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Year 3 Maths

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Fudge123, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. I am NQT andI have set 2, year 3 maths. I am finding it really difficult to get the children to recall and retain simple maths facts - mental maths test results are awful - just having 2, 5 and 10 x tables, number bonds to 20 and simple addition questions.
    I am going over tables daily in starter - chanting, using number stick and have introduced weekly tables tests too. The majority of them use fingers to calculate number bonds- even to 10. I obviously need to embed these skills so they can recall instantly before they can use this knowledge to work out more complex questions. Does anyone have any advice on how to improve this?
    I also have a group within the class who just dont listen and although capable, will often go off and do the work completely wrong independently, unless I go to each one and explain it again individually.
    Any tips please [​IMG] - All other lessons are fine and I am really enjoying it, but am starting to dread maths as I feel I am useless with them
  2. Waiguoren

    Waiguoren Occasional commenter

    Download the free game Timez Attack and introduce it to your Numeracy lessons. http://www.bigbrainz.com/
    Make an entry for each ability group and let them play on it in turns as a reward. Then, instead of hating your maths classes, you will start loving them!
    Also, try these:
    Have fun, and good luck!
  3. jog_on

    jog_on New commenter

    You could get them to compete in the Times Tables Olympics - see www.trinityeducational.co.uk
    Basically, the chn have to answer a certain number of questions in a set amount of time without making any mistakes. If they do that, they can earn a "medal" (or other reward). It encourages them to learn and they are so eager!
  4. Waiguoren

    Waiguoren Occasional commenter

    Oh, and Tutpup!
    • Sign in as a teacher and create accounts for your children (no email required for them).
    • Have them compete in maths drills (+ - x /) with other children around the world.
    • Check their records to see what games they have played, what levels they have played at, what awards they have won...
    • Does spelling games too, btw
  5. I would play a game which involves them needing to learn these maths problems and recite them at various times. There's a game called 'Pac-Man' where they stand around the room while you call out sums, whoever gets the sum right can take a step towards another student. When a student get close enough to tag another student then the tagged student sits down and the game continues. The game ends when one person is left standing. Before the game I'd tell students your going to be focusing on 3s, and 5s (or anything else) and they have 5 minutes to learn them as best as possible.
  6. Thank you for your replies -will definately be including some of these in my planning next week.
  7. mprimaryz

    mprimaryz New commenter

    Sing the times tables. Don't chant them.
  8. jog_on

    jog_on New commenter

    Agree with the singing thing. Search for "Percy Parker maths" on google and you should come across a link to a couple of his songs for free. The six times table one is really catchy (but annoying too).
  9. So glad to hear it's not just me in that boat!! I'm an NQT in a single class per year group school so have such a wide variation in ability. I have those on x9 and x8 and a group where I'd just like to get number bonds to 10 secure! Makes it very hard to address everyone's needs in one lesson! I want to support the bootom group but then feel guilty about not working with the other groups. I have a class of 27 and no TA support during any Maths, thanks for the ideas above folks much appreciated.

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