Welcome to my Primary maths blog. I have been a primary teacher since 1994, and spent just over 3 years as a primary maths consultant in Lincolnshire. I am now a deputy head teacher with a passion for maths teaching and problem solving and have produced a range of cross curricular maths resources linked to the Primary Framework that I am keen to share.

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    Kim Cooper said,

    Hi Peter,
    Fantastic resources. I am Head of Year 4 and on MLDP at the moment. I’m undertaking a project to close the gap in maths at my school, having highlighted that problem solving is an area for my focus with my year 4’s.
    It’s great to find a site that is totally user friendly and has all the relevant resources required.
    Many Thanks, saved me hours finding you,

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      primarymaths said,

      Hi Kim

      If there is anything I can do to help, just let me know. We have had a real focus in our school on problem solving, working on the problem solving materials from the Primary Strategy as a whole school. This has had a significant impact on the number of children achieving level 5 in year 6, which has incresed from 28% to around 40-44% in the last 2 years.

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    Michelle said,

    Hi Peter,
    I’m an NQT in year 4 at a school in Lincoln and am keen to improve numeracy within my school. (I’m accountancy trained so I already have a passion for numeracy based activities). If you could share any tips on how to get chin to use and apply prior knowledge within different contexts that would be really helpful.

    Many thanks,

  3. 4

    cool math games for kids said,

    Good blog you have here.. It’s hard to find excellent writing like yours nowadays.
    I really appreciate people like you! Take care!!

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    Martin said,

    Where can I find the answers… I’m a parent of a 8 yr old and I’m struggling with the Santa sack question ( at least a derivative of it!) its quite exasperating…

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      primarymaths said,

      Here is how you might solve them with an 8 year old.

      Santa has five sacks.
      Can you use the clues to find out how many parcels he has in each sack?

      In sack 1 he has less than 30 parcels.
      He counts them in groups of two. He has 1 left over.
      He then counts them in groups of three. He has 0 left over.
      He finally counts them in groups of five. He has 1 left over.
      How many parcels are in sack 1?

      The first clue tells you that the smallest number he could have is 1 group of 2 and 1 left over, so 3. If he has 2 groups of 2 with 1 left over he has 5. It might help to draw pictures of sacks. You will quickly spot that the sequence increases by 2 starting at 3, ie: 3, 5, 7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,29. You don’t need to go over 30.

      The next clue says he counts them in groups of 3 and has 0 left over, ie 3,6,9,12,18,21,24,27,30.

      The final group says when he puts them in groups of 5, there is 1 left over.

      The only number which fits all three clues and appears in all 3 sequences is 21 so that is how many presents he has in sack 1.

      Hope this helps.

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    Found this site through TES. It’s got lots of useful things on it – thank you! You said you had progression charts for addition and subtraction. I’m a year 3 teacher with some 3A mathematicians I’d like to challenge. If you can help could you email to plf678@yahoo.co.uk please? Many thanks.


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