Maths

Autumn Term

This term in Maths we will be focussing on Number and the Four operations so that we are ready to apply these skills to other areas of Maths later in the year. We will be learning about place value (up to 4 digits), rounding, finding 10/100/100 more/less and methods for addition and subtraction, including both column methods and mental strategies. We will also be learning to estimate and use inverse operations. In multiplication and division, we will be learning to derive multiplication and division facts from those that we already know and find factor pairs, skills which will help us to multiply and divide mentally. Throughout all of this, we will be applying skills to reasoning problems and problem solving activities.

 

Spring Term

This term in Maths we will begin by looking at written methods for multiplication and division including the grid method, the formal written method and the bus stop method. We will then begin looking at fractions and decimals. Fear not! By the end of this term we will be experts at showing, ordering, comparing adding and subtracting fractions and well as recognising and finding equivalent fractions. We will also be finding their decimal equivalents as well as learning to round, compare and solve problems involving decimals.

 

Times tables

Year 3 children are expected to learn their 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables by the end of year 3 and year 4 children are expected to know all of their tables up to 12x12 by the end of year 4. For this reason, we do a ‘Mad Minutes’ challenge every Thursday morning to encourage the children to learn their tables at home. The children attempt to answer as many questions as possible in 2 minutes. Over the year, the children progress through the different tables as they improve. The children will be sent home with a times table practise sheet every Friday. This format doesn’t need to be used or handed in, as long as they are practising.