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Following Units 1-5

These activities bring together the different mathematical skills that your child should now know. By combining these skills in puzzles and activities your child will need to reason and think of solutions, as well as complete calculations. This will help your child to really understand the skills they are learning.

Talk through each group of questions and ask your child how they are going to solve the challenges.

It’s good to get stuck sometimes! When this happens discuss the challenge in the following order:

  • What do we need to find out to solve the challenge?
  • What do we know by looking at the question?
  • Want could we do first?
  • How would that help us?

Is there anything else we could do?


Activity: Play ‘I am thinking of a number’

You can play this game in a number of different ways:
Explain… ‘I am thinking of a number that’ starts with a 3 and then has a 2.
Write it down and tell me what it is. Your child should write 32 and tell you the number. Play this with two-digit and three-digit numbers that your child will recognise. Try changing the order e.g. the last digit is 4 the first is 1 and the middle is 0.

Now using numbers up to 99, use different mathematical words e.g. ‘I am thinking of a number that’ has 3 tens and 4 units, or a number that has 50 and 3.

Once you have five numbers written down, ask your child to put them in order from lowest to highest.

Try asking your child to write down a number, not showing it to you, and then say to you … ‘I am thinking of a number that’ for you to write and say. When you write down the number and say it, deliberately get it wrong sometimes to see if your child can spot the mistake.

Once you several numbers ask your child to choose any pair of numbers and place them side by side with either a ‘great than’ or less than’ symbol between them. (see unit 5 for a reminder)