A little while ago Schofield & Sims sent us a pack of Fraction books (12 in total – 6 workbooks and 6 teacher’s guides). This is our review of the set
The set consists of 6 workbooks for Key stages 1 and 2. If you are following the UK curriculum this would be 1 book per year but with my kids we found that we combined activities out of a few of the year books (with my daughter we did some of the exercises out of the Year 3 book as and then worked onto the year 4 book and my son tore through the year 1 book and quickly started the year 2 book). For Each workbook there is also a teacher’s guide.
So what is in the Teachers’s Guide ? Each teacher’s guide starts off with an explanation of how the books fit into the curriculum, some strategies for learning and how the assessments work. The teacher’s guide directly correlates to the workbook. For each double page in the workbook the Teachers guide has a double page explanation. It breaks the explanations down into Starting Point, Spot the Mistake and Good to go.
The Teacher’s guide also contains all the answers for the workbooks.
The Workbooks all follow the same format. Each workbook has double page “activities / lessons” which correlate back to the teacher’s guide. At the start of each double page there is also a highlight box called Key Point. This is a brief explanation of the fraction concept that the kids will be practicing. My daughter really likes these key points.(pictures below are from Fractions 3 book)
The practicing sections are then broken down into 3 sub-sections. Get started (simpler versions of the exercises), followed by Now try these (harder) and then Challenge (harder examples).
Each workbook contains check-up tests and a Final test (we use these as revision exercises). And the very last page is a glossary of terms. All the workbooks follow this structure.
So what is included in each year ?
Fractions 1 (this is the thinnest of the workbooks – 31 pages).
Fraction 1 only deals halves and quarters. It has lots of practice for kids identifying what is a half, quarter, two quarters and three-quarters. Lots of different visual examples of these different fractions, including clock faces, jugs of water, shapes and what is half of a number, what is a quarter of a number, does 1/4 plus 1/4 equal 1/2.
Fractions 2 (35 pages)
Starts off the quarters. Sorting groups of objects into quarters of equal size.
What fractions make a whole and understanding that 2/4 is the same as 1/2.
It moves onto fractions in a number line and introduces thirds, shows how thirds fits in with halves and quarters.
Also introduces how fractions are linked to multiplication and division facts.
Fractions 3 (51 pages)
Starts with some revision. Recognising quarters, halves, counting up and down in fractions on a number line. Then it goes on to talk about a what is a Numerator, how do you compare fractions with numerator 1. More on fractions being a division of a quantity. When the fraction has a numerator that is not 1 and introducing tenths.
Comparing fractions with the same denominator. Recognising different fractions can represent the same amount and then onto equivalent fractions.
And adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator.
Fractions 4 (51 pages)
Again starts with some revision, what is a numerator and denominator, basic fractions, mixed fractions, equivalent fractions using a fraction wall, adding and subtracting with the same denominator.
Then patterns within equivalent fractions. Showing tenths as decimals and lots of work on decimals (show decimals on a number line, how you work out decimals using division, hundredths, comparing decimals, solving problems with decimals).
Fractions 5 (51 pages)
Revision of equivalent fractions, mixed fractions and adding and subtracting with the same denominator.
Then it goes onto adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators, multiplying fractions by numbers, rounding decimals and thousandths.
More practice with decimals and then introducing percentages, linking percentages to decimals and some problem solving with percentages
Fractions 6 (51 pages)
Starts with simplifying fractions, adding and subtracting and multiplying fractions.
Dividing fractions by whole numbers. Multiplying decimals by whole numbers. Multiply and divide by 10, 100 or 1000. Solving problems with fractions, decimals and percentages.
Converting between fractions, decimals and percentages. Understanding ratios and using a:b ration. Solving problems with the ratios.
Part of the Check-up Test 2 in Fractions 6
I have been using a number of the different Maths workbooks from Schofield & Sims with my daughter this past year. She likes the format and the way in which they gradually introduce concepts while giving her time to practice. The Fraction books have been a great addition to her Maths learning activities. She happily works through the activities and finds that the concepts are introduced at a rate that suits her and her learning style.
Schofield & Sims sent us these books in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are mine