Our aim is to help you excel in Maths and Science, providing resources for these subjects, as well as some in English. We also think that nurturing your imagination is important in today's competitive world and because it can get neglected at school, we have also included some puzzles and challenges. Enjoy 'Mathsmadeeasy'.

Key learning at school from age 5 to 7 years (KS1, year 1 and 2)

In this Stage, each child is assessed in English for reading (word and comprehension), writing (spelling and handwriting) in Maths (number, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, shape, space and measurement) and in Science (working scientifically, plants, animals, everyday materials and seasonal changes.

Key learning at school from age 8 to 11 years (KS2, year 3 , 4, 5 and 6)

In this Stage, each child is assessed in English for reading (word and comprehension), writing (spelling and handwriting) in Maths (number, calculations, fractions, measurements, geometry, stats, algebra and ratio) and in Science.

Years 7 to year 9 span the period called key stage 3, culminating in the Maths, English and Science SATs tests.
By the age of 14, most children are expected to achieve level 5. These exams are often used to decide which GSCE set your child will be in.

General Certificate of Secondary Education, usually taken from ages 14 - 16 years.

Start in year 10, a two year GCSE course can be either modular (exams over two years) or linear (exams at the end). Two exam papers are taken at Foundation (achieving up to grade C) or Higher tiers (up to A*). Level 2 Key Skills = A*-C and Level 1 = D-G

AS Mathematics or Physics in year 12, has three modules usually examined in January or June. A2 Maths or Physics, a further three modules in year 13, completes the A-level course. AS and A2 are both 50% of the full A Level. The information provided is based on the OCR board, but will be applicable to other exam boards.

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”, Albert Einstein

There is a lot of emphasis on using Logic at school especially in the later years, to the detriment of Imagination. As we get older, our imagination dwindles and so we need to actively spend time exercising it.

Key Stage 3 maths papers are set in different bands:

level 3-5 paper - students cannot achieve higher than level 5

level 4-6 paper - students cannot achieve higher than level 6

level 5-7 paper - students cannot achieve higher than level 7

level 6-8 paper - students cannot achieve higher than level 8

The actual paper you are entered for depends on your expected level of achievement.
There are two papers, a calculator and a non-calculator paper. A mental maths test is a timed audio test. Students complete an answer sheet.

SATS KEY STAGE 3 LEVELS

LEVELS

COMMENTS

Level 1

Average for a typical 5 year old

Level 2

Average for a typical 7 year old

Level 3

Average for a typical 9 year old

Level 4

Average for a typical 11 year old

Level 5

Average for a typical 13 year old

Level 6

Average for a typical 14 year old

Level 7

Above average for typical 14 yr old

Level 8

Only available in maths

Additionally there are bands 'a', 'b' and 'c' within the levels. This simply indicates a range within the level.