One set of resources that I am really loving at the moment are my son’s Year 7 Maths books. For the simple reason that they require no prep work on my side, so they are really saving me time.
Honestly we choose our chapter – we are not working through the chapters in the order of the book (personal preference), then he reads the explanations, goes through the worked examples, if he has any questions he comes to ask me otherwise he starts working on Band 1 and Band 2 of the questions. Once he has finished he marks his own work (if there is anything he does not understand he checks with me). Then the next day he normally does the questions out of his practice book, again he marks it himself. And the following day he goes back to the student book, works through Band 3 (possibly extra questions if we think he needs it) and then he is really to start the next sub-topic. Really straight forward, he can work though it as his own pace, he asks when he needs help but otherwise everything he needs is there.
These books always have an explanation of the Maths concept followed by multiple worked examples. And these worked examples are key because they show the kids how you would actually tackle a question step by step.
Then the combination of using the Student book with the practice book (or practice books there are 2 practice books to choose from), means the kids get lots of different questions so they get a lot of practice. And the practice is laid out from easy to hard so the kids can start with the easy questions, build up their confidence and then work up to the harder questions.
The whole set up is just working really well for us.
I know that if we work through the entire book we have covered all the Maths we need to for this year.
So really it is my one-stop Maths.
This series comes with two different Practice books and the idea is you choose the practice book based on the level that you kiddo is working at. I have to admit we like having both practice books. I use the Secure and Develop questions after he has worked through Band 1 and Band 2 from the student book (although I don’t always get him to do all the questions) and then I like getting him to work through the Extend practice book after he has tried Band 3. My son does have a good Maths brain, so I do like having the Extend questions as a way of challenging him.
In the past I used a wider range of books with my son and it worked perfectly fine but it did mean that I would have to spend quite a bit of time prepping what we actually did day in day out because we would dip in book 1 and then go to book 2 and possibly book 3. It worked really well but it was time consuming and as I am now guiding my oldest through her Year 10 course work, time is becoming more and more precious and having a resource that I know covers everything, has the explanations and questions (You download all the answers from the Hodder site) has just been a massive help.
If you are a home educator these books really do cover everything you need for Year 7 Maths and I highly recommend them.
Here are the Amazon Links for our Year 7 Books
Mastering Mathematics Book 1 – the student book
Mastering Mathematics Practice Book 1 – Secure and Develop
Mastering Mathematics Practice Book 1 – Extend
For those of you wondering about the actual series – the entire series covers all three years of KS3 – Year 7 (book1), year 8 (book 2) and Year 9 (book 3). We I did use the Year 9 books with my daughter and we really enjoyed them, we used a few sections of out the Year 8 book – think it was 2 chapters.
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