Archives for "February, 2009"

Posted by Peter on 27th February 2009

World Maths Day 2009

Tension is rising as the clock runs down towards this year’s World Maths Day. With just four days to go it’s not too late to sign up for the 4th March. Remember last year’s World Maths Day? Yes, over 370 000,000 (370 million) correct answers to maths questions across the globe. This year looks like […]

Posted by Peter on 26th February 2009

Tables worksheet: 4x, 5x, 8x and 10 x tables

A second in our series of tables worksheets covering the 4 times, 5 times, 8 times and 10 times tables. Remember to learn tables by saying them out loud, as well as timing answers using worksheets such as these. 4 8 5 and 10 times table pg 2 Download “48510 Times Table Pg 2”File Size: […]

Posted by Peter on 25th February 2009

Y4 maths worksheet: fractions tenths

I have not added much in the way of work on fractions so far, but it is an area of maths that causes a lot of confusion. This page looks at tenths including some key concepts: a. that ten tenths is the same as one whole one b. that a half is the same as […]

Posted by Peter on 24th February 2009

Spaced learning: a new way to develop long term memory

School lessons have traditionally been in blocks of around 40 minutes to an hour, but this is not necessarily the best way to learn, especially to develop long term memory. When doing work at home you could adopt a different approach; one such method is called ‘Spaced Learning’. Monkseaton School has been pioneering this method […]

Posted by Peter on 23rd February 2009

Maths vocabulary puzzle: ordering and place value

Here is a little word search to help children recognise and use the vocabulary expected of them in Year 1 to do with ordering and place value. The words are: more, less, plus, double, altogether, subtract, take, minus, half, difference and equals. This is quite a difficult set of terms for children of this age […]

Posted by Peter on 21st February 2009

Primary Education too narrow?

For some years now schools have been pushing Numeracy and Literacy above all other subjects, especially in Year 6 when SATs are taken. Unfortunately this does not appear to have resulted in the expected improvement in these areas. Now a new study, The Cambridge Primary Review, suggests that too much emphasis on these ‘basics’ is […]

Posted by Peter on 20th February 2009

Maths worksheet: divide by 5 mentally

Here is a page on dividing by 5 ‘in your head’. Divide each of the numbers in the circles by 5 and place the answers in the outside hexagons. This is a useful exercise as it helps to show the relationship between division and multiplication. If the 5 times table is known these are quite […]

Posted by Peter on 18th February 2009

Maths worksheets: adding 10 to a single digit

Another two pages in our series of simple addition worksheets, adding ten to a single digit. This, of course is easy if place value is understood. Another point to make is that as addition can be done in any order it is easier to think of these as adding the single digit to 10. Adding-10-to-a-single-digit […]

Posted by Peter on 16th February 2009

Maths worksheet: revise mental addition

Here is a maths worksheet on addition for year 5 which challenges children to use all the mental methods of addition that they have developed. One of the key features of adding mentally is that it is usually done in a different order than when using pencil and paper methods. When adding two 3-digit numbers […]

Posted by Peter on 13th February 2009

Billy’s Beetle by Mike Inkpen

Billy’s Beetle is another of Mike  Inkpen’s great books for young children. Little Billy’s beetle escapes from its matchbox leading to a hunt to find the missing beetle. Billy seeks help from a variety of people and animals to try and find it. First of all he gets help from a girl and then a […]