Practise & Learn Maths (Age 5-6)

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This bright, friendly book has lots of Maths practice at exactly the right level for 5-6 year olds.

The colourful pages start with guidance on the topic, then have loads 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.

Practise & Learn Maths (Age 5-6)
Product Code EN1015
Publisher CGP
ISBN 10 1847627366
ISBN 13 9781847627360

Reviews (68)

Michele Grant(20/07/2012)

5/5

My 5 year old boy is OK with Maths, he does not love it nor does he hate it, however he picked up this book and finished it in two sessions (and said he loved it). Each of `his' sessions lasted 2-3 hours...It's well set out, starting with very simple exercises building up to something more challenging for 5 - 6 year olds. The good points:- Kids learn maths without feeling they have to- It keeps them busy and quiet for hours Bad points:- none

Paul Jones(15/06/2012)

5/5

My daughter is 5 1/2 and this is the first time I have used such a book. Had my doubts initially, but my daughter was excited by the idea of a new book - but not a story book. She still thinks that once she has done all of it she can use it as colouring book, and really enjoys some of the games and puzzles. All in all, am actually quite pleased. It is now an 'activity' that I do with her, and I think she still hasn't fully realised that she's doing 'Maths'. Am thinking of getting the times-table book next....

Karen Hogan(13/06/2012)

5/5

Clear, concise maths for 5 to 6 year olds, presented in an appealing way. Has already caught my little boys attention - I will be buying more from the set. Highly recommended.

Carole Walker(12/06/2012)

5/5

This 'Practice & Learn: Maths (Age 5-6)' has been put together in a way that makes learning very attractive for children. Our five year old daughter has enjoyed using this book to complement her school learning. Combining simple maths questions with illustrations helps make this learning experience a positive one for children and not something burdensome. I would confidently recommend this book to any parents with children within the age range.

Ming Tsang(10/06/2012)

5/5

Not like the Mathis books we had at school! This book is well laid out and retains interest through interesting scenarios and illustrations. I got this book with the English book as I rate it highly. Highly recommended.

Dominic Hughes(08/06/2012)

5/5

It is difficult to ask your child what they learn during their day. This book will probably reveal that your child knows more than you think about Maths and that there is nothing to worry about in terms of their education and development. On top of putting your mind at ease the book should also provide 3-4 hours of fun for them. This is a great activity to do with your kids. I did this with my 6 year old daughter. I have to keep making sure that I do not reveal the answer but rather just give clues to help her on her way. There are 14 different sections over the 32 pages from an exercise for them to spell the numbers 7, 5, 13 etc, to a page on Money where you add up the value of different coins, to a page on Time. This is all the Key Stage 1 topics that your child should be learning. I think this book is great, and I like the final page that includes a summary revision style game from all the content to challenge them on what they have done and learnt through out the book. There are many different series out there including: I Can Learn that has golden stars and stickers, Carol Vorderman's series that has stickers but lacks colour, Disney learning books that are not curriculum linked and more expensive, or even a Marks & Spencer range. To be honest I think this book has all the content and colour to make the book fun and educational whilst at a decent price.

Ann Wrights(16/05/2012)

5/5

My son is actually in Year 2 at school, so I knew this would be a little on the easy side for him - however, I also know that to give him something less difficult to do boosts his confidence (which he needs in Maths!). This is perfect. Yes, he managed it easily, but he did so with pride in his work and concentrated hard on making it as neat as possible! I really think that these little guides are a great way to make children want to practice at home.... certainly my son reacts much better to these 'official' booklets better than if we just give him 'sums' to do ourselves. I will definitely continue to purchase these workbooks as he develops. Not only are they good for him, but they will be so lovely to keep and look back on in years to come!!!

Michele Grant(04/05/2012)

5/5

This is a lovely maths activity book. My daughter is in year one and has sat happily completing this book. The questions are re-enforcing her class work. Ideal for the age 5-6.

Bridget Kendall(29/04/2012)

5/5

I got this workbook for my daughter. I am a primary teacher and I taught Year One children (aged 5-6) for four years running so have some experience of teaching Maths to this year group. The book is good because it simple with examples for each exercise. The pages are brightly coloured and will appeal to children. There are plenty of illustrations. Also the book covers not just numbers and calculating, but also shape and space, measures and money. Although it says it says on the front cover it is for ages 5-6 yrs, this book would also be suitable for bright four year olds or even older children who might need to consolidate their learning.

Immran Ghosh(18/04/2012)

5/5

This is a lovely book. It covers all of the areas you would expect for key stage 1 but it is really colourful and fun in layout and design. This is obviously a book that requires adult help (appropriate for ages 5-6 kids so obviously guidance required...) but there is plenty that your child can work on alone if you are nearby. The sections break down into the following: Numbers & Words, Counting, Counting in Ones and Tens, Counting in Twos and Fives, Ordering Numbers, More or Les, Adding, Subtracting, Pairs of Numbers, Money, Patterns and Ordering, Measures, Time, Shapes. There is a pull out section of answers for the parent / guardian and the last page has a game. There are lots of cartoons and fun questions - for example: 'Colour in 3 elephants' and real photos of coins in the money section. I think this is an excellent book all in all. If you are keen to support your youngster in their maths learning and make sure it is fun - this is a perfect tool for you - and one that allows for plenty of praise and reward. Good investment.

Krista Brighton(14/04/2012)

5/5

Key Stage 1 - Age 5-6As with other books in this series this is a good learning aid that makes maths fun. It is designed to look like a puzzle book and is a very good tool for revision. The questions are presented nicely and its easy to read and follow. /as with all these books it is necessary to have an adult on hand to explain what is needed and for support. The correct answers are provided in the centre so they can easily be removed so prevent any crafty cats from looking up the answers (!) and for easy marking. There are also helpful learning tips on these pages. Overall, a well presented, well illustrated learning aid. Good value.

Lucy Rodgers(30/03/2012)

5/5

wonderful little book for all those wishing to help a child along or just to keep them busy during the holidays to keep the mind focused on some core subjects.32 pages in total and covers things such as numbers and words, counting, counting in ones and tens, counting in twos and fives, ordering numbers, more or less, adding, subtracting, pairs of numbers, money, patterns and ordering, measures, time and shapes. lots of different questions and put in different ways so it isn't boring. We couldn't wait to get the pencils out and get started. bright and colourful so instantly appealing to your child and suitable for boys and girls. the answer section needs pulling out from the middle when you receive it ( just a warning so they don't cheat :) )all in all good value and a good quick and easy way to help any child with maths.

Lesley Curwen(23/03/2012)

5/5

Have been using this with my five year old daughter for a while now. The variety of methods it uses to teach basic counting skills is excellent. The colouring feature is a 'killer app' vis-a-vis keeping the kids interested in learning the skills you want to teach them. It also keeps them coming back for more as they admire their artwork and want to progress to the next picture/counting task.

Tom Price(21/03/2012)

5/5

I used this book with my three year old, he would not have been able to do it by himself as he needs someone to read the questions for him but he enjoyed the work and I think these type of books are great to help children get used to doing work and practise the things they know. My son started school recently so he was happy to do this book. It's a good way to make learning fun and I would recommend it to any parents.

Mr Portal(03/03/2012)

5/5

These practice and learn books are excellent value. If you want to spend time going over basic mathematical concepts with your children and keep it fairly light then I recommend this. It's easier for the younger ones than the usual CGP books - which are themselves superb. My 5 year old can do this book on her own with a minimum of guidance and support. That's a measure of the quality I believe. The question you might be asking is: why are you making your 5 year old do Maths? Simple - most state schools struggle to give mathematics it's real time and gloss over subjects too quickly. If you're child gets it at school, fine. But the paucity of mathematical learning is a function of this 'rushed' over hasty approach, full of anxiety and lack of confidence in teachers - not because they're bad. The political system is. If you're worried then spend time with your children. This is a good place to start.

Jennifer Tailby(31/01/2012)

5/5

I think this is an excellent book. Its A4 sized and there are different topics to practise each on a double page spread. This is really useful because it meant my son could easily refer back to previous activities in the topic and the initial explanation if he got stuck. At the start of each topic there is a short explanation with an example. The following topics are covered: (I've also included examples of the types of activities to give you a feel of the practise element but not every activity in each topic)* Numbers and Words (activities include matching words to their number, write numbers as words)* Counting (activities include a quiz on a picture e.g. how many green balloons are there?, colour in the correct number of animals e.g. colour in two lions, and three elephants)* Counting in Ones and Tens (activities include fill in missing numbers)* Counting in Twos and Fives (activities include count in twos and colour every balloon you land on)* Ordering numbers (activities include which number is bigger, put these numbers in order)* More or Less (activities include draw one more or one less dot on the ladybird, fill in missing answers)* Adding (activities include count the objects and add them together)* Pairs of numbers (activities include match the jigsaw pieces so each pair add up to ten)* Money (activities include matching the right coin to the item with the price tag)* Patterns and Ordering (activities include draw the shapes to carry on the pattern)* Measures (activities include draw a ring around the tallest/thinnest/lightest object)* Time (activities include writing the time each clock shows)* Shapes (activities include colouring the shape to match the name, 3D objects)At the end there is a space-themed game to play which is an excellent and fun way to round off the learning (as every time you land on a star there is a maths related challenge).An answer booklet is provided too which is clear and states 'the pages are laid out in the same way as the book itself so the questions can be easily marked by you or your child'. Again, an excellent idea - my son enjoyed checking his work and marking it too. The answer booklet also contains a few learning tips. I really cannot fault this at all - my son sat and worked through it in one sitting with minimal input required and he was excited to do it. A close relative who is a primary teacher remarked on how good it was and how useful. I only wish there were more of these books suitable for his age group so he could continue practising.

Nicholas Blakemore(19/01/2012)

5/5

This isn't the longest ever workbook - there are only 32 pages, but unlike other workbooks aimed at this age group every page counts - the book is colourful with age appropriate activities and plenty of space for young mathematicians to write in their answers. I think the age guideline is spot on for an average year 1 child and many of the maths concepts my child, who is 5, has been doing at school are covered in a fun way. She particularly enjoyed the pages on 'money' which featured photos of real coins and the kind of mathematical issues children might really need to solve - e.g. how do you make up 9p from a range of coins. There are also pages on number bonds, shapes as well as simple addition and subtractions, all laid out in a clear, fun and engaging way. This book is, in my experience, the type children want to do, it's fun whilst being educational and seems to have been written by someone who really understands the needs of this age group. My only criticism is the lack of sticky stars for encouragement - the answer book at this level is also maybe a little surplus to requirements. Overall though, good book, highly recommended.

Andy Oats(27/12/2011)

5/5

My step-daughter starts school in 2012 and I have been shocked by just how basic the level of teaching at infants. So I picked up this book and a couple of others and have started to work through them with her. While to adult this really is child's play, it has an increasing level of difficulty that an engaged child will find challenging and rewarding, and will help a great deal in putting them at the top the class in their school (although with the education system as it current stands that wouldn't be too hard anyway).So if you want to help set your child on a slightly more advanced path way than that which is offered by most infant schools, this is a great place to start.

Rory Maclean(26/12/2011)

5/5

My 5 year old who is in year 1 loves this book and enjoyed working through the tasks for fun. I would recommend this for a year 1 child but it's too easy for my year 2 child. It would entertain a child for 3x20 min sessions.

Madeleine Morris(26/12/2011)

5/5

This practice and learn Maths activity book is a great way of starting to help your child enhance their basic maths skills in a fun way. The book shows you how to write the numbers as words and as numbers. Your child is also shown how to count in two's or fives, and what numbers are bigger than others using fun pictures including ladybirds with different amounts of dots on. There is also a very clever way of using grids to add numbers together and to take away including the use of pictures that a child can relate to.

Liz Shaw(08/12/2011)

5/5

Having been a fan of the KS2 / KS3 / GCSE revision guides and study books for a while, we were delighted to see these. Pitched with a nice level of challenge, they appeal for children in the early stages of their primary learning - Years 1 to 2.They offer lots of practice of early counting, adding, sorting, subtracting and 'sharing' skills. Great for consolidating what children are learning at school. Colourful, great layout, and fun.

Angie Thomas(05/12/2011)

5/5

This is a colourful workbook, with attractive graphics to make maths seem fun. The illustrations include rockets, balloons, kites, animals, apples, cakes and ice creams. These pictures should help hold your child's attention as they answer a wide range of questions. On the other hand, they aren't so engrossing that they will distract the pupil from the maths questions. The topics covered in this book are Numbers and Words, Counting, Counting in Ones and Tens, Counting in Twos and Fives, Ordering Numbers, More or Less, Adding, Subtracting, Pairs of Numbers, Money, Patterns and Ordering, Measures, Time and Shapes. The centre pages contain the answers. They also include helpful learning tips which you can share with the student such as, 'If your child has made a few mistakes, remind them to double check their work next time - it's a really good habit for them to get in to. 'As a potential reward for completing the book, there is a maths-based board game printed on the inside back cover. It's called Race To The Moon, which will help the pupil revise some of the topics in this book. The only problem was my six-year-old son was more interested in playing this game than doing the exercises in the first place!

Richard Jarrett(28/11/2011)

5/5

Practice and Learn Maths is aimed at 5-6 year olds in Year 1 at primary school. My 5 year old is at exactly that stage and has completed his first term. The exercises in this book are progressed seemingly in the same way as he his being taught at school. Starting with counting, matching written numbers to numerals, and progressing to addition and subtraction. The pages are clear, brightly coloured and very well laid out. My 5 year old is able to read most of the questions by himself as the language is clear and simple. I genuinely do not think the publishers could have done a better job than this and I will be buying others in the series.

Margaret Skinner(15/11/2011)

5/5

My son recently started school and is very bright, so we wanted to do some work outside of class with him to keep his interest activity and make sure he is learning to his level. This book has been an excellent way of doing so. It has a range of Maths tasks of differing levels, all made interesting and appealing for children rather than just boring sums. My son loves doing these activities and they have certainly helped his Maths progress alongside the work he does at school. I would definitely recommend this as an educational and fun learning tool.

Kate Budd(31/10/2011)

5/5

My daughter is one of the older children in her Reception class and has really enjoyed this maths workbook. They have done some basic maths work in class, mainly using number lines and she recognises these easily in this book. However she wanted something more as she was really enjoying it and this seemed perfect for her to practise at home.The workbook covers numbers including their spellings when written out in words; counting in ones, twos, fives and tens; ordering numbers; more or less; adding and subtracting; pairs of numbers; money; patterns and ordering; measures; time and shapes. This is a slim line volume of 32 colourful pages and a black and white answer book in the middle. The answer might seem superfluous if you are 'marking' the work, but my daughter liked to look up the answers herself after she'd finished, to find out if she was right or not. The book is great for sticking in a backpack to while away time in a waiting room or to slip in the back of a car chair, so that it can provide distraction/entertainment without taking up too much room and all you need to complete it is a handy pen or pencil. My daughter has had a wonderful time dipping in and out of this over a week and every day she was asked if she could do her workbook and she was really proud of herself when she'd finished it. Some problems she's tackled on her own, but other problems she needed me to explain what she needed to do first, but then she got on with it happily. I would recommend this to any parent with a Reception class child who wants to learn more outside of the classroom.

Paul Bannerman(15/10/2011)

5/5

My daughter is five and a half, and halfway through her first year at primary school. She loves this book, and voluntarily picks it up to do some little exercises by herself. It's just a book full of slightly-fun little exercises, pitched sometimes as games, for children to work through, but it really has been a hit. There's a good variety of little puzzles, from money counting, to telling the time, to counting forwards and backwards, counting up in 5s and 10s, etc. The difficulty level is just a little bit of a stretch for her - enough for it to support, enhance and consolidate her normal school learning, but not so difficult that she gets fed up with it. I usually find that she gets through most of the easy ones correctly herself, and I only have to explain why one or two of the harder questions aren't quite right (usual story - sometimes because she's misunderstood, and sometimes because she's been too careless or hasty).At this price, you can't go far wrong - highly recommended. Only downside is that she's finished it now!

Richard Danbury(13/10/2011)

5/5

My son's an autistic four-year-old who is currently in reception class. He's a huge fan of counting and numbers in general and took to this book really well, especially as the authors had worked hard to relate it to things young children would understand - i.e. images of apples and balloons are easily identifiable. He's worked through it a couple of times with Daddy but unfortunately he doesn't seem to want to work on it alone as he has huge problems with handwriting and cannot seem to grasp it at the moment. I think this is a great book to keep on any parent of young children's' bookshelf as it really brings maths to life. I'm interested to see how he'll work through in say a year or so.

Andrew Fletcher(13/10/2011)

5/5

Practice and Learn, something that has always made sense, but putting this sensible attitude into a children's Math's book whilst making it fun to learn too is something that I wish I had when I was young. Personally I have always enjoyed using numbers, but I understand that this is unusual - perhaps one reason why others were not so enamoured with numbers and maths was that it was all about practice more than imagination. This book blends the logic or numbers with an element of fun - great idea. Not a lot of money for something so valuable, worthy of five stars.

Dan Kelly(12/10/2011)

5/5

This is a super book, with lovely colourful pictures to keep your little ones interested, Maths has never been so much fun with illustration that includes balloons, rockets and animals. With this book children are happy to try and work things out for themselves, they are pleased to continue working away through the book as the book makes it fun to learn. I will look for more of these great little book, I only wish they had them when I was a youngster. If your looking to boost your child's maths then this book might help.

David Hannah(04/10/2011)

5/5

A well presented and brightly coloured maths book which covers the sorts of things currently being sent home from school, so very handy practice! My son is 5 so some of it he is familiar with already, whilst the other section will be useful when he is ready to progress onto the next level. Highly recommended.

John Beasley(02/10/2011)

5/5

The book was packed full of all the different calculations and number problems my child has already learned, so made a great revision/recap book. I really like the answer pages as well so I can mark her work.

Ben Fell(19/09/2011)

5/5

This is an excellent book for 5-6 year olds with maths presented in a colourful and engaging way - it feels like fun for them, not homework. There is a good variety of problems and puzzles and I'd highly recommend it as a way to get children to see the fun side of maths whilst also learning a lot.

Patrick Jackson(18/09/2011)

5/5

I always think of these books as 'Throw away' books. In that you buy them your children who writes all over them and then once completed you retain them for a bit and throw them away. They are inexpensive and cost not much more than a comic that has about 8 pages, an annoying cheap plastic toy that breaks within minutes and a cartoon/children's TV character emblazoned on the cover to hook the little ones in. This is a very good book and provides nicely coloured pages and is a great learning tool for your little ones while not boring them with bland sums lined up one after the other. I would say that the age range of five to six is correct and my five year old daughter found the tasks at her level. Anything that makes learning enjoyable gets 5 stars from me.

John Sweeney(08/09/2011)

5/5

Practise & Learn Maths (5-6) is a great accompaniment to the latter half of reception and the year one curriculum. It covers not just number based learning (addition, subtraction, pairs etc) but also includes time, writing/spelling numbers, measures and shapes. Most of the exercises are presented in a fun way and the questions are written in friendly and easy to understand language. This ensures the questions feel more like fun than learning. In summary, this series offers great potential and is a hit with the children who can dip in and out with assisted learning and enjoy it too!

Clare Miller(03/09/2011)

5/5

My daughter loved this maths workbook which was bright and colourful - most of the others we've got are just black and white. I particularly liked the way that the puzzles set and examples shown related to concrete, real life concepts which were easy to understand for the younger child. I think this was just the right level for an average to bright child in year 1.

Anthony Massey(28/08/2011)

5/5

This Practise & Learn Maths book is suitable for Year 1 children or those working at National Curriculum level 1. It contains double page spreads on a range of mathematical concepts including counting, ordering numbers, adding, subtracting, measures, time and shape. Each colourful page introduces the concept using pictures, number lines or examples and contains a range of activities such as filling in the box, matching pairs, colouring and drawing. The instructions are straight forward and clear, however as it is aimed at a young age group, some children may need help in reading so they understand the tasks. There is also a game inside the back cover to reinforce the learning in a fun way and a pull out 8-page booklet with all the answers. As a teacher, I would recommend these books to parents to help consolidate their child's school work.

Catherine Miller(26/07/2011)

5/5

This book is well suited to the age group and my five year old does find it quite challenging. The pages are colourful and the wording is large which is really engaging. The activities are varied and if your child is resourceful enough they can find the answers in other places on the page. For a few nights now we have worked through a few pages a night instead of watching the Simpsons. It is really good seeing how enthusiastic this book has made my boy to learn and it will be helping him get ahead in his school learning. I have two grips with this book which we have overcome but ;1. it would be really nice to have wipe clean pages so it could be used again and again, we have worked through in pencil but you can see the answers still even when rubbed out.2. 8 pages of the book have been taken up providing the answers, this is a waste of space and not really required as an adult can help check if the answers are correct. Also a child could quite easily look up all the answers. Luckily the answers are in the middle of the book so it was quite easy to pull the out. Good book and lovely to see the kids enjoying learning.

Ian Pannell(21/07/2012)

4/5

This is nicely aimed for P1 children. The basic things like matching numbers to their English words progress quickly to counting forwards and backwards then to larger and smaller. Simple addition and subtraction are covered near the end.The middle of the book has a pull out section for answers. This gave me conflicting emotions in that most adults doing the marking should know this rudimentary skill. Then I realised there would be parents who didn't, but wouldn't want their children to get ahead in the world and would buy this series. So a plus for the pull out. There are brightly coloured diagrams and illustrations. The lettering is nice and clear. My 3 year old daughter was able to do the counting exercises easily which is testament the nice presentation. It is slightly cramped for her age group and to be fair I have seen some wider spaced practice books for 5-6 year olds. The spaces for writing in this book are quite small so be honest with yourself if your kiddos handwriting is a wide scrawl.

Ben Brown(21/07/2012)

4/5

This slim, large-format book proved successful with my grandson. He found it fun rather than a chore, at least when I sat down with him to go through it. He became positively absorbed in this fresh, new 'puzzle book'. It didn't hold his attention for more than about ten minutes when he was left alone, but that could just be because Granddad was about, and Granddads are for playing with. I felt that he would have sat quietly with it at home for rather longer. The presentation is attractive and exercises are made fun as far as they can be. They cover all the basics, from simple arithmetic to time, money and shapes. There are other important ways of teaching maths skills, of course, such as board games, but this is wider-ranging than any single game or exercise and can potentially be used by the child alone. The book won't suit children who just don't like books but, for most, I'd strongly recommend giving it a try. There's little to lose, at the price. I'm going to order the English book for 6-7 year-olds next.

Peter from Pettersfield(16/07/2012)

4/5

Thought now would be a good time to start getting in some resources to help keep the various nieces and nephews occupied without just plonking them in front of the goggle-box. Some seem more interested in Maths than others, but I've found that it seems more down to attention span and distractions than actual raw ability with my lot. This Practice & Learn book reads well and seems just about right for one of my nephews who is 5 but quite into maths and puzzles. The print is of a decent size and the layout is bright and colourful. This book has to be thought of as 'use-once'. I don't think it's legally correct of me to encourage photocopying of pages to allow other siblings to try their hand at the questions themselves, but at the price it's not a huge expense. A worthwhile investment.

Pauline McCole(24/06/2012)

4/5

I ordered this item for my five year old step-daughter who loved this straight away and went right ahead tackling the problems enthusiastically. It is presented in a way to draw and keep the child's interest, using items they can relate to for the problems (balloons, rockets, etc.). The problems get more difficult as the book goes on, so as her confidence waned a little, so did her interest in the book. She is still dipping into it from time to time, so it's undoubtedly a success and a handy way to keep the child practising maths away from school. Recommended.

Rob Watson(17/06/2012)

4/5

This is a good book, good quality and nice look and feel. ultimately nothing revolutionary though. The level is correct for the age group, obviously you need to support them through it, but works well for my 5 year old.

Anita Prasad(08/06/2012)

4/5

This book is laid out in a fun and clear way that captured my little girl's attention straight away. The book has 15 topics, each taking up a double page spread. It starts with simpler concepts such as numbers & words, counting in ones & tens, it then goes on to cover addition, subtraction followed by money, measuring, time and shapes. It has an answer section with some extra hints and tips to help your child. Overall it is a nicely laid out book, which could help someone needing or wanting some home practice with Key Stage 1.

Greg Wood(04/06/2012)

4/5

CGP have done a cracking job with this. This looks like a children's activity book, so the comic style makes the learning aspect a lot more fun. The content is good, and the style and amount is pretty good too. Our biggest quibble is why on earth aren't there stickers with it? Some simple stars would really enhance this book (we used our own!). Other than that, recommended.

Tony Smith(22/05/2012)

4/5

This is a great interactive maths book for 6 year olds that will occupy most junior number-crunchers for an afternoon or two. The layouts are simple but colourful and can be clearly understood. The diagrams support the puzzles and should be engaging enough even for reluctant little students. Bear in mind that once the book is completed, then it's done with so don't expect to get repeated use out of it. Sharp minded pupils might find this a little on the easy side, but you will have to make a judgement call on the ability level of the intended reader.

Jo Parsons(05/05/2012)

4/5

I have come across CGP textbooks before, but this my first time using their books for children. The book is more of a revision book than a workbook. There are lots of balloons, ducks, teddies, frogs, etc, to count in this 32 page book. There are also questions on addition and subtraction, number patterns, lightest and heaviest, and so on. The pages are on the thin side, and young children tend to press hard with their writing implements, so they can easily puncture and rip the pages. I would recommend copying the work page you want to use, especially if you have more than one child. This will allow you to use the book again. The centre pages form a pull out booklet, should you need to check an answer that you are unsure of. The games remind me of some of the DS Brain Training games, so it might be worth looking at some of the ones which are available so you can further your child's education even more.

Joanne Hill(12/04/2012)

4/5

My granddaughter is not yet 5 so some of this book is a little difficult for her just yet. However as soon as I showed it to her she couldn't wait to get started. She is fine with counting, matching and adding and really enjoyed working with the book. It has colourful pictures and some that can be coloured in. The answers are in the middle of the book if you need them. I am hoping that we will complete the book as time goes on and that I can learn with her as techniques change all the time and this is an up to date learning method. It includes all basic maths in a pleasing, fun and eye-catching way.

Jo Flo(03/04/2012)

4/5

This is a great little maths workbook. Covering concepts from basic number and counting to money, measures, time and many others in between, this is a fantastic addition to any maths learning pack and with its lovely, colourful presentation will be enjoyed and engaging for any child. Well done CGP for another great little Practise and Learn book. Highly recommended.

Ken Wilson(26/03/2012)

4/5

My newly 5 year old has been making her way through this book for the past month or so. There are some exercises that she can quite happily do by herself without help (but needs instruction/help with reading) but others that she struggles with - it's a mixed bag. I'm hoping the more challenging exercises will become easier to grasp over the next few months. Most maths topics are covered in this book (including adding, subtracting, numbers and words, counting, pairs of numbers, more or less, measures, money, patterns and ordering, time, shapes) and the exercises are laid out in a 'fun' way, which ensures my daughter enjoys working on her maths skills without even realising she's doing it!

Abigail Simmons(16/03/2012)

4/5

Anything that complements and reinforces lessons learned in school, or can be used if a child is struggling with a particular area of schoolwork, is useful. Also some children will do them for fun (forty odd years ago that would probably have been me), because of the bright, cheerful, comic book style. My grandson enjoyed filling the book in and because of the way the book is written it enables the parents/carers to get involved as well. Cheap, but worth the money.

Kevin Bishop(04/02/2012)

4/5

I got this for my 5-year-old who is in Reception Year. Whilst steadily working through it she said it was the sort of stuff she was learning at school which is good as it means the book is focusing on the correct topics for the age group it says it is catering for, these topics being:- Numbers and words- Counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s- Ordering numbers- More or less- Adding and subtracting- Pairs of numbers- Money- Patterns and ordering- Measures- Time- Shapes. The book has an answers section which can be pulled out of the centre so the answers can be checked. This will be useful for parents to check their child's work, but do take it out before you give the book to your child in case they are tempted to cheat. This book is similar to other learning tools that are out there such as the website Mathletics. There are differences though - this book cannot be used again once done. That's ok I suppose seeing as you want your child to progress to the next level anyway, but not so ok if you want another child to also do the same exercises. On the other hand this book does have some exercises which are not available on those electronic mathematical games, such as colouring in the correct number of things, which was one of the exercises my daughter liked doing the best. Overall then: a useful aid to your child's learning, but to be used in conjunction with other teaching.

Mark D’Arcy(04/02/2012)

4/5

Many young children find maths daunting, especially if they see others grasping it quicker than they do. This little book is a very colourful supplement to what they will be learning at infant school in years 1 & 2. It is set out in 14 chapters, each dealing with a specific area of basic maths. Helpful diagrams make it easier and more fun for children to learn at their own pace, and with encouragement from parents. Our little girl did quite a lot of this on her own, and was very proud of her achievements. It is not like a school book, and more like a puzzle book. This enabled her to enjoy it without feeling stressed. We ordered the book to increase her confidence, and feel that it did.

Judith Moritz(26/01/2012)

4/5

Being 6, my son is somewhat of an odd lad. I blame the parents, myself. His favourite things are Lego Star Wars, anything by Pixar, and Dr Who. I'm not quiet sure how I can make him interested in this, unless I tell him it's got monsters, rocks, or Lava in it. But we're working on that. However, he knows his numbers, and has quickly grasped maths in all its forms : so for him, this is somewhat of an easy experience - and the way in which it is constructed allows for logic and thought to construct both obviously, directly and indirectly, information and to create it in a way that makes sense. My son enjoyed this, though I suspect the lure of sweets may have made it go quicker..

Jonathan Paterson(18/01/2012)

4/5

Over the years I have often found CGP workbooks to be very helpful and this is one of a range for Key Stage One children. It is a nice, colourful workbook, with a pull out section of answers and a counting game in the back cover for which you do need a dice and counters (easily borrowed from another game). The book covers the following topics: numbers and words, counting, counting in ones and tens, counting in twos and fives, ordering numbers, more or less, adding, subtracting, pairs of numbers, money, patterns and ordering, measures, time and shapes. It is particularly helpful to find a book with an English money section, as most books on the market hardly cover this very difficult topic. There is a double page spread for each topic, which provides good practice and is just enough to tell if your child really struggles with one particular maths area. A clear, well laid out workbook, which will engage young children. The inside cover lists the complete range of English, Maths and Skills practice books in the range - I would love to see a Skills Practice book aimed just at money and time, which are, I think, two of the hardest areas to teach.

Paul Waters(11/12/2011)

4/5

Practise & Learn: Maths for ages 5 to 6 (key stage 1) is perfect for helping your children learn their maths with ease. The brightly coloured pages are set out in an easy to read type face with plenty of illustrations scattered throughout. Covering many topics including, numbers and words, counting 1 to 10, counting in ones and tens, counting in twos and fives, putting numbers in order, more or less, adding, subtracting, pairs of numbers, money, patterns and ordering, measures, time and shapes. An excellently laid out answer section is included, easy enough for your child to be able to mark her own answers. There is also an enjoyable game included on the inside back page (requiring a counters and dice)My 6 year old daughter found the questions and exercises included fun but quite challenging at times, which isn't a bad thing. Practice & Learn ... a great series of books to help your children with key stages 1 and 2

Jonty Bloom(11/12/2011)

4/5

This Maths book, aimed at children in the first year of Key Stage 1, is a nice, solid book of fairly traditional exercises promoting tasks such as: number recognition, counting, adding and subtracting, patterns and telling the time. The pages have nice illustrations and are colourful, but not particularly bright. The book is designed to be a workbook - and glossy pages whilst generally more visually appealing to youngsters don't lend themselves particularly well to being written on! A pull-out black and white centre section provides answers - allowing completed pages to be marked by either adult or child. The book is presented in a clear, straightforward way with instructions and numbers written in the Sassoon Primary font (also used by e.g. Jolly Phonics) - specifically designed to help support children's learning.

Rory Maclean(03/12/2011)

4/5

My son is a pretty average five-year-old really. He goes through phases of liking school and then not liking school. Sometimes it's a struggle to prise him away from Dr Who or Star Wars long away to do any school work. When I showed him this he gave his usual disinterested glance as it didn't contain a droid OR a Time lord, but after a bit of persuading we started looking through it. The book is really well laid out and contains some great thought provoking problems for kids. For example; How many red apples are there? How many green apples are there? How many apples are there? It's clever because it makes them work stuff out for themselves. It's the classic situation where they're learning without realising it. We're not quite as lucky as the other reviewer where their son spent a couple of hours on it, but we're getting there. Though, I think the coming event this Sunday may delay matters somewhat!

Guy Pelham(17/10/2011)

4/5

This brightly coloured home learning book has been a hit with my 5 year old son. It's pitched at the right level with the same sort of tasks as he does at school, so he is able to sit down and do a page or two on his own. The activities are varied - for example, one counting activity asks the child to count the number of apples, bananas etc there are from a selection of fruit, and the next asks the child to colour in two elephants from a collection of animals. Counting activities are present for counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as well as in 1s. Other subject areas include 'more or less', addition and subtraction by counting objects and also using a number line, money, number bonds, patterns, shapes, measuring and telling the time. All of this at a level just right for children in reception to year 1. I like the fact that the answers are in a pullout section in the middle of the book so they can be removed if your child likes to take an unconventional approach to solving maths problems and there are also some useful tips included for parents to consolidated and enhance their child's understanding of some of the mathematical concepts. A good buy!

Charlotte Yeovil(01/10/2011)

4/5

My son loves this book. It is really colourful, with full colour on every page (rather than just one colour like some study books are, this one has multiple colours on each page), and it just looks really enticing and attractive. The activities are varied, and are set at the correct level with just a bit of challenge but not so difficult that it would discourage a child. There is even an answer section stapled in the middle for the parent to rip out and keep separately, just in case any question is too hard to answer (!)The only part I don't like is the wordiness of the book - there are lots of words, a lot of which a child would struggle with. I know that the parent is responsible for guiding the child, but too many words discourage the child if they can't make any sense of it on their own. That's only a small niggle though, and overall this is an effective way to encourage learning.

Nathalie Knowles(26/09/2011)

4/5

The size of this book is perfect, A4. It has the right amount of pages so it isn't to thick and daunting for the children this is aimed at. The colours & fonts are big & bright. My 7 year old grand daughter & 5 year old grandson played hours with this book and I say played because that is what they did. Each did a page on a separate piece of paper so they could reuse the book over & over again. My grandson liked this one more as it is to do with Numbers and he loves anything to do with Numbers Well worth the price for the amount of time they spent learning. My grandson took this home as he couldn't bare to be parted from it.

Georgina Reynolds(14/09/2011)

4/5

not as good as the multiplication one in the same series, in my opinion. However, that doesn't mean that I don't think it is a useful tool. It is clearly written and the exercises very helpful in reiterating what a child learns at school.

Louise Cotton(13/09/2011)

4/5

Good helpful activity book for reception or year 1 children starting out in maths. My 5 year old saw in on the table and marched off and got a pencil without waiting being asked. Maintains enthusiasm with out a computer!

Anita Prasad(27/08/2011)

4/5

My 3 and 1/2 year old daughter loves maths related puzzles. This book piqued her interest straight away, and we spent quite some time together dipping into different areas of the book. She is not old enough to complete this on her own yet as she needs help to read the questions, so we were writing her answers on a separate sheet. This may be useful if you have more than one child who may benefit from using it. I think the age group that it is marketed for is appropriate, but definitely not set in stone, so you need to assess whether it will be useful for your child at a particular time. My child may love maths problems above her recommended age group level, but her reading levels would prevent her tackling this alone yet. Another child may excel in language abilities and find this a bit difficult. If the latter is the case, however, there are helpful pull out sheets to help you show your child the way to work through the problem. Some of the topics covered include counting in 5's or 10's, ordering numbers, time, adding, subtracting, and many more. There is also a lovely little game to play at the end of the book. Overall, I think this is a very good book which has been presented colourfully and clearly. I highly recommend it, and I may have to investigate some more in the series very soon!

Mark D’Arcy(19/08/2011)

4/5

this book is about maths subjects, ages 5-6 years, such as counting,subtracting,measures and number patterns it contains lots of maths questions and has the answers in the middle of the book so can be removed (so no cheating)my daughter, just turned 7yrs old yesterday, liked doing this book and found she enjoyed it and it wasn't a chores got a few of these learning books and found my daughter really liked doing them all my herself and then couldn't wait to show me what she had accomplished

Stephen Evans(31/07/2011)

4/5

my 5 year old daughter loves doing 'homework' and these were enjoyed on a long journey. It was a bonus for me as it meant less time looking at the DVD! The puzzles have started out very basic and get progressively harder. My daughter is quite bright but doesn't think so. She laughed at how easy the puzzles were however she still loved doing them and showed her that perhaps she knows more than she thinks she is. Anything to make learning fun gets a thumbs up from me

Jonathan Marcus(28/07/2011)

4/5

A great little book, simple in style and really clear with a nice progression from the basic concepts to the more advanced ideas. I'm not too sure how aligned this is with my daughters maths teaching at school but it seemed complementary enough to what I remember of her homework at that age. Useful as an alternative resource not as the primary resource I think.

Tom Symonds(22/07/2012)

3/5

I have to admit I genuinely believed that when they said 'age 5-6' they probably meant '4-5' and that as my 3 nearly 4 year old is due to star school soon that this would be ideal. And so. I was wrong. This has been put away for later use. It looks interesting, complete and well designed but how engaging it is I can't yet tell.

Greg Wood(16/06/2012)

3/5

Like the English book in the same series, this covers topics quite briefly, so works more as a revision aid than a way to really teach your child new subjects. I was surprised not to see a number grid (0-100) helping to explain patters and concepts etc, and also felt that the use of a character who runs throughout the book would have been helpful in engaging and retaining a child's attention. A good series, though, if not fully in depth; it can't take the place of more thorough maths books for this age group.

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