Archives for "December, 2011"

Posted by Peter on 29th December 2011

KS2 Maths SAT questions and answers: Paper B 2011

This is the first in a new series looking at SAT papers, the questions, answers and best methods of going about them. This term I am looking at the 2011 Paper B. Calculators are allowed for this paper, but generally I think that paper B tends to be harder than Paper A. The first question […]

Posted by Dave on 21st December 2011

Christmas Offer From URBrainy

Here at the MathsBlog we think is a great site for some really impressive resources. This Christmas they are running a very special offer. If you subscribe during December for a yearly package you will get 18 months access instead of 12! That’s a whole 6 months extra free on their already discounted yearly rate. […]

Posted by Peter on 16th December 2011

Christmas present buying worksheet

Here we have an open-ended page to keep up the Christmas theme for this week. More Christmas themed worksheets can be found at; There are four items with prices; a set of beads for £2, a box of chocolates for £3, a bag for £5 and a bottle of perfume for £7. The task […]

Posted by Peter on 13th December 2011

Resource of the week: Christmas adding puzzle

Looking at my stats I can see that everyone is very busy with Christmas assemblies, shows, shopping, eating, drinking etc so I will shortly be joining you all and have a few days off. I will leave you with a little puzzle in case you have nothing better to do! Put the numbers 1, 2, […]

Posted by Peter on 9th December 2011

Year 4 maths worksheet: Santa’s reindeer

More Christmas worksheets are available at:   We continue with our seasonal worksheets with some reindeer questions, probably best suited to children in Year 4 upwards. Everyone knows about Rudolf, the red-nosed reindeer, but far fewer people know that there are eight others to go with him! Santa’s reindeer pull the sleigh for Santa and […]

Posted by Peter on 7th December 2011

Year 1 maths worksheet: Christmas halving

From time to time it’s nice to have a topical maths worksheet and here is one for year 1 at Christmas time. The ability to double and halve numbers quickly is a great strategy to have at your fingertips as it can help later with all sorts of calculations. Here we have a year 1 […]

Posted by Peter on 2nd December 2011

Calculator ban in Primary Schools

Primary school pupils could face a ban on using calculators according to Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister. Following a government study he has suggested that pupils should only be able to use calculators once they have mastered basic maths, including learning ‘times tables’. This announcement comes as a result of a government study which found […]

Posted by Peter on 1st December 2011

Top children’s reading books to help with maths

Over a period of time I have collected together a great selection of books suitable for young children to help them with counting and number skills. All these books are a great read in themselves, but they also all have a mathematical slant. They are rather hidden away within the Top Maths Books section and […]

Posted by Peter on 29th November 2011

KS2 Maths SAT question 25 from 2010 Paper A

Sarah had a bag of cherries…..Question 25 is one of those questions where you have to read it all carefully before starting and then proceed from the end, working backwards. Suggested method: The key to answering this question is to start at the end and work backwards. Amy got 2 cherries. Liam gave half of […]

Posted by Peter on 28th November 2011

Year 2 investigation: 3 dice totals

Dice are a great resource to help with addition and logical thinking. This investigation looks at how many different ways a total of 12 can be made with three dice. In fact this could be looked at in two different ways. If the dice were all different colours then there would be a great many […]