Archives for "May, 2011"

Posted by Peter on 17th May 2011

Maths game for reception: Make 5

An often overlooked part of our site is the maths games category for Reception/Year 1. Here we have a number of simple maths games including this, the first in our addition and subtraction series, where children are given a number and have to state what is needed to make it up to 5. Ideal for […]

Posted by Peter on 15th May 2011

Two more years of maths

It might sound like their worst nightmare for many teenagers, but Michael Grove has just announced that students who do not achieve a good GCSE pass in maths will be forced into continuing to study the subject until they do, or at least until they are 18. A good GCSE pass is considered to be […]

Posted by Peter on 13th May 2011

Year 4 Counting and Number

Year 4 is where you can really see children take off with their maths knowledge and understanding. They can deal with larger numbers, and show their understanding by partitioning, including numbers in the thousands. Place value is crucial to this understanding as is being able to multiply and divide by 10 and 100. Fractions also […]

Posted by Peter on 12th May 2011

Number Ladders: 0 to 10

Our ‘Useful resources’ for maths category has been rather neglected so I thought I would try and build up these resources over the coming weeks. Something which early years teachers find very useful are Number Ladders from zero to ten. Here are two number ladders, one featuring butterflies and one cars. They can be used […]

Posted by Peter on 11th May 2011

Short division of decimals (1)

Here is a page of practice on using the short method of division of decimals. The numbers being divided are just units and tenths which helps with getting the method correct. There are arguments for and against putting the decimal point in before you start, or leaving it until you have reached that point in […]

Posted by Peter on 10th May 2011

Year 5 subtraction worksheets

Here are two worksheets to help assess whether children have a good grasp of subtraction. They revise the following concepts: Subtraction is the same as taking away, finding the difference between, and complementary addition. Subtraction is non-commutative. When a larger number is subtracted from a smaller number, the answer is negative. Subtracting a number from […]

Posted by Peter on 9th May 2011

8 times table practice

Here we have another in our series of Rocket tables sheets. This time it is the 8 times table, which is one of those tables that many children never really get to learn ‘off by heart’. This page makes a good check sheet to see whether the table is known: if it is then it […]

Posted by Peter on 6th May 2011

Year 6 maths worksheet: adding fractions

My first addition of fractions page was very popular and I have had  several requests for more, as it does take some time and re-inforcement to get the hang of this concept. I believe that adding fractions is one of the hardest topics for children to understand, mainly because it involves so many steps. Remember, […]

Posted by Peter on 5th May 2011

What maths should children know by the end of Year 6?

This is the final article in our series on what maths children should know, although I will be returning to this theme again and again in the future. Much of the work carried out in year 5 eg addition and subtraction will need to be reinforced and is not covered in these targets for year […]

Posted by Peter on 4th May 2011

Mangahigh free for schools

In a very exciting development, I have just heard that Mangahigh is going to be absolutely free from tomorrow for schools to use. In fact, going to the site, it is free now!! From tomorrow the games-based resources will be completely free for UK and Irish schools. Previously Mangahigh charged for access but they […]