The Only Way To Learn Maths Is To Do Maths

February 7, 2018

One of my favourite maths quotes is, "the only way to learn maths is to do maths".  The summer may seem like a long way off, but it'll be here before we know it, along with summer exams. Why not commit to doing a little bit of maths every day?  Like every new habit, it might take a while to get it to stick but, once it does, it gets easier and easier and the benefits are huge. 


I recommend Corbett Maths 5-a-day which is available for students from Key Stage 2 right through to GCSE.  You can access it here and the good news for parents is that the answers are available too!


GCSE Maths



The dates for 2018 GCSE Maths exams for AQA, OCR and Edexcel are:


  • Thursday 24th May 2018 (morning): Paper 1 - Non-calculator

  • Thursday 7th June 2018 (morning): Paper 2 - Calculator

  • Tuesday 12th June 2018 (morning): Paper 3 - Calculator


Each paper lasts for an hour and a half.


GCSE results day is Thursday 23rd August 2018.



Key Stage 2 Maths SATs


The national dates for Key Stage 2 maths SATs are:


  • Wednesday 16th May 2018: Paper 1 - Arithmetic

  • Wednesday 16th May 2018: Paper 2 - Reasoning

  • Thursday 17th May 2018 : Paper 3 - Reasoning


The mathematics test comprises 2 components, presented to pupils as 3 test papers: Paper 1: arithmetic, Paper 2: reasoning and Paper 3: reasoning.   Paper 1: arithmetic assesses mathematical calculations. The questions cover calculations involving all 4 operations, including calculations with fractions, decimals and percentages. They also cover long divisions and long multiplications. Pupils will have 30 minutes to answer the questions which are worth 40 marks. Papers 2 and 3 assess mathematical fluency, solving mathematical problems and mathematical reasoning. Pupils will have 40 minutes to answer the questions which are worth 35 marks per paper.


If you'd like to have a look at the 2017 maths SATs, you can see them here.


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