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]]>Not the normal style of question on division that Year 3 children will come across, these money problems are fun but require some thinking about. A collection of coins needs to be split equally between three children. The total of the coins has to be worked out and then the coins split so each child gets an equal amount. It is always a good idea to have practical apparatus handy, especially card coins.

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]]>Using routes and distances between towns and villages is a good way to work with measurement in kilometres and we have just published two great sets of pages on this. Some of the places such as Bolton Hill and West Moon are imaginary, but the routes from Scratchy Bottom to Tyneham in Dorset, or Robin Hood’s Stride to Winster in Derbyshire, are real places. Also new is a set of pages ordering measurements using different units of length (e.g. 25 km 40 mm and 20 m).

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]]>A question such as 102 – 95 is quite tricky to do on paper, but children should see that it is much easier to do mentally, using addition to work out the answer. By Year 3 they should know all the pairs of numbers that make ten so starting with 95 add 5 to make 100 and then add another 2, to make 102; therefore the answer is 7 (5 + 2).

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]]>Developing quick mental methods of addition is the key to success in Year 3. Part of this is to be able to add a 3-digit number and a multiple of 100. We have extended our collection of resources on this with a further two sets, so that there is more than enough to consolidate children’s mental arithmetic.

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]]>Recipes contain a great mixture of weights, measures and sequencing, making them a superb resource for problem solving in maths. Our latest sets of measurement worksheets for Year 3 are all about recipes, scaling the ingredients up or down to make the right amounts. Of course, you could even try out the recipes themselves – they are all delicious!

Go to Year 3 Measurement: recipes

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]]>The Reasoning categories are some of my favourite resources as they are all about putting mathematical knowledge and understanding to good use. Our latest resources for Year 3 Reasoning and Problem Solving include place value, number facts and money but there is a wealth of other material there and well worth a look.

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]]>An important aspect of the teaching for mastery approach is to design ‘intelligent practice’ questions so that children are taken along a route where the thinking process is also practised. For example, a set of 5 or 6 questions will enable a child to go through the addition process but also consider the key relationships between addition, multiplication and division. Why not take a look at our most recent ‘intelligent practice’ pages?

Go to Year 3 Four Rules: Intelligent Practice

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]]>As we like to concentrate on just one aspect of maths for each set of worksheets most of our calculation pages are found in the separate categories of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. However, it is important that children can switch quickly from one to the other and this is where our ‘Four Rules’ category comes in. A complete mixture of all four, using written methods, can now be found for Year 3.

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]]>Practical work is the key to success! 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.

There are several new concepts on fractions to be understood in Year 3 but it is still important to use practical work, using shapes and objects, to help with understanding.

One of the quirks of fractions, which some children find hard to understand, is that as the denominator gets larger the size of the fraction 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. Again, the link between fractions and division needs to be constantly reinforced.

As the year 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).

Our latest set of worksheets covers word problems involving fractions and are well worth a look.

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]]>Why learning times tables is important.

Knowing times tables is very important for children for many reasons. Perhaps the most obvious is that it saves time when calculating.

If a child has to count up in fives and count on fingers to know how many lots have been counted (i.e. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30) it is going to take them a whole lot longer than knowing the answer ‘off by heart’. Knowing times tables up to at least 10 times 10 is an incredibly powerful tool and really does make maths easier.

Just as important is that the knowledge of times tables is needed to work out any written multiplication or division, whether the long or short method is used. Divide 39 by 7 for example. If we know that 5 times 7 is 35 then it is easy to see that 39 divided by 7 is 5 remainder 4. If we don’t know that 5 x 7 is 35 then the problem gets a whole lot harder. Not knowing these facts is a major reason why many children and indeed adults think that they are no good at maths and why division is one of the main problem areas in teaching maths.

The introduction to algebra also needs a good knowledge of times tables.

C = 6. What is 7C + 3? Easy if you know that 6 x 7 is 42. Just add another 3 to make 45.

What can I do to help?

Times tables will be taught at school, but every child works at a different rate. Some find learning facts by rote very easy, others really struggle. But there is a very limited time in school and much of the real work in learning tables will probably be done at home. Good old Mum and Dad!

How can they be learned? There are many different ways. Some believe that singing them really helps, others recite them, almost like a poem, whilst many children like to time themselves to see how quickly a table can be completed. Another option is a quick fire computer game and there is no reason why our maths games cannot be used. (You do need the Flash Player although we are hoping to bring out some new games in the near future which will not use the Flash Player.) All seem to have one thing in common – repetition. Even now in some classrooms the whole class recite a table; that was the way I first learnt them many, many years ago!

So what is the best thing to do in the short time available? Well, a great start will be to browse through the extensive collection of highly targeted worksheets that we have on the times tables. You will find each table written out in words, plenty of practice on individual tables as well as further work on mixed tables and even plenty of fun activities, all designed to help your child learn the times tables. All these pages can be found in the multiplication category of the year groups that the National Curriculum state that they should be learnt in:

Year 2: 2x, 5x and 10x tables

Year 3: 3x, 4x and 8x tables

Year 4: 6x, 7x, 9x, 11x and 12x tables.

But they can also be found as a complete collection in our category:

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