Another page of typical SAT maths questions. Again questions 1 and 2 could have any number of possible answers and the key is to keep it simple. In both questions there is no need to be clever: answer with whole hundreds eg 200+ 200+ 400 as this will gain as many marks as 145 + 93 + 562 or any other correct answer and there is far more chance of making a slip up by making it difficult!

# Month: January 2008

## Maths game: Make 5

An extra bonus today as I felt in the mood to write a game. 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.

Dora Dino has 5 eggs somewhere. She can only see some of them, so can you help her work out how are needed to make 5.

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## Maths vocabulary for Reception: Length

tall taller tallest

high higher highest

low lower lowest

wide wider widest

narrow narrower narrowest

Maths Vocabulary for Reception: Length

Words to do with length are all around us and it is an ideal subject to involve young children with. At this age standard units of measurement are not used, the important concepts are all to do with comparisons as well as understanding that shapes can have length, width and height. This is not a spelling list: more a list of words that children should have heard in a variety of contexts and words that they are beginning to use themselves to describe their world. Continue reading “Maths vocabulary for Reception: Length”

## Booster maths worksheet 4

A similar maths worksheet to worksheet 3. Notice that questions 5 and 6 could have a considerable range of answers, all of which are correct. In question 6 the two numbers for the answer must have a difference of 61 ie the sum of the two numbers given. This is getting very close to the early algebra which children will study at their secondary schools.

## News: Lego 50 years old today.

Lego is 50 years old today and there have been some amazing creations across the world by the masters of lego building over these years. Ross Crawford is one such master builder in Australia with a 4 metre long copy of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

In 2006, a team at Legoland in Billund, Denmark created a model of the world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380 superjumbo.

Today, Lego’s bestsellers include its Star Wars, Lego City and Bionicle ranges. But the traditional eight-stud brick is still the foundation of the business.

If you have not got any other building materials then make sure you have some lego – ideal for counting and looking at 3-D shapes as well as building anything!

## Booster maths worksheet 3

Some more examples of the type of arithmetic questions that come up in the SATs. An interesting example is the question which asks to put the digits 7, 3 and 4 into the boxes to make the total of 41.

Sometimes there is more than one way to do this type of question and it is a matter of using ‘trial and improvement’ to solve it.

One good way to tackle it is to look at the units (in this case 1) and see which two digits added together will put a 1 in the units. The only option here is is to add the digits 7 and 4 (which make 11), put these in the units boxes and it is easy from there on.

## Maths game: Counting two lots of things (cows and goats)

The first in our series of counting two lots of things, up to a total of 5.

The first in our series of counting two lots of things, up to a total of 5.

Farmer Giles has bought some goats to go with his cows.

Can you help him count the goats and cows?

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## Maths Vocabulary for Reception: Adding and subtracting

Here is the next list of the vocabulary that children at the end of their Reception Year (4/5 years old) should be familiar with. These words are all to do with addition and subtraction.

Here is the next list of the vocabulary that children at the end of their Reception Year (4/5 years old) should be familiar with. These words are all to do with addition and subtraction.

On the link is a set of pages with each word written in a large font size which can be copied, cut out and used as flash cards or as display. Cover them with sticky back plastic or if you have access to a laminator, even better! Continue reading “Maths Vocabulary for Reception: Adding and subtracting”

## News: Test results delayed

There has been a delay in the publishing of the results of the new tests which might replace the dreaded SATs that children take at 7 and 11. Apparently there have been some unexpected patterns in the results, although both teachers and pupils have given positive feedback.

Rather than test everyone at the same time these tests will be given when the teacher thinks the child has reached a certain standard.

More on this from the BBC

## Free Y5 maths worksheet: Investigate subtraction

Here is a nifty way to carry out some subtraction sums in an original format. Use the shape on the free maths worksheet to make the subtraction sums by linking one number to another via the subtraction sign in the middle.

Continue reading “Free Y5 maths worksheet: Investigate subtraction”