What’s the difference? What is the same?

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This morning, in Year Six, the children have been using the ‘Same & Difference’ maths cards to inspire some discussion and problem solving.

Here is what they had to say:

What is the same and what is different?

‘What is the same and what is different when you multiply by 100?’

‘What is the same and what is different about 3-7 and 7-3?’

‘What is the same, what is different about 24 + 47, 204 + 307, 6.4 + 5.7 and 2304 + 2407?’

These are some of the challenging questions that Year Six have been solving this morning. Tricky, puzzling, confusing – we really had to think about what the question was asking us. The card wasn’t simply wanting us to solve a calculation, or even to just find the answer to a problem, we had to explain the calculation and describe how each part of the problem was either the same or different.

For example:

‘What is the same, what is different about 7 x 80 = 560, 7 x 8 = 56 and 7 x 0.8 = 5.6?’

All questions are using the digits 0, 8 and 7. By moving the digits under different column headings (dividing by 10 & 100), we are able to see how the answers have changed, but are still all different and getting smaller.




All New Mathematicians

Congratulations the new ‘Mathematicians of the Week’ who have been working so hard in maths recently. It’s great to see new super mathematicians emerging, throughout KS1 & 2.

Congratulations to our Mathematician of the Week this week. You have impressed all of the adults in Pearl class with your knowledge of partitioning a two-digit number into tens and ones. You have super quick recall of these facts as well.

via Mathematician of the Week – Autumn 1 – Week 3 — pearlY2princeedward

Place Value — Welcome to Amber Class

Well done to Amber Class this week, who’ve been learning all about the ‘value’ of place value!

What a great way to use concrete methods to help visualise and understand the value of each digit. Both counters and dienes offer a ‘hands-on’ way of experiencing numbers and understanding how big, or small, a number might be.

For the past two weeks in Amber class we have been focusing on place value. Below you can see some pupils using concrete resources to enable them to complete their work.

via Place Value — Welcome to Amber Class

Last Week’s Superstars — Y5 Amethyst

Congratulations to the well-deserved Mathematician of the Week in Y5 this week. It’s great to hear that, even as the end of the academic year draws closer, pupils are still working hard and developing their learning every day. Well Done!

Here we have our Mathematician of the Week (left) and our Star of the Week (right). Our Mathematician just keeps getting better and better with his times tables, and is also really impressing Mrs Lohoar and Mrs Kirk with his mental maths and problem solving. Our Star, meanwhile, has been absolutely amazing in reading, writing […]

via Last Week’s Superstars — Y5 Amethyst

Even more amazing mathematicians…

Congratulations to yet another fantastic Mathematician of the Week. Being able to explain your learning is such an important step on the road to ‘maths mastery’ and shows just how well you’ve understood the learning in your lessons – excellent work Topaz Class!


You have been given this award because of your hard work in maths this week. We have been learning all about money and you have blown me away. You have tried so hard with your work and can explain your learning to a friend! Keep it up!

via Mathematician of the week! — topazclass

Times Tables Champions

What Mathematics Superstars we have in Year 4 and what a fun way to encourage children to learn their times tables. Making maths a fun experience is always a great way to keep children engaged with their learning.

It was the last ever Times Tables Quiz Show in year 4. Everyone has worked so hard to learn their tables and as a result, the pupils know them all! It has been so close all the way. Before this Quiz Show, it was 2 wins for Amber Class and 2 wins for Jade Class. […]

via The Time Tables Quiz Show! — Prince Edward Headteacher’s Blog

Money money money

Wonderful work in Year 3, Sapphire this week. Learning all about money isn’t just an important skill to have in life but it also helps children to understand conversion (from pounds to pence etc…). Keep up the good work!

This week, we have been looking at money in our numeracy lessons. We have been finding different ways of making amounts using both coins and notes. Soon we will be moving on to adding amounts of money together. Check back to see how we get on!

via Money, Money, Money! — Y3 Sapphire

Investigating Shape

How important shapes are! This shape lesson, in Aquamarine Class, not only teaches children the properties of certain shapes but also encourages the pupils to develop their problem solving skills. Brilliant job Year Three!

Today we have been working really hard investigating shapes. We all had a challenge about making as many shapes as possible using only 4 multi-link cubes! We realised we needed to think of more creative shapes or we would run out of ideas! Some of us then went on to try and draw the shapes […]

via Investigating Shape — Aquamarine Class

Spectacular Shapes!

It’s great to see how learning about shapes can happen in so many different ways. Every day, we are surrounded by shapes (both large and small, 2D and 3D) but we might not even notice them! Diamond Class have used the shapes around them to help learn all about triangles, squares etc. Could you go on a shape hunt and see what shapes you can find around your house/school?

Last week we started learning about shapes. To get ready we looked for shapes as part of our home learning. We searched for shapes around our homes and made shape pictures. Next we went on a shape hunt outside. We looked for shapes and took photos. We tried to name and describe shapes and looked […]

via That’s not my triangle… — diamondclassfs1