Mental Maths

Each morning, P6/7 participate in various mental maths activities, such as counting aloud, completing activities on the interactive whiteboard and going head-to-head as part of a team. Not only do these activities engage and prepare us for the lesson ahead but they also enable us to develop skills and knowledge in all areas of maths.

Area and Perimeter 

Firstly, we explored the definitions of area, perimeter and volume.  After that, Miss Rainey taught us the formulas and we applied them to various questions.  We also explored how to find the area and perimeter of compound shapes. 

Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

We have picked up from where we left off during ‘learning in lockdown’ with this interesting area of Maths. We can confidently find percentages and fractions of amounts and have a great understanding of the relationship between fraction, decimals and percentages. Miss Rainey is so proud of how the children have settled back into learning following weeks at home.  

Place Value

During our first term, we have been learning to read, write and order large numbers within the area of 'place value.' Through both practical and written activities we have been able to extend our knowledge of the number system. We have also had the opportunity to use our understanding of place value in order to round and estimate the answers to calculations.

Multiplying and Dividing

We have been working hard to improve our skills in multiplying and dividing. Miss Rainey modelled this area of learning on the interactive whiteboard and we spent lots of time practicing on our own whiteboards before completing various differentiated activities.  We can now multiply large numbers by double digits and divide large numbers by single digits.


Using clocks, we revised telling the time verbally and showing various times. Using whiteboards, we wrote down different 12 hour times. Then, we focused on converting from 12 hour to 24 hour clock and we used the digital cards to help us.  As a means of practice, we constructed a 'daily routine' timeline and presented the times using both 12 hour and 24 hour clock. 

Following this, Miss Rainey introduced us to 'durations.'  We can find the duration of activities, the start time and the end time of events using the 'arrow method.'

2D and 3D Shape 

We started this topic practically by handling concrete shapes to revise and discuss their properties, including parallel and perpendicular lines. Using pinboards and bands, we experimented with quadrilaterals and realised that they can appear in many different forms. Miss Rainey introduced us to the different types of Triangles, including scalene, isosceles and equilateral.  We also explored the concept of symmetry and we found that all regular 2D shapes have the same number of lines of symmetry as sides.   Following this, we used clixi to construct various nets of 3D shapes and P7 were challenged to create prisms and pyramids which would hold different classroom items.  Next week, P6 will be experimenting with tessellation whilst P7 will be using mirrors to reflect shapes in four quadrant grids. 


Towards the end of the first term and following on from shape, we began learning all about angles.  We learnt that there are different sizes of angle and that each angle has a special name.  Progressing from this, Miss Rainey modelled how to find the missing angles on straight lines and inside triangles and quadrilaterals.  We practised this skill on individual whiteboards before completing differentiated worksheets to show our understanding.   
During this topic, P7 also had the opportunity to use various mathematical equipment.  They can use a protractor to measure various angles and also draw angles of different sizes. They can also use a compass to draw triangles with three known sides. P7 thoroughly enjoyed this practical work.