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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 begin by exploring place value (up to 4 digits) in order to get a real solid understanding of numbers and how they work. We will practise making numbers with concrete resources, using place value grids and partioning numbers into thousands, hundreds, tens and one. We will practise counting forwards and backwards in various different steps (e.g. counting in 50s) and we will explore negative numbers. We will also be looking at finding 10, 100 or 1000 more or less than a given number and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.

Next we will be moving onto methods for addition and subtraction, including both column methods and mental strategies. We will also be learning to estimate and use inverse operations to work backwards and check our answers. 

After that we will move on to multiplication and division, again focussing on mental and written methods. We will be learning to derive multiplication and division facts from those that we already know and find factor pairs. We will also practise using the grid method, formal column methods and the bus stop method to help us when working with bigger numbers. It really helps at this point to be fairly confident with times tables so please encourage your child to practise at home!

 Throughout all of this, as well as gaining fluency, we will be applying our skills to reasoning problems and problem solving activities.