When I first started on our home education journey I spent hours sitting in local book stores paging through the different workbook options that they had on their shelves. And there are some really good ones but for the most part what you find in a WH Smith or Waterstones are actually what I call Revision workbooks. They are workbooks written for kids who attend school, so they include some examples and answers but not a lot. A workbook written for the whole school year may include all the topics covered in that academic year but there will never be enough examples for a full-time home educator. These books cannot be used in isolation (ie they can not be the only source).
When it comes to my daughter’s Year 8 Maths we are using a number of sources. And the main reason for this is I like her to get to used to the different styles that everyone has. A geometry page from the Twinkl website looks different to one from the TeachitMaths website, and they both look different to the geometry pages in the Collins workbook and the CGP books (I must admit we do not always like the CGP style but we do have 2 of their Year 8 books which I dip into every once and a while). I have also noticed that different publishers tend to word the questions a bit differently and sometimes tend to even focus on different points within each topic. So for us, using more than one source is really beneficial.
The majority of her Maths pages are from the two sites – Twinkl and TeachitMaths. And they both tend to have lots of examples. But I still like to get her a Maths Revision book for each year and we actually use it as a Maths Revision book (ie she works through the pages in her revision book once we have completed the topic).
Our favourite of these “Revision workbooks” tends to be the Collins books – the pages are clearly set out, they normally include enough writing space, they have the answers, they include problem sums which I really like and I have never found duplication between what is included in a Collins workbook and what is included on the 2 websites that we use. So the examples are always new examples.
So for those of you look for a Maths Revision book to use this is what is covered by the Collins workbooks.
- Using numbers – negative numbers, problems with train timetables, distance, bank balance.
- Perimeter, Area and Volume – includes cuboids and compound shapes.
- Decimal numbers
- Working with numbers – squared and cubes numbers, converting units.
- Statistics – bar, line and pie graphs.
- Algebra – creating expressions and simplifying them.
- Fractions – all 4 operations.
- Angles – missing angles in triangles, quads, around a point.
- Coordinates and graphs – includes all 4 quadrants.
- Equations – an extension of the algebra pages, how to solve for x.
- Interpreting Data – an extension of the graph pages, understanding what the graphs tell us.
- 3D shapes
- Working with numbers – negative numbers, BIDMAS, squared, cubed numbers, HCF, LCM.
- Geometry – missing angles and translations.
- Probability – some good problem type examples.
- Percentages – using percentages including percentage decrease and increase.
- Area of 2D and 3D shapes -parallelograms, trapeziums, kites cuboids.
- Graphs – plotting an equation on a graph.
- Simplifying numbers – rounding to significant figures, standard form.
- Interpreting Data – what are the graphs telling us.
- Algebra – expand brackets, writing equations for shapes.
- Congruence and Scaling
- Fractions and Decimals – practice of the 4 operations with decimals and fractions.
- Equations and Fractions – solving equations.
- Comparing Data
I hope that helps anyone looking for a Maths revision booklet (but please the key is revision these books have 70 pages in them, they are not a complete curriculum)
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