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Summer 2 up to 9.6.17


In maths, we have practised doubling and halving numbers, from really simple 1 digit numbers mentally, to much larger numbers by partitioning them. We will consolidate this learning at home by completing our Hit the Button homework tasks. We then looked at some real life problems which involved doubling and halving, many of which involved decimal numbers.



This week, we have been brushing up on dividing and multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000. We used this skill to help us convert between different units of measurement, then tried to solve some problems involving both these skills, alongside addition and subtraction! Here are some examples of the problems we solved together:


At the weekend I walked 2.5km. My Dad walked 200m further than me.

How far did he walk?


At the weekend I drove 2.25km. I parked the car, and walked for a further half a kilometer. How far did I drive in metres?



This week we have been dividing some very large numbers using a strategy that has very much helped our understanding of what division means. We then went on to find fractions of quantities using this method!



Time for Change.


This week in maths, we initially focused on some money problems: specifically, finding change from certain amounts when buying a range of items from a shop.


We then worked in small groups to try and tackle much harder maths problems involving several steps (see photo below). Here is an example of one of the very challenging questions we tried to pick apart. Can you answer it?


At an international sports event there are 3278 competitors. 347 are from Poland; 267 are from Germany; 129 are from the UK and 501 are from France. All the others come from outside Europe. How many non-European competitors are there?



Testing, testing! One two one two.


The end of last half term signalled the official start of progress testing in school as a way to track progress in each subject throughout the year. As the tests took a while to arrive, we didn't get round to sitting them until today (Friday) meaning that most of this week's maths was spent brushing up on a couple of topics that we needed to learn before sitting the test. We mainly focused this week on finding fractions of quantities, for example:


1/5 of 60

3/5 of 60

3/4 of 80


Can you figure them out?



This week, we have built on our understanding of fractions and, in the spirit of museums, we created our very own fraction museums! Each child created three exhibits in total, including one 'mystery' exhibit. Can you figure out what fraction each mystery exhibit represents?



Firstly, a shout out to Ava for noticing that today's date yet again consisted of all prime numbers!


This week in maths, we have been learning all about fractions! We recapped on our previous learning about fractions of shapes, and equivalent fractions, before learning all about adding and subtraction fractions with the same denominators. We explored whole numbers- what these would look like in fraction form- and then branched out into top heavy fractions, which we now know as improper fractions. 



This week in maths we have been brushing up on our understanding of coordinates in all four quadrants! We learnt about negative numbers last week, and realised that these are used in some coordinate grids too! We are also brushing up on telling the time on an analogue and digital clock, so please help us out by testing us at home!



This week in maths we have been finding the area of rectangles, and using that knowledge to find the area of triangles.

We started off the week by interpreting information from a line graph, then had a go at drawing some line graphs of our very own. Now that we have this skill, we will be able to use it in the near future in real life! ....perhaps in a science lesson? Watch this space :)



This week we took a step back in time to explore the number system used by the Romans. We learnt all of the symbols and practiced writing numbers up to 100, with some of us managing to write numbers beyond 1000!

We have also focused on rounding a range of numbers to the nearest 10 and 100.


This week we joined schools around the UK in a celebration of Number Day! I'm sure you've seen some of our amazing costumes on the Home Page. As well as this, we have been learning about numbers less than one whole- with a particular focus on getting our heads around tenths and hundredths.


Maths this week has been all about multiplication! We have practised mental methods and worked extremely hard… we have learnt to multiply very large numbers by partitioning them, and doing the easier multiplications first.

20.1.17: Using Bar Models to support our understanding of problem solving!



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