Year 6 Bar modelling seems to have become more popular recently, and there's a whole series of questions that are designed to encourage students to use this technique. The idea is that bar models help students to visualise word problems, and importantly, decide which operations to use. A bar model is a pictorial representation of a 'reasoning' question, and allows children … [Read more...]

## Help with Year 6 SATS maths vocabulary

It's easy to assume that a student knows the meaning of all the words used in the Year 6 SATS maths vocabulary.. ... but, just in case, here's a list of some of the more common maths terms used. These have been taken from SATS papers 2001 - 2013. I hope they are useful and please do let me know if I've missed any! Angles Angles are formed when 2 straight lines meet at a … [Read more...]

## Why and how to calculate percentages of whole numbers

There are a few ways of learning how to calculate percentages of whole numbers .. .. although this video shows how to calculate percentages by converting to fractions and then cross division. 'Percentage' means 'out of 100.' Therefore we can use the idea of 'equivalent fractions' to make the numbers smaller and easier to deal with. So 12% is exactly the same as … [Read more...]