Archives for "April, 2013"

Posted by Peter on 29th April 2013

Division: 3-digit numbers divided by 8

Here is another page for practising the short division method, this time just using the eight times table. The key to this method is, of course, a good knowledge of the 8 times table, as without this the solution can take an awfully long time and lots of errors may occur. The table has been […]

Posted by Peter on 25th April 2013

Measuring in kilometres

Children in the UK get far less experience at using kilometres than most Euoropeans because we have decided to keep with the mile for most of our longer measuring. Of course this is a nonsense: to start with a system using mm, cm and metres and then switch to a completely different system ie miles […]

Posted by Peter on 22nd April 2013

Reading and writing larger numbers

In Year 4 children are expected to be working with larger numbers, including thousands. However, it is often presumed that they can read and write these numbers without any practice. This is not the case, as many children find difficulty with this and often demonstrate the problem when asked to write down a number such […]

Posted by Peter on 18th April 2013

Scalene triangles

A lot of work is done on triangles in Primary Schools and by year 5 and 6 most children are familiar with the properties of right angled triangles, equilateral triangles and isosceles trinagles. However, fewer children know about the scalene triangle. A scalene triangle is one which has no sides the same length and no […]

Posted by Peter on 15th April 2013

Maths Board Game: Deadly red

Board games are a great way to improve logical thinking and maths concepts. This is a favourite of mine, which I call Deadly Red as the person who takes the red counter at the end loses! Not a lot of equipment is needed, just: 12 coloured counters, one red counter and a playing board. The […]

Posted by Peter on 11th April 2013

Year 6 SAT questions

With SATs just a couple of weeks away now is theĀ  time of year that schools intensify their year 6 revision.. The types of question that come up are fairly predictable and follow a similar layout each year. It is well worthwhile, therefore, to let your children have a practice at the style of questions […]

Posted by Peter on 8th April 2013

Year 3 graphs

I have published a page on graphs for year 3 children today; thanks to urbrainy for this resource. The main difference with data handling from year 2 to year 3 is that the reading divisions becomes harder as they may no longer go up in ones. Hence children are having to find numbers half way […]

Posted by Peter on 4th April 2013

Resource of the Week: written addition

Written methods of calculating continue to prove to be some of the more popular pages on the site. This week I would like to highlight a Year 5 maths worksheet on written addition which is the second in a series showing children clearly how addition should be laid out and also giving them the opportunity […]

Posted by Peter on 1st April 2013

Year 5 division problems: calculating mentally

Here is the second page which looks at Year 5 division problems that can be answered by using mental skills. The questions cover a range of concepts involving division, including: remainders divisibility rule for 9 and factors. Watch out for errors that occur in questions such as number 9, where the number of whole lengths […]