# Year 6 maths

Discussion in 'Primary' started by brfcsc, Aug 30, 2011.

1. ### brfcscNew commenter

Hi everyone. I am new to year 6 and want to get started straight away with English and Maths (especially after reading the advice on here)
First few maths lessons I want to do Ma1 stuff and especially prooving a statement. I have a couple 'the sum of three consecutive numbvers if always a multpe of three' etc but does anyone have any more to be investigasted? Or a link to a website?
Regards

2. ### year6teacher93

Investigate the sum of 2 ,3,4, 5,6 etc consecutive numbers. Which totals cannot be made by summing consecutive numbers?
Which number below 50 has the most factors?
How many ways can you cut a square in half? (4X4 square, cuts must be along grid lines)
If 432 is the reverse of 234, what is the difference between any 3 digit number and its reverse? What do these differences have in common?
I know these are investigations, not challenges to prove a statement, but I find proving a statement is rather a closed (yes/no) activity. I much prefer open investigations. Anyway, you can get a statement from these easily enough ("28 has the most factors of any number under 50", etc)

3. ### blue_giniNew commenter

nrich is an excellent website with a wide variety of investigations.
Best wishes

4. ### trinity0097New commenter

Personally I wouldn't do MA1 type work initially - you need to establish routines and yourself as their class teacher - more mundane work will get them back into the groove of what they know and can do and re-teach them how to work!

5. ### moggycat

Does anyone know where you can find solutions to year 5/6 challenges?

7. ### chess430

'Always, sometimes, never' are a good Ma1 starter - can be used at any stage. Few examples - doubling a number makes it bigger, multiples of five are also multiples of ten, odd x odd = even, odd squared = even, a cube is a box, a regular polygon has the same number of lines of symmetry as sides.
I tend to put one up on the whiteboard and get the children to discuss and create some proof - the real learning comes through their explanations and cross examinations of each other!

thanks Jayne

9. ### brfcscNew commenter

Thanks everyone, some good ideas

10. ### pianist1

I have set one of three sets in year six and have been asked to consolidate level five work for a term before my twenty or so children embark on level six with a senior leader in January. I am so used to having Abacus, Peak, SPMG at yr 6 level for my upper ability maths set in yr 5; in addition they have done really well in their tests with me (100% level 5 for these twenty odd yr 5 children). Because I have used Abacus 6 (all this year whilst they were in their yr 5) can anyone now advise on fresh material for their use in year 6?

11. ### Andrew JeffreyNew commenter

Yes. Try the ATM bookshop: www.atm.org.uk/.../Primary-Education-Books

One I rather like the look of but haven't yet purchased for the sort of children you are talking about is www.atm.org.uk/.../dis018

I also recommend a very expensive (kidding, it's free) investigations book: