Those of you who follow our facebook page know we have been doing a number of Geometry activities lately. We have been exploring Geometry doing some more laid back activities, but my daughter was keen to get a workbook so she could work through all the steps. I had a look around and ended up sticking with my favourite educational workbook publisher – Schofield & Sims – they have a Geometry and Measurement workbook for Key Stage 2. I wanted something that had the detail that my daughter needed but something that would also be suitable for my 7-year-old to join in (he has loved doing all the other Geometry activities so far so I knew he would want his own workbook). We have been using it for a few weeks now and so far it has ticked all the boxes for us.
They have stuck to the tried and tested Schofield & Sims format – no overbearing colours (we really like this), not too much crammed onto one page (huge points for this ) and each page has a short explanation at the top followed by examples (this allows my daughter to work though the book without needing my constant input).
This workbook does not have as much practice as the Written Calculation range so I did have to add extra examples for the kids (I would either create something myself or download some extra worksheets). If you are using it as a revision activity it would be fine but I did feel for new concepts as a home educating family we did need to add extra practice.
Also I was looking for a Geometry workbook and this one does include Measurement as well but I actually liked that as they kids seemed to naturally transition from the geometry to the measuring and the two did seem to fit really well together.
And the workbook does contain 5 “tests”. We use these as revision exercises. Also the workbook has answers for all the questions at the back.
So what exactly is included
- 2D shapes
- reflective Symmetry
- Angles again
- 3D shapes
- Drawing and making shapes
- More co-ordinates
- Reflecting patterns and shapes
- Calculating angles
- Converting units of measurement
- Problems with length, mass and capacity
- Reading scales
- Imperial Units
- Time problems
- Area and Perimeter
As you can see there is a lot that is covered by this workbook. We have not completed the workbook yet – although that is our aim. We are working through step by step, doing our extra activities as we deem fit.
I mentioned above that this workbook is aimed at Key Stage 2 children and my son would still be in Key Stage 1 if he were in school – so you may be wondering how did he manage? He loved it, he loved that he had he same workbook as his sister and that he could work through the activities with her. He did find that his handwriting is still a bit large but it was not a big issue – we easily adjusted that (sometimes he would extend the line or write under the line provided).
Disclosure – I searched online for a Geometry workbook. I selected Schofield & Sims and then contacted them and asked if they would be interested in sending us 2 workbooks for my review. The opinions expressed are mine and that of my two little testers (ie my kids using the books for their home learning).
I have seen this workbook at our local WHSmith store and you can also purchase them online from Amazon – Understanding Maths: Geometry & Measurement
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