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Key Stage Maths Workbook ISBN’s

Before we add the first few workbooks to Amazon here are the ISBN’s and Barcodes which are registered with Nielsen and the British Library.

Key Stage Maths Long Addition – ISBN 978-0-9932394-1-0

Key Stage Maths Long Subtraction – ISBN 978-0-9932394-2-7

Key Stage Maths Long Multiplication – ISBN 978-0-9932394-3-4

Key Stage Maths Long Division – ISBN 978-0-9932394-4-1

Key Stage Maths Fractions, Decimals & Percentages – ISBN 978-0-9932394-5-8

Key Stage Maths Decoding – ISBN 978-0-9932394-6-5

Key Stage Maths Measurement – ISBN 978-0-9932394-7-2

Key Stage Maths Money & Time – ISBN 978-0-9932394-8-9

Key Stage Maths Charts, Tables & Graphs – ISBN 978-0-9932394-9-6

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The importance of repetition when learning maths

A child may learn how to do long division in class and then repeat it during homework, but to truly secure long division a child must repeat it over and over.

This has the side benefit of securing numeracy in general as long division involves addition, subtraction and multiplication – mostly mental.

Similarly, to secure numeracy in fractions, decimals and percentages requires repetition. By solving lots of similar but different problems a child will not only understand the relationship between 1/4, 0.25 and 25%, it will become fast and easy for them.

It’s not about memorizing how to turn 12% of 200 into a fraction, it’s about understanding the process of how to do it.

Repetition also gives a child a better feel for when something is wrong. For example if a child erroneously works out that 20% of 50 is 40, they should feel that this is incorrect, so they can go back and see where their mistake was.

The Key Stage Maths workbooks deliver repetition in all areas of the maths curriculum. Each book starting easy to secure confidence, then becoming progressively more difficult to secure numeracy.

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Grammar Schools in the East of England

At the time of writing there are eight grammar schools in the East of England, in Essex and Southend-on-Sea

Essex Grammar Schools

Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Chelmsford (for girls)

Colchester County High School for Girls, Colchester (for girls)

Colchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester (for boys)

King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford (for boys)

Grammar Schools in Southend-on-Sea

Southend High School for Boys, Southend-on-Sea (for boys)

Southend High School for Girls, Southend-on-Sea (for girls)

Westcliff High School for Boys, Westcliff-on-Sea (for boys)

Westcliff High School for Girls, Westcliff-on-Sea (for girls)

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Kanban Inspired Homework & Revision Planner

Kanban (Japanese 看板, signboard or billboard) is a method to manage and improve work

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else

Kanban (Japanese 看板, signboard or billboard) is a method to manage and improve work. In it’s simplest for it is three lists:

Using Kanban to build a weekly homework tracker

Following a stressful time getting my son to organise his homework and school week (especially ahead of exams using the homework diary from school), I taught him how to better plan his time using a Kanban-inspired visual technique (i.e. with post-it’s):

If Maths has to be HANDED IN on a Monday that’s where it goes on the wall. The arrows show a day before Monday when he should actually DO the homework. It’s a kind of To Do, Doing, Done approach from Kanban.

If he has a test, he writes that down and sticks it in the correct day of the week for when the test has been scheduled, then precedes it typically with two arrows, meaning he’ll do the revision on both of those two days ahead of the test:

One benefit of seeing everything visually makes it easier to spread the effort out over the week rather than crunching all the work on a Sunday and Thursday for example.

Generally there’s no control over the hand-in or test date (delivery) but there is control around the homework or revision (resourcing & time management).

Fine tuning the weekly homework planner

Important weekly events are labelled above each day making it really easy to see what else is happening during the week. It helps eliminate forgetting shin-pads and boots on a football day.

Finally, it’s useful to remind everyone that…

Good planning without good working is nothing

Eisenhower

Article by Neil Irani, co-founder of KeyStageMaths.com


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The ONE thing you can do to improve weekend / self-isolation work at home

The ONE thing you can do to help your child and you to get through each day at the weekend or during isolation at home (written at the time of the Corona Virus) – is to make a daily check-list.

The check-list should have a maximum of five items

Any more than five and it’s too big a list even for teenagers. Any fewer and there are not enough different things to do. This isn’t a guess – it’s based on years of experience in organising work at home at weekends.

Do in any order

The child doesn’t have to do the work in the order on the paper.

Self-Organising

It is actually important that you write the checklist with the child, that they own it, and can finish it off in any order they wish.

The child has to self-organise around the checklist so they’re invested in the outcome.

Break time

If the child wants a break e.g. at lunch time that’s fine, but if screen-time is involved it has to be strictly time-boxed – e.g. to 45 mins, before work recommences.

When the child writes the check-list

The ultimate goal is for the child to write their own checklist and to execute it each day especially during long holidays.

Should the check-list include screen-time?

No. Typically screen-time should only come once all the work has been done. This is hard to stick to of course.

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Grammar School in the West Midlands

At the time of writing there are nineteen grammar schools in the West Midlands in Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire and Wolverhampton

Grammar Schools in Birmingham

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield (for boys)

Handsworth Grammar School, Handsworth (for boys)

King Edward VI Aston School, Aston (for boys)

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, Kings Heath (for boys)

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Kings Heath (for girls)

King Edward VI Five Ways School, Bartley Green (co-ed)

King Edward VI Handsworth School, Handsworth (for girls)

Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, Sutton Coldfield (for girls)

Grammar Schools in Stoke-on-Trent

St. Joseph’s College, Stoke-on-Trent (co-ed)

Grammar Schools in Telford and Wrekin

Adams’ Grammar School, Newport (for boys)

Newport Girls High School, Newport (for girls)

Grammar Schools in Walsall

Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall (for boys)

Queen Mary’s High School, Walsall (for girls)

Grammar Schools in Warwickshire

Alcester Grammar School, Alcester (co-ed)

King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon (for boys)

Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby (for boys)

Rugby High School for Girls, Rugby (for girls)

Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls, Stratford-upon-Avon (for girls)

Grammar Schools in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Girls’ High School, Newbridge (for girls)

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Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos

“Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty.”

― Deepak Chopra

Maths from Macro to Micro

It is difficult to articulate let alone teach, that maths is part of the DNA of the universe from the Macro (space, time, matter, fundamental physics etc) to the Micro (molecular and atomic structures and behaviours).

But it is still worth trying.

If you ignite one child’s imagination at the Macro or Micro level (or anywhere in-between) – that’s a massive win.

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