I know lots of us and our kids get put off when we see the word test. But sometimes tests just means good practice. Towards the end of last year I was looking for some extra times table practice for my youngest but I wanted something that had questions that would make him think a bit and were not just the straight forward 6 x 7. I went to a local bookstore that sells school workbooks and paged through a bunch until I found this test book – Times Tables Tests Book 2: KS2, Ages 7-11. And it is perfect. Now I must be honest we don’t use it as tests, I don’t time him or actually give him marks, we use it as practice questions.
Each page is a test and we tend to do one page at a time.
The page is divided into three different sections. Section A are sums written using mathematical notation (eg 8×8=). Section B are sums written in words and Section C are story sums, sums that are sometimes lightly more complicated.
I see Section A as a warm up, Section B just makes him think about the different words you can use and then Section C is my favourite. Section C is where he has to apply his knowledge and think about how you would use multiplication and division is real life. There are 24 of these tests / pages in the book.
And there are also two progress tests with a results charts (but I must admit we have not used the results chart but it is there and some may find it handy).
Oh and just to mention there are no answers in the book.
The tests are also drown down into groups – the first 6 only deal with 2,3,4,5 and 10 times tables then the next 6 tests also include 6, 7, 8, and 9 times tables after which the rest cover all of the times tables.
I really do think this is a handy times table book, with lots of great examples for the kids, just don’t think of them as tests, think of them as practice pages.
Admin – for those of you interested I bought this book.
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