Resource of the week: More than and less than signs

This week I am highlighting a worksheet on the ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ signs. Children from Year 3 onwards are now expected to recognise and understand these signs. This is very different from most adults experience, who would not have met these signs until much later. As the two signs are so similar this can be quite a tricky idea for children to remember. Hopefully, this page will help.

> means ‘is more than’

< means ‘is less than’

From year 1 children have been used to working with the terms ‘more than’ and ‘less than’ but this does not mean that they will understand and use the signs (especially as to many children it looks like the same sign flipped on its side). The way I remember it is that the arrow always points to the smaller number.

A key point in trying to become familiar with the signs is to read out loud number sentences so just as you can say that

3 +4 = 7 (three add four equals seven)

you can say that 3 + 4 > 6 (three add four is more than six).

This page can be found in our Year 3 Counting and Number category.

More than less than signs

Year 4 maths worksheet: time

This maths worksheet takes a closer look at the different ways that we say what the time is and is probably most suited to year 4 children.

Reading the time often proves to be a tricky subject for children and there are several reasons for this. One is that many children seldom see a clock face other than a digital display. Another reason is that we have various ways of saying the same time.

For example: 9:50 can be said as ‘nine fifty’ or ‘ten to ten’.

This worksheet asks children to write times using digits, write times in words using minutes past and minutes to the hour as well as working out times a quarter or half hour before and after the time given. These types of question are very popular in the Year 6 SAT papers so there is no harm in using this page with older children who are struggling with understanding and answer time questions.

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