At Sharmans Cross, maths is a very important part of our curriculum as the mathematical skills we learn at school will help us in all aspects of our lives: now and in the future. Wherever possible, we use equipment to help us see and visualize the maths that we do. In addition, we aim to solve problems and explain our ideas in every lesson.
In Maths, we will be focusing on place value and the four operations; add, take away, times and divide. Within this area, we will be using our mental strategies and we will be applying these skills in problem solving situations.
Added to our work on number, we will also be learning about data collection, and how to understand and interpret data from a graph. We will be learning to measure perimeters and start to think about telling the time. This is a great thing to practise at home to give you a head start! Our shape work will be focusing on angles.
We will be using lots of equipment to help us with our Maths work to ensure we develop a solid understanding.
We will focus on developing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. The children will learn how to approach different problems, communicate their findings and work systematically. They will use a variety of written and mental methods for all operations, alongside work on fractions, decimals and place value. They will also investigate properties of shape and measure and start looking at geometry using position and direction.
The children will use their understanding of place value in whole and decimal numbers to partition, round and order numbers. They will build on this understanding by deriving sums and differences, and doubles and halves of decimals.
Through our times table challenge, they will recall multiplication facts up to 12 × 12 and use them to multiply pairs of multiples of 10 and 100, quickly deriving corresponding division facts.
They will analyse data that we collected on our River trip to Woodgate Valley Country Park, by finding averages and drawing graphs. They will also use conversion skills
to compare data collected.
The main focus this term will be problem solving. The children will be developing their strategies for solving problems as well as ensuring they select relevant resources and approach problems in a logical way.
We will also be focussing on number skills, with a particular focus on written methods, for all four operations, ensuring the children can tackle a range of multi-step word problems, not only answering them, but explaining and justifying their reasoning. During the autumn term, the children will begin to deal with numbers to 10,000,000. They will learn how to read, write, order, compare and use these numbers in real life contexts.
How well do you know your times tables?
By the end of Year 4, you need to know all of your multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12!
Here are some games you could play to help you learn. If you have any more games you like to play to help you practice your times tables, please tell Miss Jefferies so that she can add a link to the website.