Archives for "October, 2011"

Posted by Peter on 29th October 2011

Maths for Halloween

More Halloween worksheets can be found on the urbrainy.com site – well worth a visit. Nobody seems to be sure about the origins of Halloween but celebrations in the UK seem to be on the increase, perhaps following its popularity in the USA. We do know that it is always on the eve of All […]

Posted by Peter on 28th October 2011

Year 6 maths worksheet: Adding fractions

One of the big stumbling blocks in maths is working with fractions, especially addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The problem is caused by a lack of understanding of what a fraction actually means and how they can be manipulated to make the task easier. (Equivalent fractions being the key.) A common fault when adding fractions […]

Posted by Peter on 26th October 2011

Maths SAT Paper A 2010: Questions 17 and 18

Question 17 of the Maths SAT Paper A 2010 asks for three different numbers that add up to 40. Each number is less than 20 and each number is even.Surprisingly there are only four possible answers: 18 + 16 + 6 18 + 14 + 8 18 + 12 + 10 16 + 14 + […]

Posted by Peter on 24th October 2011

Year 3 maths worksheet: more mental division

This page has 14 division questions which should be answered mentally. It keeps to the easier times tables, including 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x and 10 x tables. Children who have a good knowledge of times tables should whizz through this in little time. If tables are not known it becomes a much more laborious process. […]

Posted by Peter on 20th October 2011

Resource of the Week: Rounding to the nearest million

One of the earliest posts that I made, back in 2007 was about rounding large numbers, up to millions. Many children are fascinated by large numbers and these two pages can help them both with reading and writing large numbers and rounding. Thanks to mathsphere.co.uk for letting me use these resources, as they are taken […]

Posted by Peter on 19th October 2011

KS2 Maths Paper 2010: Questions 16

Symmetry is a favourite topic for the SAT papers and this is a typical question. Four patterns of shapes are given and if a shape has symmetry mark it with a tick, if not, mark it with a cross. A maximum of 2 marks if all patterns of shapes are marked correctly. Interestingly, although it […]

Posted by Peter on 17th October 2011

Multiplying 2 and 3-digit numbers by 10 or 100

Today I have published another multiplying worksheet, suitable for Year 4 children. Of course, multiplying by ten is easy; just move each digit one place to the left and place a zero in the units. Repeat this for multiplying by 100, but avoid the trap of saying ‘add a nought’. This page has incomplete number […]

Posted by Peter on 14th October 2011

Reading and writing Roman numerals

Reading and writing in Roman numerals is quite tricky and if you are thinking of doing addition and subtraction with them it is much easier to convert them, do the sum and then rewrite the answer in Roman letters. The Roman system is based round 7 letters: I = 1 V = 5 X = […]

Posted by Peter on 12th October 2011

KS2 Maths Paper 2010: Questions 14 and 15

Suddenly the questions become harder as questions 14 and 15 require a little more thought before trying to answer them. With question 14 a knowledge of what happens when a number is multiplied by a half will give a clue that the most obvious answer involves using the only card without a half on (the […]

Posted by Peter on 11th October 2011

Year 1 addition game

Early years teachers are great at coming up with resources to help with addition, without them just being rows of sums. The teacher writers at urbrainy.com have come up with some excellent resources for year 1, including this great little board game for two people which involves both using a strategy and knowing addition facts.  […]