflection. Little and often is by far the best way to revise, so these books are perfect. Parents are, naturally, keen to get children into their school of choice, but overburdening children never helps. 10 minutes a day over a sustained period of time will really pay dividends. Non-verbal reasoning is especially important to practise at home, as the majority of schools will not cover this form of testing. As is obvious from the title, these are simply tests - if you want revision books, then look at others in the excellent CGP range, such as 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Study Book and Parents' Guide for the CEM Test .

10-Minute Tests for 11+ Maths (Ages 10-11) - CEM Test

Each 10 minute test covers a mix of topics and skills and step-by-step answers and explanations are included in a pull-out booklet. There are also puzzle pages throughout to challenge children’s maths skills in a more relaxed style; these are fun to do and provide a refreshing break - but continue to develop maths skills. The questions are sufficiently challenging to give good preparation for the test, and to show whether children are working at the required level; they are certainly more difficult than those found in the SATS test so this extra experience will be really useful. The book will also be good experience for children taking Level 6 SATS. A very practical series which is ideal to use in Years 5 and 6 for building confidence.

KS2 English SAT Buster: Grammar Book 1

SATS tests are changing from 2016, and this book has been produced to cover those changes. It includes plenty of SATS-style practice questions covering all the grammar techniques needed for the test and, of course, in everyday life and to prepare for secondary school The book is clear and easy to use and provides a comprehensive bank of questions in a variety of styles. Very informative but with CGP's trademark light touch and flashes of humour to help children find the book enjoyable. As well as pages on specific topucs, mixed questions ensure children can move from one topic to another. There is also a useful glossary. Answers are available in a separate book New KS2 English SAT Buster: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Answer Book for the 2016 SATS & Beyond, which also includes the answers to CGP’s SAT Buster Books for Spelling 1 and Punctuation 1. For more practice at the same difficulty level, a Grammar SAT Buster Book 2 is also available (reviewed below).

KS2 English SAT Buster: Spelling Book 1

Full of pupil-friendly practice for the spelling sections of the KS2 English SATS, this book will be excellent used throughout Year 6, to ensure all the key spelling rules are firmly embedded. Expanded and updated for the new tests in 2016, parents can be confident their child will be learning all they need. It contains plenty of SATS-style practice questions, giving children experience which will boost confidence when tackling the papers. When they have worked through a page, they can tick a box to assess their own work - and learn if they are a spellosaurus! The sections are word patterns, word beginnings, word endings and confusing words; clear headings on each pahe make it easy to find specific topics.

KS2 English SAT Buster: Punctuation Book 1

Completing the skills needed for the SPAG test, this book provides valuable practice in an area many find tricky - children and adults! With a double page spread on each topic - eg apostrophes, commas, brackets and colons - there is plenty of opportunity to learn punctuation skills and ensure complete confidence using them in a wide range of situations. Mixed practice sections come at the end of each main section. gives definitions of useful words. The glossary explains common punctuation marks and With clear layout, plenty of white space and an easy-to-read font, this book is easy to use and a great way to reinforce those essential skills.

Practise & Learn: Maths for the New Curriculum Ages 7-8

Based on 15 different activitoes, largely rules of number but also including fractions, time, shapes, angles, measuring, fractions and problem solving, this colourful CGP book is perfect for helping 7-8 year olds improve their maths skills. There’s a wide range of brain-teasing tasks and problems, and useful tips at the top of each page will remind children of the maths behind the questions. The book has been updated to conform to the new Primary Curriculum requirements, and the techniques children will be learning in school. The answers are all included in an easy-to-use pullout section, along with useful suggestions for helping children get the most out of the book. This succinct book is perfect for reinforcing school work without being overpowering.

KS2 Maths SATS Revision Book - Standard Level

Designed for pupils who are ‘secure’ in Year 6 Maths (this means they’ve achieved most, but not all, of the Year 6 learning objectives). All the key topics are explained with clear, colourful study notes; these are easy to follow and excellent use is made of labelled diagrams. These are aided by very helpful step-by-step worked examples - plenty of them for each topic to ensure children are really confident when tackling questions for themselves. Numbers & Place Value, Calculations, Fractions, Decimals & Percentages, Ratio, Proportion & Algebra, Measure, Geometry and Statistics are the topics covered. There are practice questions to test their understanding at the end of each section (with answers included). The pages are clearly laid out, making it easy for children to work through and there are, of course, plenty of lively cartoons to make it more fun.

KS2 Maths SATS Question Book - Standard

This is the perfect accompaniment or follow-on to the book above - either use the books side-by-side, doing the revision and then tackling the questions, or use this question book to follow-up afterwards - but keep the revision book handy to refer back to. There are two practice tests - pupils can try the first to see what they know before starting the book and the secodn will show how much they have learnt. All the pages are laid out in the style of SATS papers and pupils can assess thei own understanding at the end of each topic. There are between 1 and 4 pages of questions on each topic, meaning that trickier topics offer plenty of revision opportunity. With its clear layout, it's a good confidence builder, allowing progress at the child's own pace.

KS2 Maths SATS Revision Book - Advanced

Now schools no longer have to assess to National Curriculum Levels, pupils will need to demonstrate that they are 'secure in' or 'exceeding' the objectives for the year; these books are for pupils who are exceeding the objectives and who therefore need more advanced work. It's perfect for home and classroom use and teachers will welcome this book to use alongside the Standard Level book. The same topics are covered as the Standard Level Book, with clear, colourful study notes and plentiful step-by-step worked examples. There are practice questions to test understanding at the end of each section (with answers included). It's colourful and easy to follow, with clear explanations - the step-by-step examples are especially useful for building confidence.

KS2 Maths SATS Question Book - Advanced

This Advanced Level KS2 Maths SATS Question Book from CGP is targeted at pupils who are ‘exceeding’ the Year 6 Maths learning objectives (this means they’ve achieved all these objectives, and possibly some from Year 7 too). It’s perfect for helping them practise all the most difficult skills, without having to go back over material they’ve already mastered. For every topic, there’s a wide range of realistic SATS-style practice questions, with detailed answers and mark schemes included at the back of the book. It gives comprehensive coverage in question form, of the topics covered in the Revision Guide, and it is ideal for pupils sitting the Level 6 tests; it's also useful for CE and 11+ work.

True Tales of Adventurers & Explorers

CGP have really broadened their already excellent range recently. They are now producing an exceptional range of supporting materials including this fact-packed True Tales series. This gitle, perfect for pupils in Years 5 & 6, tells the fascinating life stories of four famous adventurers: Zhang Qian, David Livingston, Nellie Bly and Amelia Earhart. The whole book is in full colour, with plenty of illustrations and examples of all the non-fiction text types children will study in Key Stage Two English - including diaries, advertisements, newspaper reports and more. This means the book ( as with the rest of the series) really does serve a dual purpose - as well as introducing a wide range of text styles, it is also a valuable non-fiction resource to support history. A matching Teacher Book packed with classroom resources is also  - True Tales of Adventurers & Explorers - Guided Reading Teacher Resource Pack

True Tales of Scientists

Four famous scientists - Alhazen, Mary Anning, Charles Darwin and Marie Curie - are the subjects of this book. The book also includes a range of activities to extend learning - these include how to hunt for fossils and how to draw a star map. The way the material is presented, in diary format supplemented by a range of other genres of information writing, makes for an appealing presentation which will grab children's attention. For example, the section on Darwin includes extracts from his diary amd a contemporary newspaper account, along with plenty of illustrative material. Together, they work well to show children how to build up a rounded picture. The presentation is exceptional too - every page is on a full colour background with fact boxes clearly demarked. It's well thought-out and really encourages reading. To accompany this - True Tales of Scientists - Guided Reading Teacher Resource Pack

True Tales of Creative Minds

The eclectic selection of creative minds included, gives a good cross-section of creativity across different disciplines and eras. The presentation is excellent - the commentary, in diary format, tells the life story and links together a range of other types of writing, giving children the experience they need to read and understand these different forms. The inclusion of a glossary for each person adds another dimension to learning. True Tales of Creative Minds - Guided Reading Teacher Resource Pack In common with each Teacher Book, this comes with CD-ROM and is a brilliant companion. It contains complete plans for guided reading sessions, including tasks, activities and ideas for discussion. On the CD-ROM is a full IWB version of the Reading Book, plus a huge range of printable resources, from writing journals to editable worksheets. Perfect for busy teachers!

True Tales of Kings & Queens

>Covering a wide range of British history and some sharply contrasting rulers, we have Boudica, Alfred the Great, King John and Queen Victoria. Told chronologically, the text picks out key feaures of the life of each monarch and gives a good overview of their main achievemenyts, engagingly told.Again, the attractive presentation, excellent use of illustrative material and wide range of genres makes for an excellent book, worthy of a place in any classroom and, along with  True Tales of Kings & Queens - Guided Reading Teacher Resource Pack, an exceptional resource.

KS2 English SAT Buster - Grammar Book 2

Written in CGP's trademark friendly and approachable style, this is ideal for helping children score top marks for grammar in the KS2 English SATS. It contains plenty of skill-building practice for all the techniques they’ll need, with self-assessment tick boxes to help keep track of their progress. Starting with individual types of word, eg nouns, pronouns etc, the book then moves on to writing sentences and making words. This is Book 2 - for even more SATS grammar practice at the same level, KS2 English SAT Buster - Grammar is also available. KS2 English SAT Buster - Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Book 2 Answer Book contains the answers for this and the Punctuation and Spelling books below.

KS2 English SAT Buster - Punctuation Book 2

Another book which will make children feel as though they have a friendly teacher alongside thm as they work through the questions. It is excellent to see a whole book (and there is KS2 English SAT Buster - Punctuation available too) dedicated to punctuation. It's an area where practice really does help and if children understand the rules of punctuation and use it correctly, their written work will be vastly improved. It's a skill which will stand them in good stead throughout life. There are separate sections for each main group of punctuation, followed by mixed tests. Helpful hints are found throughout the book and the varied questions will hold children's interest.

KS2 English SAT Buster - Spelling 2

In conjunction with KS2 English SAT Buster - Spelling, this will give children plenty of practice for spelling. It includes sections on word patterns, word beginnings, word endings and confusing words, further split into helpful sections. The book includes spelling hints and tips. With its clear layout and plenty of space for writing in the answers, this is easy to use and an excellent way to give confidence and familiarity. Of course, it's good value too.

KS2 English SAT Buster: 10-Minute Tests - Reading

This book is a great way to introduce KS2 English SATS preparation in bite-sized chunks - children will be happy to do these short tests, which don't seem daunting; they are ideal to tackle after homework or when there are a few minutes to spare.. Each set of quick tests includes reading questions in the style of the real SATS, with texts that progress in difficulty throughout each set. Answers are included, along with a handy progress chart to help work out which level children are working at. The book consists of eighteen short Reading tests, with six tests in each. Each test can be marked and the book includes a progress chart. A good variety of text types is included - non-fiction, fiction, letters, advertisements, poetry and more. The questions range from multiple choice tick boxes to longer, written answers, giving a good range of question types to stimulate pupils.

KS2 English SAT Buster: 10-Minute Tests - Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling

Well thought-out tests give children short focussed practice to reinforce learning, pick up any areas of weakness and give confidence for taking SATS tests. Each set of quick tests covers a mix of grammar, punctuation and spelling with questions in the style of the real SATS - including audio tests for spelling (you can either read these out from the pull-out transcripts or access free online audio files on the CGP website Each book in this set includes answers. Three sets of tests, each containing five tests, means plenty of variety and the book will be ideal for additional support in Year 6.

KS2 Maths SAT Buster: 10-Minute Tests

Don't scare your child off by giving them full-length SATS-type tests to start off with, but use this book to introduce KS2 Maths SATS preparation in bite-sized chunks. Each set of quick tests covers a mixture of maths topics, with questions in the style of the real SATS - including audio tests for mental maths (you can either read these out from the pull-out transcripts in the centre of the book or access free online audio files on the CGP website). Answers are included, along with a handy progress chart to help work out at which level children are working. There's a good variety of questions and the clear layout is easy for children to follow.

KS2 Maths Targeted Study Book - Year 3: The Study Book Year 3

The introduction of the new curriculum for 2014 has led to a huge number of workbooks being published. CGP have been in the forefront of this, with a wide range of new resources, all of which offer exceptional value for both parents and teachers. All the maths topics pupils will meet in Year 3 are covered with clear progressive learning plus plenty of worked examples. Two pages of practice questions are included at the end of each of the six sections - these progress in difficulty to give pupils’ understanding a thorough workout and to allow adults to pick up on any areas needing extra work. Answers are at the back of the book, along with a glossary. For even more practice, KS2 Maths Targeted Question Book - Year 3 is also available.

KS2 Maths Targeted Question Book - Year 5

The new curriculum does not have fixed Assessment Levels but these new targeted books, with one set for each year, offer teachers and parents a good way to keep track of how children are progressing throughout each year. This book, which works well alongside and to extend KS2 Maths Targeted Study Book - Year 5: The Study Book includes questions for each topic, with space on each page to write the answers and any working out. Marking boxes are in the margin to track progress and answers are included. The book also contains two Objectives Tests - one at the start of the book that recaps the Year 4 skills, and one at the end that covers a mixture of topics from Year 5. The books comprehensive coverage in a way that children find approachable and reassuring; they are excellent for building confidence.

KS2 Maths Workout - Year 4

With a book available for each of the primary years, all updated for the 2014 curriculum, these workout books give students plenty of experience in tackling a range of questions, each arranged by key topic eg counting and numbers; plave value and ordering; adding. As with all CGP books, the light-hearted appraoch will capture children;s interest and the netertaining cartoons enliven the pages. The work is clearly laid out and answers are written straight into the book. Maths is made relevant to everyday life so pupils can see why they need to learn - for instance, a visit to a theme park, making cakes and buying toys. There are plenty of word problems included too. Answers are in a cut-out section at the end of the books. Also available - KS2 Maths Workout - Year 6: Workout Book

KS2 Discover & Learn: History - Stone Age to Celts Study Book, Years 3 & 4

To match the new history curriculum introduced in 2014, CGP have produced an exceptional range of history resources with study books and activity books for each topic. Each topic, right from prehistory, is broken down and explained in a pupil-friendly style - a real bonus as it can be hard for children to relate to events which happened such a long time ago.Illustrated throughout in full colour, there are timelines, photos and illustrations to bring the topic alive. Clear headings and good use of fact boxes break up the text. Each page features plenty of questions to encourage children to think about how people lived. With special prices for schools from the CGP website  (as with all their books) these represent exceptional value for such well produced and informative books.

KS2 Discover & Learn: History - Stone Age to Celts Activity Book, Year 3 & 4

Designed to be used alongside the Study Book, this activity book is full of questions based on the Study Book, arranged in the same way to facilitate using the books together. It's an excellent way to encourage children to reflect on what they have learnt and to help them to remember; it also serves to show teachers and parents how much pupils have understood. A great revision or homework resource. Each topic includes Learning Objective tick-boxes, so pupils (and teachers) can keep track of how confident they feel about each topic. The KS2 Discover & Learn: History - Stone Age to Celts Teacher Book, Year 3 & 4 contains exemplar answers to every question, plus plenty of useful resources for teachers, including prompts and guidance for pupils and suggestions for extension activities. Taken as a whole, these books create a really comprehensive resource.

KS2 Discover & Learn: Geography - Study Book, Year 3 & 4

Two colourful Study Books (Years 3 amd 4; Years 5 and 6) cover all the concepts children will need to understand for the new geography curriculum for Years 3 to 6. The clear, approachable and easy to follow explanations are supported by full-colour maps, photos and diagrams, all attractively laid out against colour backgrounds. Topics are broken up into double page spreads and there are questions for pupils to condider and these enhance their understanding.

KS2 Discover & Learn: Geography - Activity Book, Year 3 & 4

This Activity Book complements the book above - and the Study Book is necessary to tackle the questions. The book includes plenty of engrossing tasks so pupils cantest their skills in knowledge of the world, the UK, physical geography and human geography. The variety of questions is excellent and will capture children's interest. The accompanying KS2 Discover & Learn: Geography - Teacher Book, Year 3 & 4 contains answers, pupil guidance and ideas for extension activities.

KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Year 4

With a book for each year in KS2 this series of targeted question books ensures that pupils have a complete coverage of every topic. With CGP's trademark engaging, this the right level for Year 4 pupils (ages 8-9), and compliant with the National Curriculum from September 2014 and beyond. This comprehensive resource has plenty of examples to reinforce understanding and practice questions (plus answers at the end) to work through. As always, parents using these books with their children should be guided by their child's knowledge - make sure they have a full understanding of the work in each book before moving on to the next and don't feel they MUST be doing the work set for their year - all children work at different speeds. Work through this excellent series in sequence and children will have a thorough grounding - there's a phenomenal amount packed into the books. KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Year 5 and KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Year 6 are two more in this excellent series of comprehensive books.

KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Word Power - Year 3

Understanding what lies behind words and using them is an excellent way to help children widen their vocabulary. Arranged in three sections - ‘What Are Words?’, ‘What Do Words Do?’ and ‘Word Choices’ - the book encourages pupils to think about the words we use and why we use them. This encourages use of interesting vocabulary in children's own writing. The presentation is lively and engaging and really encourages children to think about what they are writing; there are plenty of opportunities for children to apply what they have learnt in answering the questions. As with each in this series, the book is complemented by KS2 English Word Power: Teacher Book - Year 3

KS2 English Word Power: Teacher Book - Year 4

The teacher books in this series contain answers for every question, plus background information, suggestions for scaffolding and extension activities. The 2014 curriculum says that “teachers should emphasise pupils’ enjoyment and understanding of language, especially vocabulary” and by using this series, teachers can satisfy this requirement right through the key stage in a consistent manner, whilst engaging their pupils in lively and engaging work. KS2 English Targeted Question Book: Word Power - Year 4 accompanies this book; colourful presentation gives the book immediate appeal.

KS2 Science Year Three Workout: Rocks, Fossils & Soils

The new KS2 science curriculum for 2014 means new topics atnd CGP are on the ball again with this great range of topic-themed workout books for Years 3 to 6. Each of these comprehensive books includes practice questions, investigations and practical tasks to help children get to grips with all the important concepts. At the end of the book are mixed questions which provide an excellent review section to check understanding before moving on to another topic; answers are in a pull-out section. As always, the presentation is lively and the layout clear, with room for children to write in their answers; that also makes the books useful to keep for revision.

KS2 Science Year Four Workout: Teeth, Digestion & Food Chains

This book includes questions and practical investigations to ensure children cover the objectices on 'Animals, including humans' from the 2014 curriculum. With clear, easy to follow explnations and good diagrams to explain the topics, pupils will find these books a great asset in learning about the topics. Each book includes a useful glossary. Schools can buy the complete workout bundles for each year group at exceptionally low prices - here's how. . The Year 4 topics are Living Things & Habitats; Teeth, Digestion & Food Chains; States of Matter; Sound and Electricity.

KS2 Science Year Five Workout: Earth & Space

The solar system, the earth and sun and the moon are the sections of this book; each is further sub-divided into easily assimilated chunks of information, with facts to learn and questions to answer. Each book includes a fact-packed poster to pull out and colour in - enjoyable for children to do, they are great learning tools and ideal to display as a reminder. See sample pages from the book here.

KS2 Science Year Six Workout: Evolution & Inheritance

Covering inheritance, adaptations and evolution, this covers the Year 6 objectives in a clear and straightforward way. As with all the books in the series, there are practical mini-projects (Living things in their habitats and Adaptation and evolution in this book) and investigations to carry out to help pupils develop their “Working Scientifically” skills. Taken as a whole, this is an excellent and comprehensive series to support all the topics covered in the KS2 science curriculum, making it easy to learn and enjoyable.

KS1 Pupil Progress Booklet for English, Maths and Science - Year 3

This useful and inexpensive  (especially at the school price of just 30p from CGP) series of booklets is ideal for keeping track of children’s progress in English, Maths and Science throughout Year 1. Every learning statement from the Key Stage Two Programme of Study (starting in September 2014) is listed, split up by subject and topic so that it’s easy to check off each one as pupils work through the year. There are also spaces for teacher comments. These books are available for Years 1 - 6, giving teachers a consistent approach to assessing progress through the primary years. KS2 Pupil Progress Booklet for English, Maths and Science - Year 4, KS2 Pupil Progress Booklet for English, Maths and Science - Year 5 and KS2 Pupil Progress Booklet for English, Maths and Science - Year 6

KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Number

Once again, CGP's trademark friendly style brings a set of revision guides which will provide excellent practice in the build up to SATS as well as for general reinforcement of learning. It contains SATS-style practice on every number topic - Number and Proportion, Written and Mental Calculations, and Problem Solving with Number. Each of these is further sub-divided into smaller section, giving 14 areas of study in all. Answers to all three of these books are available in a separate Answer Book KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Number, Shape, Measures and Data Answer Book .

KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Shape, Measures and Data

This book is divided into three sections with further sub-divisions so it is easy to find the chosen topic. There are generally six questions for each topic although some more complex topics have more questions. It's good to see that the publishers have considered just how much each topic requires rather than being constrained to a set number of questions regardless of the complexity of the topic. The questions and diagrams are clear and easy to follow. The questions can be tackled in one or two sessions of study, giving children just the right amount of reinforcement without them getting bored.

KS2 Maths SAT Buster - Mental Maths (with online audio tests)

There are hundreds of questions covering everything from doubling to division, angles to algebra, perimeters to percentages and much more. There are 15 different topics with two or more pages of questions. In the centre of the book are four realistic Mental Maths practice tests with free online audio files for each one. Taken together, these three guides will cover all the key areas in a succinct and enjoyable way. Using these books is an excellent way to build your child's confidence and reassure them - and you - that they are on the right track. CGP, with their touches of humour, make learning approachable and fun and always focus closely on the curriculum so parents can be confident they are giving their child the best help possible.

11+ Maths Study Book and Parents' Guide for the CEM Test

This new series from CGP is for the CEM - Durham University - test, which is being used by an increasing number of schools around the country. Check with your school which tests they use. This title covers a wide range of CEM-style topics to provide students with the most effective preparation possible. There are step-by-step methods for answering questions quickly and accurately, plus round-up questions at the end of each topic (with answers). Usefully, and unusually for this type of book, there is an extensive index. There is also a useful glossary. A pull-out Benchmark Test is included to help identify the level children are working at. The Parents' Guide is a detailed pull-out which is packed with useful advice on all steps of the 11+ process. Altogether, an extremely comprehensive book.

The 11+ Maths Practice Book with Assessment Tests for the CEM Test (Ages 9-10)

Although we obviously do not want to pressurise our children too much, a slow steady build up to any test or exam is useful so that confidence is built up along with familiarity with the types of questions that can be expected. This book which is ideal for children in Years 4 and 5 gives just that basis. The first section is focused on specific topics - number, data handling, shape and space, and units and measures - to develop understanding and confidence. This is followed by some mixed problems and Assessment Tests that help to improve speed and accuracy across a wide range of questions. Fully explained answers to every question are included in a pull-out section, so it's easy to check children's progress and correct any mistakes. It is the explanations that are particularly useful, as these enable parents to see where mistakes have occurred and explain how to put things right.

11+ Maths Practice Book with Assessment Tests (age 10-11) for the CEM Test

This has all the same features as the preceding book so children are enabled to make a smooth progression to the level of work that will be expected in the actual test. The progress chart gives parents a good idea of the level at which their child is working - there is also a link to download mark sheets. The topic by topic presentation is ideal for reinforcing learning and building confidence before tackling the assessment papers.

11+ Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests (age 7-8) for the CEM Test

In this title, the first section is focused on specific topics - spelling and grammar, word meanings, completing passages and comprehension - to develop understanding and confidence. The comprehension section is especially good as it encourages children to think in many different ways. The Assessment Tests help to improve speed and accuracy across a wide range of questions. Fully explained answers to every question are included in a pull-out section, so it's easy to check children's progress and correct any mistakes. There is a good mix of questions at different levels, allowing a gradual building of confidence and the book is clear and easy to follow.

11+ Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests (age 8-9) for the CEM Test

Spelling/grammar, woed meanings, completing passages  - these are topics that all children need to know and understand so this book has a much wider use than just 11+. Useful hints are succinct and easy to remember adding value to the book. There are plenty of comprehesion tests included, both factual and fiction, giving a good range of experience of different questions..Assessment tests, progress charts and a glossary enhance the book. The book includes 8 assessment tests with a  pull-out answer booklet. Practical and easy to use - and good value, of course.

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Book with Assessment Tests (age 9-10) for the CEM Test

Many schools do not include VR and non VR in the curriculum so extra work on these topics, and particularly VR, is very useful - and an early start really does pay dividends. Non VR really is an area where familiarity with the question style is a huge benefit. The book starts with sections on spotting patterns and these take many different forms which gives a good foundation. A short section on shapes is followed by 8 assessment tests which have an accompanying pull-out answer booklet - this includes answers to the first sections. A clear and understandable guide to a tricky subject.

KS2 English: Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Study Book from CGP Books

As we have come to expect from CGP, this is an approachable colourful and easy-to-read study book. It covers everything KS2 students will need to know about Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling for the English SATS. As well as being an important part of SATS, these are also essential skills for everyday life and skills which are needed in virtually every school subject, so it is vital that children have a good grasp of the concepts. This is facilitated by the examples which demonstrate each point and the recap questions for every topic and exam-style tasks at the end of each section enable parents and teachers to check understanding. The layout and use of colour make the book both attractive and easy to use and there are lots of humorous cartoons to keep the student interested.

KS2 Maths Study Book - Level 6 from CGP Books

Matching the Attainment Targets, this colourful book has been carefully created to support work for the Level 6 test. Each topic is covered, with one page explaining the maths and the opposite page showing worked examples, allowing children to follow through and see how the questions are tackled. At the end of each section are practice questions; the book below is designed to complement these so the two are ideal for use together. Targeted for children taking the Level 6 Extension Test, this would also be good for post-SATS work, for summer holiday catch-up and for the beginning of Year 7. Of course, there's the element of humour we expect from CGP. Each double page has a box at the end which gives a simple but effective tip to help learning.

KS2 Maths Question Book - Level 6 from CGP Books

The perfect accompaniment to the Study Book, this handles topics in the same sequence, making reference back easy. The book starts with two tests - levels 5b and 5a; levels 6c and 6b; it ends with two more 6c and 6b; 6b and 6a. These are valuable for seeing where children are with their work as well as highlighting where extra help is needed. There are then six sections (matching the Study Book) for systematic practice of key topics. The questions are clearly set out using a format similar to the SATS papers to help familiarity. Each topic has learning objectives so children can rate their own progress. The answers are provided, of course!

KS2 Maths SATs Practice Papers - Level 6 from CGP Books

Once children have gained confidence by using the two books described above, move on to the next step with these three full sets of realistic Level 6 Practice Tests for Key Stage Two Maths. As the Level 6 tests have recently been re-introduced, there are not so many sample papers available so these are a valuable resource, being fully up-to-date for the latest tests and ideal to increase confidence before sitting the actual test. A detailed answer book is also included, with a guide to how the marks are assigned to each question.

Practise & Learn: Grammar (ages 10-11)

Good grammar is essential not just for English, but in all aspects of writing. This bold and bright activity book is an ideal source of grammar practice in the run-up to SATS. It covers all the important grammar rules, with plenty of tips and a range of engaging question types to keep children interested. Complete answers, plus useful notes for parents, are included in a pull-out booklet. It is also excellent for anyone learning English as a second language.

Practise & Learn: Algebra (Ages 10-11)

What could perhaps be a rather daunting topic is made simple and even fun by the CGP approach. The book starts by explaining number sequences, BODMAS, word problems and missing numbers. It then progresses to algebra, equations and formulae. Each topic is clearly explained step-by-step and there are plenty of exercises to complete to ensure the topic is thoroughly grounded. The book makes excellent use of colour and boxes to separate topics, and even the answer sheets are well thought out. Children will enjoy the game at the end.

Practise & Learn: Spanish (Ages 7-9)

Building on the work done in the first book, this builds on the content by extending learning a level - and again, there are plenty of engaging activities. The careful building of knowledge through the series makes these books very practical and the economical pricing means you can buy all three to provide a complete programme. Not just for classroom use, they would be excellent when holidaying in Spanish-speaking countries. Take one on the plane and get a head start!

Practise & Learn: Mental Maths (Ages 9-11)

For each topic, there's a reminder about the important techniques, followed by plenty of engaging questions to help children develop their KS2 Mental Maths skills. These are presented in a variety of ways, so children won't get bored. Each topic is perfect in length for one short revision section a day - and there's a game to play at the end. The range of question formats ensures that all types of questions that will be encountered in tests are covered, giving children confidence. All the answers are included in a pull-out section, along with notes for parents and suggested extension activities.

Practise & Learn: Spanish (Ages 9-11)

Spanish is a popular alternative to French in schools, so this will be extremely useful, both as a classroom resource and as a book to use at home. In CGP's usual style, there is plenty of fun to make learning enjoyable. Plenty of useful vocabulary is covered, with a range of engaging question types and tips to keep children interested. There's also a 'Listen and Learn' CD of words and phrases recorded by native Spanish speakers, plus a pull-out booklet with answers to every question and useful notes for parents.

Practise & Learn: French (Ages 7-9) Richard Parsons

This follows the same format as the book for 5 - 7 year olds thus giving very useful progression and allowing parents and teachers to let children work at their own level - the series is excellent to allow differentiation in the classroom, as the topics are covered in the same order, just with increasing levels of difficulty. The activities are carefully selected to be age-appropriate and are great to develop thinking and reasoning skills alongside language learning.

Practise & Learn: French (Ages 9-11) Richard Parsons

Children will feel a great sense of achievement as they work through the exercises in this book and realise how much they have learnt through the previous books. Of course, it works just as well as a stand-alone book for those new to French, as the basic principles are covered. Plenty of engaging activities will strengthen knowledge and ensure learning is strongly embedded. Super books to take on holiday to France, where children can practice what they have learnt. Each book includes answers and a vocabulary CD, spoken by native speakers. Excellent!
 

Practise & Learn: Mental Maths (Ages 7-9) Richard Parsons

As well as needing mental maths in everyday life, children in KS2 will encounter mental maths in tests, as well as to support all branches of maths learning. The quicker they can calculate mentally, the better they can cope with the numeracy requirements. Each topic is briefly explained as a reminder, then there are lots of questions, using a wide variety of formats. This is valuable, because children need to experience the range of questions they may encounter. Clear layout plus an easily used pull-out answer section are typical of the standard CGP produce. There's even a fun game at the end - Elephants and Monkeys.
 

Maths Ages 8 - 9 (Practise and Learn) from CGP

This colourful and accessible series includes one book for each school year, so by using the series you can support your child's learning throughout primary school by using this familiar and attractive format.  This bright, friendly book has lots of maths practice covering the syllabus for Year 4. with has guidance on the topic, followed by a variety of sums, fun exercises, games and brain-teasing problems. There's also a pull-out answers section with helpful tips if your child is struggling with the topic.

Maths Ages 10 - 11 (Practise and Learn) from CGP

This is an ideal book to work through with your child when SATS (or 11+ and CE exams) are looming. The succinct pages are just enough to practise key topics without undue pressure. All the activities are fun and enjoyable to do, and well designed to appeal to children. There is an answer sheet for every page, which is easy to follow, and explanations are given to help children to understand.

English Ages 7 - 8 (Practise and Learn) from CGP

The series has an emphasis on making learning fun, and the work is split into small sections perfect to do on a daily basis. This bright, friendly book has lots of English practice at exactly the right level for 7-8 year olds. The colourful pages start with guidance on the topic, then have loads of writing tasks, fun exercises and brain-teasing activities. There's also a pull-out answers section - the helpful tips are invaluable if your child is struggling with the topic - so often, books just give the answer with no explanation so it can be hard for parents to help their children.

English Ages 9 - 10 (Practise and Learn) from CGP

Another colourful and enjoyable book to help children reinforce essential skills. One topic is explained in full colour on each page, with questions and activities to ensure children have a full understanding before moving on to the next topic. And when they have finished the book (as with every other title in the series) there is a fun game, based on the topic of the book, to play and keep. This whole series is fun and colourful and exceptionally good value.

KS2 ICT Study Guide by Richard Parsons

Adults may learn as much as their children from this useful book! It is written in a clear and non-patronising way that means we can all learn.  It follows the National Curriculum and covers all the key areas. It relies heavily on images of what you - or your child - will actually see on the screen in front of you and this makes it easy to follow. There are lots of activities to try out that new-found knowledge, with technical terms explained clearly alongside the multitude of diagrams. A really practical guide with plenty of fun too - not to mention exceptionally good value!

KS2 Maths Question Book - Year 3 by Richard Parsons

Make sure your child is working at exactly the level required with this series of  graded books from CGP - and then move on when they are ready (or back to reinforce learning). Clearly laid out practice questions approach concepts in a range of ways ensuring children are not thrown by the wording of a question.  It matches the KS2 Maths Study Book - Year 3: The Study Book Year 3 page for page, so do use them together. The pages are clearly laid out and the questions are written in language perfectly suited to 7 to 8 year-olds. Of course, there's plenty of fun too!

KS2 Science The Important Bits by Richard Parsons

Even though the majority of children no longer sit formal KS2 Sats tests in science, it is still essential that they have a good grounding in science - and this book is ideal to reinforce that knowledge. As with all CGP books, it is written in an easily accessible form that children will find fun. Each topic is succinctly covered, with plenty of colour diagrams and illustrations. The amount of information packed into this book is amazing! 

   
   

Spelling Rules by Richard Parsons

This is such a simple idea - just learn the spelling rules which are clearly presented, then you can remember the rule whenever you are stuck for a spelling. This handy guide takes you through the most common spelling rules needed to follow the requirements of the National Literacy Strategy. Every child should have their own copy of this super book. Simple but effective.

KS2 Geography - the Study Book 

All CGP books are fantastic value and this is no exception. The colourful presentation and fantastic use of diagrams make this a really good guide for KS2 geography. Geographical concepts are explained clearly and concisely in a way guaranteed to appeal. Add to your knowledge by using the KS2 geography workout book too.

KS2 maths - the Study Book Year 4

CGP produce one of these books for each year in KS2. They are a super way to ensure all the key topics for the year are covered and they can also be used for revision at any stage. Usefully, each page includes the Learning Objective, together with circles the child can tick to show progress - this is always a great incentive to help children see the progress they have made. It also helps parents and teachers see areas of weakness. The glossary is another useful feature, to ensure understanding of all the key terms.

KS2 English SAT buster Reading Book 1

I love the way the texts for the questions are on fold-out flaps, so children can refer to the text whilst answering the questions. In the SATS tests, the different types of questions are mixed up, but this book separates out the different types so children can recognise and practise the 5 different types - you'll need to read the book to find out what they are! There are two more books in the series, too.

KS3 study guides

KS3 Religious Education Complete Study & Practice

This is a superb resource for pupils studying Religious Education at Key Stage Three, covering the enture currriculum in exactly the right level of detail. It covers the key beliefs and features of six religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Each section concludes with a range of questions (answers are included) to test students on what they have learned, and get them thinking about their own responses. The practical Glossary that summarises all the important religious terms that are used in the book. It is a factual book, packed with informative text which is easy to read and assimilate.

The 13+ Maths Study Book for the Common Entrance Exams (with online edition)

Following the success of their 11+ books, CGP have published brand new books to cover the Common Entrance 13+ exams. There are full-colour Study Books for Maths, English and Science and each includes a free Online Edition. The maths book covers every Common Entrance 13+ Maths topic with clear, concise notes and helpful worked examples plus practice questions throughout the book to test understanding. In addition, there is a page of summary questions at the end of each section (answers to every question are at the back). Explanations are full and detailed and good use is made of colour to enhance layout. The extensive glossary is a particularly useful feature. The book is also valauble for all students in KS3 wanting additional maths practice.

The 13+ Maths Practice Book for the Common Entrance Exams

Like the Study Book, this is divided into six sections, making it easy to use the books in parallel. The sections are numbers, algebra, graphs, shape, measures and handling data. There are lots of questions on each topic, ensuring that students have an excellent grounding in the build up to 13+ exams. Using the code included with the book gives access to the online edition.

The 13+ English Study Book for the Common Entrance Exams (with online edition)

Another comprehensive Study Book which covers every skill students will need for success in the CE 13+ English exam. Clear concise notes are easy to follow, additionally clarified by helpful examples. There is a page of summary questions at the end of each section to test understanding of the crucial points. The book also includes a section of advice for students taking the CASE (Common Academic Scholarship Examination) Paper. Each book in the series concentrates on the key facts pupils need to learn without unnecessary extras, meaning learning is focussed and effective. Perfect 13+ practice and learning.

KS3 English Study Guide (with online edition) (Revision Guide)

The curriculum is always changing but we can rely on CGP to keep us up to date and these revised books do just that. This book covers everything students need to do well in Key Stage Three English, all presented in CGP's trademark friendly approachable style. Reading, writing and Shakespeare are all included plus summary questions at the end of each section to test students on what they've learned. The clear division into sections allows pupils to concentrate on areas where they need help as well as providing quick revision guides. Excellent value, succinct and informative.

KS3 English Workbook (with answers and online edition)

Laid out under the same headings, this workbook is the ideal companion to the study guide. Students can learn the basics then put their knowledge into practice by doing the exercises in this book (answers are included). THe book offers a good variety of question types and texts. Topics are covered in depth with plenty of questions for each area. Each book gives access to a digital Online Edition to read on a PC, Mac or tablet by using the unique code printed at the front of the book. Friendly, approachable and confidence-building, the questions gradually build in difficulty, allowing students to build on previous learning.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for KS3 - the Study Guide (with online edition)

However good a student is at creative writing, answering comprehension questions or any other aspect of written English, if they don't have a sound grasp of spelling, grammar and punctuation, they will lose marks. The use of colour, different fonts and clear headings makes the pages easy to follow and the explanations stand out. As ever, the pages are adorned with quirky cartoons to keep the attention. companion book below. THere are questions on ech topic but for lots more, see the All CGP books are excellent for helping parents to understand what their child is studying in school and for finding out about teaching methods so they can offer the best possible support and encouragement.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for KS3 - the Workbook (with online edition)

Spelling, punctuation, grammar: basics and tenses plus writing skills are the sections of this book. There are plenty of topics on each topic and the answers are provided. The questions are carefully selected to ensure the subjects are relevant for the target audience and the layout is clear. Perfect for short bursts of revision and for supporting work done in school to ensure a full understanding.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for GCSE: The Study Guide from CGP

Now that 5% of the marks are now awarded for spelling, punctuation and grammar nn GCSE English Literature, Geography, History and RS, it's more important than ever that students practise and learn the principles. This book is a clear and succinct guide to avoiding common mistakes, with plenty of useful advice for picking up as many marks as possible. NOt just useful for GCSE, I think this is also excellent for KS3 and even for adults unsure of the basic pronciples. There are plenty of examples of correct usage and the book includes practice questions for each topic to test students' understanding of the important points. Another excellent and good value publication, that gets to the heart of the matter to aid learning.

KS3 English Literacy Strategy Book 1 Levels 3-5 by Richard Parsons

One of three books written specifically to support the KS3 Literacy Strategy, these are ideal for knowing exactly what students needto know - not always easy to find out, so this series will be very welcome. This book is packed with questions at the correct level, so pupils are assured they are doing appropriate work. The answers are all there too, to help self-study. Of course, CGPs generous helping of fun is much in evidence! A revision guide to support the book is also available.

KS3 Maths The Revision Guide Levels 3 - 6 ed by Richard Parsons

One of the (many) great things about the CGP books is their coverage of all levels, so you can be sure that your child is working at the correct level to support school work, and then there is always progression available. 

KS3 history - the study guide by Richard Parsons

Another superb book in the CGP series. It takes you through the history syllabus for KS3 with just enough detail to cover the basics and gives a great overview of all the topics to be covered. I like the way that the layout in note form gives the information needed for the student to put into their own words to come up with a really good essay, putting their own interpretation on the facts given.

KS3 science - the workbook by Richard Parsons

All the questions you need for KS3 science in one excellently priced volume. Test your understanding with the questions then check the answers. The entertaining nature of the presentation makes answering questions fun!

KS3 ICT The Study Guide

We all use computers but knowing what goes on in the background is a different matter! This book takes the student through the technical bits needed for KS3 ICT. As always with CGP books, the information is interspersed with entertaining snippets and cartoons, meaning learning becomes really fun - a far cry from the traditional textbook. This book contains a huge amount of detail in an easily read format. Great stuff!

   

Functional Skills

Functional skills are qualifications in English, maths and ICT. They equip learners with the basic practical skills required in everyday life, education and the workplace and provide prospective employers with evidence of these skills. They are available at Entry Level 1 through to Level 3.

Functional Skills English Level 1: Study and Test Practice from CGP

A typical CGP publication - clear layout, all the key points covered, plenty of practice opportunities - and all excellent value. This book suits all exam boards and is an ideal way to prepare for the Level 1 English Functional Skills test.. Each topic is clearly explained with straightforward notes, tips and examples. There are also practice questions throughout the book, plus plenty of test-style questions (with answers) to help you prepare for the real thing.

Functional Skills Maths Level 1: Study and Test Practice from CGP

This book is an ideal way to prepare for the Level 1 Maths Functional Skills test - whichever exam board you're studying. It covers number work, measuring, shape and space and handling data. All these topics are useful revision for any student. Each is clearly explained with tips and worked examples to support the explanation - and practice questions for the student to ensure understanding before progressing. The book concludes with test-style questions based on realistic scenarios. Practical and easy to use.
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CGP Books

CGP write and sell great value revision guides and study books for UK schools. The educational books cover A-Level, GCSE, KS3, KS2 and KS1. We can only show a few here, so please go to the CGP website for lots more books.

This is what CGP Books say on their website:

"Since 1995 we've published over 600 titles for a massive range of courses and subjects, becoming the most popular educational publisher in the UK. In fact we're so popular that we send several lorry-loads of books from our headquarters every week.

So… what’s so good about our books?

Basically, they’re dead straightforward and lots of fun to use. We write every page in a chatty style that’s easy to learn from and we slip in a few jokes (well, we think they’re funny!) along the way. What’s more, we want everyone to use our books, so we work really hard to make sure they’re top‑notch for the lowest possible prices."

 

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