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]]>Years 1, 2 and 3 Maths Mastery for Summer Term

Don’t forget that we already have an excellent range of support materials for the maths mastery approach for the summer term in Years 1, 2 and 3 which we have been adding to. These include:

Year 1**Year 1 Block 1: multiplication and division**

The really good news is that we have now added a great selection of on-screen activities for the multiplication and division block, giving children unlimited practice of key skills. We have also included some on-screen activities for number and place value.**Year 1 Block 2: fractions**

No need to panic as fractions in Year 1 is limited to understanding halves and quarters. At first children will explore shapes, dividing them into two equal parts and then moving on to small quantities or sets of objects. Plenty of practical work needed here.

Quarters are also introduced, again mainly in a practical way, sharing sets of objects into 4 equal parts, colouring a quarter of shapes etc.

We have included some great sets of worksheets giving children plenty of practice working with halves and quarters as well as later moving on to counting in halves.**Year 1 Block 3: position and direction**

With just one week children can make great progress, leading to describing position and movement including following simple routes. Every child should get the chance to play Snakes and Ladders. It is a superb game to help children understand terms such as ‘left’, ‘right’, ‘up’ and ‘down’ as well as counting on and back. Other terms such as ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ are also used to describe position.

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Year 2

Yea**r 2 Block 1: position and direction**

Position and direction takes up three weeks of the summer term as children learn to describe movements including left and right turns and clockwise and anticlockwise turns.

A further aspect of this block of work is to make patterns with shapes, ordering and arranging shapes in sequences. We have included 15 sets of resources for this block.**Year 2 Block 2: problem solving**

We have a number of different kinds of problem solving activities for the Maths Mastery in Year 2. Firstly, there are the straightforward word questions, which at this age are usually just one step. It is always worth watching how children approach these questions. For example:

‘A bag of potatoes weighs 2 kg. How much would 6 bags of potatoes weigh?’

How a child answers will tell you a lot about their mathematical ability and confidence. Some children will use their knowledge of times tables (2 x 6 = 12). Some will write down 2 six times and add them up. Others will count in twos on their fingers.

2-step questions are also introduced and these are much harder, requiring two different calculations to reach the answer.

Other activities are more open ended, but just as worthwhile. These often involve ‘How many ways’ types of question. They require an orderly logical approach which young children only develop over time.

This is also true for the ‘magic square’ type questions where children will not reach the correct answer immediately but will need some ‘trial and improvement’ techniques.**Year 2 Block 3: time**

In Year 2 children are expected to read time to the half hour, to the quarter hour and eventually to 5 minutes. We have a great selection of worksheets to help with this as well as more on finding the duration of times using clock faces.

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Year 3**Year 3 Block 1: fractions**

There is a three week slot for fractions in the summer term for Year 3, so there is a good deal to cover. Children coming into Year 3 should have a sound understanding of simple fractions, especially halves, quarters and thirds. They should have had plenty of practical experience dividing shapes and sets of objects into quarters and thirds but more time still needs to be spent on finding fractions of shapes and numbers.

Equivalence between fractions is developed with the help of pictures and diagrams. This leads on to ordering fractions with the same denominator. One of the quirks of fractions, which some children find hard to understand, is that as the denominator gets larger the size of the number gets smaller (e.g. one tenth is smaller than one fifth; one twentieth is smaller than one tenth and so on). We have some excellent ordering fractions pages for Year 3 to help consolidate this concept. As well as these, some of our most popular worksheets are the sets of finding fractions of numbers, with questions such as ‘What is one sixth of 30?’ Again, the link between fractions and division needs to be constantly reinforced.

As the term progresses children will be introduced to adding and subtracting fractions, but only with the same denominator and with totals up to one whole one. Simplifying fractions is important at this stage and children should be encouraged to write fractions in their simplest form. (e.g. two sixths can be simplified to one third).**Year 3 Block 2: time**

Again, a 3 week block on time, showing how important it is. Days of the week and months of the year need to be learned and by the end of the block children are expected to be able to read the time from an analogue clock to the nearest minute. These are, in themselves, major targets. Luckily, we have some great pages on both these topics.

Using a.m. and p.m. is also introduced in Year 3 and we have some excellent pages on converting a time shown using a.m. or p.m.

Children will also become familiar with the 24 hour clock. This means that reading the time on digital clocks has to be introduced. It is also important that children use the 24 hour clock correctly when writing the time (e.g. 8 a.m. is written as 08:00).

Fortunately, children have much better access to digital clocks than in the past, with most phones showing the time in this way.

We also have pages on solving simple problems involving time and working out how long it is between two times.

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]]>Much of the work on Position and Direction in the Year 2 Programme of Study involves turning. Turns can be described in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise) but they can also be described in terms of left and right.

There are plenty of practical opportunities in the house or in the garden and great fun can be had as children follow instructions to move and turn. This can also be backed up in the classroom and we have just produced two more sets of pages on left and right turns. Children are asked to describe movement through a maze, which is harder than it looks!

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]]>A key objective in the Year 2 Measurement programme of study is to:

‘Compare and order lengths.’

Children should be able to order more than two lengths, from shortest to longest, at first using only the same unit of measurement. This will also help with ordering numbers to 100. Later, when confident with the knowledge that 10 mm = 1 cm and 100 cm = 1 metre they can begin to order measurements using mixed units.

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]]>We have a really thorough collection of on-screen resources for children to practice subtraction skills in Year 2 and this week we have just added four further activities.

Our latest activities are very specific mental arithmetic skills:

• Subtracting 9 from any 2-digit number

• Subtracting 19 from any 2-digit number

• Subtracting 11 from any 2-digit number

• Subtracting 21 from any 2-digit number

Usually the best way to subtract 9 from a number is to subtract 10 and then add 1, which can be done really quickly, ‘in your head’. The main exception is when subtracting 9 from a number with 9 in the ones e.g. 59 subtract 9.

The same process can be used for subtracting 19: take 20 and add one.

Subtracting 11 and 21 can also be done in two parts: in the case of 11, subtract 10 and then subtract 1.

These activities are just a small part of our Year 2 on-screen activities, which include at least 3 or 4 games on each of:

• recalling subtraction facts to 20

• finding ten less than

• subtracting multiples of 10

• subtracting from multiples of 10

• using the vocabulary of subtraction

• subtracting a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number

• subtracting a 2-digit number from a 2-digit number, not crossing the tens.

We believe that short, sharp bursts of practice with these activities really improves children’s mental skills and of course, if they do really well, then there is the option to print the fully marked answer page as a record of achievement.

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]]>We have had several requests for more on reading and writing numbers up to 50 for Year 2 children and here they are! Three new sets looking at numbers in the twenties, thirties and forties. Simple, but very useful for spelling as well.

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]]>This is a very interesting set of pages where, for each question, the answer is given but the numbers and symbols have to be selected to make the answer correct. Children can choose between three of the signs for any one question but all four signs are used at some point in the page.

Most of our calculations work concentrates on just one process (addition, subtraction, multiplication or division) and we have separate categories for each, but it is just as important for children to use them all during the same piece of work.

It is also worth reminding children that when writing the numbers for addition and multiplication they can be reversed (e.g. 23 + 45 = 45 + 23) but this is not true for subtraction and division (e.g. 45 – 23 is not the same as 23 – 45).

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]]>Looking for unlimited work with no printing? Then our Year 2 subtraction activities are just right for you. Activities include number lines and bar models for those who need that little bit of extra help whilst there are one minute timed challenges for those who are both confident and quick at subtracting mentally. As always, there are printable options available for those who want them, giving full details of questions and answers given.

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]]>We have a superb collection of worksheets for subtraction in Year 2, with over 40 sets, each focussed on one particular skill. This week we have added more pages which look at:

• Subtracting small numbers in columns

Subtracting using columns is introduced in Year 2 beginning with single digit numbers before moving on to 2-digit numbers. The key here is to understand the value of the tens digit when writing numbers in columns and that one ten is the same as ten ones.

• The relationship between addition and subtraction

Understanding the relationship between addition and subtraction is crucial if children are going to make rapid progress with mental arithmetic. Many questions which appear in the form of a subtraction can actually be answered by adding.

For example 43 – 39 can be worked out by adding on in ones from 39 to 43.

• Finding the missing numbers and signs

A rather unconventional set of pages as the number sentences have a missing number and a missing sign. Luckily the missing numbers are only one of two choices; on the first page this is 4 or 7. Not sure how this works? Why not take a look now?

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]]>Fantastic news for all those using a maths mastery approach: we have just added a whole selection of on-screen activities for the Year 1 Spring Term Block on adding and subtracting up to 20. Don’t forget we also have some great support materials in the form of worksheets for addition and subtraction followed by number and place value work within 50, including multiples of 2, 5 and 10.

Division takes pride of place at the beginning of the Maths Mastery spring term in Year 2 followed by two weeks of work on Statistics. Tally charts, bar graphs and pictograms are all covered during this time. The weeks leading up to half term are taken up with the properties of shapes, including recognising right angles and sorting shapes according to their properties.

Year 3 Maths Mastery kicks off with multiplication and division, including the 3x, 4x and 8x tables, leading on to multiplying and dividing 2-digit numbers by 1-digit. Money then becomes the centre of attention, including writing money in pence and pounds and finding change.

All these resources have been carefully selected from our main categories as perfect material to support the mastery approach, but don’t forget there are many more similar pages in our main categories. Even if you are not using the mastery approach but are looking for material to help your child I would thoroughly recommend using these pages; just one a day is ideal. And, don’t forget to use our super new on-screen activities to provide extra support and practice.

Go to Maths Mastery Year 1 Spring Term

Go to Maths Mastery Year 2 Spring Term

Go to Maths Mastery Year 3 Spring Term

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]]>New resources this week include matching equal amounts of coins and activities using notes and are now available in the Year 2 Money section. This is a really important, practical and relevant part of the curriculum and it is a pity that some of the maths mastery programmes only put aside one week to concentrate on money.

Tip: you can find even more money activities in our Further Resources: Special Occasions: Christmas category.

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