Archives for "January, 2009"

Posted by Peter on 31st January 2009

Free maths worksheet: begin to add decimals

Free maths worksheet from When it comes to decimals children can become very confused, so here is a nice starter for adding a decimal. The key to success is to make sure that the units are added to the units, so that 3.4 + 5 is 8.4, not 3.9 and always remember the decimal […]

Posted by Peter on 30th January 2009

Maths worksheet: dividing by 1 and 10

Division is one of the big problem areas in maths, partly because success relies on a good knowledge and understanding of basic number. There are two important ideas about division on this maths worksheet. Firstly, when a number is divided by 1 it stays the same. Fairly obvious to us, but for young children they […]

Posted by Peter on 29th January 2009

Maths vocabulary for year 2: time

We continue to list the recommended vocabulary in year 2, this section dealing with Time. Words to do with Time include the months of the year: January                       February March                         April May                             June July                              August September                October November                December Plus some more general time words: minute                     second quarter to               quarter past digital                       analogue clock                         watch                    timer […]

Posted by Peter on 27th January 2009

ContactPoint: Details of all children

Well I like numbers, as you might guess, but did you know that your children, and everyone else’s are going to feature on a new database and each child will be prescribed a unique number! Yes, contact details of every child under 18 is going to go on a huge database, which itself will be […]

Posted by Peter on 23rd January 2009

Free Y5 maths worksheet: identify shapes using a binary tree

Free maths worksheet from mathsblog and Here is a way of identifying shapes that you do  not often see in worksheets, but is considered important in the maths curriculum. It is known as identifying shapes by using a binary tree. A binary tree leads you through a series of questions, which can only be […]

Posted by Peter on 22nd January 2009

Free maths worksheet: adding 8 to a single digit

Free maths worksheet from Here are two straightforward sets of questions which deal with adding 8 to a single digit. Eventually children should know, off by heart, all the answers to these questions, but that takes a lot of time and practice. Confidence can be gained by learning some of them; eg  knowing that […]

Posted by Peter on 20th January 2009

News: Home schooling

I know that quite a few of the users of the site are home educators so the latest news from the government will interest them. Children’s Minister, Baroness Delyth Morgan, has announced that local authorities need to ensure that those children who do not attend school are taught properly at home. “Parents are able, quite […]

Posted by Peter on 20th January 2009

Free Y4 maths worksheet: subtract a single digit from whole hundreds

Free year 4 maths worksheet from and By the end of year 4 children are expected to have strategies for answering a wide variety of questions mentally – in their heads. One expectation is to be able to subtract a single digit from a multiple of one hundred: eg 400 – 6 =. […]

Posted by Peter on 19th January 2009

Learning tables: 9 times table

Learning the 9x table with The 9 times table does have a number of interesting patterns, not least of which is that the digits of each answer also add up to 9. This is an excellent way of checking that a number is divisible by 9. Once again we are really only interested in […]

Posted by Peter on 15th January 2009

Number rhymes: 5 currant buns

Another number rhyme from Five currant buns is a long established number rhyme which helps children count down from 5 to zero. Again, it is a rhyme that can be learned off by heart. This whole idea can be developed in many ways: eg by baking some cakes, having 5 lined up and taking […]