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Understand and Apply Problem Solving Skills 3

In this worksheet, students will be asked to solve a range of worded problems, using all four operations. These types of problems appear in the two reasoning papers and the pupil is expected to have efficient written methods to support each method required.

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'Understand and Apply Problem Solving Skills 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Exam-style Questions: SATs Maths

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Worded Problems

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

You are going to spend some valuable time revising worded problems.

Worded problems will appear in both of the SATs reasoning papers.

The problems will ask you to use all four number operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication).


It's very important that you show your working out for these questions because you may get a mark for it, even if your answer is wrong!

For each of the reasoning tests, you will have 40 minutes to complete it.

There are usually around 20 problem-solving questions in the reasoning tests.


Here is an example of the type of question you may find in a reasoning paper:

Sam buys 7 apples at a cost of 33p each and 8 bananas at a cost of 19p each.

What is the total cost of the fruit purchased?



Step 1: Find the total cost of apples: 7 x 33p = £2.31

Step 2: Find the total cost of bananas: 8 x 19p = £1.52

Step 3: Add the two amounts together = £2.31 + £1.52 = £3.83


With a question like this one, make sure you show your working out and carefully check each step.


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