I enjoy it because it’s easier to learn things with the techniques explained to you.
Ukendar, Age 10
May 22, 2013

Core Maths at AE Tuition

All children preparing for the 11+ at AE Tuition are put through a core Maths programme. This involves children covering the following important topics:
  • Competency with times tables up to 12, number bonding, place value
  • Four rules of number (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Basic number skills/operations and definitions e.g. inverse operations, prime, square, cubed, rectangular and triangular numbers
  • Four rules of decimals (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Four rules of fractions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Percentages (amount to % and % to amount), decimals, fractions and %
  • Money and costs, metric/imperial measurement and time
  • Averages/basic probability/ratio and proportion
  • Basic geometry (shapes, angles, tables, diagrams, charts and graphs)
  • Mensuration (area of rectangles, triangles and volume of prisms)
  • Basic algebra and simple equations

There are seven important reasons for our policy:

  1. Some styles of Verbal Reasoning Paper include maths question types and good maths skills help children do much better on these questions.
  2. Maths develops Logical Reasoning Skills – Reasoning skills are not subject exclusive. Improving mathematical (quantitative) reasoning skills also helps build more advanced verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills.  
  3. The Range of Grammar Options – At the beginning of the tuition process we advise parents to be open-minded about grammar schools they may wish to apply for (some schools require maths).The many possible options will be fully discussed at the parents evening next May.
  4. Grammar schools require excellent maths – Children going to grammar schools with higher maths skills will be placed in the top sets.
  5. National Curriculum maths is poor – State primary school children are disadvantaged mathematically (most only achieve level 4 by year 6).
  6. Buckinghamshire 12+/13+ requires level 5 in maths – If children do not succeed in the 11+ only Buckinghamshire LEA officially allows re-sits at 12 and 13 years. However, children must have achieved level 5 in Maths and English in their SATs exam in May of year 6.
  7. Core Maths and Extension Maths – On some weeks there will be extra exercises to extend pupils who need more of a challenge. The weekly core maths will cover all that is necessary for the 11+ exams.