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]]>Logical thinking, experimenting, working in a systematic way, recording accurately and checking that results are correct are all essential parts of mathematics. We have just published further great pages on Reasoning for Year 2 which will need all of the above skills to be answered successfully. We have one of the best collections of Reasoning activities for Year 2 that you can find anywhere. Why not take a look now?

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]]>Many schools are now trying a ‘mastery programme’ as used in Singapore and other parts of the Far East, to give children a deep understanding and fluency in the fundamentals of maths. Reasoning is an essential part of this.

Our very latest reasoning pages look at place value and how many different numbers can be made using counters in a place value grid, as well as practising reading and writing numbers to at least one hundred in numbers and words.

These pages really are not to be missed and we thoroughly recommend them.

Go to Year 2 Reasoning and Problem Solving

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]]>Bar modelling is proving a big hit in primary schools at the moment and I believe that the approach has much to commend it. Visual models give children a quick and easy way to grasp a concept without the complication of words. So, there is no reason not to use the approach with young children to tackle learning times tables. We have just produced three excellent sets of pages for Year 2 to help with the 2x, 5x and 10x tables. The bar models clearly show the relationship between, for example, 5 + 5 + 5 and 5 x 3 or 3 x 5.

Our Year 2 multiplication category is bursting full of great maths – at least 60 separate sets of worksheets in total to ensure that there is something for everyone.

Go to Year 2 Multiplication and Times Tables

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]]>New this week is a set of worksheets on finding fractions of lengths. Fractions is one of those subjects which can cause a lot of problems so it is important to get a sound early understanding. Children should come into Year 2 (age 6-7) being able to recognise halves and quarters and knowing that a half is one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity and a quarter is one of four equal parts.

In Year 2 this knowledge is developed to include recognising one third, two thirds, two quarters and three quarters of shapes, sets of objects, quantities and lengths.

Finding fractions of shapes can involve shading in or cutting out certain amounts of a shape e.g. shading two thirds of a rectangle. The important concept here is that the fractions must be of equal size.

Finding fractions of sets of objects is usually done on a practical basis e.g. take 12 bricks and sort them into three equal piles – each pile is one third of the total number of bricks. This can also be done pictorially and strengthens the link between finding fractions and division.

Finding fractions of quantities means finding a fraction of a number e.g. find a third of 6. This is a development from using shapes and objects and should only be done when children are confident with working with objects to find fractions.

A key aspect of fractions is recognising equivalence. Put simply, this is the understanding that a half is equivalent to, or the same as two quarters, that four quarters is equivalent to one whole one etc.

Another important aspect of work with fractions in Year 2 is counting in halves and quarters.

By the end of the year children should be familiar with terms such as part, fraction, three quarters, one third and two thirds and be able to write these fractions in both words and numbers.

Whilst we recommend that much of the fractions work in Year 2 should be practical in nature we have plenty of written material to reinforce the practical work. Why not take a look now?

Once all this has been achieved children will be ready to move onto Year 3 work when much more is done on equivalent fractions, comparing fractions and even adding and subtracting simple fractions.

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]]>A month ago we wrote that more KS1 test practice materials would soon be available and here they are!

Basing all these worksheets on last year’s KS1 Reasoning Paper, we have sets of work on solving problems using addition and subtraction, odd and even numbers, recognizing fractions, finding the value of coins and notes, shape, comparing and ordering volume and much more.

These make ideal assessment pages to see how well your child might answer questions on the real papers. Because they tend to be in sets of four pages, as little or as much practice can be given as deemed necessary.

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]]>Bar modelling is a powerful visual method of helping children with their calculating. The term is used extensively in Singapore where children make excellent progress with Maths and is now being used more and more in this country. It is a pictorial approach to calculating, using visual models and is a half way step between the starting point of using real world, concrete objects (e.g. 10 cubes and picking up 3 and seeing how many are left) and the abstract algorithm (e.g. 10 − 7 = ?).

It is powerful because it clearly displays the calculation and it avoids words, which can often lead to difficulties. From the evidence it really does seem to help children to understand what it is they are trying to do; something which can get lost if they are presented with written methods too early.

We have published several sets for Year 1 on addition and subtraction up to 20 and two for Year 2 on adding to make 100 and subtracting from 100. Much more to come in the future.

Go to Year 1 Bar Modelling: Addition

Go to Year 1 Bar Modelling: Subtraction

Go to Year 2 Bar Modelling: Addition

Go to Year 2 Bar Modelling: Subtraction

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]]>Undoubtedly the major new resource this week is the fantastic collection of resources to help children with the KS1 Arithmetic Paper. With 21 new sets of pages containing over 80 worksheets, just on aspects of Arithmetic, this must make our KS1 test resources for the Arithmetic Paper some of the very best to be found anywhere. Each set of pages has questions of the same type and level of difficulty as found on the tests themselves and are all laid out in the same way. Topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication and fractions.

If you have a child in year 2 and want to provide some extra support then this will really fit the bill.

The good news is that we are working hard to complete a further collection of resources on the Reasoning Paper which should be out in about a month’s time.

Go to KS1 SAT Practice: Arithmetic

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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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]]>Spending time on mastering key ideas is something which many schools have been weak at. Because the scheme of work has to be completed in a set time, the tendency has been to teach something and quickly move on to the next thing. The result has been that children are moving on to harder concepts without ever having fully grasped the earlier work. Ultimately this results in the earlier work having to be repeated or children becoming completely lost. Counting and number is one of those fundamental areas which is essential to master.

We have just published new sets of worksheets which look at placing numbers on a number line. The hard part of this is that the number lines are blank apart from the starting number and the finishing number. The numbers span anything from 0 to 100, 60 to 80 or 30 to 40. Success with this will show that children have a good sense of number and understanding of counting up to 100.

All answers will be approximate and a certain amount of leeway must be allowed; about 0.5 cm either side.

Go to Using Number lines in Year 2

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]]>Adding three one-digit numbers appears in the Year 2 programme of study, but there are many children who by the end of year 1 would enjoy the challenge of adding more than two small numbers together. We already have a couple of sets of pages but have just completed a new set with more questions on each page. It is important that children are able to add two single digit numbers fluently before going on to these.

Key skills which will help:

a.to start with the largest number and add on from there

b. to look for pairs of numbers that make 10.

In Year 2 children should move on to using their knowledge of adding two single digit numbers to adding two multiples of ten. Hence knowing that 5 + 6 = 11 makes adding 50 + 60 easy. We have also just added another set of pages on adding multiples of ten, so there is a great selection to choose from, with over 200 addition pages in Year 2 alone!

Have a look at Year 1 addition

Have a look at Year 2 addition

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