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More mental arithmetic for years 4, 5 and 6

This week’s mental arithmetic questions for years 4, 5 and 6 are now up and running! These pages can be used in lots of different ways, both with individual children or whole classes. If only reading the questions out make sure that they are repeated at least twice. The numbers could be written on a […]

Years 4, 5 and 6 mental arithmetic: sets 29 and 30

It’s time for another set of mental arithmetic questions for years 4, 5 and 6. Number sequences and fractions top the bill in the year 4 questions.  Children will need to listen carefully as the numbers are called out, quickly work out what the pattern is (eg add 3) and then work out what the […]

Mental arithmetic for years 4, 5 and 6: sets 27 and 28

Here are our next sets of mental arithmetic questions for years 4, 5 and 6. Each set has ten questions and we publish two per week for each year. The year 4 questions concentrate on money and measurement and there are also a couple of negative number problems. Some children do find difficulties with negative […]

Mental arithmetic for years 4, 5 and 6

At the start of the new term we are off again on our weekly sets of mental arithmetic questions for years 4, 5 and 6. The year 4 sets look at writing numbers in figures, place value, and finding more than and less than numbers. The more than and less than questions are quite tricky […]

Year 4 Pictograms

Year 4 is an important year for children to make progress with collecting, sorting and interpreting data and now is a good time to have a little break from Christmas activities and try a little Handling Data. By the end of Year 4 children should be able to construct pictograms where the symbol used represents […]

Standard method of short multiplication

By the end of year 4 children should be well on the way to using the standard method of short multiplication. Earlier methods are aimed at developing understanding of what is happening, but can, on occasions, lead to confusion. It is important that children learn one standard method and keep to it. This is a […]

Multiplying by 5 mentally.

There are all sorts of techniques which children can learn to help them with mental arithmetic. One of them is to able to multiply a 2-digit number by 5. This can be done in the traditional method similar to the written method but holding parts of the answer in your brain whilst working out the […]

Mental arithmetic for Years 4, 5 and 6

The final sets of mental arithmetic for this term have now been published, with two more sets for each of years 4, 5 and 6. Year 4 looks at doubling, multiplication and shapes. Doubling twice can be an effective way of multiplying larger numbers by 4 ‘in your head’. There are also several questions which […]

Multiply by 4 by doubling twice

Here is a set of worksheets, suitable for year 4 children, which looks at multiplication by 4 using mental methods. With 2 and 3-digit numbers often the easiest way to do this is to double the number and then double again. This is just one of the many strategies that children should use when working […]

Mental arithmetic for Years 4, 5 and 6

The most recent sets of mental arithmetic questions have now been published for years 4, 5 and 6. For year 4 it is very much about multiplication and division, including some of the easier rules of divisibility eg a number is divisible by five if the units are five or zero. The year 5 sets […]