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Autumn 1. Week 1

This week we have begun to think about place value. We have also learned how to calculate perimeter by measuring accurately and adding up carefully!


Autumn 1. Week 2

This week we will continue to calculate the perimeter of 2D shapes with straight edges and we will also learn how to calculate the area of rectilinear shapes as  well. We will continue our place value work, by reading and writing numbers up to 1 million and also look at partitioning numbers. 


Autumn 1. Week 3

This week we will look at comparing and ordering numbers up to a million and consolidating our place value work. We will continue to solve challenges  involving area and perimeter and in our STOPS lessons will revise how to use a bar model to help to solve mathematical problems.


Autumn 1. Week 4

This week we will look at counting forwards and backwards in powers of 10. We will  find the missing lengths of rectilinear shapes and then solve area and perimeter problems as well as continuing to use bar modelling in our STOPS lesson. 


Autumn 1. Week 5

This week we will look at counting forwards and backwards through zero, working with negative numbers and putting this in to context.


Autumn 1. Week 6

This week we have looked at measuring and drawing  acute and obtuse angles with a protractor.This was hard work but we did it! Have a look at the sheet below to see the type of thing we have been doing.In mental maths sessions we also learned about squared numbers and substituting numbers with letters (algebra).

Measuring acute and obtuse angles with a protractor.

Autumn 1 - Week 7


This week we've been working on rounding numbers to the nearest power of ten, looking how the same number can vary considerably depending on which power you're rounding to.We also looked at identifying right angles, straight line angles, angles of 270 degrees and full turns of 360 degrees.   Have a look at the sheet  - Identifying angles (and the answers) immediately above to see the sorts of things we have been learning.  


Autumn 1 - Week 8


This week we will be using our knowledge of rounding to answer contextual word problems. e.g.


What is the biggest and smallest number that will round to 1000, when rounding to the nearest 1000?

Autumn 2 - Week 1


We will be looking at shape, starting with how to distinguish between regular and irregular polygons with Mr Phillips. With Mrs Kingsnorth, we will focus on formal methods of addition, including adding two numbers of up to 5 digits.The example below shows how we set out our column addition:

Example of how to set out column addition

Autumn 2 - Week 2


This week during our work with shapes, we will be looking at explaining why certain polygons are correct/incorrect (reasoning), using appropriate mathematical vocabulary. We will also start to move on to 3D shapes. 

Example questions for polygon reasoning

We will also continue to work on formal methods of addition and look at using our knowledge of place value to help us to do this. Below is an example of the sort of things we have done in class. Examples show the different levels of challenges available to the class; working towards the expected level, the expected level and showing a greater depth of understanding. 

Examples of formal method of addition - adding numbers with more than 4 digits.

Autumn 2 - Week 3


This week we will be looking at 3D shapes and correctly using appropriate vocabulary to describe them. We will also look at using some of the terminology we used during our polygon work, to help naming both basic and more complex shapes. We will also continue to use mental strategies for both addition and subtraction as well as revising how to use the column method for subtraction. 

Describing 3D shapes

Autumn 2 - Week 4


We have talked about the need to continue to use and practise mental maths 

strategies as well as using written methods for subtracting numbers of more than

4 digits.Look at the example below to see the sort of things we have done in class -

there are examples of different levels of difficulty.  

Spring 1  Week 1


This week we enjoyed practicing the short method of multiplication. We practiced at  own pace and focused on multiplying 3,4 and 5 digit numbers by a 1 digit number. Some of us "coached" our friends and we all had fun spotting the "deliberate" mistakes in some of the examples we were given!We are focusing on EXPLAINING how we know an error has been made or EXPLAINING the different stages of a new method of calculation. Look at the examples below to see the sorts of things we have been doing.

Examples of short multiplication - what we have been doing this week. Answers are included!

Spring 1 - Week 2


This week we have been continuing to look at analysis of data presented in line graphs. We have been looking at not only obvious patterns, but also trends and what we can interpret from graphs.

Line graph problem solving

Spring 1 - Week 3


This week we will be continuing our work with line graphs by starting to draw them ourselves. We will learn about the importance of labelling our graphs correctly along with the need to be accurate. 

Spring 1 - Week 4


Continuing with drawing line graphs, we will be experimenting with scales and also looking at putting different related data on the same graph. We will still be concentrating on making sure they are well presented, neat and accurate. We will also be looking at starting to read information from various types of tables. 

Spring 1 - Week 5


We will continue looking at basic tables, how they're laid out and how we can decipher the information they contain. We will also look specifically at timetables and what information they give us (including looking at the 24hours clock).


Spring 2 - Week 1

This term part of our Maths lessons will revolve around fractions, starting with working out equivalent fractions by using multiplication and division on both the numerator and denominator. We will also continue to use formal written methods of multiplication and division as well as solve problems which need an understanding of mutiplying and dividing numbers by 10,100 and 1000. We teach pupils to move each digit  to the left  when multiplying  rather than "adding on  zeros" as this strategy does not work when we are multiplying decimals!

Example of equivalent fraction varied fluency

Spring 2 - Week 2

This week we will be looking at what an improper fraction and mixed number means. We will be alternating between both, looking at pictoral ways to illustrate these. We will also look at simplifying certain fractions. 


Spring 2 - Week 3

We will continue working with both mixed number sea improper fractions. Solidifying the start we made last week. We will be using pictorial ways to help solve this as well as multiplication. We will continue to simplify these fractions when we can.

Example of Improper fractions to Mixed Numbers

Spring 2 - Week 4


This week we will be moving on to comparing and ordering fractions. We will look at those with the same denominations and those requiring converting to the same workable denominations.