- To solve problems involving counting, adding, subtracting, doubling or halving in the context of numbers.
As adults, we do not perform addition and subtraction sums for the sake of it, we use them to work out how much things will cost, discounts, when the next train will arrive, how much weight we put on over the Christmas holidays! It is for these same reasons that your child is being taught how to perform calculations.
When your child comes to do tests at school, namely SATs, their calculation skills will not be tested using a page of sums. Your child will be faced with a number of real life situations that they must solve by applying the mathematical skills that they have been learning.
There are a few simple rules that it is good practice to follow when solving mathematical problems:
- Read the problem through to the end.
- Make a note of the numbers in the problem (remember that these may be in words as well as numerals).
- Decide what calculation you will need to perform.
- Perform the calculation(s), showing your working out.
- Write down your answer clearly.
- Re-read the problem to check that you have not missed anything out.
- Check your answer.