Are you looking for some AQE resources to back up learning in class? Here are a few things we have tried and can recommend.
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We love the Schofield and Sims workbooks for both Maths and English. We believe they’re quite popular with teachers too. You can order them yourself, and pick workbooks on topics that your child may be struggling with. Search for ‘Key Stage Two’ in the title. We love the Problem Solving series of four books for revising general AQE Maths.
Knowing your times tables inside out is a great start to AQE. Playing a game is a great way to keep those skills sharp, and we always liked this one, which ticks all the boxes for under £3 –
For kids who learn better by handling – we love this colourful magnetic toy. You can hand them questions you’ve created, or they can do their own –
Specific workbooks also cover problem areas, much like this one on Decimals and Percentages. This makes it easy for you to pick out AQE resources for topics that need extra work.
Not only was she a trooper in the jungle, Carol Vorderman is also behind some handy Maths books.
The 10 Minutes A Day Maths series is good fun, as it comes with a little timer attached to the book. The pages are full of timed challenges covering numbers, shapes, data and measures. It’s a good book for working on test timing too, as you work against the clock. As each little challenge is only 10 minutes long, it’s not too painful for reluctant workers.
Comprehension is one of the hardest things to practise and master at AQE. Beyond doing endless written practice passages, we reckon it’s a good idea to try something a bit more lively.
These comprehension cards are a great idea. The passages are pretty short, and you can tackle the questions verbally rather than writing the answers down, just to keep things more enticing.
We love this series called Words are Categorical. It includes individual books on nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs (the four parts of speech your child needs to know for AQE). This one is all about nouns. The silly rhymes are pretty memorable and definitely help reinforce the concept.
Good books encourage good reading habits, and therefore better English skills. Here are a few appealing ones we discovered recently.
If your child is having trouble with specific AQE English topics, we’ve found some good fun games that can help. We like this card game to help with opposites –
There’s a similar one that deals with synonyms, which can really help expand your child’s vocabulary and make progress with those questions that ask – find the word that means the same as …
For more help expanding vocabulary, we love Bananagrams. This is a great game to take on holidays – it’s really easy to transport and good family fun –
Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman is a visual introduction to the natural world – perfect AQE resources for those starting science next year and really beautifully illustrated.
Lots of children still prefer more visual reading material, even at this age. So it’s great to find novels or stories with a strong illustrated element. This visual biography of Einstein fits the bill perfectly.
Specific AQE resources
Of course, we also recommend our own AQE resources. Transfer Test Tips is a membership site, with online quizzes, topic revision, typical questions and practice comprehensions. Click here to find out more.