# Maths - Year 5 - what to teach 1st week!

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by pmastrelli, Aug 21, 2011.

1. ### pmastrelli

Hi all,
I am going into my 2nd year of teaching this September. I will be having a Year 5 class. I will be taking the Year 6 numeracy planning and adapting it for the Year 5's the week after they teach it throughout the term (due to resources etc).
So got to think of some numeracy to do in that first week in September. Obviously, number orientated and use of times tables will be important (use of 4 operations). Was wondering if anyone actually has done something similiar before? Any planning or further ideas/contributions would be much appreciated! The class is of mixed ability.

Many thanks!

2. ### pmastrelli

Hi all,
I am going into my 2nd year of teaching this September. I will be having a Year 5 class. I will be taking the Year 6 numeracy planning and adapting it for the Year 5's the week after they teach it throughout the term (due to resources etc).
So got to think of some numeracy to do in that first week in September. Obviously, number orientated and use of times tables will be important (use of 4 operations). Was wondering if anyone actually has done something similiar before? Any planning or further ideas/contributions would be much appreciated! The class is of mixed ability.

Many thanks!

3. ### Fox Glove

Hello,
I tend to start with place value. The children enjoy learning how to read and write large numbers and it's interesting to link it to real data such as populations. For the less able, you can work on HTU. "Zap the digit" is a good game to play. One player instructs a partner to type a number into a calculator. Then they are challenged to zap one digit at a time (i.e. make that digit become zero) by subtracting the relevant number. Follow that with some written examples of the same exercise.
Place value is also a good topic to use to introduce your expecations about presentation.
Hope that helps.

4. ### trinity0097New commenter

With upper KS2 I always start with a 8 question test/assessment - an A4 bit of paper divided into 8 boxes (4 rows of 2) each row has 2 of either add, subtract, times. divide, taken from examples from the old NNS for the 2 years prior.
So for a Yr 5 pupil I would take an example of addition that they should have been able to do in Yr 3 & 4
I'd then work in the remaining lessons to improve their written calculation skills, introducing them to more traditional methods in addition, subtraction and division as these are quicker!