# Archives for "June, 2011"

## Year 1 addition and subtraction

In year 1 there are several key addition and subtraction and skills that have to be learned. Addition is related to counting on which children will still need plenty of practice with. It is also important to realise that addition can be done in any order. Subtraction is seen as ‘taking away’ or ‘finding a […]

## Knowing Division Facts: Year 5 maths Worksheet

There is no doubt that most children find division harder than multiplication, yet there is little real reason for this to be so. Most division questions can be turned on their head to be made to look like multiplication. For example: 30 ÷ 5 =?? can be thought as what number times 5 makes 30? […]

## Resource of the Week: Magic Square with negative numbers

With the Year 6 SATs all over and still a half term’s maths to get through there has never been a better time to introduce some investigations and puzzles. One of my favourites topics is the magic square, as it can be incredibly simple or extremely complex. This particular magic square is quite challenging as […]

## Year 3 mental arithmetic: Sets 1 and 2

I am embarking on something new this week which will hopefully grow into a really useful resource as time goes by. It is the first in a series of mental arithmetic questions aimed at Year 3. It consists of two sets of ten questions, followed by an answer sheet. Each set is a full A4 […]

## Short division of decimals (2)

Here is another page of practice on using the short method of division of decimals. With the short method all unnecessary writing down of numbers is avoided. The numbers being divided are just units and tenths which helps with getting the method correct. One of the best ways to be fluent with this method is […]

## Year 3 maths worksheet: Time and calendars

An aspect of learning about time that is often neglected is the use of a calendar. They do need some explanation for children who have not come across them before and they do come in various formats. The month shown on this worksheet starts the week on a Monday, although many start on Sunday. It […]

## Carroll diagrams: Year 2 Handling Data

Carroll diagrams are named after the famous writer, Lewis Carroll and are a way of grouping things in a ‘yes or no’ way. They can be as simple as just two boxes but usually they are seen as four boxes with two attributes. In this case the two attributes are swimming and riding a bike […]

## Resource of the Week: Year 6 converting metric units

Children in Year 6 still need plenty of practice using the metric system, in particular converting larger metric units to smaller ones. Here we are highlighting a page which looks at converting metres to centimetres, kilos to grams and litres to millilitres. One of the trickier aspects of this is to convert a weight such […]

## Impossible question in the Maths AS paper

Well, it is not uncommon for me to make a mistake with the articles and worksheets published here, but I don’t have a team of proof readers to help me. Far more serious was the error in this years Maths AS Paper. Over 6000 students took the paper and the question with the highest number […]

## 6 times table space challenge

Children need as many opportunities as possible to practise their knowledge of tables and teachers are always on the lookout for something slightly different to maintain interest. Hopefully this page will be useful as it is a bright and fun way to show how well the 6 times table is known and it could also […]

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