Archives for "February, 2010"

Posted by Peter on 16th February 2010

Learning tables: grids

Multiplication tables are the basis for a huge amount of maths, ranging from simple sums to division and cancelling fractions. Use these sheets as timed practice, with the aim of getting a quicker time for each and, of course, all correct. A limit on time can be given. A good 11 year old would need […]

Posted by Peter on 15th February 2010

Dispatches: Kid’s Don’t Count

Dispatches Part 1 Kid’s Don’t Count This two part special asks how and why we seem to be failing our young children when it comes to maths. One fifth of children are leaving primary school without basic skills and far too many children dislike maths. The programme also questions the maths ability of the teachers. […]

Posted by Peter on 15th February 2010

Year 4 worksheet: Multiplication with addition

If a question involves both multiplication and addition then the convention is that the multiplication should be carried out first, then the addition. So for 4 + 5 x 3 Firstly multiply 5 by 3 and then add on 4 to make 19. Now some calculators do this (Scientific etc) but some work out each […]

Posted by Peter on 12th February 2010

Coming soon: Multiplication worksheets

Next week the emphasis is firmly on multiplication. To begin with we have a worksheet on the order in which we carry out a calculation. If a question involves both multiplication and addition then the convention is that the multiplication should be carried out first, then the addition. This is followed by a tables grid, […]

Posted by Peter on 11th February 2010

Year 1 Maths: 3 in a row addition

urbrainy.com are coming up with some excellent resources for year 1, including this great little board game of strategy and knowledge of addition to play with your child. You will need 2 dice, 2 sets of 5 different coloured counters or cubes plus a calculator and the games sheet. Decide who is to go first.Player […]

Posted by Peter on 10th February 2010

Resource of the Week: Reading the time

This maths worksheet on reading time to the nearest quarter of an hour highlights several issues which create problems for children. Firstly, on the clock face the hours are clearly numbered but the minutes are not and children need to be able to count on in fives before they can read minutes successfully. Secondly, when […]

Posted by Peter on 9th February 2010

Year 6 Maths Worksheet: Percentages and Fractions

This worksheet looks at the relationship between fractions, decimal fractions and percentages. This often proves very tricky for many children who fail to grasp that because percentage means ‘out of 100’ it can also be represented as a fraction. Children should begin to understand that 23% also means 23/100 or 0.23. later, when trying to […]

Posted by Peter on 8th February 2010

Year 5 Maths Worksheet: Square numbers (4)

This maths worksheet for Year 5 children introduces the idea of  ‘index’ for writing the square of a number. Children should understand that 42 means ‘4 squared’ or 4 times 4. Often it is mistaken for 4 x 2. Remind children that ‘square numbers’ are called ‘square numbers because they can be represented in an […]

Posted by Peter on 7th February 2010

Coming soon: Square numbers, percentages and addition game

Next week we have a maths worksheet for Year 5 children which introduces the idea of  ‘index’ for writing the square of a number. Children should understand that 42 means ‘4 squared’ or 4 times 4. Often it is mistaken for 4 x 2. We also have a page looking at the relationship between fractions, […]

Posted by Peter on 5th February 2010

World Maths Day

March 3rd 2010 is going to be a very special day in the maths calendar. It is World Maths Day!! In 2009 World Maths Day saw over 2 million students from 204 countries answering a staggering 452,681,681 (452 million) questions correctly – all in one day!! This year features an exciting new format with multi-levels […]