Maths A Textbook for Key Stage 2 and Common Entrance by Serena Alexander


Maths A Textbook for Key Stage 2 and Common Entrance by Serena Alexander

So You Really Want To Learn Maths Book 1 is suitable for pupils aged 10+ (Years 5/6 upwards) and provides a thorough grounding in the Mathematical knowledge required by pupils working towards Common Entrance and other entrance exams at 11+ and 13+. Detailed explanations are followed by numerous practice exercises to ensure that pupils have grasped the material covered. - Endorsed by ISEB - Ideal for pupils in Years 5/6 working towards Common Entrance and other entrance exams at 11+ and 13+ - Summary exercises and end of chapter activities will ensure that pupils have understood the material covered - Extension questions are included, to challenge the most able pupils An Answer Book containing answers and a mark scheme is also available to save you time marking work.


So you really want to learn Maths is a triumph: comprehensive, lucid, clearly and attractively laid out with plenty of exercises. Although particularly aimed at pupils preparing for the 11+ (or Common Entrance at), it provides the essential foundation for GCSE. Book 1 starts with basic number work and the moves on to fractions, decimals, area, angles, probability and so on. John Clare, The Daily Telegraph This is a book by a teacher who understands children. There are many attractive features and expect that children will be inspired by this material. I imagine that this text will enjoy widespread acclaim and become a 'standard

+ setting team What a wonderful book: easy to read but so informative, with a clean layout, approprite diagrams, good cross-curricular presentation, clear instructions and excellent extension exercises for the more able children. This is the Common Entrance textbook that school teachers have been waiting for. Moira Laffey, The Old Malthouse School These books provide a thorough grounding in maths. Detailed explanations are given through graded exercises, practical work, investigations and puzzles. The material is neatly laid-out, well organised with clear instructions and excellent diagrams, and very informative. The author even brings in fascinating snippets of history throughout the books: how the Egyptians wrote fractions, the history of the penny and of percentages, the origin of imperial units and much more. For instance, did you know that it was the Greeks who established the 'foot


About the Author

Serena Alexander has taught Mathematics since 1987, originally in both maintained and independent senior schools. From 1999 she taught at St Paul's School for Boys, where she was Head of Mathematics at their preparatory school, Colet Court, before moving to Newton Preparatory School in London. She has been a member of the ISEB setting team for mathematics, is an ISI inspector and helps to run regular mathematics conferences for prep school teachers. She has a passion for maths and expects her pupils to feel the same way. After a lesson or two, they normally do!

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352 pages


Serena Alexander
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Publication date

1st December 2003



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