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]]>Year 3 Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Our Year 3 fractions pages are incredibly popular so we have just published a further set of pages on adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator. Great stuff!

Go to Year 3: Fractions

Year 4 Counting in multiples of 9

Not as easy as it sounds when the numbers are in the thousands! Plenty of practice available with our very latest pages.

Go to Year 4: Number and Place Value

Year 6 Decimals and Place Value

Place value charts are a great way to help with the understanding of dividing decimals by 10 and 100. Why not take a look at our latest worksheets?

Go to Year 6: Number and Place Value

May Day free resource

May Day is an ancient spring festival and has been celebrated in Britain for over two thousand years, taking us well into pre-Christian times. May 1st is often thought of as the first day of summer and many towns and villages still have traditional rites and celebrations, including Morris dancing, crowning of a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole. It is a time to look forward with joy and hope as warmer weather comes, trees blossom and flowers grow.

We have a free comprehension worksheet on May Day which can be found in our English, Special Occasions category.

Go to English: Special Occasions

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]]>**Year 1 Comparing Numbers**

We have just published 3 excellent new sets of worksheets on comparing numbers, including using place value grids for Year 1 children.

**Year 2 Time**

Problem solving worksheets on time now available: just the job for the start of a new term.

**Year 3 Finding Angles**

Recognising right angles, acute angles and obtuse angles are the latest great addition to our Year 3 Geometry pages.

**Year 4 Line Graphs**

Flowers and pop concerts are the themes of our latest line graph worksheets; reminiscing about the 60s!

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]]>The MTC (Mathematics Tables Check) is obviously going to be a main area of concern for Year 4 teachers as the voluntary pilot will soon be in full flow and many children will be taking the check for the first time. We have a great set of resources both to help with learning tables up to twelve times twelve and with getting the best score possible in the check, given that only six seconds are allowed for each question.

However, multiplication in Year 4 is about a great deal more than just learning times tables, crucial though they are, and there are a number of different approaches that schools use to help children understand multiplication.

Arrays and repeated addition are both popular, leading on to what is known as expanded multiplication. The ultimate aim of these steps is to use the formal written layout to multiply 2-digit and 3-digit numbers by a single digit. This is done using the ‘short multiplication approach’ and we have a great selection of pages for children to practise. Multiplying 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers, using the long multiplication method, is not introduced until Year 5.

The terms multiple, factor and product are also introduced in Year 4.

A multiple can be defined as a number that may be divided by another a certain number of times without a remainder. Perhaps easier to understand is this definition: a multiple is the result of multiplying a whole number by another whole number (eg the results of times tables are all multiples). It is a word that children need to use many times if they are to gain a secure understanding of the term.

A factor is a number that divides exactly into another number. For example, the factors of 8 are 1, 2, 4 and 8 because 1 x 8 = 8 and 2 x 4 = 8.

The term product often causes problems, especially in the KS2 Maths SATs where it is a favourite topic. ‘What is the product of 2 and 6?’ in maths has a very specific meaning and it is not what many people think. It does not mean, ‘What is 2 + 6?’ It does mean, ‘What is 2 x 6?’ Certainly a word that children need to be familiar with.

Why not have a look now at our complete range of multiplication worksheets?

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New for Year 1: more colourful pages to help with adding equal groups as an introduction to multiplication.

*Year 1: Multiply*

Year 2: fabulous new worksheets for telling the time to the half hour, quarter hour and 5 minutes.

*Year 2: Time*

Year 4: our new pages on partitioning tenths and hundredths can really help children to understand place value and decimals.

*Year 4: Number and Place Value*

New for Year 5: plenty of practice on the standard written method for subtracting decimals. Tricky!

*Year 5: Subtraction*

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]]>Does your child have a brilliant knowledge of times tables? The Government wants to know.

The MTC (Multiplication Tables Check) has been created for the Government to find out the answer to the above question.

Every June there will be an online, on-screen assessment (MTC) taken by children in Year 4 (aged 8/9). This check will be hard, make no mistake, and if children are to succeed they really will have to know their times tables, ‘off by heart’. Only 6 seconds to answer each of 25 questions geared towards the harder tables such as 7x and 12x and an expectation of 100% correct, leaves no room for error.

This June most schools are voluntarily opting in, but from the 2019/20 academic year it will be statutory.

Many Year 4 children do not know their times tables well enough, but we can help!

Fortunately, we can help by giving children the opportunity to experience a near identical check. More than this we also provide feedback on the results and links to helpful resources. These include both on-screen practice and printable worksheets to ensure that they know tables better before taking the real check.

This check and a set of follow up resources are completely free. Just log in or sign up for a 7 day free trial with no commitment.

Even better, we now have a completely free App for those using Apple iPads and iPhones with free on-screen check and bonus printable worksheets.

What is the MTC?

The purpose of the MTC is to see whether children in Year 4 can fluently recall their multiplication tables. The Year 4 Programme of Study states:

‘Pupils should be taught to recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables up to 12 × 12’.

It will be an on-line, on-screen assessment which will take less than 5 minutes to complete. It will be automatically scored and results will be available to schools.

When will it be introduced?

The Multiplication Tables Check will be introduced for all schools in June 2020, but extensive trials will take place in June 2019. All eligible children will be required to take the check.

There will be a 3 week window in which all schools must administer the check.

What will the check look like?

The check will consist of 25 questions worth one mark each. All questions will follow the same format:

n1 x n2 = ?

The first number (n1) denotes the table, so 4 x 11 would be considered as part of the 4x table.

n2 will be a number between 2 and 12.

Children will have 6 seconds to input an answer using one of:

• the numbers on a computer keyboard

• a mouse (or equivalent) and an on-screen number pad

• a touch screen device and an on-screen number pad

Once a child has put in an answer they can press ENTER to proceed or wait until the 6 seconds expires.

There will be a 3 second pause before the next question is shown.

What questions are included in the check?

Each question will come from the 2 to 12 multiplication tables. The one multiplication table is not included in the check but may appear in the practice questions.

Each set of questions will include questions from all tables but with an emphasis on those tables taught in KS2 (fewer questions on the 2x, 5x and 10x tables). There is an emphasis on the 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x and 12x tables – the hardest ones! A question can only appear once in the check and reversals will not appear. This means that if 4 x 3 appears then 3 x 4 will not appear.

At the end of the assessment window, a total score out of 25 will be reported to each school for all of their pupils who took the check. Each pupil will only take the check once. Any resources which may help a child, such as wall displays, calculators etc are not allowed.

How we can help.

Our check follows all the rules of the MTC: 6 seconds to answer, 3 seconds between questions, the on-screen display etc. But, our check gives valuable information after it has been completed, unlike the one-off check that Year 4 children will take in June.

Each of the 25 questions is recorded together with the child’s answer. This is shown on the left hand side of the answer page. Correct answers are marked with a tick and a cross shows an incorrect answer. If nothing was entered during the 6 seconds then ‘No answer’ is shown. Further help is provided in order to interpret the answers and to guide parents as to what to do next; what tables need practising etc.

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]]>An interesting Year 4 set of worksheets on multiplication has just been published. Numbers on digit cards are shown and children are asked to find all the possible combinations of 2-digit numbers multiplied by 1-digit. Once this has been completed there are further questions such as finding the totals of the highest and lowest answers, finding the totals of the even number answers etc.

It is important that children have a wide variety of tasks when developing their multiplication skills which is why we have such a great selection; probably the best found anywhere.

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]]>When children are learning how to do the formal written method of multiplication it is a good idea to maintain interest by varying the type of exercise whilst keeping to the correct method. A popular task with those advocating mastery in maths has been to provide the whole calculation but with missing digits. The task is to find the missing digits. This type of question has also cropped up in the KS2 maths SATs over the last few years.

For children to be successful in this they do need to understand the method and if they do make mistakes these pages are also useful for the teacher as they usually show exactly where misunderstandings lie. These types of question are also excellent for white boards and whole class interactions where children can explain their thinking and answers.

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]]>Some great new pages on equivalent fractions for Year 4. I especially like the section where children are asked to place fractions in the correct boxes depending on whether they are less than, equal to or more than a quarter. The more practice children have with equivalent fractions the more likely they are to grasp the concept, which is crucial for work in maths in later years.

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]]>With addition in Year 4 the emphasis is on adding numbers up to 4 digits using the formal written method of columnar addition. We have a great selection of pages to help children master this and this week we have published some interesting new pages on using written methods but with a slight twist. Two 4-digit numbers are displayed horizontally and need to be added using the standard written method before completing the number sentence with a more than, less than or equals sign. Why not have a look now?

A further set of pages has also been added to the Year 4 Subtraction category. A 4-digit number is shown and four addition or subtraction commands are written in words. These need a great deal of care as getting any of the four calculations wrong will result in an incorrect final answer.

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]]>Three brand new sets of worksheets have just been added to the Year 4 Measurement category including word problems requiring addition of lengths and heights, comparing lengths and using bar modelling with length calculations.

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