Archives for "December, 2008"

Posted by Peter on 22nd December 2008

Well, Christmas is nearly upon us so I am going to have a few days break and just leave you with a tricky little Christmas maths puzzle. I will be back with loads more worksheets and maths ideas in the new year. This puzzle looks quite easy but can cause a lot of problems. Probably […]

Posted by Peter on 17th December 2008

Learning tables: 7 times table

Another of the harder tables, this time the 7 times table. Many people think this is the hardest of all as there is very little pattern to it and the answers cannot easily be worked out from knowledge of other tables. Once again there is nothing especially ‘catchy’ to remember about this table, it is […]

Posted by Peter on 15th December 2008

Learning tables: 6 times table

Now we come to some of the harder tables, starting with the 6 times table. There is nothing especially ‘catchy’ to remember about this table, it is pretty much just hard work. It should not be learned until the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables have been learned. If this has been achieved, […]

Posted by Peter on 10th December 2008

Free Y1 maths worksheet: recognise squares

Maths worksheet on recognising squares from mathsblog.co.uk Here is a straightforward maths worksheet on recognising squares. Remember that the square is a special sort of quadrilateral, with all four sides the same length and all four angles are right angles. We normally see squares represented with the sides horizontal and vertical, but it is harder […]

Posted by Peter on 9th December 2008

News: children doing better at maths!

Good news! Schoolchildren in England are doing rather better at maths than you might think! The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (Timss) has just issued a report which states that our 10 year olds are among the best performers in the world. The best results are achieved by the Pacific rim countries such […]

Posted by Peter on 9th December 2008

New Primary School Curriculum

The Primary School Curriculum has once again come under review, this time by Sir Jim Rose. He suggests a more flexible curriculum organised into ‘areas of learning’ rather than individual lessons. He suggests six areas: English, communication and languages Mathematics Science and technology Human, social and environmental Physical health and well being Art and design […]

Posted by Peter on 8th December 2008

Free maths worksheet: subtracting from multiples of 10

Subtracting from multiples of 10 in your head by mathsblog.co.uk Subtracting a 2 digit number from a multiple of 10 can be done ‘in your head’, but it does need care and using an efficient method. Let’s look at: 50 – 27 Probably the easiest way to do this is by ‘counting on’. Step 1:  […]

Posted by Peter on 4th December 2008

Free subtraction worksheet: using the standard method (2)

Another maths worksheet from mathsblog.co.uk which shows the ‘standard’ method for subtraction. It is an excellent practice page at getting used to the method as it only deals with 2-digit numbers. Two points need to be made: 1. It is normally expected that 2-digit subtraction should be done ‘in your head’ and this page is […]

Posted by Peter on 3rd December 2008

Number rhymes: Five red apples

Number rhymes are vitally important for the early development of number and maths skills. There are many of them but the best tend to have a repetitive theme –  we all know the horrendous ‘ten green bottles’. ‘The Farmer’s Apple Tree’ is a good number rhyme for young children which can be read aloud. It […]

Posted by Peter on 2nd December 2008

5 times table worksheets

Free maths worksheets from mathsblog.co.uk The 5 times table is often thought of as one of the easier tables to learn and there are a couple of hints that can make it easier for children. The first is that all the answers must end in either 5 or zero. The second is that the five […]