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5 Of The Best KS1 SATs Resources For The Maths Reasoning Paper

Problem-solve mathematical puzzlers with these great games, activities and worksheets for Year 2 students that will help them gear up for May's tests

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  • 5 Of The Best KS1 SATs Resources For The Maths Reasoning Paper

Who doesn’t love a good logic puzzle?

The second of the two KS1 mathematics tests focusing on reasoning, ‘assessing pupils’ mathematical fluency by demonstrating their ability to solve problems’.

It might sound daunting to them with that official definition, but these resources let them have fun working together or individually to crack codes and learn logical thinking.

1. Rugby Six Nations

So, the Six Nations is pretty much over for another year (and it doesn’t take a maths whizz to work out that England have won it), but you can still join in the fun with this rugby-relating reasoning activities for your KS2 kids.

Download and print them here.

2. An embarrassment of NRICHes

NRICH, of course, has plenty of activities to improve mathematical reasoning skills, including A Bag of Marbles which gives children the chance to build on simple sorting skills and experience using logical reasoning.

It gives them a set of criteria about a bag of marbles, that all the ones that:

• are rough to feel, have a blue colour on them;
• sparkle when rolling, have a red colour on them;
• are cold to touch, have a white colour on them;
• are dark inside, have a green colour on them.

Then asks them questions like ‘What colours must be put on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?’ or ‘What colour(s) could be on a marble that sparkles when rolling?’.

It’s a great exercise for group or paired work too.

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See this and the whole range of reasoning activities for KS1 here.

3. Clued up

This BBC Bitesize video shows kids how to use clues to solve logic problems. In it, Princess Amber is imprisoned by the Evil Ruler, and to rescue her, Captain Calamity must use logic and clues to find and slay the huge, fire-breathing dragon, bringing back evidence to show he has achieved this.

Set the scene by watching the clip and introducing the quest which Captain Calamity needs to go on to find the dragon. Re-create the school grounds to be the area where the quest will take place. Go outside and determine where east is (using the signs as clues) and explain they need to put the remaining signs (N and S) in the relevant places.

Using a variety of clues, the children can see if they can find their way to the dragon. At each clue, the children must solve a maths calculation or problem so they can move onto the next one. The children could also write directions, in the form of instructions, to get from one place to another.

Watch the video here.

4. Fun and games


Roath Park Primary in Cardiff has produced a range of reasoning activities for you to download as PDFs, such as this Buying Toys worksheet where learners use two sets of information to find out how much the toys cost. There is a version for all ranges and one for more-able learners.

Find the whole range on the school’s website here.

5. 99 problems (OK, maybe just 25)

If efficiency is your thing, this PDF features 25 different reasoning and logic problems all in one place and a wide variety of questions asking you to figure out costs, measurements and more.

Download this free printable resource here.