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Summer 2 Week 1 Maths Support

The first week back after the holidays, we will be looking at place value. We will be rounding numbers up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 or 100000.

Rounding numbers

Giving the complete number for something is sometimes unnecessary. For instance, the attendance at a football match might be 23745. But for most people who want to know the attendance figure, an answer of ‘nearly 24000‘, or ‘roughly 23700‘, is fine.


We can round off large numbers like these to the nearest thousand, nearest hundred, nearest ten, nearest whole number, or any other specified number.

Round 23745 to the nearest thousand.

First, look at the digit in the thousands place. It is 3. This means the number lies between 23000 and 24000. Look at the digit to the right of the 3. It is 7. That means 23745 is closer to 24000 than 23000.

Free Verse Poems

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This week, the children have been learning about free verse poems and their features. They have been working towards creating their own poems about a Viking helmet that they created, which will go up on display at the end of the week. The children have generated a lot of creativity so far this week and have been acting out to a variety of free verse poems.

Maths Support Week 6

Next week the children will be recognizing and using square numbers and cube numbers, as well as knowing the notation for square 2 and cubed 3.

Squaring a number

32 means ’3 squared’, or 3 x 3.

The small 2 is an index number, or power. It tells us how many times we should multiply 3 by itself.

Similarly 72 means ’7 squared’, or 7 x 7.

And 102 means ’10 squared’, or 10 x 10.

So, 12 = 1 x 1 = 1

22 = 2 x 2 = 4

32 = 3 x 3 = 9

42 = 4 x 4 = 16

52 = 5 x 5 = 25


1, 4, 9, 16, 25… are known as square numbers.

Cubing a number

2 x 2 x 2 means ’2 cubed’, and is written as 23.

13 = 1 x 1 x 1 = 1

23 = 2 x 2 x 2 = 8

33 = 3 x 3 x 3 = 27

43 = 4 x 4 x 4 = 64

53 = 5 x 5 x 5 = 125


1, 8, 27, 64, 125… are known as cube numbers.

Standish High School Trip

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Yesterday, the children visited Standish High School for a Science day. The children explored a variety of forces and how they work. They also examined how fuel works in making a plane fly. The children were also treated to a lovely tour around the school as well as interacting with pupils and staff, asking lots of questions about school life at Standish High.

Maths Support Week 5

Next week, we will be solving addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.

The children will be facing problems such as this;

239,990 people travelled by train in July and August.

12,890 more travelled by train in July than in August.

How many in total travelled by train in July and August?

How did you work this out?

From this, the children will break down the steps and figure out what calculation they have to do. In this instance, they will be adding the two sets of numbers to find the total amount of people who travelled on the train. They will have to show their workings out using the correct method.

Maths Support Week 4

Next week the children will be looking at decimals. In particular, the children will be rounding decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place. They will also be reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers with up to three decimal places.

Decimal places are counted from the decimal point:

Diagram of the number 5.743

So, the number Equation: 5.1492 has four decimal places, while Equation: 4.34 has two decimal places.


Round Equation: 9.6371 to Equation: 2 decimal places

This means we need Equation: 2 digits after the decimal point.

Diagram of the number 9.6371 with an arrow pointing towards the 3rd digit after the decimal point

Because the next digit Equation: 7, is more than Equation: 5, we round the Equation: 3 up.

Equation: 9.6371 = 9.64 (Equation: 2 decimal places)

Viking Day!

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Last Thursday, the children took part in a Viking day down in the school garden. They took part in a range of different tasks and activities related to the Vikings. The children made Viking flags from using any materials they could find from the garden. The children tried out some metal detecting, where they discovered a wide range of Viking artifacts, including arrow heads, coins and jewelry. One of the main activities was building a Viking longhouse, which every child contributed in helping to build it. Overall, the children had a fantastic day and learnt a lot about the history and lifestyle of a Viking. Well done Year 5!