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This term we will be exploring...


Negative Number

  • interpret numbers greater than and less than zero in different contexts
  • read and write negative numbers
  • explain how the value of a number relates to its position from zero
  • identify and place negative numbers on a number line
  • interpret sets of negative and positive numbers in a range of contexts
  • use their knowledge of positive and negative numbers to calculate intervals
  • explain how negative numbers are used on a coordinate grid


Converting units

  • memorise unit conversions to convert between units of measure 

  • convert from and to fraction and decimal fraction quantities of larger units

  • solve measure problems involving different units

  • understand and use approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial 

  • solve problems involving converting between units of time     



  • compare the size of angles where there is a clear visual difference
  • use the terms acute, obtuse and reflex when describing the size of angles or amount of rotation with relation to right angles
  • use a unit called degrees as a standard unit to measure angles
  • estimate the size of angles in degrees using angle sets
  • measure the size of angles accurately using a protractor

What can parents do to support learning at home?


  • Ensure children are secure with their times table knowledge up to 12x12. This supports understanding in so many areas of maths.
  • Practise quick recall of number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 - the more confident they are with this, the better!
  • Help children to secure their written methods of calculation (please follow the schools calculation policy for this).
  • Practise multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 using knowledge of place value (place value grids can help with this).
  • Ensure children are secure and confident with telling the time to the nearest minute - both on analogue and digital clocks.
  • Use directions in a real-life environment - when you are travelling by car, using GPS to get to a location, reading road signs and maps.
  • Use measurements in real-life situations such as weighing ingredients when cooking and baking.
  • Play a game of battle ships to help with the reading of co-ordinates.



As you know, the children have risen to the challenge of improving their times table skills and have been extremely excited to play the Times Tables Rock Stars game online. Competing against the clock to the sound of old-school rock bands such as The Clash and Status Quo, they have to answer as many times table questions as they can in the time limit. The more accurate they are and the quicker they can answer the questions, the better their Rock Star Status, with the ultimate goal of becoming a Rock Hero!


The more they practise, the better they will be become and the more they will earn, meaning that they can customise their avatars with new outfits or the latest high-spec guitar. If you haven't done so already, make sure you ask your child to share this with you at home - the website is compatible with most of your home electronics and your child already has their own personal login.


River's TTRS login page


Other Useful Maths Websites

The websites below may be useful to help you practise and secure some different mathematical concepts. Use the games and information pages to develop your understanding, support your arithmetic skills, or just to have some fun with Maths!