# Archives for "March, 2013"

Posted by Peter on 28th March 2013

## Resource of the week: sorting shapes in Year 1

One of the earliest stages of data handling is to be able to sort and a lot of practical work can be done, such as tidying up a drawer of pens, pencils, paper clips etc. Don’t underestimate this type of practical activity as it is important for children learning to group and order objects. The […]

Posted by Peter on 25th March 2013

## Year 1 maths worksheet: subtraction

It has been a while since I published anything for year 1, so here are a couple of pages on understanding subtraction. They look very straightforward but there are a number of concepts involved here: Firstly, understanding that the phrase, ‘How many are left’ . Secondly, relating subtraction to ‘taking away’. Thirdly, the answer can […]

Posted by Peter on 21st March 2013

## Resource of the Week: Easter co-ordinates for Year 4

As we move towards Easter it is always fun to have some maths linked to the time of year. There are several important aspects to this page. Firstly the axes are numbered rather than the spaces. This is an important step as the conventions of using co-ordinates come into play. It is important to show […]

Posted by Peter on 18th March 2013

## Year 3 graphs

There are two main aspects to graphical work, one is to collect and organise data and the other is to interpret the results whether shown as a graph, pictogram etc. This page looks at interpreting a bar chart showing the number of packets of crisps sold by a corner shop over the course of a […]

Posted by Peter on 14th March 2013

## Resource of the Week: interpret pie charts

Something which looksvery easy, but can cause difficulties for this week’s Resource of the Week. Pie charts are a good way to illustrate the proportion of a whole amount or quantity. The arc length of each sector or the sectors area is proportional to the quantity it represents. This might sound a little tricky, but […]

Posted by Peter on 11th March 2013

## Understanding factors

Understanding factors can prove to be quite tricky, but in fact is a fairly simple concept, with once again knowing times tables being crucial. These pages begin by trying to find the factors of a number on an organised ‘trial and error’ basis by seeing which numbers when multiplied together will make the target number. […]

Posted by Peter on 7th March 2013

## Resource of the Week: half way between

Today I’m looking at a resource which has proved to be very popular and on the face of it this looks quite a simple task. However, many children (and adults) find it very tricky to work out what half way between two numbers is. Often there is a lot of ‘trial and improvement’ going on […]

Posted by Peter on 4th March 2013

## More 2x, 5x and 10x tables

Children need an awful lot of practice when learning the 2x, 5x and 10x tables and don’t be afraid to encourage them to say these tables out loud and learn them by rote. You will probably find that they can recite the lyrics of a latest pop song, or all eleven of their favourite football […]