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Use and Apply Mental Arithmetic Skills

In this worksheet, students will practise key mental maths skills in preparation for the SATs arithmetic paper. This worksheet will guide them through specific strategies to enable them to plan how to solve problems mentally.

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'Use and Apply Mental Arithmetic Skills ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Exam-style Questions: SATs Maths

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Mental Maths

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Worksheet Overview

Fantastic effort! You have decided to spend some valuable time practicing for the SATs arithmetic paper.

Throughout your education, you will have been taught how to complete some maths sums in your head.

For instance, by learning your times tables and related division facts, you have gained essential mental maths skills that can help you to solve all sorts of Maths problems!


In the SATS arithmetic paper, you are allowed to write down your working out but if you can, use mental maths skills to answer some of the questions, it will speed you up and give you a better chance of completing the paper.

The more you practise these quick-thinking problem skills, the easier you will find arithmetic.


Example 1:

Divide 80 by 4.

Use times table knowledge: 8 ÷ 4 = 2

So, 80 ÷ 4 = 20


Example 2:

What is 3 times 3 added to 5 times 5?

(3 x 3) + (5 x 5) =?

9 + 25 = 34


Over to you now to try some quick-fire arithmetic questions!

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