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]]>For many years children were taught about hundreds, tens and units (HTU) and our worksheets used this layout at the top of columns when adding or subtracting. However, in the latest Mathematics Programme of Study the term ‘ones’ is used in place of units. This has subsequently led to some debate about how columns are labelled where it is impossible to write the whole word above a column. H for hundreds, T for tens and U for units was the old method, but to replace U with an O (for ones) does not work as it is too close to a zero. The consensus now seems to be to label them 100s, 10s and 1s.

We have changed many of our worksheets to reflect this change in terminology and will continue to update them as necessary.

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]]>The next 6 weeks of the Year 5 Weekly Programme has been eagerly anticipated by those who are looking for a short package of material covering all the major topics for maths in Year 5, and now it is here!

Week 19 takes a hard look at mental arithmetic and the skills needed to ensure fast mental and written calculations, including multiplying decimals by 10, 100 and 1000, mentally adding three small numbers and dividing mentally.

Week 20 still has plenty of mental work but also takes a look at Geometry, including perimeter, parallel lines and making shapes from nets.

Fractions is the theme for Week 21, with equivalent fractions, decimal fractions, mixed numbers and multiplying with decimals just some of the subjects covered.

This is continued into Weeks 22 and 23, with more work on adding and subtracting fractions as well as converting improper fractions to mixed numbers. Money and finding the area of rectangles are also included.

Week 24 has a wide range of topics, including rounding, tests of divisibility, time and addition.

There is a considerable amount of work covered in each week, as well as the mental arithmetic questions and with the constraints of time you may well have to carefully pick and choose from these resources.

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]]>We have had may requests over the last year for resources specifically aimed at helping children with the KS1 SATs. Last week we published the most recent KS1 SAT Papers themselves and this week we have produced the first set in a fantastic series of worksheets which give much more practice at the types of question found on the test papers. We begin by looking at simple missing number problems and addition and subtraction facts to 20 as found on the Arithmetic Paper.

There are not many questions on each page as we have tried to keep to the same style of layout as the test papers, so by the time children take the test it should all look very familiar.

We will be publishing many more in the coming weeks so keep an eye open.

Go to KS1 Arithmetic Practice Sheets

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]]>Getting children to use a calculator efficiently and accurately has been more or less dismissed by the latest curriculum, but we believe that it is vitally important that children know how and when to use a calculator rather than mental or written methods. Checking answers is one such. We have just published six maths games where a calculator can be used to help find the correct answers, but more is needed from the child in order to be successful. One of the activities is to find three consecutive numbers that make a total.

e.g. find three consecutive numbers which add up to 2253.

This could be done successfully using ‘trial and improvement’ methods but it can also be done by dividing the number by three which would give the middle number of three consecutive numbers! In this case 2253 ÷ 3 = 751, so the three consecutive numbers are 750, 751 and 752. Easy!

These are great to play on a rainy summer’s day!

Go to Year 6 calculator activities.

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]]>We are pleased to announce that we have just completed the final two sets of activities for the year 5 to 6 words which are a statutory part of the English programme of study. There are some quite tricky words in these lists, such as rhythm and symbol, together with some quite easy ones such as suggest and stomach.

We now have sets of worksheets for all 100 words in the statutory list, including activities such as anagrams, crosswords, word searches etc, all aimed at introducing children to the words. Together with these we have the more formal Look Say, Cover, Write, Check pages, checking meanings with a dictionary and writing sentences using the words.

This is not the last time we will meet these words as we have further activities planned for the future, but it is a great place to start familiarising children with the set words. Remember these words need to be learned and understood by the time SATs come around in Year 6 next year, so there is no need to rush into them.

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]]>One of the best ways to revise for the Year 6 SATs is to go through past papers. This familiarises children with both the layout and type of question. We have an excellent selection of past papers, with answers, and have just published last year’s (2014) test papers. All these are free to everyone.

There is an important change in these as they no longer have a calculator paper. This year’s tests will be similar, but there are considerable changes again in the pipeline for 2016 when the SAT papers will reflect the new curriculum.

Don’t forget, as well as past papers we also have some excellent SAT style pages on Fractions, percentages, scale, proportion, co-ordinates and measures.

Take a look at the 2014 test papers.

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]]>Multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000 are fundamental ideas in arithmetic. These ideas will eventually be used in work involving negative numbers, positive numbers, decimals and percentages, so it is very important to master them early on.

Never say ‘to multiply by ten we add a nought’. This idea certainly works for whole numbers and is a nice quick explanation, but is totally false for decimals.

e.g. 3.98 x 10 is definitely not 3.980!

If children are taught to ‘add a nought’ there will be a great deal of un-learning needed later on. Bad habits are very difficult to break.

The ideas to get across are as follows:

Multiplying:

When multiplying by 10 the number moves one place to the left.

When multiplying by 100 the number moves two places to the left.

When multiplying by 1 000 the number moves three places to the left.

Dividing.

When dividing by 10 the number moves one place to the right.

When dividing by 100 the number moves two places to the right.

When dividing by 1 000 the number moves three places to the right.

(Note that the decimal point remains still; it is the numbers which are shifting position around it.)

The good news is that we have recently updated our Year 4 Multiplication worksheets with plenty of pages on the above as well as 7x, 9x, 11x and 12x tables worksheets and standard written methods of multiplying.

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]]>With the clocks going forward an hour next weekend we can all enjoy lighter evenings and a lovely spring. The Easter holidays also start soon and with this in mind we would like to make all our great Easter worksheets completely free.

These fun worksheets give a chance to link the maths being taught to current events. Our Early Years sets look at counting Easter eggs and counting two sets of objects, in this case two different types of Easter egg and are suitable for those children learning to count to 10. We also have a set of pages which looks at counting in threes. There are three eggs in each nest, so how many altogether?

One of my favourite sets of worksheets is the Easter shopping; £6 to spend investigation. This is a ‘How many ways….?’ type of investigation where all the possible answers need to be found and really shows whether children can work in a logical, well organised way.

We have plenty of Easter shopping questions, including adding multiples of 10p and finding the change from £2, as a combination of Easter chicks, bunnies and eggs are bought.

Continuing with the chocolate theme, bars of chocolate are a good way to explain simple fractions and pairs of fractions which add up to 1.

We complete our Easter collection with two sets of worksheets on position and co-ordinates, rather like an Easter egg hunt!

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]]>Much of the grammar we use on a daily basis is second nature to us; we do it correctly without even thinking about it. One such example is the order we use adjectives when putting two or more together to describe something.

‘A white large hat’ sounds odd and indeed is incorrect, because we should order adjectives so that size comes before colour. ‘A large white hat’ sounds much better.

The order can be explained as:

SIZE – AGE – SHAPE – COLOUR – ORIGIN – MATERIAL

‘An old Dutch painting’ is correct because the age is placed before the origin. (A Dutch old painting sounds odd.)

The above adjectives are all ‘fact’ adjectives; they tell us more facts about the noun. But there are also ‘opinion’ adjectives which tell us more about what somebody thinks about something or somebody. These ‘opinion’ adjectives usually come before any of the fact adjectives above.

‘A hot lovely day’ just doesn’t sound right and of course, according to these rules, it should be;

‘A lovely hot day.’

We have just published some great pages explaining all these ideas. Most of it we do without thinking, but it is nevertheless an interesting topic. When doing these pages children will need to be warned that many people think that it is unnecessary to put more than two adjectives in a row!

Go to order of adjectives worksheets

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]]>Our weekly programmes have proved to be very popular and we are pleased to announce that we have just updated the Year 2 Programme, including extra pages to meet the requirements of the new 2014/15 curriculum.

The weekly programme makes selecting the maths for the week so much easier and in the knowledge that all aspects of maths will be covered during the year. Each week is aimed at providing a short sequence of backup materials to use at home, without being too lengthy and becoming a chore! Of course, at any time you can dip into other resources as necessary and it must be remembered that they are support materials for the full Programme of Study.

Don’t forget that as part of each week’s programme we will include a couple of sets of ten mental arithmetic questions. Good luck!

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