Archives for "September, 2008"

Posted by Peter on 30th September 2008

2-digit addition: moving towards standard written methods

Addition worksheet from Many parents say that the methods used today for adding are not the same as when they were at school. Often this is not strictly true: the final standard written method is the same, but the steps used to reach this standard method have changed. The worksheet attached explains this in […]

Posted by Peter on 29th September 2008

Free Y2 maths worksheet: make 5 sided shapes

Free maths worksheet from A pinboard and some elastic bands are a great resource for young children to use when exploring the properties of shapes. A reminder that this can be made by nailing panel pins or small nails into a piece of plywood approximately 24cm × 24cm. Cut out the plywood and mark […]

Posted by Peter on 26th September 2008

URBrainy free maths worksheet: early years counting

Free maths worksheet from We are lucky enough to have limited access to some of the URBrainy worksheets for early years. These really are presented very well and are a great set of resources for children just starting off with maths. Here is a simple counting worksheet. Many more can be found at […]

Posted by Peter on 25th September 2008

Maths vocabulary for Year 1 (Calculations and solving problems)

maths vocabulary list from There is an excellent list of the vocabulary children need to understand and use in the reception worksheet section. The following list has the new words that they should come across in school during year 1 to do with calculating and solving problems. (According to the Primary Framework for maths […]

Posted by Peter on 24th September 2008

Free Y1 maths worksheet: solve puzzles and investigate

Free maths worksheet from The term investigation often seems a little frightening to parents and indeed, some teachers. But a maths investigation can be very simple, as shown by this year 1 maths worksheet. The question is, “I am three years older than Sammy. How old could we be?” This is a fairly open […]

Posted by Peter on 23rd September 2008

News: too much homework?

Tiffin Boys’ School, a well respected private school, has cut the amount of homework given to pupils. The students used to do anything up to 4 hours a night, but the head teacher, Sean Heslop, says that this is too much and the quality of the homework set was poor; often ‘repetitive’ or ‘mechanistic’. He […]

Posted by Peter on 22nd September 2008

Maths vocabulary for year 1 (numbers)

Vocabulary list from We have extensively covered the maths vocabulary that children in reception are expected to come across. The following lists are the new words that they should come across in school during year 1 to do with numbers and the number system. If a child does not respond to a mathematical question […]

Posted by Peter on 19th September 2008

News: maths teaching poor! Or is it?

It seems that our schools are not teaching maths as well as they should. Ofsted reports that although test results have improved, understanding of the subject had not. Put simply, teachers are teaching for the tests. Not a surprise really, when schools are judged on their test results. But now comes the weird bit; when […]

Posted by Peter on 18th September 2008

Free maths worksheets: subtracting from 10

Free maths worksheets from Here are another two worksheets for early subtracting. They concentrate on subtracting a single digit from 10 and use the conventional signs for subtract and equals. At first children will probably ‘add on’ from the lower number to 10. Eventually it will be important that children know all the pairs […]

Posted by Peter on 17th September 2008

Free Y6 maths worksheet: further rounding

Free maths worksheet from Rounding numbers can often cause problems, even with older children. When rounding to the nearest 1 000 the key figure is the hundreds digit. If the hundreds digit is 5 or above, round up. If it is below 5, round down. Eg 3 750 is 4 000 to the nearest […]