Category Archives: Numeracy

Models for division

Year 6 Eagles have started their maths unit on division by exploring models for division. It was a really useful morning looking at different representations to support mental calculations, as well as reminding ourselves about the efficiency of the grouping method before we go onto more formal written methods of division.

Properties of 3D shapes

Year 6 have consolidated their understanding of properties of 3D shapes using a range of different representations. They found representing shapes using string challenging but worked well in groups and persevered until they found a solution. Children also used the shapes to secure their understanding of nets and their ability to visualise shapes and nets has improved considerably.

KS2 SATs revision resources

Below is a link to some useful information on how your child can prepare for their KS2 mathematics SATs whether they are in Year 5 or 6.

There are topic boosters and past papers with video tutorials to help target specific weaknesses. For Year 5, there is a mini-maths (less than 5 minute) video for every day of the year to help establish a daily routine and encourage thinking-outside-the-box puzzles. The resources can be used on PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones via the website. Students who have used the resources in the last couple of years have said how it has helped them understand and be more successful in their maths.

Geometry: Properties of quadrilaterals

Year 6 have started their unit of work on Geometry and today spent time exploring the properties of quadrilaterals, in preparation for problem solving over the next few days. They learned that it was often as important to be able to describe what properties quadrilaterals do not have (e.g., kites have no parallel edges) as it is to describe what properties they do have, in order to distinguish between them.

Problem solving using multiplication and division

Year 6 have been applying their understanding of multiplication and division to solve a variety of problems this week. During the lesson the children showed excellent teamwork and critical thinking – supporting and challenging one another throughout. Mr Johnston’s group unanimously decided that Kian’s method (in pink) was far better than Mr Johnston’s (in blue). It’s brilliant seeing the clear lines of thought the children are developing – especially when they’re better than their teacher’s!

Theme Park Maths

This week Year 6 have started a super new project called ‘Theme Park Maths’. It’s a stimulating project that develops the childrens’ critical thinking and creative thinking skills; both of which are behaviours for learning here at Bells Farm. The children were put into small groups and had to work collaboratively to make decisions and design their own theme park. This helped to strengthen their ability to work as a team, and encouraged them to use a range of mathematical and literacy skills. It was also a lot of fun!

Algebra style maths quiz in Scratch

Year 6 have continued their understanding of Scratch and started to create a maths quiz with algebra by setting values for a and b. The questions are then generated automatically from the a and b values.

Today, Eagles used ‘pick random number’, ‘set value to’ blocks in their program so the user is prompted with random questions.

Mya and Cody showed the rest of the class some useful tips on how to program their quizzes.

We’ll have the completed quizzes by the end of the week.

Our completed Scratch maths quizzes

Year 6 Eagles have today completed their maths quizzes in Scratch. They continued to use the ‘If Else’ blocks and variable data blocks to program their quizzes which included a number of maths related questions.

The variable in the game was a scorecard to add a point for each correctly answered question, and takeaway a point for incorrect answers.

Here are some examples of the children’s work below. Let us know what you think.