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Money in Years 2 and 3

In Year 2 children will continue to become more familiar with the equivalent value of coins; for example, five 2p coins are equivalent to one 10p coin. We have just published four great new sets which look at this in detail, using all the coins from 50p to 1p. For those children who are less […]

Years 5 and 6 Timed Subtraction Games

When working with large numbers it is not possible to answer lots of questions within one minute, but it is surprising just how many correct answers can be achieved with top-notch mental arithmetic skills. Four new games for Year 5 have just been published:• Subtract from 1,000• Subtract from 10,000• Subtract a multiple of 10,000• […]

English Comprehensions: More Planets

We continue to add to our comprehensions on space with more fascinating facts about the remaining planets. New this week are:JupiterWith a radius of about 43,500 miles, Jupiter is 11 times wider than Earth. If Earth were the size of a grape, Jupiter would be about as big as a basketball.SaturnSaturn is the sixth planet […]

Reception: Matching Sets of Objects

Reception: Matching Sets of ObjectsBeing able to count objects is a crucial part of early maths work and future success with maths depends upon it. Interestingly, it involves more than may at first be apparent.Firstly, children need to realise that each object can only be counted once. To begin with it is a good idea […]

Year 6 Order of Operations

By Year 6 children should be familiar with the idea of having rules to decide in what order mathematical operations are carried out.In its simplest form this can be described as BODMAS First do the operations that are in brackets. Then do any divisions. Thirdly do any multiplicationsLastly, do any additions and subtractions(A similar acronym […]

Year 2 Subtraction, Bar Modelling and Number Lines

An exciting development in teaching maths in the UK is bar modelling. Bar models are pictorial representations of number problems and act as a half-way house between using concrete representations (e.g. solid cubes) and working in the abstract. Bar models can be applied to subtraction and are an excellent way to help children in Year […]

Year 6 Multiply and Divide Fractions

Multiplying fractions is in many ways the easiest of the operations when dealing with fractions. Put simply, there are three steps: multiply the top numbers (the numerators) multiply the bottom numbers (the denominators) simplify the fraction if necessaryWhilst this is quite easy, the reason why it works is more complex. Children are used to the […]

Year 3 Expanded Addition

Expanded addition is a method used to add numbers using the expanded form of the number. So, the question is, what is the expanded form of a number? The expanded form of a number is created when the number is written to show the place value of each digit. 76 in the expanded form is […]

Ordinal Numbers in Year 2. Odd and Even.

Children in Year 2 will use ordinal numbers to describe the position of an object or which order things come in, such as first second and third. There are plenty of practical activities which can be done, from positioning a collection of toys in a row and asking children to describe their order, to having […]

Upper KS2 Spelling ‘ice’ or ‘ise’?

Should you write practice or practise? If you are American the answer is very simple as they only use the ‘ice’ version – practice. If you are from the UK then it all gets a little bit trickier.Practise should be used when it is a verb, or ‘doing’ word. For example:Farah is going to practise […]