How to train your Dragon maths

This year our priorities in school are:

  • To develop a love of reading.
  • To develop a love of maths by implementing a problem solving approach.
  • To develop a creative curriculum.

In practise, this term we have altered our planning so that each class is developing their curriculum based on a book. My book is How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell,

so I have shared some of the maths problems we solved. I have also begun to upload accompanying smartboard files for different posts onto the TES website. Here is a link to the:

Week 1 and 2, we started by looking at the painting Saint George and the Dragon by Paulo Uccelo.

We also covered some of the simplier Knight maths found in the Tudor maths pages:

When we got to the book, our literacy was writing stories with Historical settings. I found the legend of the boneknapper clip on you tube very helpful. We revisited some of the Viking maths I covered with year 4 last year, I will pull them altogether here, and I have added a few new activities.

We are now looking at the dragons, and writing  information texts. In science we are looking at temperature.

8 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Adam Butterworth said,

    Thanks! This is a fantastic resource and just what I was looking for! Which age group did you use these lessons with?

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      primarymaths said,

      I teach a year 4 mixed ability class. As you can see from the posts, we teach the children how to solve problems, then revisit the problems regularly in different contexts. The focus then is on making the maths withinin the problem more efficient alongside working on the children’s problem solving, reasoning, representing, communicating and evaluation skills. As a school we have been working on this approach for about three years, so by year 4 the children are familiar with a range of different problem solving strategies. Hope this helps, glad you liked the activities.

  2. 3

    Garland said,

    Hi, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog in Chrome, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has
    some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a
    quick heads up! Other then that, excellent blog!

    • 4

      primarymaths said,

      Thanks for this. I have looked at the blog using Internet explorer and can’t see a problem. I will look using different ict and see if I can see what you mean.

  3. 5

    Becs Davies said,

    You are INCREDIBLE! Thank you SO much! xxx

  4. 6

    oliver said,

    i love it i am learning about it right now

  5. 7

    Steve Holden said,

    Thanks for sharing these great resources! Do you happen to have the answers to these problems.

  6. 8

    Clare said,

    What a fantastic set of resources. Thank you so much for sharing them!

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