Mental Arithmetic Book 5


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Mental Arithmetic provides rich and varied practice to develop pupils' essential maths skills and prepare them for all aspects of the Key Stage 2 national tests. It may also be used as preparation for the 11+, and with older students for consolidation and recovery.

Structured according to ability rather than age, the series allows children to work at their own pace, building confidence and fluency. Two Entry Tests are available in the Mental Arithmetic Teacher's Guide to help teachers, parents and tutors to select the appropriate book for each child.

Mental Arithmetic 5 covers the key subject areas of number, measurement, geometry, statistics, ratio and proportion, and algebra. The book includes:

  • 36 one-page tests, each presented in a unique three-part format comprising: questions where use of language is kept to a minimum; questions using number vocabulary; questions focusing on one- and two-step word problems.
  • Progress Tests to monitor learning as pupils work through the book
  • Check-up Tests to identify any gaps in understanding.

A separate accompanying answer book, Mental Arithmetic 5 Answers (ISBN 9780721708096), contains correct answers to all the questions, making marking quick and easy.

Please note that this product is normally only sold as part of our pack KS2 Mental Maths Assault Pack. Whilst we are happy to sell this item to you, it may not include full answers (or indeed the full questions) and would be more suitable and useful as part of our pack.

Mental Arithmetic Book 5
Product Code EN1310
Publisher Schofield and Sims
ISBN 10 072170803X
ISBN 13 9780721708034

Reviews (5)

ST. JOSEPHS RC(29/09/2012)


The Schofield & Sims Mental Arithmetic books are widely used in private schools and they have got to be by far the beat value workbooks available to parents whose children are preparing to sit their 11+. Each page has maths questions on everything from algebra to geometry. The sums are presented in simple equation form as well as the more wordy questions of the type found in SAT's. If by the beginning of Year 6 a child is confident with the level of sums in Book 5 he/she should be capable of performing well in the 11+ which usually take place in the first term of the academic year. It would be a good idea to buy the answer book to accompany Book 5 as it saves time in marking the tests. I found this workbook much more useful than the Bond test papers which are more expensive and require your child to sit a timed practice test whereas the Schofield and Sims books allow for more flexible study. Furthermore as each page covers all arithmetic principles , areas of weakness are easily highlighted. Most of the parents at my children's state school rely on this series and without exception rate it very highly.

URNA (27/06/2012)


Having met my daughter's maths teacher who showed me this book to be the foundation of her teachings to all the children in Year 3 (7/8 year olds) I knew that this, together with Books 1,2,3,4 & 6, would be the ideal support for homework assistance. Until I bought this from Amazon, I had no guidelines at all and didn't know if the arithmetic I was 'teaching' at home was too hard, too easy or just plain useless. Now with this book I have the perfect assistant, because I know that the specific topics covered and the level of difficulty is exactly matched to what my daughter is studying at school, so it's an excellent revisionary tool, and it's even enjoyable too! Strongly recommended, I have no doubt that with regular use of this book at home my daughter, and her younger sister when her time comes, will have a much better chance of making the necessary grade in Year 6 and go on to our local grammar school. Sounds a bit over-the-top, but in its way, this little book can actually change the course of your children's lives - because the difference between our local grammar school and the comprehensive school is obvious for all to see. Getting a good grade at Arithmetic at age 11 is a fundamental requirement to being selected for a school offering better standards of education and in turn better opportunities in the future. I bought Books 1 through to 6 and I'm pleased I did.



This series of books are an excellent resource for practice and revision of the National Numeracy Strategy Key stage 2 for Maths. They are designed to take up just the right about of time and input to provide students with regular revision of the key facts and strategies to keep their maths skills on target.



Great practise for covering work done in school. Easy layout and clear. Would recommend it for year 6 entrance tests.



The series of Mental Arithmetic books is absolutely brilliant. And I am sure this one would be also IF only you could read it! It is printed orange lettering on white paper and it is very difficult to read - especially the smaller lettering i.e. fractions etc. It's true I need glasses (perhaps I should go to Specs avers!) but the youngsters can't read it very well either. So, only 2 stars.

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